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4.2  ·  Rating details ·  2,677 Ratings  ·  663 Reviews
On Christmas Day, 1998, Lance Richardson was involved in an accident which later left him in a comatose state for several weeks. While his body was being kept alive by medical support equipment, his spirit passed into the world beyond. In "The Message," Lance describes his experience in the world of spirits and delivers to us a message giving a greater understanding of the ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by American Family Publishing
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Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tim by: Josh
This book has a great message. I was truly inspired by this account of the life hereafter and the lessons he learned I could hear ring true. I actually appreciate the length of the book and how Lance doesn’t mess around with adding a lot of extra stuff. He gets strait to the point and tells it like it happened. I was really surprised at everything he was able to remember and I am ashamed to say the skeptic in me was trying to break free but I honestly believe this story to be true and I am excit ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Susannah
Recommended to Jeana by: Michelle Willis
Yes, I read an "inspirational" book and the worst part was that I liked it and I was inspired. Geez. What's wrong with me?

This story is about a man who has a near-death experience and writes down what he saw. I have read other books like this and this tends to be similar (regardless of faith if any), so I can't help but believe that they're telling the story the way they remember it.

I found several points interesting: First, I liked the idea that when we on earth need help it's our loved ones i
Dec 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have read in the neighborhood of 2000 "Near Death" experiences in books, videos, interviews, articles, television reports, etc. Most of the stories I have read are on the websites NDERF and ILANDS. I consider myself an "expert" on the NDE, at least as far as having been exposed to a broad spectrum point of view on them, and at least more reading done on them than the average person. Also having been an active Mormon for several decades has given me somewhat of a not-so-easily-discounted opinio ...more
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever lost someone they love. This book brings so much peace.
I don't give 5 stars very often. But this is a must read. It is short and you can finish it in a day. This is a true story about a man who was in a coma for two weeks and wasn't suppose to live. He visited the spirit world and was sent back to earth to read this book. I know that it sound suspicious but even the harshest critics have read it and liked it. It is written by an LDS man and follows the LDS beliefs. I walked away with a sense of overwhelming love that our Heavenly Father has for each ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. My Dad has been trying to get me to read it for years, and I finally caved when suddenly everyone else I knew was reading it. My inner skeptic was beating against the bars of its cage pretty violently at times, but at the end of the day, whether I believe everything in this book really happened or not, it has a really great takeaway message.

The Message is a really quick read--only a matter of hours. It isn't what I would normally consider well-written, but I
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
After I read The Message, I read the reviews on Amazon. Because it was poorly written, doubts were cast in many people. I believe he is honest and actually experienced what he says he did. It's a shame he didn't have someone (else) read it before it went to print.

The overall message is good and inspirational: serve others, God knows and loves us, liberty came at a price; we need to protect the nation from self destruction by doing our part. My favorite thing from this book: I love the idea of my
Kyla Harris (ourbookworlds)
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Good story. Good message.
My dad personally knows the son of the author, who is now dead, so it was cool
reading a story by someone I can somewhat connect with.
Tim Malone
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
You may not like my review. I’m afraid I’m like some of the one-star folks on Amazon. I felt there was something wrong with the book the moment I read it. It felt contrived. It seemed packaged. It was slick even though it was in need of further editing. I don’t know how else to say it. I know 95% of people who reviewed it said it was wonderful. I think that’s because the message is so focused on…well, on the message of the LDS Church today. To me, it was a bit over the top in hammering the point ...more
Karen Russell
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when my son was first diagnosed with cancer. I read it to him just a few weeks before his passing. He had started to read it about 6 months before, but didn't finish it. This was the one book he wanted me to read it to him. It was very comforting to him and myself. So many things in this book I know to be true. I know that my son is doing great things not only for our family but other children who face things similar battles like his own. I recommend this to anyone who has ...more
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
I know that current circumstances in your life affect how you feel when reading a book. I wasn't feeling well while reading this book. Maybe that is what happened, but maybe not. I wanted to like this book, to be impressed, to be touched. I wasn't at all. There was no whispering of Spirit, no tingle, no touching of my soul. I wasn't amazed or moved in any way. It wasn't that I disagreed with anything or found it unbelievable, it was just flat..... flatter than a pancake, maybe more like a crepe. ...more
Sarah Capps
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part

the young soldier looked back at his friends and fellow warriors. Then turning back to me, he looked directly into my eyes and said, "We have given our all for the preservation of the United States of America, in order that Zion of the last days may one day be built upon her soil. We continue to serve God in this effort, working upon the people of the nation to continue to choose sovereignty, peace, and freedom based upon the inalienable rights grantee by God. We have and still a
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Contrived? Honest? Experience with misinterpretations? Exaggerations? I just don't know. I liked this book the first time I read it but then I wondered...."If God really wanted us to know the things that were discussed in this book...wouldn't he pass along "the message" through a living prophet?"... Just saying

There are better NDE's out there. Had he just shared his experience without his thoughts on the future, I probably would have given this short story 5 stars. We have the scriptures and li
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I believe strongly in life with God after our earthly life and have read many accounts of near-death experiences as well as scriptural references. After the death of our son in 2010 I was having a very difficult time finding peace in my life. Reading this book was the beginning of true healing for me. Although I already knew intellectually many of the things described in his experience, the detail was so vivid and real that it bridged the gap for me between believing and truly knowing. The inter ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read a couple accounts of near-death experiences that are really hard to follow ... This is not one of them. I loved the way Lance shared his story, without trying too hard to be profound or over complicating things. The story in and of itself is profound. The principles he shared of life in the next realm agree with LDS doctrine and just made sense to me. I especially liked his emphasis on the importance of families and how family members on both sides of the veil are working together to h ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
My friend gave me this book after my Mom passed away and I found it comforting and reassuring.
Although parts of it feel more like a fiction story, I believe in life after death. I felt comfort in thinking it would be so great to have family meet me when it's my turn to die -- especially my Mom :)
It's a comforting book for those who have lost a loved one :)
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-books
This is a wonderful and inspiring book. It can give great comfort to anyone who has lost a loved one. I would recommend this book to anyone and if they will read it with an open heart and mind they will be touched and know of its truth.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an account of a near death experience. I thought it was interesting how Richardson was allowed the opportunity to continue his life and had a mission to complete, yet he had such a long road to recovery after awakening from his coma. That rings true for all of us, having important work to do, but having obstacles in our way, testing our characters and putting us through the refiners fire. I could tell that Richardson made a concerted effort to write from a more neutrally religious perspe ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A friend lent me this book recently and I think it is so encouraging! If you’ve ever wondered what happens after we die, this book is amazing. The author suffered severe complications after an accident that left him comatose for some time. During this time, he visited the Spirit World three times and returned with a message to share. God lives and He loves us as His precious children. I loved the idea that we will speak spirit-to-spirit, as well as verbally, on the other side of the veil. There ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
The LDS author has a near-death experience. He is taught in the Spirit World by deceased relatives and friends. The Message he shares is: The importance of the family in time and Eternity, and the need to strenghten and fortify families. Our deceased relatives give us help and assistance...they are part of how Heavenly Father answers our prayers. The importance of Service and how it makes a Zion society as we serve others and care deeply about their needs. Our nation is on the brink of self dest ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. it is a quick easy read and the author gets right to the point of the experience, which i appreciated. there are many aspects of this book that were so interesting. i don't want to give them all away--and stop reading now if you want to read it for yourself and be surprised, but i loved how Lance (the author) says that before we are even born some of us agreed to die early in life so that we could become spiritual helpers to those family members and friends that we left ...more
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just before Christmas I went to visit a friend of mine who just lost her son not too many months ago, she sent me home with this book to read. My husband and I read it together. It was soooo inspiring. I am so thankful that this man shared his experience with us. I was intrigued with many parts of his story. I loved the part where he talks of his grandfather and himself going in the spirit to his dad to inspire him to come quickly and give his son a blessing. Another idea I loved was a quick com ...more
Dec 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I shouldn't be so severe, but I am not a fan of afterlife accounts. I guess you can call me a believing skeptic. I don't doubt that someone has had an afterlife experience and returned to tell about it. But I don't believe every account I hear. This one sounded more like a dream where the man's mind recalled a lot of good things he has learned over the course of his life and put them together into a scenario/dream while he was in a coma. I might even agree that his spirit left his body for a tim ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
I love life after death experiences. I enjoy reading them, although as a member of the LDS church I tend to be wary when someone is "sent back" to deliver a message. I don't mind it so much for family and friends, because that I believe would be the proper order. When it comes to the world I am not so sure.

"The message" he brings back is nothing not said by our church leaders so it fits with what many of us frequently hear.

Not the best of the life after death experience books, but not the worst
Courtney Gorden
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't sleep last night and a friend had told me about this book so I downloaded it to my kindle. I read almost all of it last night and finished it today. It's pretty short and a super quick read. I loved it.
The book is the author's near death experience and about how his spirit leaves his body and spends some time in the Spirit World. He talks about what he learns and sees.
This book was eye opening and one of those books that helps you focus on your priorities.
I would especially recommend
Crystalee Beck
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written simply and honestly, Richardson shares his after-death experience. I feel such sadness for the years of pain he faced, but I'm grateful he listened to the call to write and share what he learned when his spirit was away from his body.

He brought back important reminders of what truly matters in life: Family. Service. Love. I came away inspired to love my family more and wondering how those who've passed on before me have influenced me already. They are not far away, as Richardson witness
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book last year. I was interested especially because Kev actually bought it and wanted to read it. When he was selling one summer, he talked to a convert of the church that said this was the book that made him want to know more about the gospel. It's an outter life experience. I found it very interesting and incredible of the love of our Savior and the great Plan of Happiness. It made me really think of what this life will be like after we pass. I'm grateful for the knowledge I have a ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy
This book brought me comfort and strength. I now consider myself passionate about NDE books, this being the third I've enjoyed in the last couple of months. Visions of Glory was the first and most life changing, and now I compare all NDE books to that one. For that reason, even though this book was terrific, it's not near Visions of Glory, and I give it 4 stars.

"I am just an ordinary man who had an extraordinary experience. I bring nothing new to the table. Rather, I am a Witness that these thin
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: To my chidren and spouses
Recommended to Camille by: My bishop
Shelves: biography
I learned so many things, actually had reinforced what I already knew. I would love others to read it and share what they think.

One thing I learned was that this man's life was so very difficult, but the courage and love he and his family developed because of the author's trials was remarkable. Family relationships are most important. You can go through anything with god's help and the love of family.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
A few years ago my coworker's young wife died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism when she was six months pregnant with their first child. His experience greatly affected me. When he told me that The Message was a huge comfort to him I knew I had to read it.

I have a natural fascination with the afterlife; this account has given me a glimpse that has changed how I visualize death. I am grateful for Richardson's experience and his attempt at sharing this message of service and truth.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by a dear friend after my husband passed away. It's about a near-death experience, and I found it very sweet and comforting. I feel like I know a little more now about what Mike is experiencing on the other side and how he and other loved ones can come to the assistance of family members here on earth. The message about the importance of service was also very touching to me.
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