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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Purple Sage Publishing (September 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983669015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983669012
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,454,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Genie L. Robinson on October 6, 2011
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Mediumship and all things paranormal are most fascinating subjects for me. If you can be a paranormal hobbyist, then that's what I am. It rankles that I have no "gift" whatsoever but that doesn't stop me from tearing through the writings of John Edward (author of Crossing Over) and similar books. I'm keenly interested in not just the work of but also in the life of mediums. I deeply admire and am fascinated by mediums like John Edward and Lisa Williams. Unlike many other famous mediums, Edward and Williams seem to me to be sincere, genuinely gifted, and devoted to doing only good things in the world.

This book is every bit as fascinating as I'd hoped. It is less a biography and more a collection of personal experiences. It's my interest in the personal experiences of a psychic medium that draws me most to this type of book.

Being a non-theist I was at first put off by the book's dedication to Christ, and although the book is rife with biblical references and shows the author's deep religious devotion, it remains a fascinating book about mediumship and psychic ability. The author's religious beliefs seem to be such an integral and genuine part of who she is rather than a way to sugar-coat her book for the world. Based on the book, the author seems to live her religious beliefs, not just spout them. This makes what she has to share about mediumship that much more compelling.

"Growing Up Weird" had exactly what I wanted out of a book written by a medium. It is a deeply personal glimpse at what it's like to have the gift of mediumship and psychic ability.
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This is the autobiography of Karen Crumley, a retired teacher with a degree in microbiology who first became aware of her sensitivity to the spiritual realm in childhood. With time, that sensitivity expanded into a multitude of areas and she now says she sees similar sensitivity developing in her grandchildren. She doesn't hold séances or hunt ghosts but spirits don't seem to have much trouble finding her.

As the title indicates, Ms. Crumley says she was in the closet for most of her life, wanting to be able to share what she was experiencing but holding back for fear of social rejection. With age and increased understanding, she has become more comfortable with her abilities and less concerned about what others think of her.

She gives credit for her "gifts" to God. However, unlike so many other authors on this subject, she does not boast of having privileged insight about the nature of God or of having all the answers about the afterlife. Her experiences seem to be related with openness and honesty.

The book has little need of editing and it moves at a comfortably brisk pace. I enjoyed reading it.
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Reluctant author revealing an insightful, interesting viewpoint of her very personal experiences. Self-published book that relays a simplistic and intimate story of a life deeply affected by her psychic abilities and her journey to understand her gift. A person of science with a gift that contradicts every law of science yet exists every day of her life. Fascinating especially regarding her "predictions" of her own death as well as her thoughts for the future of our Earth. Buy it and draw your own conclusions.
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This is an excellent book about personal experiences in the life stories of a psychic women. Highly recommended. She personalizes her experiences and makes you feel as if you are there experiencing her stories, as she learns of her psychic experiences in small towns where apparently she is unable to connect with psychic circles which would teach her a whole lot more about how and when to use her gifts and would help her analyze her clues. She is obviously very talented, and so are her family members.
Some suggestions though for this author. You might want to start or join a psychic circle to hone your skills and fill in holes. These meet once or twice per week, same time, for about an hour or so to do some discussion about issues and problems in delivering messages, and spirit is likely to come through one or more of the members very clearly to give additional advice and tips on how everyone can improve. Keep on looking.
I like the story about Natalie Holloway. Maybe you wrote the book to get more clues to let everyone find her body. I am reading this in May of 2014, and far as I know the body has not been found. According to Wikipedia and the CNN blogs her body has not been found.
If you want, you can contact me and I might be able to give you some ideas on how to contact the authorities to get someone out there with body sniffing dogs to locate her. I agree, her parents have suffered terribly and they need closure. My husband used to do business in Aruba and he says the perp’s family is very wealthy and connected and blocks things. (I won’t use the name because it gives energy to the perp).
You see, by hooking up with other psychics, even if it is over the internet, you see clearly (clairvoyance), where and how people died.
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Karen let's us know how she felt during the times she shares with the reader. She tends to jump back and forth in her life to relate her experiences. She never mentions any books or seminars she may have sought out to learn from. Yet she mentioned a ghost hunting show she watched. It left me wondering if she looked for information any where during her life to get some help with her gift.
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