- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Graveworm Press; 2nd ed. edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781929309108
- ISBN-13: 978-1929309108
- ASIN: 1929309104
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland, Ohio, with the ability to see and talk to Earthbound spirits. She has since used her abilities to help countless people around the world affected by Earthbound spirits or negative energy. She also inspired and served as a consultant on the CBS television show Ghost Whisperer and is the author of When Ghosts Speak; Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook; and two works of fiction based on her experiences, The Book of Illumination and The Ice Cradle. Mary Ann still lives in Cleveland with her husband, Ted, and Just Fred, their red-and-white cat. She also has two grown daughters. Visit Mary Ann online at maryannwinkowski.com. David Powers earned a degree in Creative Writing from Ohio University. He has worked as a freelance music critic, a section editor at an alternative newsweekly, and is currently a technical writer, creating help files for a leading software developer. His fiction has appeared under the name David Christopher in magazines such as Lost Worlds, The MacGuffin, and England's Enigmatic Tales. He recently launched “OH Hellmouth,” a fiction blog inspired by “weird” Ohio, at graveworm.com.
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While all other clairvoyants and clairaudients struggle to varying degrees to interpret the names and facts they are seeing or hearing, Mrs. Winkowski gets full names and detailed facts with no difficulty at all.. They respond to her with "nope," "yup," and "yeah," and generally carry on conversations like old friends talking over the telephone.
"She can do what she wants with it!" one spirit responded to a question by his granddaughter as to what she should do with his personal effects, including his knife collection. "If nobody wants anything, they can sell it. I don't mind. That scrimshaw knife's probably worth a couple of hundred bucks, though." This communication took place at the man's funeral as he stood off to the side of his casket and talked with Winkowski. She mentions that "his face was washed with relief" and that he "sighed heavily," and then, upon realizing that Winkowski could see and hear him, replied with a smirk. I cannot recall any other medium providing such detailed reports. It may be that Winkowski is putting her own words to what she is getting or otherwise embellishing the exchanges to entertain the reader, but there is no explanation suggesting this. I doubt that any other clairvoyant/clairaudient would have got the word "scrimshaw."
Actually, this book was first published in 2000 and preceded "When Ghosts Speak," which was published in 2009, but was republished in 2011. The author tells of some childhood clairvoyant experiences and explains that she can only see and communicate with spirits who have not gone into the light, i.e., earthbound spirits. She reports on her experiences with various earthbound spirits, including accident victims, suicide victims and murder victims, and here efforts to convince them to go into the light. "Some spirits just don't believe me, though - some of them don't even believe I can talk to them," she writes, adding that one spirit thought she was witch.
The title of the book refers to the much-reported fact that we cross over to the Other Side as we leave this life - with the same beliefs, anxieties, addictions, and concerns with which he held in this life. There is no sudden enlightenment, no celestial harps or fire and brimstone. This is especially true of the earthbound entities that Winkowski is in touch with. "Your usual earthbound entities are here for a specific reason - to catch a murderer or haunt an insurance adjuster or tell someone where the diamonds are hidden, or simply because they're afraid to cross over - but are not here necessarily to help out," Winkoski explains. She tells of one accident victim who became jealous when his widow began dating another man and began making life miserable for them. Another interesting story involves a murder victim providing information leading to the arrest of his assailant.
Winkowski says she has little time for skeptics. That is unfortunate, since if the stories are accurately reported, she might convert many skeptics to a belief in mediumship, spirits, spirit communication, and life after death, and the world might then be a better place. As it is, only a gullible choir would accept the stories without some degree of skepticism. In her second book, she wrote of working with police detectives to solve some crimes, but there was absolutely nothing in the book, e.g., letters from the detectives, newspaper clippings, etc., attesting to any of it. The same goes for this book. I'd very much like to believe that she is as good as the stories suggest, but I can't help being skeptical. I know that she was a consultant for the "Ghost Whisperer" TV program and that some people have reported being very much impressed with her, but her ability needs better and more independent confirmation.
However - and I am sorry to have to say this - I did find Mary Ann's attitude in this book quite off-putting. She refers to police officers as "clowns," and throughout the book, is condescending and rude in her interactions with people and spirits. Her attitude made me feel annoyed and uncomfortable, and had me wishing for a major attitude adjustment for the author. Someone with such a gift has a duty to not only "perform her job," but also do it in a kind and loving way. She is portrayed as if everything that happens to her is a big pain in the butt. If this was an attempt to make her look down-to-earth, it failed miserably and instead portrays her as coarse and curt.
I am considering reading her second book, but perhaps borrowing it will be a better option for me. I prefer to read things that make me feel uplifted instead of feeling like I just spent too much time with a curmudgeon. I question her "special" quince seeds. I find her lack of understanding of the Spirit World a bit disturbing. She should have gained some perspective on the subject by now. I highly recommend "Journey of Souls" by Michael Newton, Ph.D. or "Life in the World Unseen" by Anthony Borgia for those interested in what may lie ahead in our Afterlife. I really wanted to like this book, but I find myself in the peculiar position of liking and disliking it at the same time.