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Stafford Betty

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Guardians of the Afterworld is the third of Professor Betty’s afterlife novels. The first, The Imprisoned Splendour, tells the story of a non-believer who dies in a plane crash, the second, The Afterlife Therapist,  is about a therapist who counsels lost or confused souls when they come over. Guardians of the Afterworld looks at big-picture problems, and the Guardians, highly evolved spirits, one female and one male, do what they can to fix them. Betty’s views are not based on religious doctrine but on responsible paranormal research, which he regards as far more dependable. All three novels, which form a trilogy, use this research to create the settings: the landscapes, activities, laws, and the great variety of souls and their destinies that make up life over there. Can his books, both fiction and nonfiction, serve as trustworthy guides? He believes they can. “I write novels to entertain,” he says, “but more importantly to inform. The information here should inspire readers to take their present lives more seriously and face death without fear. I think we are all pilgrims on a very long march.”

About the author

tafford Betty earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University, where he specialized in Asian religious thought and Sanskrit. Today he is a professor emeritus of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield, and an acclaimed expert on the afterlife. In 2011 he published The Afterlife Unveiled, the first of his nonfiction afterlife books, and The Imprisoned Splendor, the first of his novels set in the afterlife.

Other titles include Heaven and Hell Unveiled: Updates from the World of Spirit (2014), When Did You Ever Become Less by Dying? Afterlife: The Evidence (2016), and The Severed Breast (2016), a historical first-century novel about St. Thomas’ travels to India, and The Afterlife Therapist (2020),  a novel for middle-graders, Ghost Boy (2018), and a futuristic novel The War for Islam (2019).

Stafford’s many scholarly articles and essays can be found at His videos with Jeffrey Mishlove for his New Thinking Allowed series on YouTube are popular with those interested in contemporary afterlife research. 

Publisher: White Crow Books
Published January 16, 2024
210 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inches / 229 x 152 mm
ISBN 978-1-78677-255-8
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“Life After Death – The Communicator” by Paul Beard – If the telephone rings, naturally the caller is expected to identify himself. In post-mortem communication, necessitating something far more complex than a telephone, it is not enough to seek the speakers identity. One needs to estimate also as far as is possible his present status and stature. This involves a number of factors, overlapping and hard to keep separate, each bringing its own kind of difficulty. Four such factors can readily be named. Read here
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The Imprisoned Splendor   The Imprisoned Splendor
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The Afterlife Therapist   The Afterlife Therapist
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Guardians of the Afterworld   Guardians of the Afterworld
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