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Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death
by James Van Praagh

Penguin, 1999
Religion and Spirituality, 292 pages
ISBN: 0451191722
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99

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This is the groundbreaking book which introduced renowned medium James Van Praagh to the world. This is the book that changed people's lives, that gave them hope, that answered their most profound questions about life after death. From a devastated mother receiving a message of hope from her deceased little girl to communicating with a young man, killed in Vietnam, who doesn't realize he's dead, the theme of hope and peace in the afterlife is affirmed. Van Praagh helps the reader recognize and positively deal with the pain of grief in a healthy, honest manner. Part spiritual memoir, part case study, part instrumental guide, Talking to Heaven will change the way you perceive death...and life.

"[James Van Praagh] has changed people's lives, banished the fear of death, and brought grieving parents the solace of their dead children's presence... it is impossible not to be moved."--Newsweek


James Van Praagh

JAMES VAN PRAAGH took the publishing world by storm in early 1998. His appearances on 48 Hours, Sally Jesse Raphael, and especially, Larry King Live sent Talking to Heaven skyrocketing to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Van Praagh's gift for communication with the dead clearly touched a chord in the American psyche, and has earned him a devoted following. 

Van Praagh has two gifts: clairvoyance and clairsentinence. Clairvoyance is the ability to "see clearly," meaning that he can see the dead around us. Clairsentinence means "clear feeling," and results in his "feeling the emotions and personalities of the deceased." These abilities have made him into a nationally recognized medium, who travels the country giving workshops and teaching classes in spiritual and psychic development. 

Van Praagh was born in Bayside, New York, and is the youngest of four children. Although he was raised a Roman Catholic and even entered a seminary at 14, he soon found that "spirituality" was more compelling than "religion." He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in broadcasting and communication, then moved to Los Angeles, where at age 24 he met a medium, who told him that within two years, he himself would become clairvoyant. Van Praagh's psychic sensitivity increased, and he began to receive messages form the beyond. 

Van Praagh now travels throughout the country giving lecturing, giving demonstrations, and spreading the knowledge of life after death. In addition he conducts specialized tours of spiritual centers around the world, including Brazil, Egypt, and Mexico.

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