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Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,219 ratings  ·  175 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 May 1st 2008)
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Janene
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 events..in 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
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Jeph
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
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R.
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
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Victoria
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
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Ash
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Kim
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
Lenoir
Sep 28, 2008 Lenoir rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Terri Rogers
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 side.....it 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
Valerie
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
Julie Ann
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
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Elana
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
lily mccormick
Excellent

I chose this rating because at this time in my life James was able to connect with my heart chakra. He spoke about how we attract the energy that we put out. If we come from a place of Fear that is how ghosts are attracted to that negative energy. I had to be reminded at this time in my life to continue to send out Love. My health had become compromised because of the energy I had surrounded myself with after many deaths. Working in the healthcare field doing Hospice helping others to p
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Barbara
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
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
Very eye opening... highly recommend!!!
Sharon
I enjoyed the book, however I felt it was lacking in certain areas. The first being the spiritual side he seemed so detached. Like he had the key board but could not see the screen. I did enjoy his readings, but felt he was not grateful for his gift. My belief is everyone have been given a gift to develop and not taken for granted, Mr Van Praagh has a great gift however does not seem to have grown spiritually with his gift. One should always thank their higher power, for me I thank God, sometime ...more
Juliet Davis
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
Ryne Barber
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
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Diane
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
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Ashley
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.

Th
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Louise
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
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Eric
I didn't classify this as either fiction or non-fiction because while it's written as non-fiction, I'm pretty sure it's fiction. I read this because I'm working on a ghost story novel and needed some ideas on creating a mythology for the book. This book provided that mythology, hence the two stars rather than the one.

As for the book on the merits, well, not so much. Mainly because the book really isn't about ghosts or uncovering the truth - it's all about James Van Praagh. It's a vanity project
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Cari
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
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Natali
This book is a pastiche of ghost "theory," personal anecdotes, ghost hunting how-to's, and self help. I thought that the combination of those things might drive me a little bonkers but as I reflect on the book, I realize how much I enjoyed it.

Van Praagh can be slightly eccentric but he is also very practical about the afterlife. Okay so he believes that he has had otherworldly connections to both Anne Frank and Abraham Lincoln. Why not? You don't have to buy that to buy into his blueprint of th
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Barbara Hynes
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
Mary
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
Laren
James Van Praagh is the brains behind the TV show "Ghost Whisperer" on CBS, although that is about one of his friends and not himself. To give himself credibility, he tells how he learned he was a medium, he started seminary high school, but then inexplicably leaves the school and becomes a lapsed Catholic and ultimately a full time medium (although we don't learn why or when any of this occurred). Then he tries to tell the reader all about ghosts, which is supposedly the main topic of the book. ...more
Marianne Jay
I love James Van Praagh. If you have any interest in the paranormal - this book is a must read.

Even if you are not into the paranormal - this is a must read. Mr. VanPraagh's insight and philosophy into the world and us as beings is amazing......

"Each one of us can only do the best we can in our own lives to demonstrate love whenever possible. If enough of us send out love, the energy will permeate the ignorance and darkness of those beings lost in their limited mind-sets. Even in that darkness,
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Annie
Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts, a subject that can seem to many of us both bizarre and terrifying. But when the world beyond is explained fully by an experienced guide, dismissal and apprehension can be turned into knowledge and inspiration. With incredible true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh ...more
John-Michael Pahlavan
I was looking for an informative read about ghosts in today's society instead of a six and a half hour plug for Praagh's show.

Not a bad book for fans of the show Ghost Whisperer, and still an informative read.
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