Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, July 2015
by: Brent Raynes
A Memoir From Heaven
Erik Medhus with Elisa Medhus, M.D.
An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
2015, 224 pages, US $16.00/Can. $18.99
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
This book is not the sort of book that I normally do a review of. Usually a flesh-and-blood author of the living human variety presents their evidences, speculations and interpretations of, as in this particular case, what lurks in the afterlife state beyond mortal physical existence. However, this is not a review of near death experiencer testimony or anything of the sort. We learn here that in this instance, Eric Medhus, who you see as the main author on the front cover of this book, committed suicide at the age of 20, well prior to this book’s creation.
Here’s what happened, or reportedly happened anyway. Erik’s mother, Dr. Elisa Medhus, transcribed descriptions of what goes on in the afterlife through a noted medium named Jamie Butler, who we read channeled Erik. In her foreword, Dr. Medhus shares with us how special, unique, and caring her son Erik was, but how around age 14 things changed rather dramatically for him as a severe bipolar disorder took him down a very dark path, one that ultimately brought him to the sad decision to commit suicide.
Elisa, however, explains how during his all too brief life, Erik was a very caring, outgoing child. Seen by some as different and a little rough around the edges, his language peppered with colorful metaphors, so to speak, he was nonetheless a genuinely and deeply caring human being with a heart of gold who was routinely forgiving others for their wrong doings against him and comforting those who he came upon who were down on their own luck and needed a shoulder to cry on.
In this book, it is explained that Erik carries on in the afterlife, continuing to pursue his caring and helpful nature as a spirit guide for all who will take the time to read his words. With his former humor and other personality attributes still seemingly intact, describing himself as “the dead guy,” Erik shares what it’s like to die, how spirits communicate with the living, what heaven is like, and how things in the hereafter work.