The Other Side of Heaven: An After Death Experience is Russell and Virginia Vassallo's new book. They co-authored the book after Russ's heart attack in 2014.
Barbara M. had this to say about The Other Side of Heaven: "I can't seem to put the book down!! Must be pretty good!!"
Susan from Wisconsin said, " I'm so hooked on your book. I'm almost halfway through. I so applaud your honest walk through marriage, trials and the near death that Russell faced...as well as you. I can so relate to it all...from the emotions, the fears, the depression, anxiety, lack of communication, marriage struggling...and still managing to keep the love between you."
Review by Penny Woods in Kentucky Living Magazine
Liberty author Russell Vassallo, in his retirement from a career in law, has successfully authored a variety of books from stories of his family's Mafia ties to heart-warming animal tales. Afgter a recent health scare, he and wife Virginia, also an author, have teamed up to write about the experience each had during some precarious moments when life and death hung in the balance for Russell.
The Other Side of Heaven: An After-Death Experience alternates by chapter between the points of view of Russell and Virginia. Russell's writing demonstrates well the passing between conscious thought and semi-conscious sthought as he drifted in and out of awareness. As his grasp on his immediate surroundings lessened, he found his spiritual awareness heightened, leaving him unsure if he wanted to fight to stay on Earth a while longer, or to follow the presence, filled with peace and vois of pain, that beckoned him. Over the course of several days when doctors didn't know if he would survive through the night, Russell groggily reviewed much of his life, asessing mistakes and counting blessings, ultimately realizing how deep Virginia's love runs for him, something he had doubted for years.
In Virginia's chapters, readers will experience her frantic worry, her handling of tasks simply to keep her mind busy, her anguish as she prepares for life without the man she deeply loves. However, one will also see a strong woman who, though her heart is breaking, takes charge of the situation almost immediately, making sure animals are fed, arrangements made just to Russell's liking, and family members are kept informed. Her attention to detail in her writing puts the reader right there beside her like a close confidant.
It would seem such a scare has caused a real change in this couple's lives. Perhaps Russell gained a new appreciation for the woman who promised to stay by his side for better or worse. Virginia, it seems, learned to accept help, and lean on friends when the road gets rocky. In the wisdom of the man who has endured much, Russell advises, "To change is difficult. To remain changed is even more so." For change, they are both grateful.