by Connie R. Taylor
Before Birth, Beyond Death is an inspirational guide for young children faced with the death of someone close to them. It offers an easily understood source of guidance concerning the deep questions and meanings of life at a level that can be grasped by preschool-aged youth. Parents may choose to share these messages with their children by reading the book to them. Older children can read and enjoy the book themselves. Either way, the realities of the pre-mortal existence, the purposes of earth experiences and the glorious blessings expected in the future life will be conveyed to all who study this insightful explanation.
Children will receive easily understood instruction explaining how trials on earth are the tools their Father in Heaven has given them to help them grow and develop. The concept of free agency and their opportunity to return to their heavenly home if they so choose is carefully explained.
The book introduces children to the meaning and reality of death. Information beneficial to both parents and children is given to help them cope with death and the sorrow that accompanies it. Descriptions and explanations of paradise, the spirit prison, and missionary work beyond the veil are given.
With a sensitivity heightened by her own experiences with death, the author handles these important subjects with warmth, simplicity and tenderness. Before Birth, Beyond Death will be a welcome guide for any parent faced with having to explain death and life’s eternal meanings to a child.