Readers will be amazed when they realize that the Other Side can help them in their most trying times. The book describes sixteen such cases that were witnessed by the author. In one of the stories, Corson tells of his deceased father warning him that the intersection he was approaching in his car posed a grave danger to him. Paul responded by putting on the brakes. Forewarned, as he crossed the intersection, he narrowly avoided a head-on collision. Although the two cars sideswiped and spun around, no one was injured.
In another story, Corson describes how a man suddenly appeared one freezing night when his car was stuck on ice and freed it, which saved Corson from suffering hypothermia, at the least. This happened before the advent of cell phones.
These tales take up the first five parts of the book.
The sixth part is a poem that was inspired by Gregg Easterbrook’s article in The Atlantic, “Are We Alone”? which focuses on the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project. Easterbrook declared that if we made contact with an extraterrestrial civilization that had met God and was willing to tell us what it had learned, “human society would shake to its foundations.""
The poem describes an imagined encounter between villagers who were star gazing and space travelers from beyond the solar system. Trembling, the villagers asked the aliens, “Tell us of your God”?
The space travelers related how God disclosed itself and how this knowledge led to them becoming more nurturing, loving beings.
The seventh part is comprised of short stories that can inspire us to set higher standards for ourselves. The first tale tells about an island paradise, Efil, where people live in harmony with each other. In time, their civilization sufferers a “mid-life crisis,” in which their civilization teeters on the brink of autocratic rule. The crisis is brought on by the fear we all harbor that can be manipulated by those in power, which all too often serves no good end.
Here, when the darkness of tyranny seems inevitable, two betrothed idealists, Jen and Vale, 18 and 19 respectively, set out from their hamlets to enter the unknown to save their island people from acting on their worst impulses. Their goal is to restore their golden loving inner light.
After many harrowing adventures, Jen and Vale returned to address the island people in the grand amphitheater where they enlightened them, restoring their inner light.
The second story draws attention to human greed and the fact that it is destroying their beautiful planet. The central protagonist in this tale is the sentient planet, Kara, which is sterile of life.
One day she sees an object from outer space approaching. When the craft landed on the planet’s surface four upright forms with moving appendages emerged and exchanged unfamiliar sounds between them.
The planet found she could communicate with the visitors by using invisible portals—telepathic gateways—that are common to living things.
During their communication, the planet learned that the space travelers believed that material reality is most important, which led to the planet setting off in a mind journey. In this journey Kara discovered the limits of materiality from which she entered a magnificent new chapter in her life.
Millennia later, after Kara had sparked life in all its diversity, space travelers from Earth arrived. Howerer, unlike the much earlier visitors, they were not seeking knowledge, but rather to plunder Kara and to colonize its inhabitants. This visitation was beamed back to the people on Earth, who, inspired by the Karians response, dramatically changed their ecological approach from exploiting the planet to nurturing and investing in it. This action reversed the warming trend that the people had initiated.
In time, Earth recovered its wondrous splendor.