Posted by: Nyxks | November 2, 2007

True Tales of Ghostly Encounters

True Tales of Ghostly Encounters
Edited by Andrew Honigman © 2006
Llewellyn Worldwide
295 pages
ISBN 0-7387-0589-1 $12.95 (U.S.) $15.95 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

This is a reissue of My Proof of Survival published in 2003. When I ordered this book for review, I had forgotten that I had written a review of it under the previous title. What follows is that review and some additional comments.

This book is a collection of stories published in “Fate” magazine. While it is not scientific proof of life beyond death, it is a compendium of anecdotal accounts.

The stories are short, as would be expected because of the space limits of a magazine. There are 144 accounts in this book, averaging two pages each. They cover 6 decades (1954 till 2002) and represent everything from family pets to loved ones making final contact. Some are sad, some are richly humorous, and some simply ARE.

This is one of those books which, if you believe in life after death, you can read these stories and say, “Yeah, I can see that happening.”; if you don’t believe in an afterlife, you will probably be wasting your time and money on this one. If, in either case, you are simply looking for a book with light-weight stories about the afterlife, you will find this an enjoyable book to read.

This is not a great book, nor is it one that will ever make a “must read” list. It can be, however an enjoyable break from serious reading, and certainly will help to pass some time.

After three years, I haven’t changed my original opinions much. This collection comes from Fate magazine, and hence is merely a collection of anecdotes. There is no major theme; no attempt to convey some great truth, just simple reassurance that death is not the end of everything.

If you enjoy this type of story, I recommend this book. If you are looking for something that will convince you of the existence of life after death, you will need to keep looking.


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