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Holy Ghosts: True Tales from a Haunted Christian College Paperback – June 9, 2015
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Holy Ghosts by David J. Schmidt caters to every reader. He doesn't ask the reader to suspend their disbelief, aware of the fact that not everyone will open the book already believing in paranormal abnormalities. Yet, his tone is also respectful to audiences who may already believe in another realm, and are looking to learn more about it. Schmidt caters to all audiences, and does so with ease, grace, and humility.
Another triumph of this book is Schmidt's accomplishment of being able to reconcile the beliefs of both non-believing, and religious readers without alienating either party. Schmidt's research is profound, and he seems to have left no stone unturned in his extensive search of details and facts, and yet, at the end of it all he has not made a steadfast statement. He has the humility to present all of his collected facts without claiming to be in possession of them all. Cover to cover, a compelling and fascinating read. Needless to say, I recommend this book to everyone.
Schmidt compares and contrasts the ghost stories and rumors of ghosts with the beliefs of two groups who have shared the physical space where many of them ocurred - the Theosophists Lomaland Community of the late 19th century and Point Loma Nazarene University - in San Diego. Some of the early parts of the book were repetitive, and the first third could have used one more proofreading scrub to get rid of unnecessary punctuation marks and duplicate words, but I am glad I kept reading as the thoughts at the end of the book were thought-provoking.
Unless the author's tongue was in his cheek. His playful narrative more than once made me wonder just how seriously he was taking his own research. Nonetheless, it makes for entertaining reading.