I've been through The soul after death. This is a tremendously powerful book. Really one of the most poweful I've read, because it gives such graphic descriptions of heaven and hell based on accounts of the saints. Fr. Rose shows, based on Orthodox theology and accounts of the saints, what happens with the soul after death. He takes the reader on a remarkable journey. A story that hit me was the account of a Christian soldier who was death for 6 hours. He then came back to life and described how he went up into the air, was tempted by demons at so called aerial toll houses, where the toll was paid for the sins he did. The angels would compare his sins and his good deeds at every tollhouse. If he'd pass, he'd move one tollhouse closer to Heaven. On one of the last tollhouses, fornication, he was swept back to hell as he committed acts of fornication he didn't repent for. Then, by the grace of God, he came back to live to tell the story and ended up being a saint.
This book will have tremendous impact on you, at least it will have for me, as now heaven and hell truly have a picture in your mind. You realize the endless blessings of heaven, while also realising the endless misery of hell. It also makes you realize that this is all that matters, all that we're living for, to make it to heaven through our thoughts, words and deeds, God willing. What I realized was how unprepared those without any faith or conception of a religious truth are for anything that is coming. Knowing this brings the responsibility to act on it, as for the first time in my search for truth in Christ I feel that I actually have to change my ways and take up that responsibility.