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A Light Behind the Door: A Travel Story from Beyond

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When Ursula awakens after her operation, she finds herself not in her hospital bed but in the OR looking down on herself from above—and she realizes that there is no death ... and that “death is a truly simple matter.”

Unlike her life. Here Ursula always had to fight: as a child, for her mother’s love and approval; as a woman, for the love of men, with the feeling that she
Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published October 1st 2015 (first published August 21st 2013)
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Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The person on the table is you. You just died.”

German author Janka Jakobi offers her debut novel A LIGHT BEHIND THE DOOR with qualifications that go beyond university training in writing. Her matrix of experience as a psychologist, wellness consultant and coach in both relaxation and mind-training suggest that she has mastered avenues of experience that few other authors own. Couple this with her personal life experience in dealing with the illness and death of her mother provided her the
Veritas Vincit
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The pain of losing someone you love is incomparable to any other emotional turmoil in our lives. For those who have never lost someone close to them, it may be hard to understand the strange lengths and desperation we can feel when negotiating with destiny or trying to find peace after this happens. It can tear you apart, and make you feel, seek, say, and do things that may have seemed impossible before the event. In this book, we see someone struggling to cope with the pain of loss, but with ...more
Cheri Roan
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally Charged, Thought-Provoking Must Read

“You’re not sleeping. And you’re not dreaming, either. You’ve simply died. You’ve changed planes. There’s no physical pain here. It’s just that your time has run out.”

After the death of her own mother, Janka takes us through her own questions and investigation of the afterlife in the storytelling of Ursula and Sabine’s journey. After a long illness and many operations Ursula has left earth and moved to the afterlife guided through the light by
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A light Behind The Door: A Travel Story From Beyond is based on the authors own life experience, with the loss of a parent and her memoirs. This book certainly isn't an easy read as it is extremely emotional whether you've experienced the loss of a parent or not but at the same time it's eye-opening and inspirational.

The reader experiences how Ursela wakes up from going into surgery to find she isn't in the hospital bed she imagines she would be but she is looking down on herself from her
Jim Lion
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just have to review a book based on how well it succeeds at what it sets out to do, and not what you expected to find when you turned the first page. This is one such book. It's not a drama (which I expected), it's more of a travelogue and a kind of tour-de-force that offers one woman's explanation for how the afterlife really works. Yes, it involves reincarnation, which I definitely believe does not exist in the real world. Nevertheless, I don't hold this against Janka Jacobi. ...more
Payal Sinha
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Light Behind the Door is an inspiring story about life and after life. Like numerous people I too have been highly interested in after life and in fact the starting scene reminded me of an article which I had read more than two decades ago. Hence, I was initially confused whether it is actually a fabric of someone's imagination or whether it was holding some truth behind the mask of fiction. In fact, as the story progressed the descriptions increased in their realness and engaged the reader ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I only wish I had read this book just after my grandmother’s death, as it would have saved me a lot of anxiety. I think the main thing about this novel is it very beautiful. The topic of death is complex and frightening, largely because we just don’t know what’s going to happen. I think, the author’s description of death being a “truly simple matter” just struck a chord with me.
This novel has a lot going for it, from the clear writing to the creative imagining of the afterlife. In a way, it
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Light Behind the Door tells the story of a mother who dies on the operating table, and her journey crossing over into the afterlife. The story is inspired by the death of the authors own mother. It is an interesting concept. The book reads, in my opinion, more like a blog post than a novel. It seems like it is written by an ordinary person telling a story. That said, it is an interesting story. It has some ideas about the afterlife that are not typical. I also like that is tells the story off ...more
Renee Spicuzza
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Janka Jakobi’s, “A Light Behind the Door: A Travel Story from Beyond,” is a novel that focuses in on the time beyond death and what happens when the soul has left the body. The story follows Ursula, a single mother who has fought hard to be where she is, but still stricken with illness that eventually kills her. She ends up on the top of the OR with Celine, her guide through the afterlife, showing her the ropes. Ursula’s daughter, Sabine, is trying to work out her grief in the real world, but ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A light behind the door: A Travel Story from Beyond by Janka Jacobi is a very interesting book. We all have heard about life after death in a great diversity of ways, and I think the author uses part of that knowledge to create her view of life after death. Is a very easy to read novel, that attracts your attention all the way till the end, because she does a mixture of life after death with real life at the same moment and makes the plot interesting using a lot of psychology and intuition which ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Many people have different views on what happens after death, but of course no one knows for sure what happens. It is up to you to decide what you think is next. In this story, the main character, Ursula, dies in a hospital. She is then helped by her guardian angel and taught what it is like to be dead, which isn’t really that unpleasant. For starters, she no longer has to worry about pain, time, or eating. The ideas mentioned regarding afterlife and reincarnation are interesting, and not all ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great thing about this book is that it can be read in an afternoon, and you will probably want to read it quickly once you get into the story. It tells us about the life of Ursula, but it doesn’t tell the story in a precise chronological way. It tells us about how she lived her life and how she got sick and was in the hospital. It also tells us about how she died and left her daughter heartbroken. However, the best part is when it tells us what happens to her after that. It is a life story as ...more
Marsha Allen
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Light Behind the Door: A Travel Story from Beyond by Janka Jakobi is an interesting read. The story begins with Ursula's death and her watching it from above in the operating room. She meets her guide Celine at that point and then the story follows her journey into the afterlife. It brings up some interesting and thought provoking ideas on the existence of an afterlife and how those spirits interact with each other and with those left behind. The idea that one can choose to be reborn and also ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Light Behind the Door is very emotive, inspirational and an eye-opener. It deals with the death of a mother -Ursula, and how her only child - Sabine, copes with the loss. Reading this story brought tears to my eyes and also caused some amount of deep reflection. The author deals with the concept of death that I found to be resonating and hoped to be true. The idea of our spirit transcending from the mortal to a higher plane and being a better version of ourselves I found to be convincing.
Susan Mills
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Metaphysical insights on life and death

This small book is packed with information the author has gleaned from many sources. The quality of her writing is very good. The ideas put forth are intense and dense . I enjoyed the book and think most readers will, but don't take it too literally.
Deborah R Reader
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thinking of family members

Often I feel my late husband near me. Wonderful knowing he is with us. Also feel my mom. I would recommend this book to all seeking knowledge of the next trip we will be taking.
Ray George
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A light behind the door

I gave a five rating because I am very interested in life after death I have been there myself and like to read what other people think on the subject
a very good read and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject of life after death
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