June 29, 2010

Review of "Psychic: My Life in Two Worlds" by Sylvia Browne

Synopsis:  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.  (from Amazon)

I was absolutely thrilled to have the chance to read and review this book because I have been a fan of Sylvia Browne's for years.  Reading a Sylvia Browne book, for me, is like coming home.  It's the literary equivalent of that wonderful baking smell that was always present in my grandmother's kitchen, or the childlike feeling you still get when sleeping in your childhood room while visiting parents.  Safe, secure and utterly serene. 

On the surface, this book appears to closely mirror Sylvia's earlier publication Adventures of a Psychic.  But trust me when I tell you this book is quite a bit different.  Sylvia has written throughout the years with bits and pieces of her birth, childhood and family life.  In Psychic, she delves into her personal history, sharing such candid events as her troubled relationship with the dark entity who was her mother, her first psychic experiences as a child, her beloved Grandma Ada (psychic) and father (not psychic) who loved and supported her and believed in her.  Sylvia also shares the stories behind her failed marriages, including one that was suffused with abuse.  She also includes the facts behind her past financial and legal troubles.

Sylvia also includes various stories of The Other Side and earthbound spirits who either don't realize their time in this world has ended or don't want to go Home.  She mentions specifically a woman trapped on The Queen Mary, two employees still looking after The Winchester House, many decades after their employer's death, and a bitter mobster who refuses to leave Alcatraz. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in part because it is a Sylvia Browne book after all, but also because I felt as though Sylvia was confiding in me, opening up about her past.  It was somehow reassuring to realize that someone as gifted and successful as Sylvia Browne can stumble (relationship-wise and financially) but then get back on her feet and rise like the infamous Phoenix from the ashes.

My favorite parts of any of Sylvia's books are the beautiful descriptions of The Other Side and messages from those who have already returned there.  Reading such words give me comfort and a sense of knowing, and even hazy memories.

I think that is why I find Sylvia Browne's books so appealing and fulfilling.  They are positive, uplifting and in the end, I feel as though I "know" Sylvia.  Her writing is so warm, so encouraging, who wouldn't want to sit down and chat with her? 

I would highly recommend this book to any fan of Sylvia's, or any reader who is interested in her background and/or stories of those earthbound beings who "haunt" homes and buildings.

Psychic:  My Life in Two Worlds by Sylvia Browne is available for purchase at major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

For more about author and psychic Sylvia Browne please visit her website HERE

Review copy of this book provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.


Tales of Whimsy said...

Awesome review.
I bet I would like this on audio :)

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed this book so much! It seems like it was the perfect fit for you.

Thanks for being a part of the tour. :)

Lori Johnston said...

Juju -
I have listened to a few of Sylvia's talks on audio and they are always informative and entertaining to listen to. I would highly recommend it, particularly if she's reading the book.

Heather -
I did indeed enjoy this book! I have enjoyed every book of Sylvia's I've read (although I do have favorites and some I enjoyed more than others). Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read and review it and forwarding along a book that was such a good fit for me.