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Until his mid-fifties, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was merely a genius. As a young man, he traveled extensively throughout Europe to study the cutting-edge science of his time. Upon returning to his native Sweden, he went to work for the board of mines, where he introduced technical advances and gained an international reputation for his understanding of mechanics and m Until his mid-fifties, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was merely a genius. As a young man, he traveled extensively throughout Europe to study the cutting-edge science of his time. Upon returning to his native Sweden, he went to work for the board of mines, where he introduced technical advances and gained an international reputation for his understanding of mechanics and metallurgy. In his spare time, he published studies in mathematics, astronomy, economic theory, and anatomy. As his professional career was winding to a close, a remarkable spiritual awakening changed the course of his life. He believed that God allowed him to journey in spirit form to the afterlife and talk to angels, devils, and the spirits of the departed—not just once, but continuously, for decades—and he spent the rest of his life recording what he saw. The Lives of Angels is a collection of Swedenborg’s most striking insights about life in heaven, with vivid descriptions of angels’ homes, their language, their communities, and even their romantic relationships. He tells us that angels are with us throughout our lives, guiding and supporting us, and that any person on earth can become an angel after death if he or she is loving and selfless. The introduction by Grant Schnarr gives readers a modern framework for understanding Swedenborg’s compelling vision of the spiritual world.


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Until his mid-fifties, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was merely a genius. As a young man, he traveled extensively throughout Europe to study the cutting-edge science of his time. Upon returning to his native Sweden, he went to work for the board of mines, where he introduced technical advances and gained an international reputation for his understanding of mechanics and m Until his mid-fifties, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was merely a genius. As a young man, he traveled extensively throughout Europe to study the cutting-edge science of his time. Upon returning to his native Sweden, he went to work for the board of mines, where he introduced technical advances and gained an international reputation for his understanding of mechanics and metallurgy. In his spare time, he published studies in mathematics, astronomy, economic theory, and anatomy. As his professional career was winding to a close, a remarkable spiritual awakening changed the course of his life. He believed that God allowed him to journey in spirit form to the afterlife and talk to angels, devils, and the spirits of the departed—not just once, but continuously, for decades—and he spent the rest of his life recording what he saw. The Lives of Angels is a collection of Swedenborg’s most striking insights about life in heaven, with vivid descriptions of angels’ homes, their language, their communities, and even their romantic relationships. He tells us that angels are with us throughout our lives, guiding and supporting us, and that any person on earth can become an angel after death if he or she is loving and selfless. The introduction by Grant Schnarr gives readers a modern framework for understanding Swedenborg’s compelling vision of the spiritual world.

30 review for The Lives of Angels

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I was given this book to review, and I need to admit firstly that I don't really like to read religious books and secondly, that I haven't read it from cover to cover, but have skimmed through it (as it is very easy to read), putting emphasis on different chapters. I love the cover and need to state that this is not a novel or a story, but as the title says, an account of "The lives of Angels" and how they live in heaven. Swedenborg or Svedborg as he was known in Sweden, died in 1772, wrote this I was given this book to review, and I need to admit firstly that I don't really like to read religious books and secondly, that I haven't read it from cover to cover, but have skimmed through it (as it is very easy to read), putting emphasis on different chapters. I love the cover and need to state that this is not a novel or a story, but as the title says, an account of "The lives of Angels" and how they live in heaven. Swedenborg or Svedborg as he was known in Sweden, died in 1772, wrote this book at the end of his career, having written many other books which focussed on science, philosophy and anatomy. He then devoted himself to Theology, (I think his father having been a priest might have had something to do with this)he claimed that God allowed him to journey, in the form of a spirit, and live with angels, devils and spirits...Now it will be up to you to judge whether these are the ramblings of a man in his old age, or whether you believe it or not- as for me, I still haven't made up my mind...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Simão Cortês

    A very good selection of Swedenborg's texts about his visionary experience with angels. Great for people who want to get acquainted with his thought and who are interested in visionay mysticism. The Swedenborg foundation has a free version of it online. I was particularly interested in is notion of states in the spirit world, as opposed to time and space in our world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    "The Lord has graciously disclosed himself to me and commissioned me to convey information about a new church..." "One day I saw an angel flying holding a trumpet to his mouth..." then the angel said he have been sent to convene ppl who have the highest wisdom in the region (himself included of course) Hmm: Messianic complex? grandiose delusions? In this book Swedenborg talks about God, Angels, heaven, joy, love, wisdom. The concept of heaven, the angels are very specific to Christianity. He stated "The Lord has graciously disclosed himself to me and commissioned me to convey information about a new church..." "One day I saw an angel flying holding a trumpet to his mouth..." then the angel said he have been sent to convene ppl who have the highest wisdom in the region (himself included of course) Hmm: Messianic complex? grandiose delusions? In this book Swedenborg talks about God, Angels, heaven, joy, love, wisdom. The concept of heaven, the angels are very specific to Christianity. He stated that all human will one day become angels (once we reach the level of spiritual perfection), to help God builds the perfect heaven. He described whatever the f he wanna about angels, spiritual life after we r dead. He made up these classifications of heaven, angels, etc. He even said the aura of people who commit adultary sins smell like EXCREMENT. Seriously what the f did I just read. Get your free copy here: https://swedenborg.com/wp-content/upl... Oh, here is a study discussing Swdenborg's mental health: Allegations that Swedenborg suffered from some sort of paranoid process are popular among medical professionals. This is due largely to Swedenborg’s claim that he had a special mission to reveal hidden truths through intercourse with spirits and angels. Swedenborg does, in fact, make some pretty extraordinary claims. His insistence that spirits are in conjunction with persons in the natural world seems to cry out for a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, PROPHET OR PARANOID? Thomas W. Keiser, Ph.D., J.D. https://www.swedenborgstudy.com/artic...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Raine Raine

    AMAZING LIFE AFTER DEATH I have been thoroughly intrigued by the man who came back from death and told all. I look forward to more of his readings. Fascinating!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    George

    Lacks Completeness The material in this book, having been compiled from other writings, fails to grab the heart and mind in a manner worthy of the title. Interesting? Yes. Essential for development of a walk worthy of repentance? No.

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