Psychic: My Life in Two Worlds Hardcover – May 17 2010
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At the age of seventy-three, New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Browne is ready to tell the whole story of her extraordinary life. In Psychic, we meet the woman behind the public figure: from the child receiving her first visits from the spirit world to the teenager doubting her own sanity; from the new mother living through staggering highs and lows to the burgeoning celebrity, and, ultimately, the successful, happily married woman she is today. Filled with never-before-told stories and otherworldly encounters, Psychic is a riveting account of how Sylvia Shoemaker, a traditional girl from Missouri, became world-famous psychic Sylvia Browne.
Nothing is off-limits. Sylvia tells the little-known truths behind her three failed marriages—including physical abuse, bankruptcy, and legal troubles—and the financial and emotional damage they wreaked. She revisits her personal demons and describes her physical challenges, including her relatively recent discovery that she'd suddenly gone blind in one eye. And then there is the greatest surprise of all: Sylvia tells how, once she had reached her seventies, and believed her romantic life was over, the real Mr. Right finally—impossibly—showed up.
While the press has freely, often bitterly, weighed in on Sylvia's most painful stories, she has remained quiet—until now. Unlike any other book Sylvia has written, Psychic reaches deep beneath the surface of her life, including professional and personal experiences that she is sharing publicly for the first time. With candor, warmth, and a great deal of humor, Sylvia Browne has written the singularly captivating tale of a life lived in two worlds, filled equally with harsh earthly realities and mesmerizing spiritual insights.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
So I bought the book, and had an opened mind. I just could not put it
down until it was finished. It was a honest story of Sylvia Brown, and
it was enjoyable to read. I never once was distrubes by it. It was very
interesting facts. I believe the Lord gives us talents or gifts. Sylvia
Browne showed her talent in her writings and the psychic experiences she
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I am very interested in both the intuitive arts and spiritual memoir, especially women's memoirs, and I review both types of books regularly, so this one seemed a natural fit. However, I have only read one other of Ms. Browne's books, Secrets & Mysteries of the World, which was great fun, although nothing particularly new. Since I am not very familiar with her other books, I can't comment on how much material here is actually new. Coming to it without much prior background on her, I found it a compelling story of a women who has lived multiple lives within this one, recreating her self often as her situation demanded it.
The first three chapters of this book were actually my favorite, when she describes her childhood and troubled first marriage. She discusses how she discovered her psychic gifts and how she learned to deal with them in a challenging family environment, as well as within a Catholic school. On a personal level she at first just wanted a 'normal' life, and this led her to a bad first marriage, which she struggled within for many years before finally calling it quits.
After this she devotes quite a bit of time to various cases she worked on as her psychic practice grew, particularly stories of ghosts that she communicated with. Although entertaining, I thought these middle chapters got a bit long, and the personal voice and connection with the reader got lost. She raised her children during this period of her life, but she doesn't discuss motherhood much, or how (or if) being psychic influenced her parenting, which I was personally hoping she would do.
She also doesn't address most of the criticism often levied at her, particularly related to cases she is accused of botching. She does make it clear that she is not omniscient, that her psychic gifts are not infallible, and that she is not particularly clairvoyant about events in her own life. She also does briefly discuss the fraud charges that were levied against both her and her second husband.
Overall, I found the book a bit careful, the closer it got to current events especially. She seemed reticent to share too much, and I was often left with the feeling there was 'more to the story'. Still, there are many fascinating tales in here for anyone interested in spirit communication, ghosts, and psychic abilities in general. And there is no question Ms. Browne is a strong women, and one who has risen from the ashes multiple times. Her strong personality and roller-coaster life made it a compelling read despite the disappointments, in my view, and so I went with four stars.
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 ...