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When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  697 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Lights flicker on and off for no good reason. You feel drained and inexplicably irritable. Your four-year-old is scared to enter her bedroom.
Tell these things to Mary Ann Winkowski, and she'll tell you that you have a ghost.
A happily married, devout Catholic, suburban mother and full-time paranormal investigator, Mary Ann Winkowski has been able to see earthbound spirits,
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published October 22nd 2007 by Grand Central Publishing
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While this book contains great information as mentioned above, it also contains some not so good information. In Chapter 10, “Asking For Trouble“, Mary Ann mentions that the use of metaphysical tools and activities like tarot cards, pendulums, automatic writing, casting spells, séances and Ouija boards will cause the attention of earthbound spirits and eventually cause your house to attract a few. I have to say only about half of this is true. Tarot cards and pendulums are powered not by an outs ...more
May 22, 2008 *Christie* rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those curious about ghosts
Recommended to *Christie* by: My Mommy
Shelves: new-age
I think what compels the reading of this book is everyone's deep desire to KNOW what happens when we die. Anyone who professes to have some sort of inside information draws us in. I also think that from "creepy feelings" to "dreams" to seeing something unexplainable, each of us has had some sort of experience with the "other side" and we want to put some sort of meaning to those experiences.

Terribly written (writing is obviously not her gift), I found this to be an interesting look into one woma
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
I absolutely loved this book!! It is written by Mary Ann Winkowski who is the renowned paranormal investigator behind the tv show Ghost Whisperer. Winkowski can only see earthbound spirits - those that haven't crossed over into the light yet. This is different from mediums who can see spirits who have crossed over. I guess even paranormal gifts have their own categories. Her gift also includes being able to 'cross over' earthbound spirits by creating a white light and sending them into it, bring ...more
☥Sabrina Rutter☥
This was a very interesting book! Mary Ann Winkowski is the inspiration for the show The Ghost Whisperer. Mary is not a psychic who can look into the future or visit crime scenes and get visions of what took place there, but she can see ghosts!
In this book you will learn about the many reasons people choose to become ghosts and how it effects those being haunted. You will be shocked by some of the reasons that people would choose to be ghosts instead of moving on to be with their loved ones in t
I read this trying to get into the mood for halloween--and of course I'm somewhat interested in the topic of ghosts as well. This was a fun read. She sounds sincere and believable, for the most part. I'm not 100% sold that she's telling the truth, but she sounds more sincere than some other people who allegedly see ghosts. She left a lot of questions unanswered, though, and that is what caused me some hesitation.

I was all with her when she explained her "gift" and her childhood, growing up with
Great book! Really made me think about things. I would suggest this book to ANYONE who has experienced or is experiencing the paranormal. It will provide you a lot of insight into this world. I believed every word she wrote. Very well written also and easy to read. ALso a page turner.
Chad Boise
This stories shared by Mary Ann is this book are fascinating, enlightening and overall informative of life after death to say the least. For those who may wonder what happens after we leave this body yet before we step into the light this is a must read. C'mon Mary Ann, tell us more!
Angel R
I loved this book so much. It tells you a lot about spirits and what they do after they pass on. It gives a good look into the after life. I thought it was a very touching book. It helped to comfort me a little and helped me to deal with the loss of some of my close loved ones.
Great book! And after reading this I will now watch what I say at funerals!!!
What a great book! I had my reasons for reading this book and am happy that it somehow found its way to my home.

Mary Ann Winkowski is a paranormal investigator behind the TV hit series Ghost Whisperer. Mary Ann’s gift is different than that of other mediums in the fact that she can only see “earthbound spirits” or in her words, those that have not yet crossed over. Mary Ann’s unique gift allows her to help these earthbound spirits crossover as she makes the white Light for them to enter into.

When Ghosts Speak: understanding the world of earthbound spirits
by Mary Ann Winkowski

I have to admit that I had to read this book for a ghost genre study, or I probably wouldn't have touched it.

Ms. Winkowski has been seeing dead people since she was a little girl. Rather than tell her she was imagining things her Italian grandmother embraced her gift and began taking her to funerals of all the people from the old country as they died. Grandma also had a “gift.” It was putting on and removing cu
Amazing book! Written by the woman that the TV series "ghost whisper" was inspired by. She has a true and caring spirit about her that just jumps from the pages. If one has fear of a "spirit" that may be lingering around, or if there is something that has been going on and you just cannot put a hold on what it is, this woman through her book may assist with many of those fears, and unanswered questions. She is a believer in God, and that shows in the works she has done. She has also worked with ...more
Interesting. I picked this book up at a book sale where I could fill a bag for $2.00. I picked it up because I wanted to fill the bag and I have somewhat of an interest in the paranormal. I liked the way she wrote her "personal experiences" and I read this book with more of an attitude that I would watch a show like "medium". I do believe in an afterlife and ghosts and such, but I don't think that I will believe 100% of what someone tell me about it until I actually experience it for myself.
Oh boy where do I begin? I've had many a "haunting" in my lifetime and I am eternally curious and open minded about what happens to energy yet I found this book by medium Mary Ann Winkowski a bit hard to swallow. I am most likely to appreciate spiritual opinions which don't flaunt drama or theatrics. I have never, in all of my sensitivity, been of the mind that one "shouldn't talk to or acknowledge" spirits. There were a few occasions in the book where even spirits who have "crossed over" or gon ...more
 Barb Bailey
I actually rate this book a 2 1/2.
Although this book is not completely a biography...its as close enough to one to list it on that shelf. This book is insteresting....and as my Grandmother would say...I believe should be taken with a grain of salt (or perhaps Sea Salt). Do I, and would I beleive everything Mary Ann writes....well I'm skeptical..... so no. But , yes, I do believe in good and bad spirits. And I believe, with God all things are possible. Mary Ann often remarks of her catholic faith
Jun 26, 2008 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the paranormal.
I liked this book a lot. I don't watch "Ghost Whisperer" on TV, but I'd heard author Mary Ann Winkowski (GW consultant) interviewed on the radio a few times and found her interesting. She's very down to earth and likable, and skeptical of all the "ghost buster" style TV personalities that are so popular right now. Hers is a believable story (if you believe in the paranormal) and I had no problem at all with the writing.

I found this book fascinating which is why I gave it four stars, I did not g
This was so interesting because I had known a lot of it from other sources. I especially liked the part about the White Light, the funerals, and the animals.

As wonderful as Mary Ann's powers are, I did not appreciate the proselytizing on page 73: "I let murderers and thieves go into the same light as angelic-looking children and sweet little grandmothers. I can't believe they are all going to the same place, and I hope someone is on the other side to sort it out."

Mary Ann needs to read up on kar
This "ghost" communicator, promotes lying to spirits. Sad. Do not trust a person who will lie to accomplish their goals and use their religious beliefs to back those actions.
Tara Fusco

honest read if your into anything metaphysical or just a scared cat who knows there's something else there like I am.
The author is the person on whose life the CBS TV series "Ghost Whisperer" is based. I was interested in reading how she reconciles her experiences with her Catholic faith, but she didn't give any information on that in this book. She didn't come across as some nut job as so many do, and she points out that much of what you see on TV is not how it really works for her. Most importantly, she advises that if you somehow fail to go into your own light when you die, your spirit should remember to go ...more
If you want to know about some of the spirits that our with us this is a must read. I read it in two evenings. I couldn't put it down. The photos are awesome. I love how she gives practical advice for those of us who think we may have some earthbound spirits with us. though, I am happy that I do not. I think. She even describes the different types of spirits based on how they died and why they might be here. she has over 50 years experience and has helped so many spirits cross over to the light. ...more
Really enjoyed the author's warm and down-to-earth, common sense and grounded approach to earth-bound spirits.
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I really thought I'd get more information on actual occurrences. Maybe some detailed events, but it was rather light and more self-serving. Too much sending them into "the light" and not enough about what actually happened. The subtitle "Understanding The World of Earthbound Spirits" did nothing, for me, to substantiate that. There was interesting stories, but that's not what I bought the book hoping to read. I appreciate what she does and would have mos ...more
An interesting book, for the most part, I did enjoy it. The writing was average and she did ramble a bit. The information was good. I agreed with part and disagreed with part, but I must say her written view of suicides bothered me a little. Possibly due to my experience with loosing my brother to suicide. I could never call him selfish and I believe that suicide is a much more complicated subject than Mrs. Winkowski seems to make it out to be. All in all, it was worth reading, but I wouldn't ca ...more
Edwina Hall Callan
The Author of this book was the inspiration for the TV show The Ghost Whisperer and this book is absolutely fascinating.
Also there are some scary, creepy pictures in this book.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in this subject.
Three stars is a little harsh, because I really did enjoy this book, and will refer back to it in the future. It's not like reading an absorbing tale - it's like sitting down and having a good chat with a fellow housewife over a cup of coffee. Mary Ann writes the way she talks, and tells things that she finds significant - which may not always be the stuff of exciting TV shows, etc. Enjoyable and necessary for those of us who accept the concept of earthbound spirits.
I loved this book! I read it in one day and could not put it down. It is written by the consultant for the show Ghost Whisperer. She talked about her life and lots of great ghost stories and also some tips for dealing with them. I was a huge fan of Sylvia Browne years ago and in the last few years have gotten a little bored with her books they all seem to repeat stuff that I already read in her other books. This book was as exciting as when I first read Sylvia Browne!
This book was very informative. I read it initially because I work at a psychiatric hospital and I hear stories of people who have ghosts in their areas of the hospital. I also have noticed in the seven years I've been at the hospital that there is a lot of "drama" going on with everyone in the hospital including staff (much more than I've ever encountered). This book was a real eye opener and very believable. I would recommend it for anyone interested in these things.
AMazing!!!!! A natural born gift that started when she was a little girl, growing up in Italy with her Nonna, mum and family. Her Nonna saw that she would talk to Earth bound spirits and nurtured this gift. NOW, she works along side detectives and helps solve all sorts of issues. She truly explains all her 'sightings' so well.... Lovely easy read. This is a great book, that loans comfort if you lose someone close to you, or a pet!!!.x.x.x
Kim Smiley
Interesting book of the "real-life" Ghost Whisperer. You follow the life of Mary Ann, who from an extremely young age could see earthbound spirits. Through the guidance of her grandmother who also had the gift, she learned how to interact with these spirits and cross them over to into the light.

If you've ever lost a loved one, this book may bring you comfort to know there is indeed life after death.
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A happily married, devout Catholic, suburban mother and full-time paranormal investigator, Mary Ann Winkowski has been able to see earthbound spirits, spirits that are trapped on earth and haven't "crossed over," since she was a little girl. Mary Ann works with these spirits to help them make peace with what keeps them here - whether it be people they can't let go of or homes they love. "
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“One woman called me after her grandmother had died. She explained that she had taken some of her grandmother’s furniture. They had put Grandma’s rocker in the family room, and even when it was empty, that chair rocked back and forth a mile a minute. The woman also mentioned that whenever she walked past the room when the chair was moving, she could smell her grandmother’s signature perfume, a distinctive scent called Evening in Paris. Given all the signs, I couldn’t blame the woman for thinking that the ghost of her grandmother had moved in and reclaimed her rocking chair, but I did not pick up on any earthbound spirits in her home. I reassured the woman that I believed her grandmother had crossed over into the Light and was fine, although it was possible that she just stopped by to visit from time to time.” 0 likes
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