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Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories [Paperback]

John Edward
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Aug. 5 2002
Crossing Over takes fans through the extraordinary journey that has been John Edward's life since One Last Time was published in 1998. It delves into the highs and lows that he has experienced in his role as a psychic medium, the powerful stories of the people he has encountered (and the spirits that have accompanied them) and how he has made his own transition into international celebrity while trying to bring peace and insight to those who grieve for their loved ones.

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Crossing Over reads like a casual conversation with an old childhood pal instead of like a memoir of a world-renowned psychic who has his own talk show on the Sci Fi channel. John Edward's narrative is down-to-earth and filled with vernacular expressions (including plenty of instances of "holy shit!"). There's the story of how his deceased mother finally gave him the three signs he hoped for after she died, and how he once contacted the recently departed songwriter Carl Perkins. Most of the time, Edward speaks about how the process of consulting with a psychic brings peace and reconciliation to those left behind--standard fare for medium memoirs. As compelling as Edward's stories are, what makes this memoir unique is how readily Edward exposes his own vanities and ego bruisings. He also delves into the behind-the-scenes reality of being a television medium. For instance, he reveals how his producers wanted to have dead-people "theme shows"--for instance inviting grieving members of Mother Against Drunk Driving to be the audience. This kind of "gallery rigging" goes against Edward's desire to enter readings without any prior knowledge of the person seated before him. Edward offers an amusing, and at times disturbing, look at how the ethereal world clashes with the celebrity world. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Edward is the host of a syndicated television show, Crossing Over with John Edward.

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Format:Hardcover
John is a good writer, and communicates well on this side besides the other side! What I think is lacking is a broader scope of experiences. What other authors, like Tiffany Snow and Sylvia Browne are doing, is touching many aspects and challenging the reader to do the same, BESIDES telling the personal experiences. Too often, John just tells his own stories, which are entertaining, but limited. But, this book I like better than his other one, "after life," which is more of the same and even dryer than this one.
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Format:Hardcover
John is a good writer, and communicates well on this side besides the other side! What I think is lacking is a broader scope of experiences. What other authors, like Tiffany Snow and Sylvia Browne are doing, is touching many aspects and challenging the reader to do the same, BESIDES telling the personal experiences. Too often, John just tells his own stories, which are entertaining, but limited. But, this book I like better than his other one, "after life," which is more of the same and even dryer than this one.
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Format:Paperback
is part of what you'll get from this book. Even psychic mediums are not immune to bumps in the road of life, and it's impressive to read about what John went through in order to provide us with a realistic and sincere introduction to the medium process while still maintaining the integrity of his work. I liked John from the very first time I saw him several years ago on the SciFi channel, but after reading this book, I like him even more.
As for the "Crossing Over" stories, I doubt reading them will make a serious skeptic into a believer. Some believe, some don't and some need a personal reading with strong validations before they'll submit to the idea of an afterlife. If you're like me and have always believed in an afterlife, then John's words and stories will bring comfort to you like a favorite blanket on a cold, winter night. You don't really *need* someone to provide example after example of solid, on-the-mark readings, but it's nice to read them now and then. It's like a spiritual shot in the arm or a re-connection, if you will.
If you're curious about the whole process (and aren't quite sure what to believe), this book is friendly and informative. The readings are, of course, fun to read. And they may make you think twice about the whole afterlife issue. This book will probably lead you to other books on the subject, which can only be a good thing, in my opinion. You don't have to believe everything you read, but it never hurts to be informed. You can open yourself up to the idea of an afterlife without having to slap a scarf on your head and refer to yourself as Madam Zelda, ya know what I mean? John offers the process to you in a non-threatening manner, and you are free to mentally work it out as you see fit.
Thanks, John! :o)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is there a "there" there? Aug. 12 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book, subtitled, "The Stories Behind the Stories," is mostly about John Edward's multi-year process of getting "Crossing Over" onto the air. It's about deal-making, costuming, scripting (or lack thereof), pilots, TV execs and the tortuous process of selling concepts. Oh, and about talking to the dead.
I was surprised, having seen Edward's confident appearances on Crossing Over, that he paints himself as introverted -- reluctant to become a public figure. He tells us repeatedly that he is shy, that he does not look for public acclaim, that "the Boys" (his spirit guides) withdraw when he is getting too much of a big head. Yet he shows himself as adept at executing tactical retreats to counter the claims of the skeptics. He is not doing cold readings, he says; he makes mistakes (that's OK, since a basketball player who hits only 50% of his shots is called a superstar!); he concedes Dateline's "gotcha" (they reported that he "read" members of the show's crew, to whom he presumably had day-to-day access); his show does not disproportionately edit out mistakes.
During the first 2/3 of the book, it was hard not to sense something rather reptilian in Edward's seeming attempts to throw the reader off the trail with self-deprecating remarks, gallows humor and spectacular stories. By the end of the book, though, I had to admit that even I found his plight somewhat sympathetic. Maybe I'm just a big softie, but I granted that he might really be hurt that so many doubt him and want him to fail. May he really is just trying to help the grief-stricken to come to terms with their losses. Did I losing my objectivity -- or merely my excessive skepticism?
Beyond the sheer amazement of being able to talk to the dead, I kept noting that Edward's readings provide so few deep insights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Psychic show business 101 May 27 2003
By J. Wong
Format:Paperback
In this book, John recounts his early struggles into show business. He talks about the incredible hurdles he had to go through to create the television show "Crossing Over."
As in his first book, John writes about the incredible series of coincidences and synchronicity he experienced. Things just fell into his lap in his quest to create the show. He also gives great insights into his experiences with the nay-sayers, and how they really pounced on him when he became famous.
The best thing about John's books are the stories of the people he meets. There were several touching stories; a tragic love story involving an unsolved murder, and how that love between the two people literally broke the barriers of heaven and earth.
Another story about a loveable old man named Carl Perkins, who wrote "Blue Suede Shoes" which launched Elvis' career. Carl was a very humble human being who was taken advantage of financially many times, but his passion for life and music lit up all those around him, including his close friend Paul McCartney.
There were several other stories, but I remember these two in particular. They are powerful, moving stories that touch upon the very essence of life itself, the reason why we even choose to live: LOVE! Friends and family are the factors that make life worth living, and that's the lesson John tries so earnestly to teach on his show and books.
A very moving book, just like "One Last Time." Highly, highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars How Crossing Over with John Edward was born
This book talks mainly about how Crossing Over with John Edward came to be. Although interesting, I had hoped for more afterlife experiences shared from the show and a more in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rashel Torchia
4.0 out of 5 stars Love him!
He is very interesting and this book teaches much! This was a great purchase and I would recommend to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Kevan Yuck
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The book seems as though it was designed to follow his other books and earn some extra cash. All it really talks about is how he got famous. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melinda DeNicola
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossing Over
This book is easy to read. Having lost a son recently, I was looking for consolation/ explanation and reassurance. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2012 by Sabine R. Crackle
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Edward...
This is another book by medium John Edward that entertains the reader and will confound the skeptics. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by James F. Anderson III
4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN IS VERY INTRESTING
I think this book was very intresting...I didnt believe in psyhics till i read this book...The reason i didnt give the book 4 stars is because it jumped around a lot... Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Jefferiesm2005
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ !!
I have read all of John Edward's books and this one is just fantastic. A great insight into launching his career and TV show. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, enlightening, comforting
John Edward's writing style is like that of a dear friend - warm, casual, straightforward. He is open about the difficulties he faced on his path, he is humorous in his telling,... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As the first book of John Edward's that I read, it was indeed like a letter from a dear friend.
Marina Moll
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by A. W. Moll
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended!!
Had to force myself to put this one down. Highly recomend to anyone who's even slightly interested in this subject!!!!
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by E. Sankey
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