Bed Bosh & Beyond

H.T. Manogue
ShortSleeves (2013)
ISBN: 9780977813063
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (3/14)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Bed Bosh & Beyond’ by H.T. Manogue on Blogcritics.

H.T. Manogue presents, in his latest work “Bed Bosh & Beyond,” the late George Carlin as the voice of Robert William McGann’s after-life consciousness. George is summoned, so to speak, to help replay the scenes of Rob’s life and help him learn from his experiences so that his soul can move to its next phase of existence. For me, this concept is hard to explain but Manogue does a perfect job explaining once the reader begins digging into the meat and potatoes of this literary piece. I picked up right from the beginning and was able to fully understand the message that Manogue laid out. 

Manogue has spent over a decade studying and writing about consciousness. Throughout the book I found a cast of characters that were not only colorful but actually quite comical. As Rob watches the plays of his life, he relives the encounters of many different people and how they directly affected his life.  George Carlin often pops in and explains a particular lesson that Rob needs to be aware of, such as a certain judgment Rob may have passed on another person and how that person’s role in Rob’s life affected his personal growth.  Evidence of how the choices we make in our life directly affect our realities. 

Rob’s character is very conservative with strong, open-mouthed opinions on politics and religion. Rob and his wife ran a bed & breakfast for over twenty years and during that time were subjected to many different kinds of crazy people; hippies, pot heads, polygamists, politicians and even the lovely free loving slut of sister-in-law who sleeps with the guests. Each character plays an important part of Rob’s journey and understanding. 

While the story is fictional, there are tons of amazing quotes from many different famous people that fit perfectly into the story to further prove whatever point Manogue is trying to make the reader understand. I found many parts of this book so funny I had to read aloud parts to my mother so she too could get a good laugh. 

Funny business aside, Manogue brings to the table a subject that I feel could be controversial when it comes to the religiously sensitive. It truly takes a mind wide open to be able to absorb the message. My personal take away is this; when the body dies there is no pearly white gate in front of heaven that you must stand in front of, be judged, and either allowed in or cast into hell. What happens to your soul is what you make of it. Whether you want to be hand in hand with Jesus or any other teacher, your soul will unite with that person and they will help you through to your next phase. 

While reading this book, I was reminded of a conversation that I had with a wise elder when I asked him what he thought about the Bible. His response was something to the effect of it being a book of fairy tales to give people something to grasp. My review is not to challenge the beliefs of others, but to point out the fact that Manogue made throughout this book. Each of us possesses a God consciousness within us. I read another book with the same message and personally enjoy entertaining the idea of a God consciousness rather than hell, fire and brimstones. 

To each his own, in their own right and to summarize without going on forever, this book is not for the religious guru but for the one who seeks something more than organized religious beliefs. I hope to I was able to accurately portray the message within these pages for the next reader. I could seriously write a thousand more words about this book but would rather end this review by inviting the open minded to experience this “true enough” story” for themselves as their own consciousness will take what they like and leave the rest. 4 Stars!

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