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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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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 ›
There was one point in particular that made me question the author's motivation and credibility, and that was her repeated mentioning of the magic of quince seeds as a protection against any disembodied entity that might invade our space. Not just any quince seed will do. Only the ones from the author's distant relatives in the old country (Italy) will do the trick. The author has no idea what her family does to these seeds (that mystery seems to strengthen the magical aspect) but she knows for certain that they work. And incidentally she has a website where she sells them encased in silver charms.
The author also provides spells for cleansing and protection. These require obtaining an assortment of items and carefully following a ritual (in other words, casting a spell, in this case white magic). I know enough about witchcraft to know that the "power" is not in the object (quince seeds, bat wings etc.) but in the belief. If you believe 100% that you are protected, then you don't even need a charm or talisman. All magic spells consist of the same type of process. There is a building up of energy (through the acquisition of quince seeds and other materials) and then the channeled release of that energy toward its intended objective (through following the ritual of casting a spell).Read more ›
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Mary Ann Winkowski is the original "Ghost Whisperer" ! This book is a wonderful read about people who die and are "Earthbound" - Mary Ann can see them and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jane Walker
Ann Winkowski seems to suffer from the delusion that she is some arbiter and judge of ghost truth, and even qualified to send ghosts into the light. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! I have always been interested in the paranormal. This book is so interesting.Published 2 months ago by Laura
This is a book I've read and let someone borrow and never got back. I order it again. True encounters.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynda C
Excellant!! Fascinating book about a person who from a very young age communicates with ghosts stuck on this side of the light. One of my favorite books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen D. Lelis
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 4 months ago by Doug Zancanelli
Meet the real person behind Ghost Whisperer! Quite a story. Recommend it to all interested in the supernatualPublished 4 months ago by Robert Abel