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The Other Side: The True Story of the Boy Who Sees Ghosts Hardcover – October 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
"Michael's name was repeated again in a string of words that ran together, which roughly read: MICHAEL WE'RE COMING TO GET YOU YOU KNOW WHY and then the number 3 and a roughly drawn eye with red drops dripping from it" describes what terrified Jones on the day she realized that all the paranormal events that had occurred up to now were part of a diabolical plan to harm her 10-year-old boy. Objects had been flying around rooms, mysterious welts appeared on Michael's body, her mother-in-law was mysteriously thrown down the basement stair. Jones, her husband and three children are ordinary Americans, practicing Catholics and keep to themselves; they seem not terribly sophisticated. Despite Jones's clumsy writing, there is something about the naked conviction evident in her every sentence (as well as the psychologist and neurologist's confirmation that Michael is perfectly healthy) that will keep readers turning the pages as the horror builds to a dramatic climax involving exorcised demons and protective angels. With the broad media coverage Jones has already received, the recent revival of The Exorcist and the popularity of more recent movies like The Sixth Sense, this book has a guaranteed readership, particularly among those who haunt the occult and New Age section of bookstores. (Nov.)
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From the Publisher
This is a searing, suspenseful story of the supernatural in the tradition of The Sixth Sense and Poltergeist--but all the more chilling because it is true.
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Next point is that Denise had some trouble with the publishing company and they "re-wrote" certain sections of the book to try to make it more exciting. The problem with this is that you can tell the sections where this happened.
When I met Denise, I was blown away by just how normal and down to Earth she is. She is a real nice woman and she will tell you the truth between her and her family's experience and the book. I had a good conversation with her and she told me that even the events that happened, happened to other people but the editors changed it.
With that said, most all of the things that happen in the book happened with the exception of the last 20 or so pages which were pure fiction from the publishers looking for an exciting ending rather than the "life goes on" ending that Denise wrote originally.
The book is at times tense and other times heartbreaking as Michael tries to cope with his "gift" and many times considers it a curse.
Still, it's a good read.
paranormal and supernatural but never really wanted to get really
to deep into it.I've seen "The Sixth Sense","The Excorsist" and
read some of Stephen King novels,but never had a fasanation
with things of this nature.
Fast Foward to September 2001:As I'm getting to know everybody in my new class,I notice a classmate behind me reading
"The Other Side",by Denice Jones.I ask what's this book about?
"This boy who~~ sees~~ ghosts,that's him",she says pointing to
Micheal Jones-a.k.a. the ghost boy. I was shocked to know that
a person in my class would have a book published-about their
adventures with ghosts and sprits-of all things.
As time went by,Micheal and I became good friends.He was
totally normal and never talked about his ghostly adventures.
So one day,I was at the library and I saw "The Other Side".
I rushed to check it out and read it.
What I read,totally blew my mind. Denise~~~~ Jones,the author
(Micheal's mother) writes with clarity and is very realistic.
And though at times the content in the book sometimes reads
like "The Sixth Sense:The Local Version",it still is fasanating.
I think what makes it more intresting is that I personally know
Micheal.So he and his mother aren't lying.This is all true!
It was even on "Unsolved Mysteries" and the events depicted
seemed very,very real.
I recommend "The Other Side" for anyone that thinks ghosts
~~aren't real or have a interest in the paranormal. Knowing Micheal and his story,it's taught me one thing:NOTHING EVER DIES!~~~
I admire Denice Jones for having the courage of her convictions to stand by her son instead of buckling under the pressure of public opinion throughout this never-ending ordeal. In fact, Ms. Jones has managed to turn her family's scars into stars and has birthed into existence, L.I.F.E., a foundation dedicated to helping those of the same soul group as Michael, to confront their frightening challenges without fear and hopefully to triumph.
I personally have no doubt as to the veracity of the essence of this story. In fact for me it was déjà vu. Set the scene back 30+ years, and it could have been written about the home where I grew up and one of my siblings. I know that my family could have benefited greatly from L.I.F.E. and the inspiration of Denice and Michael. I challenge readers to suspend judgment while reading, and I promise...you will experience an awesome paradigm shift. We are entering a decade of great healing.
Much thanks to Denice and Michael for sharing their experiences. I pray that God will bless them with His gift of perfect peace.
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