Growing Up Psychic: From Skeptic to Believer

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What's it like to grow up psychic-in a family of psychics?

Michael Bodine was only seven when his family made a shocking discovery: he, his mother, and his siblings-including his sister, the renowned Echo Bodine-are psychic. What was it like to grow up in a house teeming with ghosts and psychic experimentation, contend with a mind-reading mother, befriend a spirit boy, and hunt ghosts with his sister Echo? And what happens when Michael's ...

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Overview

What's it like to grow up psychic-in a family of psychics?

Michael Bodine was only seven when his family made a shocking discovery: he, his mother, and his siblings-including his sister, the renowned Echo Bodine-are psychic. What was it like to grow up in a house teeming with ghosts and psychic experimentation, contend with a mind-reading mother, befriend a spirit boy, and hunt ghosts with his sister Echo? And what happens when Michael's psychic talents become more of a burden than a blessing?

From adolescence to adulthood, this gripping memoir chronicles the wondrous, hair-raising, hilarious, and moving moments in Michael Bodine's life, punctuated by an ongoing struggle to come to terms with the paranormal. Discover how he rebounds from drug and alcohol dependency and learns to accept-and embrace-his unusual gifts.

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Fans of based-in-reality psychic family TV drama Medium, or anyone who wished Running With Scissors had more ghosts, will be gratified with this memoir from professional psychic Bodine, who grew up with a psychic mom and sister in a house full of spirits. Happily, the paranormal isn't Bodine's primary focus; among relatively few instances of psychic phenomenon, Bodine's account is an absorbing family drama featuring a mother suddenly enraptured with the beyond; a wealthy father who leaves his wife and four children; Bodine's own pre-teen descent into drugs and alcohol; and, ultimately, personal redemption and fulfillment. Most striking is Bodine's sense of loneliness and abandonment; he makes it seem almost natural when he embraces a friendship with Jerry, a dead boy who chooses to be Bodine's spirit guide, but who reads like an increasingly malevolent imaginary friend. Still, Bodine's narrative can meander, and occasionally skips over important-seeming events without explanation ("My therapist tried to have sex with me which completely freaked me out so I stopped seeing him"). Though it won't turn any skeptics into believers, Bodine's tale should capture the imagination of the open-minded.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738719610
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 458,436
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bodine (Minnesota/Los Angeles) is a professional psychic whose clients include many celebrities.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    enjoyable read

    Michael's book is a quick and easy read that is especially enjoyable for those of us who also grew up in the twin cities in the 60's and 70's, or who have had readings or trainings with Michael or Echo Bodine. He is candid about his upbringing, and shares stories about his younger years that I could relate to and stories that give insight into his psychic beginnings. It's not a "tell all" book, and I appreciated that. It's just fun and interesting.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Wow - hard to believe but true

    It hard to accept the notion of dead people hanging around your house all the time, but as presented in this book, it happens naturally for some and is just a way of life. It begins slowly but once acknowledged it grows until the house is always filled with liviing psychic friends and ghosts. How this affects young Michael is described vividly as his goes down the wrong path often, with his mother knowing it would happen. These psychic happenings are written and described in a very believeable manner. The book reads easily and definitely keeps the reader captivated. If I had not known the family and the truth in this book I would have thought it too incredible to believe - but you must.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Fascinating, humorous, thought provoking

    The author really opens up to us with stories of what his life has been like, growing up in a psychic household and into his adult life. He shares a perspective not often seen, that of a child with psychic abilities. We learn about his feelings of fear, of just wanting to be "normal", his psychic teachers, and his ultimate acceptance of his gift.

    The book is so exciting I couldn't put it down, and would read until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. The author's writing style is a refreshing change from the average grammatically perfect English teacher style of most books. He writes it like he would say it. It makes you feel comfortable and like you can relate to him, even though his stories are something you will probably never experience yourself. The book really gets you thinking and wondering about a world unknown to most.

    I highly recommend this book to both skeptics and believers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Great read...a must for an enjoyable weekend.

    This was a well written, fun yet enlightening book. Told my the author as a young man brings what could be a very touchy and delicate subject to the forfront. Extremely enjoyable.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    Ever realize that Psychics were once just happy little kids? - Growing up Psychic

    The minute I picked up the book Growing UP Psychic by Michael Bodine, I got excited! The picture on the front cover shows a semi-invisible girl standing in front of the door to a dark dreary looking house. I was going to get inside this book just like the girl on the cover was going to get inside that house! Have you ever heard the song "Tubular Bells" from the sound track from "The Exorcist?" Well that song was playing inside my head as soon as I curled up on a chair and began reading Mr. Bodine's riveting book! When you start to read about Michael Bodine's life as a kid, you are going to be walking around with your mouth open, saying."OMG!~ Can you imagine being a kid and seeing the things he did!!!?" Several times while I was reading Michael's book, my husband would look over and say, "What's happening now!" He'd actually turn off the television so I could read more of the book out loud to him! This book is THAT compelling! Wait until you read the part about the sea hag! Michael is a writer who makes you feel like you are there, in the place and the moment that he is describing. You can picture everything he talks about and you completely get submerged in his story! ."I had no idea why this was happening to our family or when it was going to stop. But I did know one thing. That night I was going to put so many lights on in my room, small planes would be able to land on our roof." His story tells you how he got from point A (being a little kid) to point B (being a psychic)! Michael Bodine will make you laugh along his journey! The man has a gift - well several gifts - he is psychic - he is funny - and yes, according to his photo on the back cover - he's quite good looking!! Michael Bodine will take you places I guarantee you that YOU have NEVER been! Michael is believable, honest and not for the prudish! I personally read all the time. I like to be surprised in a new book! Growing Up Psychic surprised the daylights out of me! I loved it - I didn't want it to end! There are so many good reasons to read this book, just do it and I think you'll be really glad you did. This is the true story of a little boy who lived with and saw things most little boys or even grown men could NOT HANDLE! If I, personally, ever see and hear a dead person , I sure hope I have a great sense of humor at that precise moment, like Mr. Bodine always has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    A True Escape to the Other Side

    Based on the author's life, this book is a fascinating read into a life that most of us can only imagine, and few believe. It's totally captivating from beginning to end. Michael Bodine goes into extraordinary detail about the all-absorbing world that his family lives in with another dimension, leaving you, the reader, wondering how many other people in the world are privvy to this same phenomenon. Telling how his Dad, an outsider to these experiences, couldn't deal with it anymore, left the family. Telling how his friends when encountering snippets of this other world ran screaming from his life. Telling how people were helped by his family's knowledge of other world events, all make for a 'don't want to put this book down' experience for the reader. Yet, you have to take a break from the book because of the overwhelming credence this book gives one into the psyschic world. I highly recommend this book for anyone even remotely curious about a world beyond us.

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