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"Emanuel Swedenborg (born Emanuel Swedberg) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic, and theologian. Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. At the age of fifty-six he entered into a spiritual phase, in which he experienced dreams and visions. This culminated in a spiritual awakening, where he claimed he was appointed by the Lord to write a heavenly doctrine to reform Christianity. He claimed that the Lord had opened his eyes, so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk with angels, demons, and other spirits. For the remaining 28 years of his life, he wrote and published 18 theological works, of which the best known was Heaven and Hell (1758), and several unpublished theological works." (Quote from wikipedia.org) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406899607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406899603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,795,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, inventor, and theologian who made significant discoveries in many of the natural sciences, including astronomy, anatomy, geology, and mineralogy. At age fifty-five, his intensive search for answers to ultimate questions culminated in an awakening that gave him a unique insight into the workings of the spiritual world. He spent the remainder of his life writing about his experiences and how human beings can come to a deeper awareness of the divine.

Swedenborg's ideas have influenced people as diverse as Helen Keller, Johnny Appleseed, William Blake, Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, D.T. Suzuki, Jorge Luis Borges, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. The continuing appeal of his thought undoubtedly lies in his insights into the afterlife, concepts of divine love, and focus on personal and social development.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George on September 4, 2012
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I was not well read about Swedenborg so I decided to look this book over and was very glad I did. A very complex thinker and indepth reading is required. The price on kindle makes it a win-win situation.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scottie d. on June 27, 2013
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Having met a young man a couple of years ago who was a born, bred and devoted follower of Emanuel Swedenborg, I ( being somewhat of an Armchair Theologian) became curious as to who this man with the funny name could be and what he taught. I listened intently as this highly intelligent young man began to tell me about this man who talked with angels, devils, Satan, the Virgin Mary, spirits of men from Other planets in the solar system, even the moon, who had revealed truths to him about heaven (three if them) the Hells (three also) and a myriad of other things that were beyond my Imagination. I looked in my library to see if I could find out anything about him from any of his contemporaries and found that John Wesley had written about him in a very unfavorable way but with compassion, recounting, a testimony of a mutual acquaintance who told of a time when Swedenborg had been taken with a very high fever while visiting with him and began saying "I am Jesus Christ" stripped off his clothes and ran out into the wet streets and began wallowing in the mire. The y were able to get him back into the house and get him cleaned up and he recovered in a few days (I don't recall how many) and it was after this as Wesley understood it, that he began having the conversations with spirits in the spirit world etc. Wesley said of Swedenborgs mind that it was "majestic but in ruins" from what I have read from him I feel the same. There is a blend of profound depth of intellect and even spiritual illumination, with schizoid insanity, and fantastic hallucination that makes Swedenborgs writing both profitable ( to the strong minded,) and pitiful due to the insanity that is obvious to all but the extreme idiosyncratic who actually hold this guys writing on a level with the sacred scriptures.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By johnthebuilder on May 12, 2013
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A good small anthology of Swedenborg's writing; the excerpts are short and invite the reader to seek out the full texts to read deeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Kolb on January 28, 2014
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Every book written by Swedenborg I have enjoyed. I am amazed of how well educated he was and so easy to read and understand his writing.
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