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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475988753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475988758
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Louisa Oakley Green has worked as a newspaper reporter, public relations manager, and creative director. A University of South Carolina journalism graduate, Green also studied college science for medical writing in New Jersey and traditional astrology in London. Her work and interests maintain a curiosity-inspired balance between science and mysticism.

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Louisa Oakley Green didn't believe in psychic phenomena when she met her husband, Stephen. But more than twenty years later, her views have changed. This book chronicles her journey from skeptic to believer through more than 100 paranormal stories involving her husband, his family, and friends.

A scribe for several decades, her passion for the written word is evidenced in a career that has included working as a newspaper reporter, humor columnist, health magazine editor, public relations manager, advertising copywriter, medical writer, and finally, executive creative director of a digital advertising agency. These days, she earns her living as a freelance writer.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism, she has also studied biology, biochemistry, and anatomy in support of her medical writing. In addition, she spent two years learning how to draw up and interpret traditional astrology charts through the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. Her work and interests maintain a curiosity-inspired balance between science and mysticism.
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The stories are heart-warming and inspiring.
joy221
As I read the book I realized how many of the things that happened to other people had also happened to me.
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I found the book very easy to read and written in beautiful English, which made it all the more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joy221 on August 12, 2013
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I think one of the more interesting aspects of this book was that it was written from the point of view of someone who was once very much, a skeptic. Although she is a self-admitted "non-believer" with a strong scientific background, Louisa obviously has a very open mind, and a strong sense of curiosity which have inspired her to explore the subject of psychic phenomena at length. Having married into a family in which paranormal events are frequent, and family members are very vocal and accepting of these occurrences, Louisa has spent 2 decades listening to their stories and pondering their meanings. These accounts are detailed in "Loitering at the Gate", as well as those of many other friends, relatives and acquaintances.

The stories are heart-warming and inspiring. The book is thought-provoking and beautifully written, and also contains sidebars with lots of pertinent and helpful information about psychic phenomena. I loved this book and look forward to more writings from Louisa Green in the future!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eric rudy on August 7, 2013
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This book caught my eye and although I have never been one for the Psychic world I found the title appealed to me. As I read the book I realized how many of the things that happened to other people had also happened to me. I had just put them away somewhere in my mind. I remember out of body experiences as a child... flying to places I had never been. I remembered as a child when I would be punished and not allowed to go out of our yard I would project myself into the trees so I could see what my friends were doing. I remember ghosts and pleas for help that I just answered without thinking it was strange. I understood the vibrations of energy and how they had affected my life and how I perhaps can get them back. I applaud Ms.Greene for her insight and her guiding me to explore a part of me that I had almost forgotten. This is my husband's site and I am now encouraging him to read the book.
Russ Weatherford
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Thron on June 27, 2014
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"Loitering at the Gate…" is one of my favorite reading surprises of the year. As a skeptic myself, I had some trepidation about the subject matter when a friend suggested that I read this. Interestingly, this is precisely the right frame of mind to approach this book as the author herself is someone who had felt the same way all her life. As a result, she deals with the theme with a balanced and objective approach that I found refreshing.

The numerous stories from various people she has met cover a broad range of subjects and there are bound to be many that connect with anyone reading the book. Whether it is surprising physical signs of a benign (or otherwise) presence, sudden knowledge of something previously unknown, or a powerful intuition of impending danger, many of the stories left me pondering how I would feel in such a situation and wishing I could personally talk to the subjects to hear more about their experiences.

The short nature of the stories works quite well here. The sheer number of occurrences related by different people from every walk of life helps to build a sense that there is probably far more going on around and inside us than we sense on a moment to moment basis. All of this is conveyed while keeping everything firmly grounded in reality, which is the real strength of this work. I have no doubt that each of these events was experienced by these people. Therefore, if even a portion of these are completely true, the point is still well made that we are far more than we seem, which is absolutely fascinating.

The book is also written with skillful artistry. Ms. Green is an excellent writer, pulling us in effortlessly with a smart and humorous style which is a pleasure to read. I look forward to reading more work from her entertaining and insightful mind.

An unexpected pleasure that comes highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Mitchell on January 31, 2014
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The author makes no claims for her own psychic ability. Her background is that of a newspaper reporter with a science education. As a true skeptic, she approaches psi phenomenon with a curious and open mind. Her reporter's objectivity fixed firmly in place, she found herself not only married into her husband's psychic family but also hearing many stories from friends over the years who had paranormal experiences. When we interviewed Louisa Oakley Green on the Mantz and Mitchell radio show, she said, "There were so many fascinating things that happened and I would feel 'Well, that's kind of interesting!' and I'd kind of keep it in the back of my mind but it wasn't going to convert me overnight. I just came from too strong a background of skepticism, and I don't think that's unhealthy." Her collection of stories reveals much about how the psychically-gifted see, hear, and feel with their extra sensory perception. In the end, the author does not ask anyone to believe or disbelieve but to be an open-minded thinker about the invisible world all around us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magda on February 20, 2014
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I very much enjoyed reading this book because of its down-to-earth approach to very strange experiences, which makes them almost seem "normal" and "natural". I must admit that this was the very first book I read on this topic and it is indeed an excellent introduction to the subject of psychic phenomena, as it also explains key concepts alongside the stories it tells. It certainly has given me plenty of food for thought - and at the end of the book there are a few pages with recommendations for further reading for those who wish to go deeper into this subject. I found the book very easy to read and written in beautiful English, which made it all the more enjoyable. I look forward to more!
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