When a flash flood claims the life of Steven Drilach, he finds that the death of his body does not mean the end of his existence. Soon, Steven steps into an afterlife where all his dreams can come true and anything can be his as long as he is able to imagine it. Following the lead of his guide, he learns the connection between the physical world he left behind and the spiritual world that is his new home. Through his experiences, which include journeys back to earth and encounters with lost souls, Steven is able to face his own personal doubts and understand what truly separates him from God.
Here is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between the seemingly meaningless and cruel events that occur on earth, and our belief (or disbelief) in a loving God.
Jeff Ianniello earned his MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and a BS in finance from The College of New Jersey. The author is an accountant, a web developer, and the author
of seven books, including the science fiction work Alien Cradle, the Delver Magic Book series of three fantasy novels, and Soul View, a spiritual thriller. Currently, he lives in New Jersey.
When I set out to write this book, I intended to describe my beliefs regarding the afterlife. Essentially, I hoped to explain what heaven would be like. The change from a physical existence to a spiritual one would obviously require a change in perception. I also hoped to expand my own understanding as to the power of imagination and consciousness freed from a mortal body.
Unfortunately, I did not believe I would be able to hold an audience’s interest for long if I simply tried to write a dry narrative. The differences in life experiences and expectations would also prove to be a difficult burden to overcome. How could I share my beliefs of a joyous, fulfilling afterlife with others that certainly have different backgrounds, hopes, and desires?
At one point, I considered trying to express my expectations as if describing a dream. The idea held merit, but only to a point. Utilizing a dream could assist in separating material existence from imagination, but it did not go far enough. I wanted to ensure a clear difference between a dream world and the afterlife.
Instead, I decided to utilize a story about a man who dies suddenly and steps into a spiritual existence. Through this story, I could depict the moment of death and the switching of consciousness from a physical world to a spiritual one. The main character is fictional, but I utilize him as a tool to explain my expectations of the afterlife. The character in the story would experience the aspects of a true heaven, and there would be no confusion as to whether he was caught in a dream state or existing in an afterlife.
As the story unfolded in my mind, I began to examine not only the facets of a spiritual existence in comparison to a physical one, but connections between the two planes. The story quickly shifted from an individual’s spiritual journey into an internal conflict as to what actually constituted heaven. Leaving the physical plane means more than simply adjusting perceptions to meet a soulful existence. It also means accepting the limitless scope of consciousness unbounded by any material objects.
Such acceptance may not come immediately. Barriers created during lifetimes in this world may not simply disintegrate upon the first step into the afterlife. Holding to those barriers would prove to be an obstacle for truly experiencing heaven.
A large barrier that became clear to me was my own continuing doubts regarding the nature of this physical world. To me, an acceptance of heaven means an acceptance of God. An understanding of God, however, is blurred by doubts that rise out of conditions existing right here on earth.
Thus, the story evolved. It was no longer about a man’s simple journey into heaven, but a probable scenario for those that hold on to doubts about the nature, or even the very existence, of God.