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Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death
James Van Praagh is a spiritual medium--someone who is able to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds. Unaware of his spiritual gifts until he was in his twenties, he slowly came to terms with his unique abilities. In addition, many of his sessions with grieving people who came to him looking to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones are explored. From a devastated m...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Signet
(first published 1997)
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"Talking to Heaven" by James Van Praagh provided me with spiritual comfort after the loss of my father. Praagh is a medium who has the abilities to communicate with departed souls. As a young child, he realized that he had this special gift and has been doing it for most of his adult life. The personal insights of Praagh's work are fascinating. The many different stories of people finding that their loved ones are still present around them are enlightening. The book is well written with inspirin...more
I did really enjoy this book for the most part. I liked the stories of the readings he has done and the stuff about his early childhood experiences with this stuff, but I couldn't give it a full five stars for one main reason. It seemed to assume that everyone should believe in heaven the same way as he does and stuff and I think he could have handled that a little better. he says it is only one way really instead of it being the way he understands it. Also the stuff at the end was a little tiri...more
I enjoyed reading this book because I never really thought about what mediums do. Many things he observed about Heaven through his communications are what I have previously thought to be true. Still I think psychic work is more priest craft than priesthood. Satan is very smart and can be very deceptive. As Van Praagh mentions in his book several times there are many different kinds of spirits at many different levels of progression. All people have spiritual experiences and I recommend getting t...more
this started out kind detailed with his past and all that...but eventually became extremely interesting. Like an explanation of the reason John Edwards can do what he does and HOW he does it. Educational to the point where you can either practice how to contact those that have passed on for yourself...along with definitive and exact tools you can utilize to broaden your childrens' abilities into the psychic/medium realms of the 6th sense. I truly believe children have the unscathed/uninfected mi...more
This book was okay. Although I've never read a John Edwards book, it's along the same vain as Edwards television show. I didn't dislike it, but it certainly wasn't my favorite, although parts were intriguing. With the title, "Talking to Heaven" I guess I expected something different. Van Praagh basically begins by talking about his childhood and how he discovered his gift of psychic abilities. He then discusses the different types of psychic abilities, which reads just like a dictionary. He move...more
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the author and found what he had to say easy to believe. It was peaceful and interesting. I think this author is very lucky to be so open to his surroundings and be receptive to the communication the spirits have to offer. I hope what he says is true and I look forward to reading more of what he has to say and even working on opening up my own inner reception.
This book was very readable, but I just don't know how credible he is. I've seen the author interviewed on TV, and I'm still a skeptic. I understand the concept, but in a broad universal picture what he says just doesn't add up - especially on the human suffering front. When he tries to explain hardship, whether by terror, death, human suffering of any kind, he says that it's part of the contract made before birth. Did ALL of Africa sign up for conflict, strife, miserable wars and carnage? Did t...more
Jan 21, 2012 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those who like to explore ghosts and spirits
A fun read, if you can abandon all disbelief. I'm not sure Van Praagh has actually convinced me that his version of the Afterlife is what's in store for all of us (he's vague and evasive), but I do like it. Hanging out with others who are on the same spiritual plain as I, after I leave this world, sounds like great fun
Because I have lost so many of my loved ones to heaven, I wanted to read this book. The stories were interesting and illustrative of the author's points. I took some notes on the practical methods that he gave for medication toward the end of the book. If you're interested in the afterlife--great read.
Such a great book...some of the stories really speak to me and gave me hope and inspiration. This is one of the books that has really stuck with me. I'm in awe of James Van Praagh's talent (both as a medium and a writer) as I've read a few more of his books and have enjoyed all of them.
James is an excellent writer and medium. He had his own show a couple of years ago, and it can still be watched on Youtube. His books are a combination of advice to those who lost someone they loved, soul searchers and people who want to enhance their abilities. Great book!
This book came to me shortly after my father died. It wasn't an eye opener, more a comforting friend who had many of the same ideas, experiences I had regarding death and I found it a good companion on those days when I was wanting a friend to share their thoughts and similar stories.
Oct 19, 2013 Maria Carmo rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone.
A very enlightening book about the early life of a medium, his progressive awareness of his gift and the way he then uses it to help those who come to him in a way that will awaken them to spirituality and provide confort.
Lisbon, 19 October 2013.
Lisbon, 19 October 2013.
Perhaps James Van Praagh comes across as knowing a little too much. He certainly seems to have the answers. What I thought was missing from this book was...how does he know this? I think he is a very talented psychic, but I was wondering if what he was writing was based on his own experiences, or what he had researched? I think if you are going to write a book about this sort of thing, you have to include something that explains what makes you credible. Interesting read, but it left me a little...more
His very natural, easy-going style would lead you to believe that James Van Praagh is chatting with a friend on the telephone, not communicating messages from the grave. James is a survival evidence medium, meaning that he is able to bridge the gap between two planes of existence, that of the living and that of the dead, by providing evidential proof of life after death via detailed messages. "I'm...moreMore about James Van Praagh...