Matthew McKay * New World Library * March 15, 2016 * 176 Pages
Matthew McKay’s adult son, Jordan, was shot in the back and killed while riding his bike home very late one night. Of course this was a horrible shock and a tremendous loss for McKay. His intense grief finally led him to try to contact his son telepathically. This book is composed almost completely of “conversations” between McKay and his dead son.
To say this book is weird is an understatement. Wow. For most people, the information in here will probably seem strange, very “new age-y.” I consider myself to be a pretty open-minded person, but even I was surprised by the content. Jordan tells his dad that when a person dies, his soul enters a kind of holding place where the soul must see everything that happened in his life and all of the consequences of his decisions. This isn’t a judgment so much as it is a learning experience. After learning from his past life, the soul rejoins his soul family (kind of like a soul village) where he can learn more from other souls, exchange knowledge, visit other universes (there are many planets where other souls incarnate), and then eventually reenter physical existence on his chosen planet. Like I said, it’s crazy stuff.
But I kind of loved it. What an interesting way to look at the universe, life, existence. McKay gives a surprising amount of depth and detail, and I enjoyed picturing this afterlife that Jordan talks about. Is it accurate? Who knows. Even McKay sometimes has his doubts. But, honestly, who cares? No one knows what happens after death, and, frankly, I’m pretty bored of the traditional perspectives. In my opinion, McKay brings something new to the conversation; it even makes a bit of sense. When I finished the book, I felt a pleasant sense of peace. The idea that existence keeps on keeping even after we die, that we can continue to have relationships with the souls we are closest to…well, I didn’t mind reading about that concept one bit.
So, yes, this book is going to seem weird to most people. But if you can keep an open mind, you might surprise yourself and actually end up enjoying the concepts and anecdotes that McKay presents.