This is not a review, I leave those to others more qualified (BHodges), rather it is a few reflections on some of the themes of the book. I will try not to give too much away but there are spoilers. Like most Mormons, I do not know a great deal about Zoroastrianism. Additionally, I know SteveP well enough to be fairly confident that he is far from ignorant of that religious tradition. As such I am sure to mis-read certain elements of the book because of that lacuna in my knowledge. This will certainly be a Mormon interpretation of the book but I hope it is an interpretation that encourages a few others to buy it for themselves.
Last Friday, I read ‘A Short Stay in Hell’ in one sitting. Apparently, I am not the only one. Since the book has been published through Strange Violin, with Matt Page’s new excellent cover, comments about the book have been regularly popping up in my Facebook feed.
That same Afternoon, I gave the book to my Mum who also read it within a few hours that same day. We had two quite different experiences: while she found it a little pessimistic (although thought-provoking) I found it unsettling but unfailingly hopeful. I am, as I have written elsewhere, ‘someone who is intimidated by the boundlessness of the eternities and who can (perhaps) envisage a time when I might choose to cease to exist’. This book offered some comfort regarding why and how I might choose to be with another for eternity. [Read more...]