Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories Paperback – Aug 5 2002
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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 the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
John Edward is the host of a syndicated television show, Crossing Over with John Edward.
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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.Read 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)
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!
Unlike some skeptics, I don't need to see it to believe it. Usually the ones making those types of comments are also the ones preaching the Bible or that this is demonic. Funny how they also don't use their names when leaving nasty reviews. Well, these people can't see God, or the Devil, and yet they believe in them. Even the church believes some saints spoke to the departed, when the saints were alive and not yet saints. I'm not a believer in organized religion, but I do have nmy own beliefs, and I also believe there's much more out there that we don't know about - yet. At one time people believed the world was flat. We just haven't developed enough to 'prove' communicating with the departed in a scientific manner. But that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
Why is it so hard then to believe that John, and some others, can hear what our departed ones are saying? Possibly, they fear it for some strange reason, just as those in the middle ages feared a solar eclipse. Personally, I see John's ability as something to be grateful for, as is his willingness to continue his work, even in the face of uninformed, narrowminded abuse. I don't need scientific proof that John speaks to the departed. The proof is there every time he does a reading.
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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 morePublished on May 16 2014 by Rashel Torchia
He is very interesting and this book teaches much! This was a great purchase and I would recommend to anyone.Published on April 13 2014 by Kevan Yuck
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 morePublished on July 29 2013 by Melinda DeNicola
This book is easy to read. Having lost a son recently, I was looking for consolation/ explanation and reassurance. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2012 by Sabine R. Crackle
This is another book by medium John Edward that entertains the reader and will confound the skeptics. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by James F. Anderson III
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by Jefferiesm2005
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004