• The Searchers

    By Naomi Gladish Smith

    What if the afterlife were not a place of judgment, but a learning environment where the newly arrived discover what kind of people they truly were during their lives on earth, and where those choices take them? Naomi Gladish Smith explores these realms through the eyes of arrivals and old souls alike. Read more

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The third book in Naomi Gladish Smith’s acclaimed series about souls in the afterlife follows a new group of seekers on their journey to heaven—or hell.

Kate Douglas, who spent a lifetime on earth teaching young students, in death finds herself at the Academy, a school for new arrivals in the afterlife. Barely accustomed to her new existence, she’s confronted with the soul of her troubled nephew Dan, who took his own life. Dan struggles to find his path in this new world, encountering the innocent Birgit, who in life was an abused girl, and the beautiful Pegeen, who draws him into the dangerous territory bordering hell. But even as Kate teams up with her friend Frank and budding angel Percy to try to help Dan face his inner demons, Kate must deal with her own issues: her helplessness at watching her husband Howard, still on earth and dying of a degenerative disease; her attraction to Frank; and an assignment to guide a particularly difficult new arrival named Janet. Their fates intertwine as each searches within to discover whether they ultimately are bound for heaven or hell.

Inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg’s descriptions of the afterlife, Smith paints a vivid picture of the world of spirits, a spiritual realm between heaven and hell where inner truths are revealed and the distance between any two people is no more than a thought.

About the Author

Naomi Gladish Smith is the author of two other novels about the afterlife, The Arrivals (2004) and The Wanderers (2007). Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of anthologies and other publications. She divides her time between Glenview, Illinois and Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at www.naomigladishsmith.com

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