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Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death

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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
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Published March 1st 1999 by Signet Book (first published 1997)
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I have known about James Van Praagh for a long time. When he had his show where he did readings for people (much like John Edwards show), I watched that. I believe it only lasted one season, which was disappointing. It was a good show.

I've also seen him on shows like Unsolved Mysteries. I like him and what he does. However, I've never read one of his books.

What prompted me to read this is that October 10th, I will be going to see James Van Praagh. I am very excited and decided to grab him of his
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Although a good part of the information was some I had learned before, the book was, after all written a good number of years ago, I couldn't help but wish that I had read it in the beginning of my search for this information. It is written in an easy to understand style, the flow of thought and words was captivating as well as the topic, and convincing, ringing true with each page. I've since learned much about Mr. Van Praagh and admire him and his work. I definitely recommend this work for tho ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found chapter 7 on suicides to be extremely interesting. The fact that we are put here to learn love and one of the first lessons is learning to love the self because we cannot love others if we first do not love our self. Also the probability that perhaps a soul can come down to earth and it was not mature enough to join the physical world in the first place. This young or immature soul may feel they didn't fit in and this time on earth for them was not the right time.

I gave this book 3 stars
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, easy to read and follow. I don't know what exists or doesn't exist out there, but if what Van Praagh says is true, the it's very comforting to know our loved ones are with us. I enjoyed reading the people's personal stories and experiences.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars because it's well written and I took it as a fairy tale story, but as a non-believer I can't help wondering: are there people out there who really believe in these things? I wish I could, but there's no real evidence and the testimonies given are just this, testimonies.
Michelle Corcoran
It's been a while since I've read James Van Prough. Great to read someone who believes as I do. This book includes excerises and meditations to develop your own psychic abilities.
This is a life changing book - absolutely! Heaven does exist and there is really no such thing as death. Van Praagh is an amazing storyteller and medium. If you wonder whether you should read this book, trust me and read it!:) You will love it!
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Carrie Cohen
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind
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
Melissa Brown
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and all of the stories and examples in it. The book read quickly and easily--I couldn't put it down once I started. The description of the author's contact with spirit has familiar threads to personal experiences. I am so happy to read the description and instruction for how to cultivate your own connection with spirit. The book is also a good example how someone helped the author see--at a young age--that his ability was a gift and should be cultivated and developed, not be as ...more
Anna Shiverdecker
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amber Montgomery
As a person who has lost her dad too soon this was the perfect book for me to read, although I had no idea it was an informational book, I was actually pleasantly surprised. It gave me a new insight into the possibilities of the deceased that I had once never truly believed. The fact that there are people with a special ability to speak to those who have died, in any type of way amazes me. Just knowing my dad may be out there watching over me and being there for every special moment, I wish he w ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Dar Hosanna
I'm only writing a review because I believe he is telling truth,I'll read it down the road.In the example read I saw myself and I know how taxing it can be to constantly pick up on people's negative energy it's a bit more taxing to pick up on spirits especially if it is evil.He is popular among housewives I prefer deeper sci-fi reading like when two worlds collide,any book by Edgar Cayce and Richard Bach etcetera...
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic, spiritural
I really enjoyed this one. I didn't much care for the writing style at the beginning, but it either got better or I got used to it. I found the information very interesting and I liked how he told stories of his interactions with clients, although sometimes these felt disjointed--especially the one that was reenacted for a tv show--a little more back story would have been helpful. I also liked the practical advice at the end for meditating and contacting passed on loved ones.
Allysia K
Now that it's close to the end of the year, I'm making a point to finish all the books I've started and put down - this being one of them. I liked this book. It's fascinating to read about death and mediums. James Van Praagh isn't overly abrasive or woo-woo, though he does make sweeping statements about life and the afterlife which not everyone will like.

The reason I gave it three stars - because I liked it - is just because it didn't rock my world or change my life. It was fun, though.
This was the first book in this particular genre that I read and quite enjoyed it. I'd recommend this to anyone and everyone, especially if you or someone you know is looking for encouragement and confirmation that there truly is, an afterlife, a spiritual world. A bit of a tear-jerker at times, but in a good way, light-hearted, real, and loved reading about the author's personal experiences as a child, as he grew into his experiences with the spirit world. Good and easy-going read.
Sammy Sutton
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a great deal. James Van Praagh comes across as amiable and was a reluctant recipient of his gift. Whether you are a believer in his gift as a medium or noit it is a fabulous story. If you are researching the concept, it will provide with a meager feeling of accomplishemnt. Nevertheless, He is an awesome, humble man with a fabulous story. I also highly recommend the movie starring Ted Danson as James Van Praagh. One of only a few movies I believe did the book justice.
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how much into James Van Praagh as a psychic/medium I am but I picked this book up in 2006 (along with Reaching to Heaven) after the untimely death of a best friend. The book did help me at the time cope with his death.

If you have lost a loved one and grieved their death and question the afterlife, read this book. It was truly an inspiring book, easy-to-read, informative, and concise. Just what I needed at the time.
Meg Ulmes
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-stories
James Van Praagh wrote as if he was having a conversation, it flowed at a constant pace and easy to read. The stories and information within the pages helped with explanations to better understand the concept of “Talking to Heaven” and what occurred during a reading. With an open mind, the reader will find this book satisfying and I am sure everyone will learn a few things from reading it.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is a very easy feel good book very much James Van Praagh style. He brings out the peace and calmness in everything. this book is no different. he delivers many messages from the "other side" to jump start healing process of the grieving. I enjoyed the book very much. I would like to see a bit more meat but I am not sure in his "business" that it may be possible.
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like to explore ghosts and spirits
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diane Wachter
PB-B @ 1999 - 2/02 A Spiritual Journey Through Life and Death. In this book, the author guides us to become fully alive, to reconnect with our spiritual core by rediscovering our own voice of God. Okay.
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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 ...more
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