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2020 Book Review: Visits from the Afterlife by Sylvia Browne

This is one of the books I can see you can go into reading different ways. If you were a staunch believer in her gifts as a psychic you will could read this in a spiritual self-help way, but if you’re reading for entertainment purpose and see this as just an interesting interpretation of what one believes may be happening on the other-side you will see this as just that and not an enlightening spiritual awakening.

At one point in time I was curious about Browne’s abilities, I bought several of her books just to see what she had to say, but by the time I had come to this book my views on things had changed. I was able to read it as one person’s interpretation and not self-help. I have always been very honest about my religious studies and my evolution of spirituality.

With all of the above said, this is still interesting. I am fascinated, at times to hear what others believe the other-side is like. This is a series of her readings and explanations of some very haunted locations. She does give some relief to those still grieving and that can be very powerful for those still trying to cope with the death of a loved one. In that way it’s beautiful. I personally know that the soul can feel heavy after losing someone or even calmed. She shares some of her own personal experiences as well, which I found interesting too.

This book isn’t going to be for everyone.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.


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28 DoBR: The History of Spiritualism by Arthur Conan Doyle

Whether it was my bestselling short story Human Ouija or really anything I’ve written you can see the influence this book has had on me and my writing. I’ve even described myself as a spiritualist-type of person. I never really understood what my beliefs were growing up. I knew I believed in being a good person and saw far too much pain in the world to ever want to cause more of it.

This book is one of the more influential in my library because of its subject. The great Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle wrote this very interesting and informative book on the subject of Spiritualism. He is best known for Sherlock Holmes, but he was also fascinated and ultimately became linked to Spiritualism. 

I recommend this book to religious and historical buffs alike. It gives a very good idea of why at the time this subject became so popular.

Synopsis:

This vintage work contains a comprehensive treatise on the history of spiritualism, being a narrative which covers in a way the whole history of the Spiritualistic movement. Written in clear, concise language and full of interesting historical information, this is a text that will be of considerable utility to those with an interest in the colorful history and development of spiritualism, and it would make for a great addition to collections of allied literature. The chapters of this book include: ‘The Story of Swedenborg’, ‘Edward Irving: The Shakers’, ‘The Prophet of the New Revelation’, ‘The Hydesville Episode’, ‘The Career of the Fox Sister’, ‘First Developments in America’, ‘The Dawn of England’, ‘Continued Progress in England’, etcetera. We are republishing this vintage volume now complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.