Get ready. If you follow numerology, I am a double "1" and a sun sign Scorpio -- I feel compelled to say what think. I have my moon and ascendant in Libra, so I believe in being nothing less than fair. Uranus conjuncts my ascendant -- so I really like the paranormal, what can I say? And finally, both of my parents are Geminis -- I have been trained to go on quite a bit when I write.
Here it comes ... and I truly don't care what kind of comments I get ... I've got Pluto, the god of the underworld on my side ... (-;
FACT: This is a wonderful book, and it is well worth the price of admission to get a glimpse into this woman's very personal life. Buy the book -- you won't regret it.
You know, I see so many reviews all over Amazon where people whine and complain about petty little things in books, "I wish it had been this way, I wish it had been that way".
It is very, very hard to write a book, much less a memoir. It is extremely difficult to look for the key to one's life in the dark, rather than under the lamppost, and then to put it all out there for everybody to read (and viciously pick apart). Of course, many people can blab on and on about "My ex did this to me, my friend did that to me" -- just look at a random blog -- but make it interesting, poignant, funny, and educational? No, not just anyone can do that ... but Sylvia Browne and Lindsay Harrison can, and DID.
This is a brave book. I got to know Sylvia by reading this and, you know what? This woman is full of wisdom and practical advice. This book inspired me to be a better person and a better mom. What more could you ask from a memoir? Not to mention that this book is also laugh-out-loud funny at times, too. Sylvia has an excellent sense of humor.
"But you're not talking about the psychic stuff!" I can hear all the Geminis and Virgos saying. "She's a fake, talk about that!" I hear the Tauruses muttering. "Your review is too long, get to the ghosts already!" the Sagittarians are yelling (yeah, yeah ... whatever). That's because you don't have to believe in anything paranormal whatsoever to enjoy this book. That's right -- this book stands on its own merits ... no belief in psychics is required.
I'm not going to go into any analysis of any of the paranormal topics in the book. As Sylvia says, "Take what you want, and leave the rest". I did enjoy those parts of the book, but they were not central for me; they were just a nice added plus to the narrative, as I enjoy reading about her work.
Here is what I am going to go into: I want people to stop calling Sylvia evil. Take a look into her eyes in her photos. There is no evil there (as an FYI to those who may not be aware, you can see evil in people's eyes ... look into the eyes of the latest murderer posted on Foxnews -- you'll see the evil if you look).
I also want people to stop calling her greedy because she wrote this book. Do you honestly think people make a lot of money from writing books? Bestsellers make some money, but really ... you don't make all that much money unless you are Dean Koontz, Stephen King, etc. and even then, you have to keep cranking them out or your money evaporates. Sylvia probably won't make too much money from this book; she wrote it because it was time for the book to come into being; like any other creative project, its time had come. And also, so what if she charges $800 or whatever it is for her readings? In California, $800 is not even that much money (cost of living) and anyway, professionals charge money for their services. It's called doing business.
And finally, to those who call her a fraud ... yeah, she's been wrong before. So has my doctor -- last week, as a matter of fact. So has my stylist, tailor, choreographer, etc, etc. etc. every professional is wrong sometimes! We live in an imperfect world! No one is perfect ... and Sylvia has said that many times. People need to get over droning on and on about "she was wrong about the color of the Pope's socks in 1989" or whatever it is that gets people's panties in a bunch. Yes ... I know about the missing kid case, and the coal miners (both very sad events, by the way)... however, she was not trying to be malicious ... she was just wrong! It happens, folks. Get over it.
Anyway, I could go on and on, but I'll shut up now. Just buy the book --- you don't have to believe in psychics, all you have to do is read it with an open mind. You might just learn something ...