The Hand on the Mirror (Hardcover)

A True Story of Life Beyond Death

By Janis Heaphy Durham, Janis Heaphy Durham

Grand Central Publishing, 9781455531301, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

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An unbelievably believable story about the afterlife, with documenting photographs from the former publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper.
In 2004, Janis Heaphy Durham's husband, Max Besler, died of cancer at age 56. The daughter of a Presbyterian minister, she practiced her faith as she struggled with her loss. Soon she began encountering phenomena unlike anything she'd ever experienced: lights flickering, doors opening and closing, clocks stopping at 12:44, the exact time of Max's death. But then something startling happened that changed Heaphy Durham's life forever. A powdery handprint appeared on her bathroom mirror on the first anniversary of Max's death.
This launched Heaphy Durham on a journey that transformed her spiritually and altered her view of reality forever. She interviewed scientists and spiritual practitioners along the way, as she discovered that the veil between this world and the next is thin and it's love that bridges the two worlds.

About the Author

Janis Heaphy Durham was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1951. After earning bachelors and masters degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she was hired in the "Los Angeles Times" advertising department, rising to senior vice president of advertising. In 1998 she was named the first publisher of the "Sacramento Bee," which won two Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership. Janis retired from the newspaper industry in 2008 and focused her energy on researching and writing this book. For more information, please visit