The Spirits' Book

The Spirits’ Book

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Where it all began. This is the first book of the Spiritist Codification, published in 1857. It takes the form of 1019 questions and answers divided into 29 chapters. In this incredible work, Allan Kardec, a pedagogue and educator, presents questions with an astounding methodical approach, as well as the answers given to him by the spiritual instructors, which significantly helps the reading and understanding processes. This work, which revolutionized our view on life, death, God, and the immortal spirit, is the completion of the teachings started by Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago. Among the many subjects that are explored in great depth it includes God, humanity, Earth and the origin of the universe, reincarnation, spiritual evolution, the universal laws, the spirit in daily life, the social law, the law of progress, ethics, and the future of human life.

Allan Kardec is considered the Codifier of the Spiritist Doctrine for his work on the five books of the Codification—"The Spirits’ Book," "The Mediums’ Book," "The Gospel According to Spiritism," "Heaven and Hell," and "Genesis: Miracles and Predictions According to Spiritism."

About the Authors

Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, known to most by his pseudonym Allan Kardec, was born in Lyon, France on October 3, 1804 in a traditional family that was greatly distinguished in the legal profession and court system. However, he did not pursue those careers and from an early age showed an inclination towards the studies of science and philosophy. Educated in the renowned School of Pestalozzi in Yverdun, Switzerland, Allan Kardec became one of the most eminent pupils of that celebrated teacher and one of the most zealous advertisers of the educational system that would later be of great influence in the reform of the educational system in France and Germany.

From his work on the five books of the Codification—The Spirits’ Book, The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel According to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and Genesis – Miracles and Predictions According to Spiritism—Allan Kardec is considered the Codifier of the Spiritist Doctrine.

Book Information

Title: The Spirits’ Book
Author(s): Allan Kardec and several spirits
Language: English
Source: Translated material from the original French 2ndedition edition
Translation: Nicole Alves
Revision: Helton Mattar Monteiro and Jussara Korngold
Editing: Debi Caron, Elza d’Agosto, Jussara Korngold, Maurício Cisneiros Filho, Peter Hays, and Robert Blakely
Publisher: United States Spiritist Council (USSC)
Location: Middletown, ME, USA
Publication Date: June 26, 2016 (2nd edition)
Number of pages: 394
ISBN(10): 0-9852793-5-4 (paperback version)
ISBN(13): 978-0-9852793-5-6 (paperback version)
Book size (W×H×T): 8½" × 5½" × ⅞" (21.6cm × 14.0cm × 2.2cm)
Print type: Black font on white background
Book format(s): Paperback

Original Material

Title: Le Livre des Esprits
Publisher: Union Spirite Française et Francophone
Location: Paris, France
Publication Date: April 18, 1857
Language: French