- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: World Audience, Inc. (October 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982054068
- ISBN-13: 978-0982054062
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heaven Can You Hear Me?
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From the Back Cover
For the first time ever, internationally renowned paranormal researcher and psychic Peter James reveals personal accounts and life experiences in "Heaven Can You Hear Me?" Comprised of poignant events and personal theories surrounding the career of the worlds foremost documented televised paranormal researcher, "Heaven Can You Hear Me?" is co-written with Gian Temperilli, and edited by M. Stefan Strozier.
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Unfortunately, I found this book very disappointing. Rather than being filled with interesting stories and fascinating insights into the paranormal and the afterlife, much of this short book is filled with jumbled, repetitive and long-winded rants against beliefs Peter considered nonsense and superstition (e.g. angels, demons, negative earthbound spirits, the power of rituals such as those involving sage or holy water, the power of self-protection through visualization of white light, etc.). It is a very short work, yet a good editor could have shortened it to a magazine article by eliminating repetition and ambiguity.
This is not a well written work. The co-author states in his forward that Peter's notes were disorganized and poorly structured and punctuated. He saw his task as first to keep the tone of the book such that Peter is speaking to the reader. One does this by sticking with words and phrases that Peter would use. This doesn't mean that a lot of the repetition could not have been omitted or that the whole work could not have been reorganized with good chapter and paragraph structure for continuity and flow. I found myself having to re-read sentences because they were ambiguous or didn't make sense. Even the punctuation was awkward and archaic. For example, the last sentence of the book: "Happy hauntings; and, pleasant dreams!" (sic)
I don't fault Peter for just writing in stream of consciousness fashion. But I feel that the co-author failed to extract a well structured work, and then the editor failed to polish it up, and then the proof reader failed to catch far too many grammatical errors. As a case in point: on page 63, the first paragraph begins with a reference to psychics visualizing with their mind's eye; then it jumps to a point that our loved ones are not always with us; then it jumps to the concept of reincarnation. The paragraph ends with this gem: "This [reincarnation] is another phenomenon that is highly questionable; yet readily accepted without question". The next paragraph doesn't pick up on the reincarnation theme at all, but the one after that does with only this statement in the second sentence of that paragraph: "I will elaborate on reincarnation later; though I feel very dubious about it". I believe he does return to the subject near the end of the book, but again with nothing substantial.
This book would have been better if Peter's "philosophy" had been relegated to a very minor role. Much of that philosophy is as vague and uncertain as his comments on reincarnation. But there are points that Peter is certain of and he passionately belabors these ad nauseam (you'll find the word "condiment" used repeatedly as a put down to age old techniques of warding off evil). It seems that Peter felt it his calling to make us realize that if there is a haunting or any paranormal activity, it is a disincarnate human, one who has usually died in a traumatic or premature manner. According to Peter, that soul will haunt the place of death until a living person simply communicates with to him that he is dead [because often he is unaware] and asks him to move on. Peter does not seem to believe in or wants to de-emphasize the existence of negative or demonic entities. He attributes phenomena such as paranormal scratches or burns to a frustrated entity that cannot move on. I appreciate his passion in demystifying the paranormal, but I disagree with his limited and innocuous concept of the other side.
The title Heaven Can You Hear Me? is another example of the ambiguity of the philosophy expressed here. Peter does not seem to believe in a heaven or hell, at least not as fixed places of reward of punishment. However, he does believe that earthbound spirits can go or be sent to a place of greater peace and rest, although he doesn't consider this "heaven".
This book was interesting at times, such as when Peter described his first ghostly encounters during his childhood, when he discovered he had this rather unique ability. But there are better books of this nature available, such as those by John Edwards, George Anderson and James Van Praugh. One book I highly recommend is The Psychic Adventures of Derek Acorah (who happened to be a friend of Peter's). It is entertaining and informative, well written, filled with interesting anecdotes, and it leaves the reader with a clear understanding of the author's beliefs and philosophy, which to me, ring true.
I still have a great deal of respect and affection for Peter James. He was a truly gifted medium. He was able to communicate with disincarnate spirits like few others. He was also a very kind and decent man. Unfortunately, this book does not do Peter the man, or his life's work justice.
Although the theories contained within this book are Peter James, I will admit that I do not agree with all of them, but I will say that I agree to the majority of them.
Co-author Gian Temperilli, did a great job in my opinion transcribing the words of Peter James without changing the tone, voice or beliefs of Mr. James himself. When Gian first encouraged me to read "Heaven Can You Hear Me," I was intrigued as to why Gian felt that I should read this book after reading my book... Once I began reading, it did not take me long to understand Gian's reasoning behind it.
This book review to date has been the absolute hardest for me to write due to the "parallels" of my own story versus Peter James stories from his childhood; eerily similar would be an understatement. Thank you Peter James and Gian Temperilli for a truly enlightening and informative read.
David Allan, author of Paranormal Persistence ~Caveat~ True Experiences.
We discussed Heaven Can You Hear Me in great detail on my show, and it seems I just could not get enough of the book and neither could my listeners. They were very interested in what Peter James had to say .
Before my husband passed, we had written a song in our music dedicated to Peter James. This was largely in part due to the book. The parts that were most fascinating were Peter's one on one's with the spirit's of the deceased girl who was murdered, as well as his first contacts with ghosts as a little boy growing up.
I know I have been contacted by Peter James in my professional life as a medium and spiritual healer, and he has had a profound effect on my life. He changed my life, and so did this book.
The book has been a great comfort to me. I found it to be informative and engaging as well as helpful to me in such a controversial field. I think in today's paranormal field researchers might do very well to employ James methods, and use this book as a sort of guide to help them have a greater understanding.
It was not easy to get his thoughts into this book as he was ill at the time and soon to pass, and I think he did a marvelous job dictating to Gian specifically what he wanted to say.
There will never be another Peter James.. he was truly a legend.
Stephanie Ann Stevens