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Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life

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Based on over twenty-five years of spirit communication and thousands of professional readings, world-famous medium James Van Praagh shares with readers the personal regrets, misgivings, remorse, and, most important, the advice of the dead who have chosen him as a medium. These spirits have a great deal to say about what they have learned and discovered on the other side a ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 14, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katy by: Mom
I'm not generally into "self-help" fact, the only reason I picked this one up is because I was more or less forced to. My mom, after buying a copy on impulse when she saw it on clearance, deemed it "life-changing," subsequently bought every copy the local Barnes & Noble had in stock, and distributed them to friends and family.

I figured I'd wait until her enthusiasm died down, and then read it, but she was adament. "Start the book! Start it! Write notes!" Finally, I caved. I cracke
Jul 31, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-after-death
I like to believe that James Van Praagh can really see the spirits of people who have died physically. When I read this book, I am persuaded that he does. Part of the persuasion is that his message is so positive. He is continually advising the reader to make amends for past mistakes, forgive wrongs, and understand that our thoughts create our realities. He is so good at explaining the power of our own thoughts and that we can change the experience of our lives through the choices we make about ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. I don't agree with everything he teaches but I do think there are a lot of important ideas he shares. Many things, such as taking your addictions with you when you die, are taught in (LDS)church doctrine. The idea that the spirits of those who have died are nearby was also taught by Brigham Young. Many of us have felt the presence of a loved one near. Some people are more sensitive to being able to see or hear from them. However, I also think that mediums can ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Corinne rated it really liked it
I'm really glad I read this book. It was a departure from my typical more literary reads, and at first I was a bit skeptical but by the end I was not only inspired, but had strong hope in an afterlife such as the one described by Van Praagh. I also could "hear" lessons that my very recently deceased father would be saying to me, if he could. Now I crave a psychic experience such as the ones Van Praagh describes. Additionally, in all my experience with yoga and meditation, I don't know that I've ...more
Jun 05, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
I went to one of Mr. Van Praagh's spirit circles in Laguna Beach. He spoke about this book and I've waited eagerly for its release. I was not disappointed. He delivers a message of love and freedom; that every single day, every monent we have a choice to be loving, compassionate and happy or the opposite. Ultimately though, its much easier to be positive than negative and we reap the harvest of our choices in the end.

One of the most striking parts of this book was his claim that when we die we
Andrea Samadi
Feb 05, 2012 Andrea Samadi rated it really liked it
James Van Praagh writes a powerful work with "Unfinished Business" where life lessons are apparent on each page of the book. I have not been able to put this book down, and am re-thinking my behaviors after reading these life-altering insights. I don't want unfinished business in my life, and do want to accelerate towards my goals, so why would I not listen to someone with such insight for a peaceful, successful life. I suggest that you not only read this book, but listen to the messages within, ...more
Claudia Loureiro
Feb 11, 2015 Claudia Loureiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I have always had an interest in stories about the afterlife and this book never has a dry moment also because it is written in the language of You and I.
The book talks about the gap between worlds, between what we call life and the illusion of death.
It puts us in touch with our loved ones who have passed and those here, and leads to a greater understanding of just how close we all are.
It is a wonderful book. It is full of profound and awesome new information from the other side.
This is a book t
Jan 02, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a book I could read again and again. Here are a few things for me to remember...

page 3: "It's all about being responsible for your thoughts and actions. Your thoughts have power. The life you are living right now is the result of your thoughts. Thoughts are energy- they are real things."

page 27: "Our regrets may serve as wonderful opportunities from which we can learn, or they may become slayers of our self-esteem and hold us back from future opportunities. When we rehash our past decisi
Lynn Marie
Sep 19, 2009 Lynn Marie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking to improve their lives
I thought this book was very well written. It provided some excellent insight on how one can try to be a better person now. The concepts that James discussed were not anything new, but were written in such a way that I felt truly inspired. While I was raised Catholic, I don't subscribe to any particular religion now. James had a chapter (or maybe it was part of a chapter) about the difference between spirituality and religion which was right on the mark for me. I think everyone can learn somethi ...more
Sandra Mckenzie
Mar 02, 2012 Sandra Mckenzie rated it it was amazing
very readable! i've been very depressed for four years after losing my love. I have read a little over half and this book has helped me start changing my attitude and I want to, for the 1st tme in four years I can honestly say "life is good"!!!

Finished it today.. sigh... Just to good and does pertain to more than losing a loved one, just tons of HELPFUL information in it for all in every walk of life. Life is still good!!! Thank you so much Mr. Van Praagh! You are loved and loving.
Jun 17, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been loaned this autographed book by the author's niece, I knew it would be a kick to read. It was extremely fascinating to hear his perspective on the afterlife. He provides numerous accounts of messages he shares from those who have crossed over to their family and friends. The details are so rich and specific, you've simply got to wonder. I can't wait to see him when he comes to lecture in Boston this Fall!
Jill Adlawan
Feb 05, 2016 Jill Adlawan rated it it was amazing
I found this book hard to put down once I began reading. Van Praagh's writings are about his performance at events and the interactions with audiences during those performances. My favorite portion was learning the history of the people who participated in the performance and how their interactions pertained to the person who had passed and were made known to Van Praagh during the performance. They asked questions of their relatives or friends who had passed through Van Praagh. I believe after ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Noelle rated it it was amazing
A friend's 16 year old recently drowned. I loved this kid and have known her since she was about 3. I've always known (somehow) that death is not the end but another phase of life. This book confirmed all I've always felt was true. I loved it. It helped me tremendously at this very sad time in my life.
Tina Dreffin
Sep 16, 2016 Tina Dreffin rated it it was amazing
This book is written in the language of you and me.

It is evident James was definitely guided by Spirit
to write these words.

The book bridges the gap between worlds,
between what we call life and the illusion of death.
It puts us in touch with our loved ones who have passed and those here, guiding us to a greater understanding of just how close we all are them.

Spirit - and those who have passed - wish to touch our hearts and minds. James inspired words explain how. You will never to be the same afte
Jennifer England
Awesome books.
Mar 05, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Some of my friends are going to roll their eyes at me for reading "voodhoo ***t", but this book is worth it. :)

Honestly, I liked this book.

I liked the insights, the all too common human psychological experiences, and how authentic and emotionally raw the stories are. I like how it shows what we think we understand, but really don't.

Like even if spirits are not real, does it even matter as long some very important and redeeming lesson is taught? Does the debate over what is true or not even matt
Eric Schurr
Mar 02, 2014 Eric Schurr rated it it was amazing
This is the first book i've read/listen to by James Van Praagh, but it won't be the last. I've ready a lot of books about past lives and reincarnation, and this is the best one so far. He relates very compelling stories of real-life accounts, but he always weaves in a "life lesson," but does so in a way that is overly cheezy and smaltzy. I'm making everyone in my family listen to it, and I'm going to listen to many others by him.
Gary Perez
May 05, 2015 Gary Perez rated it really liked it
This was a great book about what may lie in the world beyond this one. The book is told in a narrative fashion documenting several interactions at the author has had with spirit that a number of group readings. I found it very interesting and relieving at times to learn more about the world beyond this one through these words from beyond. This is a great read and my first book by the author. Highly suggested if you are interested in the subject matter.
Ken Yliniemi
Apr 08, 2016 Ken Yliniemi rated it really liked it
A great book to make you think about those who have passed on in your life. Even though you may not feel like you have had any unfinished business with them, you will see things differently after reading this book. Excellent, for anyone who is the least bit curious about loved ones in their life who have gone and even those who are still here.
Jan 29, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I happened to pick up this book while I was looking for another book at the library and I ended up reading it first. I like James writing style, very easy to read. He writes about universal issues that may linger for those who pass over or those who remain here. There are basic life challenges and ways to overcome and prosper. to forgive, to love and to have compassion for your self and others. A peaceful book with cool stories of spirits who can teach us some really great life lessons.
I was b
sherry beth
Nov 17, 2015 sherry beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth reading

A very insightful read. We want to know more about the afterlife and this book gives us stories that provide hope. I also like how he tries to teach us how to connect with our higher power through meditation.
Kendrick Smith
Mar 08, 2014 Kendrick Smith rated it it was amazing
Unfinished Business is a wonderful book. It is an easy read filled with several simple and spiritual truths. I recommend it to anyone with an open mind, open heart, and ready to raise their vibrations!
Jul 13, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review

This is the first time I have read any of his books. I will be reading more. I couldn't put it down, it has changed my thinking on death and afterlife.
Linda Breiding
Mar 07, 2014 Linda Breiding rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
After my dad's passing this book was very comforting. Not only does he talk about his readings which are very interesting but he also covers on how to deal with guilt and regrets among other subjects.
Mary Kay
Dec 31, 2014 Mary Kay rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. I am curious as to what happens when we pass on. How I can I live a more peaceful life. It's a start manual for a better life.
Laura Lowmiller
Apr 02, 2014 Laura Lowmiller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was overall entertaining and gives you some food for thought. You have to keep an open mind, though. Otherwise you will be saying 'wtf?' throughout this book. The stories are interesting, and gives you a lot of different perspective into your soul in the after-life, reincarnation, heaven and the lack thereof of hell, which was hard for me but enlightening with my Catholic background. The purpose of this particular book compared to his other books is to give insight on living THIS life ...more
Steven Wooten Jr
Dec 10, 2015 Steven Wooten Jr rated it it was amazing
Inspiring Heaven is a place people don't die they just change addresses
Jul 03, 2016 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book.
Aug 23, 2014 Suzanne rated it liked it
James Van Praagh shares wisdom from his perspective and readings over the years. It's especially good for grieving individuals who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one.

I believe that death is not the end but another phase of life and that our loved ones are always with us. This book confirmed what I believe to be true and helped me tremendously at this very sad time in my life. I enjoyed the readings that were shared the most and the connection to what he learned from them.
Nov 25, 2014 Kb rated it liked it
Enjoyable. Descriptive. Great explanation of concepts, stories and themes. Will read his other books.
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