“In brief, Swedenborg was the instrumental means of making known to mankind a detailed account of life after physical death, of the occupations and the activities of those who dwell in the spiritual world, and of the practical steps to be taken in this life so as to lay the foundations for a happy and useful eternal life. Swedenborg provided a clear, logical and consistent view of spiritual life and brought it within the comprehension of people who yearned to have reliable knowledge of the post-mortem state. Some of the earlier accounts of the spiritual world, such as the Egyptian Imy Duat (What is in the Underworld) and the Tibetan Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead) sought to describe levels, places and events in that realm, but only general portrayals were set forth. By comparison, Swedenborg has provided us with detailed descriptions of what people do in the spiritual world, how they dress, where they live and what occupations they follow. His honest accounts of what he directly perceived make a striking impact upon the reader and, in many cases, forever alter one’s view of life in its visible and invisible phases."
- Dr Philip Groves, Swedenborg’s Might Contribution to the Welfare of the Soul. The Swedenborg Lending Library and Enquiry Centre, 1997