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Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,684 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn't quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. Ghosts Amon ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 22, 2009 Janene rated it liked it
People who know me find it impossible that I hadn't heard about James Van Praagh prior to picking up this book. So, I read the book without any preconceived notions or opinions about him.

Does he *really* recall paranormal detail..that happened when he was just 2 years old? I found myself rolling my eyes many times (I am a very firm believer in the afterlife & have had experiences as far back as I can remember. THREE years of age. lol). Much of what I read I felt was really over t
Mar 09, 2009 Jeph rated it it was amazing
Skeptics need not apply.

Ghosts Among Us was the first book in a very long time that I was sorry to see end. James Van Praagh is a medium responsible for producing such well-known shows as Ghost Whisperer. His book, Ghosts Among Us explains his understanding of spirits and the spirit world that surrounds us. He discusses a wide variety of topics ranging from what ghosts are to the afterlife, the chakra system and even methods for protection from evil energy and making contact should you choose to
Jan 02, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book was recommend to me by a good friend. As I am recovering from an illness she thought this would be a good idea to protect myself from negitive energy. I had never read anything by James and really only knew his name. After reading this, I have a feeling I'll be looking for other books he's wrote to add to my library, including this one.

One of the best things about this book is the positive protection and visualizations that he recommends.
I have done a few "ghost tours" in the past and
Julie Ann
Oct 28, 2011 Julie Ann rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing in many ways.

Here's a list of what this book did to me.

1. It opened my consciousness to the spiritual being that I am. Here is where I found out about the quote I wanted placed under my name in my college yearbook. :)
2. It changed my view on life, death and the afterlife.
3. It increased my faith in God, and made me closer to Him and His angels. :)
4. It changed my perspective about ghosts/souls/spirits.
5. It taught me how to pray again.

The book came to my life in the right ti
Jun 10, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
A little known fact about me...I have always feared death, especially since having kids, I have an irrational fear that I will die while they are little and not be able to see them grow up. This book has reminded me, in an religously unbiased way, that God is in control and I will live exactly how long he wants me to. This book has eased my mind phenominally and answered questions for me that religon never could and at the same time strengthens my belief in religon and God. A tall order for some ...more
May 03, 2009 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I have a lot of respect for James Van Praagh. His other books offer wonderful meditations, insight into the paranormal and postive messages of love and hope. But this book just grated on me. First of all he tells you that ghosts aren't his expertise. He sees them, yes, but they give him the heebie-jeebies. As a medium, he's more into spirits that have "passed over" whereas ghosts tend to be 'earthbound'--stuck here due to some kind of negative energy field-- and boy did he ever have some creepy ...more
Aug 01, 2008 R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: unfinishedreads
From an e-mail to a friend:
I picked up a book at the library today called Ghosts Among Us by James "I'm In Your Living Room!" Van Praagh.

For some reason, he advises the Dear Reader to consider such mediation tricks as The Cloak of Invisibility and the Rays of Pink Light.

Because, of course, some ghosts are bad. Very bad. And they are easily dissuaded by you chanting, "I'm enveloped in pink light!" to yourself whilst the walls drip blood, the lights flicker.

Keep in mind that J.V.P. may very we
Not a bad little memoir of being a medium.

Much the same as others of the genre, but James Van Praagh has a comfortable and entertaining writing style.

Good way to fill in a quiet afternoon.
Sep 05, 2009 Ash rated it it was ok
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Jul 26, 2008 Elana rated it really liked it
A quick and enjoyable read (if you are interested in this sort of thing, of course). It's not so much whether I believe everything he has to say about the after-life -- it's more that I like to see a view of life from a perspective that is so unique. I don't doubt Van Praagh's abilities (my own life experience makes this possible for me). Also, personally, I believe life continues. It does make me think -- just as each of us percieve this life in our own particular way, so each of us will see th ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Lenoir rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lenoir by: Kelly O
Shelves: 2008, book-club
I thought this book was facinating. I suppose you can read it two ways though. You can think he is full of S*@%. If that's the case you probably won't enjoy this book at all. The other option is to suspend skepticism and just go with it. Even if you cannot embrace the concept of someone who "sees dead people" there are a lot of interesting things about postive and negative energy among the living and how we can physically and emotionally affect eachother with the energy we put out there. I waive ...more
Aug 19, 2008 Terri rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, 2008
Interestingly I enjoyed the last part of this book more than anything else. I don't doubt that he had/has these experiences....which in and of itself is pretty amazing. But it all seemed SO stereotypical. The blonde haired, blue eyed beautiful angels, the healing spirits dressed as doctors, and meeting our relatives on the other was a little much. But I REALLY did enjoy the parts about being Mindful, positive thoughts and negative thoughts and living an enlightened life. Those parts ...more
Nancy Ellis
Oct 04, 2012 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing
The author is a well-known medium as well as having been the co-producer of the TV series "The Ghost Whisperer" which I loved. In this book he deals with the issue of ghosts and the afterlife. I've always been fascinated by this subject, so it was a great book for me. Also very convincing if you're "on the shelf" about this subject...or you choose to say "that's nice" and forget about it. Either way, it's a very enjoyable book!

ADDED ON 09/28/15: Read it again and enjoyed it even more.
O autor foi o consultor sobre mediunidade para a série de televisão "Contacto" (no original "The Ghost Whisperer") e esta obra esclarece o leitor sobre a presença de espíritos na nossa realidade, os planos energéticos em que eles existem, e que devemos encarar a vida e os entes queridos que já partiram com amor e compaixão.
Jun 08, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok
i usually love this mans writing having had an amazing time at one of his workshops back when. I have no trouble believing in beings in a different dimension but I think James is doing a disservice by scaring people with "evil" ghosts and feeding that belief.
There is some really good stuff in the book but James sounds like he's gotten cranky.
Carolyn Kelso-Bell
Feb 06, 2014 Carolyn Kelso-Bell rated it it was amazing
This book entirely changed my thoughts and beliefs on life after death. So much so, that I hammy mother, husband and both grown kids read it. Ultimately it is an affirmation that life goes on and is not the end after all. Highly recommended.
Dawn Herbert
Sep 17, 2013 Dawn Herbert rated it it was amazing
Very eye opening... highly recommend!!!
Jun 14, 2017 Gary rated it liked it
I thought it was a good book, never heard of James Van Praagh before. There were a few things i thought was a little more harder to believe. Especially the parts about Lincoln. But what do i know? Overall i enjoyed it.
Michelle Dewey
May 06, 2017 Michelle Dewey rated it liked it
I knew most of this information on ghosts from reading many other of his books.

I respect him deeply and am more interested in higher spirit work, but felt the need to learn more about earthbound spirits.

I hope this book brings more understanding on a topic that has many misconceptions!
Marcia Sheer
May 27, 2017 Marcia Sheer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

I loved the various stories regarding ghosts, good and bad, as well as various protections and cleansing you can do.
Ryne Barber
Jun 01, 2010 Ryne Barber rated it really liked it
James Van Praagh is a widely-respected medium who has written multiple books on the subject of ghosts and the afterlife. He also produces the CBS show The Ghost Whisperer, and so when I picked up his book Ghosts Among Us, there was an expectation to believe everything that Van Praagh had written as fact. It's easy to get caught up in the supposed "truths" that Van Praagh highlights in his book, but I'll do my best to review as unbiasedly as possible.

Van Praagh covers a lot of ground within his s
Sarah Spelbring
Nov 18, 2016 Sarah Spelbring rated it liked it
I started reading this book thinking it would be along the lines of all those ghost shows on tv. Like, the guys who take all this equipment with them and sit in a supposed haunted building all night and then review what they captured in the morning.

Nope. This is a more mystical take on communicating with ghost. The book goes a bit into what the after life is for ghosts, or the spiritual energy everyone has inside them. He talks about auras, chakras, the power of thought, the power of energy, an
Aug 05, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
I have never watched the author's show "The Ghost Whisper", but I recall enjoying his earlier book: "Talking To Heaven", when it came out in 1997.
I waited several months to get this book from the library, as the holds list was rather lengthy, but finally it got to read it.

There were parts of this book that I really really loved, and parts that I was uninterested in, such as when the author talks about other galaxies etc. Parts of this book were very comforting. What I found so interesting was th
Mar 08, 2014 Juliet rated it really liked it
This book appears to have been written for general readers who have an interest in learning about the paranormal, i.e., ghosts, afterlife, etc. It is not a book aimed at convincing skeptics of the existence of ghosts, nor does it appear to be directed towards well seasoned paranormal buffs (although they too may benefit from some of the material). As a result, the author has presented a sweeping overview of the world of the paranormal, mainly based on his own extensive personal experiences. Topi ...more
Mar 20, 2009 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
From dust jacket:

"Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn't quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. GHOSTS AMONG US takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest myste
Sep 11, 2011 Cari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, some believable some parts not so much, but definitely started a great thought process that pulled me in! Enjoyed it tons! Great book!

Hmmm a few chills with this book. .. makes you ponder life, how you are living it and death and the afterlife, VERY interesting. I've had hair standing up on my arms and legs multiple times.

BUT by chills I don't mean scary, I mean the numerous things that I am finding are relating so closely to what the religion I practice (Islam) teaches us about deat
Feb 12, 2017 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghosts
I've always liked James Van Praagh. I find him to be down to earth and he has a sincerity about him that seems genuine to me. This book, is a definite must have in my 'ghosts/spirits" section of my personal library. Great discussion throughout the book about what he perceives ghosts and spirits to be etc.
Barbara Hynes
Apr 07, 2013 Barbara Hynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this audio book from my library, and I listened to it while driving on a road trip recently. I had read one other book by Van Praagh, and I believe that he is the real deal when it comes to being a medium who can communicate with "the other side". Parts of this book moved me to tears. I've also experienced paranormal activity in my home since purchasing it in 2001, so I am always interested in learning more about ghosts and spirits. This is an amazing book, full of information and i ...more
Jun 30, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok
I listened to the audio version of this and maybe I am still getting used to a narrator's voice reading books to me. But I have to say, it was a tad melodramatic throughout most of it. With that said, I think the author does a good job of explaining in as much detail as possible his personal experiences. It's not really something you can put into words anyway, so it's a tough task to begin with. He gives some decent step-by-step instructions for different types of meditations and visualization e ...more
Jun 05, 2008 Ashley rated it really liked it
Most of my friends are going to look at me strange for reading this book and giving it a good review.

I first heard about this book one afternoon, stuck in the house, and watching Dr. Phil. Of course, Dr. Phil remains the skeptic, but I'm the sucker. That being said - I didn't seek out the book, but Wednesday I was in the library where I noticed it in the new books section. I ended up sitting down in the reading area and reading half of the book there. At that point, I had already cried twice.

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