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The Truth About Psychics: What's Real, What's Not, and How to Tell the Difference

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Celebrity psychic and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Browne takes a fascinating look into the history of psychics dating from biblical times as she reveals the truth about spiritual phenomena like witches, talking boards, angels, astral projection, and more. Did you know . . .


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ebook, 272 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Touchstone (first published 2009)
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Aug 24, 2011 Kirsty rated it did not like it
I picked up this book in my local library, where its title "The Truth About Psychics" intrigued me. I became even more curious when I realised that the book was written by a self-proclaimed psychic, who promised to arm readers with the tools to enable them to spot a fraud. Faced with this tantalising prospect, I promptly took the book out on loan.

The book begins with a long section on how Sylvia Browne allegedly discovered her psychic abilities. There's lots of talk of spirit guides and psychic
Mary Miller
Jun 01, 2014 Mary Miller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a book that focuses on what the title lists as what the book is about, I would suggest skipping this one. I have read a few of Sylvia's books having met her years ago in San Jose at a psychic fair she and I were attending (as well as working). Living in the bay area and working in the same type of business, afforded me a chance to talk with her. This book is quite a bit of rehash of her other books, spending a great deal of the book talking about her upbringing, her spirit ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting. I picked it up off a random shelf at the library while I was killing 10 minutes of time before I had to pick up Alex from band rehearsals. I didn't intend to check it out, but was interested by her history of mediums, including the Fox sisters, Houdini (not a medium, although he pretended to give psychic readings early in his career, and spent the later part of his career debunking seances), and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, that Arthur Conan Doyle.)

So, long story short, I c
Jun 27, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that some of the information she wrote in this book is a repeat from another book of hers I read, however she does give information concerning how to tell a fraud from the real thing as far as psychics are concerned and I feel that is definitely valuable information to have. As far as the rest of it, it is interesting when she talks about some of her own experiences she's had, and how to meditate, how to try to heal yourself with past-life regression therapy, etc. My rating is what it i ...more
Shannon Renee
I must admit, there is nothing better than watching Montel when Sylvia Brown is on. And I mean nothing...except maybe swamp people. Still the woman is something. Very fascinating. I picled up this book at the library and said...sure. I was sorta impressed to learn about her. Who knew she actually had some collegiate education? A really good read if you want to learn more about the history of supernatural things and people (and also the frauds).
Apr 06, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
I love every book Sylvia writes. This one she talked about the history of different religions and different psychics throughout history but didn't really give much of an opinion on them as she normally does. The last two chapters on the book focused on how to detect frauds and different meditations you can do to tap into your own psychic abilities.
Annie Thornton
Dec 14, 2015 Annie Thornton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! I love everything I've read by Sylvia Browne so far. Her books have actually inspired me to try some meditations and I've been amazed with what they've shown me! I also love how what she writes makes me feel excited to finish this life and 'return Home'.
Yep, I read it. Sylvia's books are comfort food at stressful times in my life. There's nothing new here, but it's interesting, and I enjoy her voice. I always come away with something to think about, even if I am not entirely on board with all she says.
Red Morgan
Sep 25, 2011 Red Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly ridiculous, and poorly written.
Jan 27, 2011 Margy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone ready to explore a spiritual path
What can I say...I love Sylvia Browne!!
Jan 18, 2011 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A brief overview of psychics and spiritualism.
Maybe this book would be suitable for people who have never heard or read anything related to the subject. Seemed more like regurgitated information, nothing I hadn't read before.
Mar 07, 2012 Ariana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, occult
While I don't agree with everything she believes, the book was verry interesting and the astral projection bits in particular were informative and helpful.
Mar 04, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book; has a few things that I am going to try out; like the meditation. Very informative; has a few book recommendations that I'm going to follow up on....
Aug 06, 2014 Destiny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very good and i like how it had info about all religons and connects them together. Her writing is seamless and upbeat.
Jan 15, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have always been fascinated by metaphysical things, and I found this to be a very quick and interesting read.
V.M. Lopez
Nov 24, 2012 V.M. Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting! Thorough descriptions of the different beliefs around the world and of what it really means to be a psychic.
Sep 12, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated. I choose to say no more because I am tired of being scorned. I will keep my beliefs and my experiences to myself.
Jan 19, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all of Sylvia's books, this one is a quick read with thoughtful, comforting information. Enjoyable.
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Sylvia Browne was a number one New York Times–bestselling author and world-famous psychic. She appeared regularly on The Montel Williams Show and Larry King Live and made countless other media and public appearances. She was the founder of a church, the Society of Novus Spiritus.
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