How To Live a Happily Ever Afterlife: Stories of Trapped Souls and How Not To Become One

Hampton Roads. Aug. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781642970388. pap. $16.95. PARAPSYCH
Bodine, a psychic medium of some renown and author of several books on the subject (Things I Wish I’d Known When I Got Started: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Professional Psychic), offers up advice on how not to become a disembodied astral specter after death in this surprisingly cheerful little book. More a “talk sweetly to the ghost” person than ghostbuster, the author recounts her professional interactions dealing with a whole host of hauntings and surmises why the ghosts have gotten “stuck” and unable to “go through the light.” From these experiences she has takeaway lessons that seem like common sense for living a happier life, such as don’t fear change, stay out of denial, make amends in difficult relationships, deal with addictions, etc., which she asserts will also keep one from becoming a ghost. Exercises for readers complete each chapter. The chilling anecdotes of possession follow a similar vein, followed by reassuring discussions on the nature of death, heaven and hell, and karma. The author concludes with advice from “the other side.”
VERDICT A reassuring, friendly read for those interested in stories about ghosts, spiritualism, and paranormal phenomena.
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