HOW MEDIUM ALBERT BEST CONVINCED REVEREND DAVID KENNEDY
ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE
David Kennedy was a successful consulting
engineer before he gave up his career and went back to university
to study to become a minister in the Church of Scotland.
Once he was ordained, his scientific background and logical
mind, his deep sincerity and outstanding gift of oratory
ensured that he became one of Scotland’s most widely
known ministers. However he did not believe in communication
The following account is
from Gordon Smith's excellent book The Unbelievable
Truth and from David Kennedy's book A Venture into
" The death of his wife Ann hit David very hard. He
found life becoming increasingly difficult without her and
his faith in God was being tested to its very limits. Remembering
her vow to give him a sign that her spirit lived on, he
went to visit a Spiritualist medium called Lexie Findletter.
She gave him a message from a woman called Ann who claimed
to be his wife, but David’s skepticism and religious
conditioning didn’t allow him to accept it. However,
as he got up to leave the room, Mrs Findletter said:
'Your wife is determined to communicate with you and she’ll
find a way.'
A week after his meeting with the medium,
David felt even worse. Had his wife really been trying to
get a message through to him? What if he hadn't given her
a proper chance? In despair he said out loud to the empty
“Come on, Ann, give me a sign, something that no one
could possibly know, please”.
He lay down on the sofa, feeling exhausted
at the thought of the sermon he would have to prepare for
his service later that day. The next thing he knew, he was
being woken by the sound of the phone ringing loudly. Lifting
his head from the arm of the sofa, he looked at the clock
on the wall and started to panic as he realized he only
had five minutes to prepare his sermon and find a clean
minister's collar. Ignoring the phone, he fumbled round
the room looking for old notes and trying to remember where
his clean collars were. Still the phone rang. Eventually
he grabbed the receiver and shouted angrily, 'Can I help
‘Your wife Ann is with me’, says a voice. ‘She
tells me that your clean collars are in the bottom drawer
of your wardrobe and the speech you prepared last year for
this service is in the top drawer of your desk. Incidentally,
my name is Albert Best. Goodbye.’
In the weeks that followed he (David) set
about finding Albert and putting his powers to the test.
He found out that Ann had appeared to Albert in spirit form
and had provided the information about the collars, the
sermon and the phone number.
As time passed David learned that if he sent out a thought
to his wife when he was alone in the house, within a short
time Albert would be on the phone with the answer.
After much thought and investigation into his experiences,
David decided to write his story, which later became a book
A Venture in Immortality." It includes
data from visits to 11 different mediums.
One spectacular example of the detailed accuracy of medium
Albert Best occurred after David had spent the afternoon
taking out his wife's mother. That night he received a phone
call from the medium who said that David's wife Ann was
with him. He proceeded to outline everything David had done