Grace Duffie Boylan's first edition of Thy Son Liveth was written anonymously for fear that she would be ridiculed by her peers. This book is very different from her other works. It is non-fictionabout her son who had just been killed in Flanders fighting in World War I. Furthermore, it is an exact transcription of their conversations via Morse code on a telegraph machineafter he died.
Boylan states: "What I felt to see my only son go to war is just what other mothers have felt, and will feel, as more and more young men are given to their country. But what I have to reveal is what every father and mother should know. And quite simply I am going to tell it. This book is published with the hope that it will give comfort to those of whom the war has demanded the bodies of their loved ones."
The book's message, as expressed in one of Bob's communications to his mother, is: "There is no death. Life goes on without hindrance or handicap. The one thing that troubles the men who come here is the fact that the ones that loved them, are in agony."
This special edition of Thy Son Liveth: Messages From A Soldier To His Mother has been edited, redesigned and re-typeset for easier reading by the author's great grand-niece. Some of the jargon of the early 20th century has been carefully replaced with words used today, to facilitate understanding as well as to avoid the distraction of words whose meaning has subtly changed over time.
"This is a true story of a woman and her son. The boy's strongest desire was to "get across" the message to all who mourn, that their loved ones are really not dead but intensely alive, performing prescribed duties and only distressed and hampered by the grief of those living on earth. A comforting and extraordinary book for the "spiritual truth seeker" or anyone who has lost a loved one." --Reader from Alabama
"This timeless message from a young man killed in WWI to his grieving mother is as important today as it was in 1918." --Reader from North Carolina
"Books like these are very comforting." --Reader from Oregon
"If you can find this book I recommend that you read it. I pleaded with publishers to republish this bookit was intended for many to read." --Reader from Florida