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5.0 out of 5 stars A believer
I have read all of James Van Praagh's books as well as books written by others on the same subject. I am sorry for the person who gave such a poor review. Obviously that person has never had a spiritual experience and probably won't with the attitude, anger, and closed mind they presented in the review. I have also seen James on T.V. several times. He doesn't project...
Published on Jan 14 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars A halfway decent step to the sequel of this book.
I have read both "Talking to Heaven" and "Reaching to Heaven." "Talking" is okay, a little intense in some areas, and sometimes a little boring. However, "Reaching" was very good. For anyone who is planning to read both though, "Talking to Heaven" is a definite prerequisite, as it does lay the foundation.
Published on Jun 26 2000 by Dawn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life altering book,
This review is from: Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death (Mass Market Paperback)A life altering book, that will bring solace and relief, no matter what stage of grief, or what the circumstances of loss are. The perfect gift for a grieving relative or friend. Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking to Heaven,
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This review is from: Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death (Mass Market Paperback)This is a wonderful book that brings enter peace as you read. It is meant to be read with a very open mind. Where your griefing for someone or not it is worth the time and effort to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you lost someone you loved read this!,
This review is from: Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death (Mass Market Paperback)What a comfort to know that there is something more than "just" living life (there is purpose in everything). James shows us we all have purpose on earth and beyond. Now I don't feel so alone I know my loved ones are with me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Talking to Heaven,
5.0 out of 5 stars Test Mr. Von Praagh's Easy Methods Yourself - It's awesome!,
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James Von Praagh's book (and the book on tape) are not only a collection of situations, or readings he has done for others, but also includes "How-To" tips on how to get those you would like to contact to communicate with you, and how to listen, and to let them know how you would understand them, and in what ways they can communicate in simple terms.
The book is meant to be simple, and if you are looking for "evidence" then test out his simple exercises yourself, and definitely pay attention to your surroundings!
I was a bit skeptical when I first read the book the first time, then I decided to take notes, and be open to communication, and took Van Praagh's ideas on communication to task. This has opened a whole new world for me, and it's awesome! Thank you James!
Critics seem to have totally missed the point of this book! It is not a lesson on physics or science, and to apply the terms in the sme way is to totally miss the point... If you are out "looking for evidence" with skepticism,you will find what you are looking for, or what you believe you will find. This is a basic in any metaphysics, and in many religions, "seek and you shall find."
I too saw several shows on television with Mr. Von Praagh... Most students of metaphysics can tell you that if there is a "hostile" (as Janet Mitchell puts it on her book on OBEs)(non-believing) presence around, it definitely makes it not only difficult to do readings such as those he does, but to do other metaphysical tasks, such as astral projection, reading auras, and so on.
I'm not a ... for anyone who calls themselves a psychic at all, but I DO have an open mind. I too have had what could be referred to as many "psychic experiences," or could be written off as many other things, but some certainly not (such as being in a coma and seeing doctors work on me, including telling the doctor what tie he was wearing at the time and what was said.)
If you are a skeptic, or are looking for so-called "scientific evidence", not only will you not find your statistics, etc. in this book, but you really will not find it anywhere and probably should stop your search now and save yourself a lot of time and money on books that will not satisfy you... ...
If you don't understand how the word "energy" is used in metaphysics, then talk to a local metaphysician! There are many churches who have members and practitioners that would be happy to do so for free until you understand it! Spiritualist, Religious Science, Christian Science and others...
As a doctor friend of mine puts it so well in many of his talks, "to some people the Earth is still flat." If you need absolute proof for every little thing, and are unwilling to be open-minded, then don't waste your time, not only on this book, but on anything spiritual, as it seems your world is still flat. (this type of thinking can even be hazadous to your health, as I used to believe in estblished medicine - now I am VERY cautious with the same!) If you're willing to learn and grow, and to hear others learning about the afterlife, and growing, then by ALL means buy the book - It's awesome and beautiful!
Those of us who know how, or even parts of how this stuff works, know that Von Praggh's work is essential to mankind's well-being!
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you buying this?,
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best book I have ever read,
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of New Age Pseudoscience -- Better books are available,
I've worked as a Research Physicist / Signal Processor for over 20 years and have no doubt that Van Praagh would flunk high school physics. (Maybe even 6th grade science! My 6th grade son at least correctly uses words like "energy," but Van Praagh doesn't in this book.) His science is New Age pseudoscience which is inconsistent with real science.
Also Van Praagh's discussion of religion, spirituality and philosophy is also simple-minded. That makes me think it possible he knows nothing about the afterlife either. But I'm not without hope here. It is possible Van Praagh possesses special abilities, but describes them in unscientific and simple-minded ways. (So those who gain hope from the book should not give up hope.) And lest you think I'm an extreme skeptic, I'm not. I think some (but NOT all) of "psi" has been validated to satisfy most of those scientists who have given it a careful and open-minded look -- I'd recommend Dean Radin's wonderful (and scientifically accurate) 1997 book "The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena."
And although Radin doesn't discuss the afterlife in his book, David Ray Griffin does in his ground-breaking book: "Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality : A Postmodern Exploration." Griffin is a follower of the famous philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Griffin examines five types of evidence for the reality of life after death: messages from mediums; apparitions; cases of the possession type; cases of the reincarnation type; and out-of-body experiences. His philosophical and empirical examinations of these phenomena suggest that they provide support for belief in these phenomena and experiences in a way consistent with modern science. Of course, even he admits this is all very speculative!
My recommendation to readers: read the books by Radin and Griffin instead of by Van Praagh. My recommendation to Van Praagh (and I hope he reads this): if some of what you're saying is real / true, get together with scientists and philosophers to express yourself in a way that isn't totally discredited by your obvious lack of scientific and philosophical knowledge.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Confirmation for a Newfound Psychic,
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and Comforting!,
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Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death by James Van Praagh (Mass Market Paperback - Oct 12 2001)
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