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When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"She clarifies the very notion of ghosts and enables readers to explore this subject without the oversimplification or sensationalism often attributed to ghosts in movies." --Library Journal Reviews
"Her neighborly, conversational presentation of a subject that has been shrouded in mystery and controvery for centuries make for an enjoyable and refreshing look at the subject of the afterlife." --The Roanoke Times
"A how-to book for all of us who are fascinated by the unknown... I found it compelling and enlightening." --Chattanooga Times Free Press
"WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK lends an interesting perspective on our popular concept of ghost stories."--The Daily Record
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories involve speaking with the spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light. Over the course of her work as a paranormal investigator, Mary Ann's reputation
Mary Ann Winkowski has spread around the world. She has long been a consultant to the CBS hit television show "Ghost Whisperer," has appeared on numerous national and local TV and radio news programs and is a much in-demand speaker. She has two-grown daughters and lives with her husband, Ted, in the Cleveland area.
Mary Ann has offered her abilities to those in need across the United States and in far away places such as St. Lucia, and Scotland. She is contacted regularly by Federal agencies and local police precincts investigating cold cases and other unsolved crimes. In addition to private consultations that have taken her into the homes of everyone from high profile celebrities to prominent businessmen, she is contacted by businesses, hospitals, clergy and various organizations, including major-league sports franchises who need her help.
In her first book WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits (Grand Central Publishing, October 2007) Mary Ann shares a lifetime's worth of information about the spirit world and reveals her often surprising interactions with memorable ghosts. In the fall of 2009, THE BOOK OF ILLUMINATION, the first novel in Mary Ann's Ghost File paranormal mystery series, co-written with Maureen Foley, was published by Three Rivers Press of The Crown Publishing Group. The follow-up title, THE ICE CRADLE was published October 2010. In September of 2011 Mary Ann will release her newest work, Beyond Delicious (Clerisy Press). It contains recipes that Mary Ann has gotten from earthbound spirits that she has encountered. Each recipe has the story of the earthbound spirit and why it was so important for that spirit to pass it along before they crossed over.
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I have a pretty high boggle threshold, but this book exceeded it and left me shaking my head and wondering if she embellished some of the stories. It may be that she just mentioned the best cases and made no mention of her failures, but I remain skeptical. It would have really helped my skepticism if she had included an appendix of some kind with testimonials from the various police departments and other agencies or persons she states have been clients.
Most clairvoyant and clairaudient mediums, including James Van Praagh, who wrote the Foreword to the book, struggle to get names and they just get bits and pieces of information, often through symbols. But it is as if Mrs. Winkowski is sitting there talking to them over a cup of coffee, jotting down their verbatim words. She does state that she communicates only with earthbound spirits, i.e., those who have not yet gone into the light, while mediums like Van Praagh, John Edward, Lisa Williams and others known to the public apparently communicate with those who have gone into the light. Perhaps the vibrational level for earthbound spirits is closer to ours and that makes it easier to get information. I have done much study and reading in the area of mediumship and don't recall coming across this division before, i.e.Read more ›
She makes it sounds like as many people remain ghosts as cross over - according to her, there are ghosts just about everywhere! I don't think they are all that common.
She also believes in Hell and curses, both of which most psychics will tell you do not exist (of course it is possible to curse someone, but it can only "work" if the person cursed believes it does). It's a common scam for fake psychics/mediums to claim a person is cursed and offer to lift the curse for a high price. I am not saying the author is a fake, but I don't think she is as insightful as most people with her gifts. She has some good general advice about protecting yourself from negative energy, but as another reviewer mentioned, I find it suspicious that she sells her quince seed charm for such a high price on her web site. (That is another thing I have never heard of - using quince seeds to ward off ghosts. Especially since they apparently only work if they are from her family in Italy. Hmmmm...).
On the plus side, she is a good writer - the book has an easy conversational style and some interesting stories - but I don't think it is a balanced account of the spirit world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book - the suggestions for removing curses seems to work quite well. Also did the smudging which has improved the atmosphere of our home. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Doug Zancanelli
Meet the real person behind Ghost Whisperer! Quite a story. Recommend it to all interested in the supernatualPublished 1 month ago by Robert Abel
Interesting stories and examples from a nice, genuine person. I was disappointed that the promised "8 pages of revealing photos" weren't included in the e-book.Published 1 month ago by Kitty Cat
Great book! Covers a lot of different topics. Teaches you basic paranormal things, like protection. Very interesting to readPublished 2 months ago by Jonathan
Fun to read. Cool stories. Loved the author's honesty in admitting what she doesn't know. Smooth narrative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Francie Nolan
I was pleased to find this on Amazon, our daughter lent her signed book to a friend who never returned it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G.G