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Walking in the Garden of Souls
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on May 9, 2015
nice reading
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on February 26, 2015
I have read many books on or about George Anderson. First recommended to me by my brother (who has since passed away) and has helped in easing the pain of loosing someone knowing they are somewhere else, safe and watching over us. Whether you believe in life after death or not, this can maybe open your heart and your mind that perhaps it is possible.
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on December 1, 2014
Love it.
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This is a book primarily intended to bring solace and comfort to the bereaved about loved ones who have passed on, especially to parents who have lost children. George Anderson is a medium, an intermediary, between the soul of the departed and his/her relatives or friends who seek confirmation of the continuation of life after death. Anderson insists that he be uninformed about the circumstances of each case connected with those who seek his help. He does not want to prejudice his opinion and attitude when souls come forward with messages for those who seek answers to their state in the “Garden of Souls” (as Anderson terms the heavenly dimension).

Astoundingly, Anderson states that in the twenty-seven years since he became a professional medium he has yet to experience no soul coming forward to provide communication. This is contrary to what some other mediums have experienced, in cases where there “was no one at home” to speak from the other side. Anderson hears the “voices” of the souls but these are not audible to others. He also occasionally “sees” apparitions of the departed but similarly these are not visible to others. Although Anderson comes across as a genuine “soul whisperer” – not a charlatan – it does take a heaping helping of faith and trust by his clients who seek his help (and the readers of his books) to believe one hundred percent in his credibility.

I did a lot of skimming and skipping while reading this book. For those who may already have accepted (before picking up this book) that there can be legitimacy in the phenomena of mediumistic communication there is really nothing new, preposterous or startling revealed by Anderson. Although the subject is phenomenally two-dimensional – the here, and the heavenly – the book seems rather one-dimensionally bland in how the material is presented. From other books I have read, all is not non-conflicting accommodation, characterized by sentiments of sweetness and light, for many souls who arrive on the “other side.” Reportedly, some souls can be in states of confusion, amnesia and disconcertion until they become acclimatized and are gradually guided to a placable state, if they so choose; some will choose to linger in a prolonged comatose disoriented state. But not so according to Anderson: as soon as passing over souls become enlightened and are imbued with love and concern for others. Thoroughly comprehending their own fate they are instantly able and willing to assist people on this terrestrial globe to see the Light – mostly with feel-good platitudes and Ann Landers perspicacity. That is what I meant by the book being one dimensional. There seems to be an answer for everything and that answer is, to use a modern cliché, “Don’t worry, be happy!”

Anderson uses the word “God” sparsely and I can understand why. That name has too much bad baggage. For many it has become synonymous with qualities of ignorance, exclusivity, cruelty and injustice. So, he instead uses “Infinite Light” which is the anglicized form of the mystical Hebrew “Ain Soph Aur.” I think that works well but his book only skirts around the complexity a multidimensional divine existence. However, love, peace and comfort is what most people seek – especially after bereavement – and Anderson’s messages from the Garden of Souls provide solace in abundance.
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on May 17, 2014
love george anderson books i have quite a few, i would recomend it highly to anyone that needs being reassured of a life after death
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A marvelously well written and compassionate book by one of the world's best known mediums. Two things are accomplised by those who read this book. First, we are given an inside look at the life of a medium. Many of us feel that they have a special connection with God, a certain insight that is unavailable to others or that they, in turn, feel like one of God's prophets. None of these issues could be futher from the truth. The author, like us, views his life as a journey of daily learning. Secondly, as my title suggests, this is an important book to be read by someone who is recently bereaved. It not only gives extrordinary hope for the one who has passed on but also the recognition by the author of the intense struggle that we all undergo when this occurs to us directly. Having worked so closely with so many recently departed souls the author gives encouraging examples of their journey and solace to those left behind.
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on February 23, 2004
I found this book difficult to accept. Anderson claims to be in communication with various saints (St Teresa and others) but emphatically states that there is no such thing as the hell, the devil, evil spirits, etc. and that everyone (including murderers, rapists, suicides, etc.) goes to 'the garden', which is a direct contradiction of Biblical teachings. He expresses surprise that some people question his sources as possibly being evil spirits even though the Bible clearly warns against mediums, soothsayers and the like. He repeatedly refers to God as 'the Infinite Light', which sounds too close to Lucifer (from the Latin 'lucem ferre', or bringer of light) for my comfort.
I don't doubt Anderson's 'gifts' and I suspect that he is a compasionate individual, but as a Christian I cannot accept many of his statements, including that he is in communication with various saints.
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on December 3, 2003
This was my first experience with George Anderson's books and it was worth it's weight in gold. Fabulous read. Has so much to offer someone who will keep an open mind and listen to their heart.
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on November 2, 2002
The only criticism I have about this book is that there is not much new information for those of us who have read his previous books. It's still uplifting and inspiring, but less so since I have already heard most of it before.
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on October 28, 2002
I read this book over the weekend. I have always liked George Anderson. I have a good feel for people and I can say without a doubt he is very genuine. You can feel the love of the souls from the hereafter reflected right through him. This book is excellent advice for all people. Bereaved or not bereaved. Quite honestly, it's probably some advice we don't want to hear or like to hear but it's what we NEED to hear. I applaud him for helping the people he as helped and for his honesty. I couldn't help thinking as I was reading the book that one day I am going to have to face a more difficult challenge then I ever had before in my life and I hope I remember to pick up this book. I'll need it.
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