• The Lives of Angels

    By Emanuel Swedenborg
    Translated by George F. Dole and Lisa Hyatt Cooper
    Introduction by Grant Schnarr

    A collection of Swedenborg’s most compelling writings about angels―what heaven is like, how angels live and love, and how they keep watch over the people on earth. For people who have never read Swedenborg’s works before, this book serves as a vivid travelogue through the afterlife as Swedenborg witnessed it. Read more

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For decades after his experience of spiritual awakening, Emanuel Swedenborg visited the afterlife and wrote firsthand accounts of what he saw there. Scattered throughout his writings are descriptions of how angels live—their homes, their language, their communities, and even their relationships. The Lives of Angels is a collection of his most striking insights into these heavenly beings.

Heaven, we soon learn, is not what many people imagine. It’s not a place of eternal rest where angels with wings strum harps and praise God all day. Angels have work to do, including watching over people on earth and guiding newcomers to the spiritual world. They have houses and live in communities, and they may even fall in love and marry if they haven’t already found the right partner on earth.

The introduction by Grant Schnarr helps newcomers dip their toes into Swedenborg’s spiritual world, framing Swedenborg’s vivid, compelling recollections of things seen and heard in other realms.

About the Author

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, nobleman, and theologian who spent his life investigating the mysteries of the soul. Born in Stockholm to a staunchly Lutheran family, he graduated from the University of Uppsala and then traveled to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study the leading scientists of the time. He gained favor with Sweden’s King Charles XII, who gave him a position on the board of overseers of the Swedish mining industry. Later, he was granted a seat on the Swedish House of Nobles by Charles XII’s successor, Queen Ulrika Eleonora. Between 1743 and 1745 he began to have visions of heaven, hell, and Jesus Christ that resulted in a stream of books about the nature of God, the afterlife, and the inner meaning of the Bible. He devoted the last decades of his life to studying Scripture and presenting his own unique theology to the world.


George F. Dole holds a BA from Yale, an MA from Oxford, and a PhD from Harvard. Now professor emeritus, Dr. Dole taught ancient languages, the Bible, and theology at the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Freedom and Evil, Sorting Things Out, and A Book about Us. He lives in Bath, Maine.


Lisa Hyatt Cooper is translator of the fifteen-volume Secrets of Heaven for the Swedenborg Foundation’s New Century Edition of Swedenborg. Her past publications include a Latin edition of Swedenborg’s work Other Planets. She lives in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.


Grant Schnarr is the author of the novel The Guardian Angel Diary and also several books about growth and spirituality, including Art of Spiritual Warfare: A Guide to Lasting Inner Peace, which has been published in a variety of languages by independent publishers on four continents. His book You Can Believe!  is a bestselling introduction to Swedenborgian thought. Learn more about him at his author’s web site: www.grantschnarr.com

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