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The Other Side of Heaven

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.

Russ designed the front cover of the book to reflect his experience of being on the outskirts of Heaven and meeting his Guardian Angel.

This is the back cover of The Other Side of Heaven: An After Death Experience.

I would have asked God to strike me sooner if only I had known the profit of dying from a widow-maker heart attack.  The doctors gave me little chance of surviving and yet a gift from God kept me alive.  But I was to learn much, much more: patience; love; forgiveness; insight.

I saw the outline of Heaven not far off in the distance.  No light in the tunne.  No Angels singing or playing harps.  Just an exquisite aura of harmony and peace.

My death and resurrection awoke in me all the knowledge I had denied myself over the years.  I saw myself for what I truly was. I saw those who loved me for the very first time.  I felt the pain and troubles of others.  I felt the hand of God touching me with His love.  I know things far beyond what I should know, even deep secrets of my wife and family.  My Guardian Angel, Malchias, inspires me with knowledge.  I can see good and evil in the eyes of others.

Most of us know we have a Guardian Angel, but how many of us can converse with him?  He has given me a wisdom and knowledge far beyond that which I ever had.  I see the dead and their spirits.  I feel the sensitivities of other people.  I exude love and receive love in return.  If I had known what I would learn from God and my own life, I would have wished and prayed for this heart attack fifty years ago. By granting me the gift of life, God has touched me in a very special way and in that special way, I see the world and life with insight and appreciation.  For truly God is Great!  And truly He has marked me with His love.