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On Christmas Day 1998, Lance Richardson was involved in an accident which later left him in a comatose state for several weeks. While his body was being kept alive by medical support equipment, his spirit passed into the world beyond. In The Message, Lance describes his experience in the world of spirits and delivers to us a message giving a greater understanding of the importance of families and the future of America. He was also taught concerning a most important principle of their society of peace, which, if followed by the people of this great nation, would rescue us from self-destruction.
About the Author
by Customer - reviewed on May 30, 2001
Seems like every few years there is a book that comes out about a near death experience. This being the newest one. However, just like the others it seems more of a ploy to make money rather than anything else. Sorry, after reading this I would not recommend it to anyone.
Beautifully written straight from the author's own experience and heart.
by Heather De - reviewed on August 19, 2001
After my Father and Grandmother passed away witin a day of eachother, it was hard for me to find peace. I live far away from my family, and feel incapable of grieving with them as we live on opposite ends of the United States. I felt so alone. This book helped get me through a lot of the mourning, and I realize that my loved ones who have passed on are actually nearer to me than I realize. What a wonderful book, and a great inspiration to anyone who suffers from the loss of a loved one.
An Amazing Life-Affirming, motivational Experience!!!!
by Teri - reviewed on April 30, 2010
The Message by Lance Richardson My good friend and former VT highlyrecommended this amazing book to me a few months ago and found that my regional library had a copy, so checcked it out. Since I wanted my own copy and two of Lance's other b ooks, I called Lance's widow Jozete to request review copies and she sent them to me. I read the library copy and loaned my copy to my caregiver and close friend from another ward here. Since I have read several near death experience books over the past serveral years, I found this book so inspiring, and so comforting, since I am a recent widow. For those who have strayed or lost their faith, this is the book to bring your life around, as it gives us strength and hope to what lies ahead after we leave this frail existence. While in Finland years earlier, Lance contracted Crohn's Disease, which left him severely ill, having to go through over 30 surgeries and several others for other problems, having 100 stays in the hospital. On Christmas Day 1998, Lance had bought a used snowmobile and motorcycle for his two oldest sons and because the motorcycle wouldn't start, got his neighbor to fix it, so he decided to try it out, when it slid on some ice out of the driveway going only 5-10 mph. He was always told not to overdo, but this time, he ended up in more serious condition than ever before. While in the hospital, after surgery, Lance, while in a coma for three months, experienced three different journeys to the spirit world, being able to reunite with his deceased cousin who was his spirtual guide through many glorious truths regarding the afterlife. He was able to find through his journies a better understanding of the importance of families and America's future. He was taught through some spirits that served in long ago wars the most important principle of their society of peace, which if followed by the people of Our great nation, would rescue us from self-destruction. Lance was totally amazed at how we in the spirit world can communicate through our thoughts with each other and the same with animals. The scriptures tell us we will be able to lie down with the lamb and the lion peacefully and be able to communicate our feelings with one another with hugs. Since I recently became a widow, this book gave me so much more than hope, it has given me a more deeper understanding of what I will experience when reuniting with my eternal companion and my otherfamily relatives and ancestors. I can hardly wait, though I now know that Bob is here for me when I need his guidance. The veil is so ever thin, brothers and sisters. This is a must read for anyone who doubts about an after-life, or those who just need that affirmation that we are that close to the Lord and Savior coming to earth again in all His glory. Forever Friends Rating A Huge 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook. I checked this book out from my Mid-Columbia Library, also received a Review Copy from Jozete Richardson, Lance's widow, who has recently remarried. Published by: American Family Institute Date Published: December 2000 ISBN: 1-889025-04-6 155pp
This book saved my sanity
by Louise - reviewed on August 26, 2009
When my precious daughter passed away very suddenly last year I thought I would lose my mind with grief. My sister gave me this book and as I read it, I knew that this was what I had needed to get me through this tragedy. It put into words the exact way I had always felt it would be when we leave this body. I loaned it to my son-in-law and his mother and they were comforted as well as my granddaughter. I am going to get more copies for them (I thought I wasn't going to get it back)and also to give to those friends and family that lose someone close to them. When I have a bad day I refer to it and feel that comfort again. I pray everyday that I will live worthy to be with my daughter, flesh of my flesh and best friend and daughter anyone could ever have.
Comforting, insightful, and touching
by Customer - reviewed on February 13, 2010
I have been a member of the church my entire life but it wasn't until my mom passed away at age 49 that I really began to learn for myself whether or not the gospel was true. If it was true, I wanted to know and if it was not, I wanted to know. I began an intense and endless search for my own testimony and I found what I was looking for. During that same time period, my mother in law lent me this book to read and I was so touched by it that I have recommended it to several people. I do believe that this book came as an answer to my prayers at a time when I was in need of comfort and understanding. However, like anything, if you are not genuinely searching for answers then this book will likely mean very little to you and you will find yourself picking it apart like other reviewers have done. If you are really searching for answers and comfort, I recommend reading it with the spirit of personal discernment. Ask for the spirit to testify to you when you read something that is true and I believe that you will be blessed with that. I for one am grateful that there are people out there willing to share such personal experiences, knowing that they may get ridiculed for it.
A must read!
by Dan - reviewed on July 16, 2007
This book is very comforting to anyone who has lost someone close. After reading it I have loaned it to more than 10 people - all have loved it. Many have purchased their own copy. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking insights into our next home - the spirit world.
by melodie - reviewed on September 15, 2010
I have read many near death experience books and this is one of my favorites.
by Customer - reviewed on September 25, 2008
Very well written book that is greatly inspiratinoal. I have read a couple of these type of books (This one being my favorite), and enjoy the message (No pun intended) that they give. As with everything you read, read it with the spirit and realize that these people are writing them from their own best knowledge and understanding, and that it is not the story that they tell, but the message and the spirit that it gives.
Very inspiring book!
by Customer - reviewed on January 20, 2008
Very amazing book, I would reccomend this to anyone who has lost a loved one and wants to know what lies beyond the grave.
by Maelene - reviewed on January 27, 2008
My Friend lent me this book it is a very uplifting and spiritual book. I would recommend for anyone to read this.I am so glad that Brother Richardson shared his message with us.
One of the best books ever!!!
by Customer - reviewed on March 21, 2008
I am not a big reader but I was told about this book because I have a very close friend who is passing away within the next few day/hours. I will tell you I could not put this book down and it helped me know that my friend is going to be ok where he is going. He is going to be so happy to see his family/friends that has passed on before him. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an idea of what life is going to be like after we die.
A book that cant be put down
by michael - reviewed on April 22, 2008
This book was great, just to correct one of the reviews. the prophet receives revelation for the church, and has even said in talks that we can receive personal revelation for are selves or our family's, but not for the church. In sort though this really was a great book, and I hope you get the chance th read it
Nice Story, But Ultimately Unbelievable
by Michael - reviewed on January 17, 2009
This is a very encouraging and faith promoting story, but ultimately is not totally believable. I willingly grant that Richardson may have actually experience an NDE of some sort, but no other NDE author goes into the details that Richardson claims were included in his experience. One of the clues that the author has seriously embellished any account he may have had is his reports that several of the "spirit friends" prophecy to him concerning events of the future that will happen to he and his family (but which apparently have not) and American society in general. Bro. Richardson would not have recieved such general spiritual guidance according to current Church doctrine. These "spiritual friends" of his were not earthly acquaintances, but friends from his pre-earthly existence which lived prior to his life. They are suspiciously name Samuel and Ben, and by their description are clearly meant to be Benjamin Franklin and Samuel the Lamanite. For me, this press credulity too far. The book goes to great lengths to confirm the Church's particular doctrine of post-mortal existence, at least the doctrine as it is popularly understood, but not actually articulated by church leaders. Although I am an active member of the church, and would greatly appreciate independent confirmation of such belief, Brother Richardson's claims are far too lock-step with popular LDS mythology concerning the Spirit World for me to take them seriously. Ultimately this all proves to be very disappointing, and what starts out as a most inspiring account degenerates into yet another "faith promoting story" complete with all the necessary embellishments to convince the readers of the author's personal beliefs.
by April - reviewed on March 02, 2012
This man went through so much in his life. I can't even imagine the pain he endured. What an inspiration he was to endure the 20+ years of medical problems and still find time for charity to his fellow man. The trip he talks about at the end of the book, where he and his family traveled doing good for others is explained more fully in his book "Masquerading as Angels". I find it interesting that the near death experiences I've read are all a little different. I think it's because each of us has a different mission to perform in this life, so each person experiences what will help them perform their mission when they return to their body and mortal life.
It just makes sense....
by Customer - reviewed on May 15, 2009
A lot of what this author says was just a confirmation of things that I have felt previously. I don't know how much of it applies to ME, but I know a few things he mentions are actually happening. VERY thought-promoting book - and excellent source of comfort after losing a loved one - regardless if you look at it as fact or fiction.
It was wonderful!!
by Sharion - reviewed on August 16, 2011
My Mother passed away this past Sept. 2010. This book was loaned to me by my ex-mother-in-law, who I adore. It was so inspired, I needed to see the other side even though it was through Bro. Richardson's eyes. It comforted my soul knowing that my Mom was happy, healthy and reunited with my Day and other relatives. This book was beautifully written. You could feel the love and devotion Bro. Richardson had for his whole family. I just loved the book. Thank you.
Interesting and Intriguing...
by Stephanie - reviewed on October 28, 2011
Lance Richardson’s body had been plagued by various health issues ever since he contracted Crohn’s Disease in Europe eighteen years ago. Throughout his life, he had already experienced over 100 hospital stays and was accustomed to trials in health. When speaking of his medical history, he stated, “I had learned to play with the pain. I had learned to never, ever, give up. Learning to rise each time I fell became an incredible tool needed for my future.” While Lance was used to health struggles, his endurance was tested on Christmas Day, 1998. On that day Lance Richardson got into an accident that would later leave him in a comatose state for several weeks. While his body was kept alive by various machines, Lance’s spirit slipped into the world beyond. In “The Message,” Lance depicts his experiences in the spirit world and delivers to us a message of the importance of families, the future of America, and a principle of service that is essential. This book was interesting to read, as Lance’s transitions ran smoothly in his description of the events leading up to his experience, as well as in his description of what the spirit world was like. He depicted the spirit world as a place where the “beauty seemed almost indescribable,” and where “truth can be discerned by its feeling.” The way Lance tells his story leaves you wanting to know what occurs next, as well as curious as to how he will explain the things he encountered. The message shared near the end of the book describing the grave dangers present in our society and the importance of service was likewise engaging as they left you with a desire to strive to be better in our society and to perform good deeds to your fellow men. While “The Message” was an enjoyable read, you could tell that Lance wasn’t an experienced writer. There were several minor spelling and punctuation errors, and the story—while engaging—was told in the same format as if you were speaking to someone rather than reading a published book. It is evident that Lance wrote this book because of his experience and not because he is a writer. However, these weaknesses were minor and didn’t take away from the overall quality of the book. I would recommend this book as it is a fascinating read about what experiences might be in store for us after this life. This book was not a particularly long one, nor was it a difficult book to read, but it does inspire and motivate you to doing well and to serve others. When describing the principle of service, Lance wrote, “If you will go out and serve one another, you will learn to love one another in a way you never experienced before… And if you will serve one another, your nation will be transformed into a haven of real peace and freedom. It will, indeed, become a Zion one day.”
by David - reviewed on March 31, 2013
I knew Lance and his family personally. Anyone to doubt the credibility of this author should think twice. Great book. I played college football with one of Lance's sons...They are some of the most noble and Christlike people I've ever known.
A very inspring and thought provoking story.
by Lyndsey - reviewed on March 10, 2012
The Message by Lance Richardson is a true story depicting the incredible journey that Lance makes to the other side of the veil while is body lies in shambles in the mortal world. Lance has had a hard life as far as medical problems go. Since his college years when he was involved in a weight lifting accident, and upon the contraction of Crohn’s disease, Lance’s life has been an uphill battle from one illness or complication to the next. Somehow he remains positive through the entire experience. The book is based upon his most life threatening incident. He spends weeks in the hospital accumulating complication after complication till his body give way to the extreme pressure and he lapses into a coma. During the time he is in a coma he is able to visit the spirit world; learning and seeing many miraculous things. This experience goes on to change the rest of he and his family’s life for the better. This book was a powerfully inspiring read. Lance writes in a way that almost makes it possible for you to feel his emotions at some points in the book. He vividly describes the experience, leaving no details out. This allows you really picture what certain moments would look like. He writes he book in such a simple manner, but somehow that doesn’t detract from the message that he’s sharing. He writes in way that makes the situation believable. I really admired that he wrote it so simply, I didn’t feel pressured into believing his story. I felt that he let that choice up to the reader. Overall this book was really good; it offers many powerful insights that can be applied to the lives of the readers. One such example is a simple quotes that is repeated throughout the entire book, it could even be thought of as the main message: “It is true. It is Really true.” How powerful those simple words are. They carry so many different meaning behind them and can be individualized to any reader. This book was very inspiring and I would recommend it to anyone.