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Stafford Betty publishes novel set in the afterlife

A nationally celebrated but self-absorbed philosophy professor finds himself very much alive following a fatal plane crash in an afterlife world he was absolutely certain could not exist. A pushy and insensitive alpha male in the habit of manipulating students, colleagues, and his wife according to his various needs, he relives events from the viewpoint of his victims and faces the consequences of his karma. From the front ranks of academic philosophy he falls to the level of a back-row student in a "classroom" where love, service, and generosity form the better part of the curriculum. As he watches others move ahead into higher worlds, he presses on toward his own future with one of the women he rejected, who has been stuck in the Shadowlands since her suicide many years before. How far will he extend himself to help her free herself from her personal hell? Will he "grow his soul" enough to sidestep another birth on earth, or will he have to "repeat the grade"? And what about her? Descriptions of the afterworld based on spirit communications provide a consistently arresting setting.

The Imprisoned Splendor is much more than a paranormal romance. Many readers will be captivated by the spirit-charged world they find here-with its unfamiliar laws and culture, its vivid landscapes and astral cities, and its lessons for common earth dwellers like us as we look toward our own future beyond death. This is not a religious book, but it does have a strong spiritual message. It talks with compassion to wounded, struggling human beings, and it suggests that the Universe, moral to the core, holds us accountable for our actions in a world that many of us, like Kiran, don't even suspect exists.

". . . a riveting, action-filled, visionary" novel set in the afterlife. Wisdom Magazine

"The vast wealth of information [Betty] has collected throughout a life dedicated to metaphysical studies, and especially his earlier work The Afterlife Unveiled, give The Imprisoned Splendor its unique spiritual flavor." The Bakersfield Californian

CSUB professor debuts new book on afterlife

The Afterlife Unveiled

What happens to us when we die? Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, nothingness? None of the above says CSUB religious studies professor Stafford Betty in a new book titled “The Afterlife Unveiled.”

Extensive research by Stafford Betty tells us that the world of the “dead” is probably very real and close by. In this book he surveys some of the world’s richest channeled material. What emerges is a spiritual or “astral” world of awesome beauty with an overall plan explaining not only the purpose of life over there, but ours right here. Readers will be impressed by the orderliness, justice, and immense scale of the divine plan revealed there. They are likely to conclude, based on these accounts, that death is not the end, but that a mighty world lies just ahead–followed by other worlds still more evolved. If the spirits we meet here in these vivid accounts are authentic–and there is surprisingly strong evidence suggesting they are–then we will find new incentive for “growing our souls” and bettering our world. The best of this literature might be the truest revelation of our time.

Said John Hick, author of Death and Eternal Life, philosopher of global religion:

“There can be few, if any, more important questions than what happens to us when we die. This book contains what purport to be reports from people who have died, telling us in what conditions they live, and how they may move on from one sphere to another. Whatever they may make of this, everyone will find it intensely interesting.”

You can pick up a copy of the book at the ‘Runner Bookstore, at Russo’s, at any Barnes & Noble store by special order, or at

Stafford Betty, Ph.D., is an expert on afterlife studies and has been a professor of religious studies at California State University, Bakersfield, for almost forty years. He has authored seven books and published numerous articles in scholarly journals and the popular press. He lectures frequently on the subject of life after death and regularly teaches a course on death and afterlife at CSUB.

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Dr. Stafford Betty,
Professor of Religious Studies

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  Stafford Betty

Dr. Stafford Betty

Persons I Especially Admire:

Mother Teresa 


Oliver Lodge

George Eliot


Huston Smith

John Hick

William James







John Henry Newman

Main Academic Interests:
  •      Philosophy of religion
  •      Asian religion and philosophy
  •      Paranormal studies
  •      Spirituality and mysticism
  •      Religion and philosophy in fiction
  •      Mind-body problem
  •      Religion and science

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