Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night by Gary Jansen | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night

Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night

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The extraordinary true story of a Long Island household haunting that forced a respected writer to confront the truth about life, death, his childhood home, and his town's past.

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The extraordinary true story of a Long Island household haunting that forced a respected writer to confront the truth about life, death, his childhood home, and his town's past.

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"Holy Ghosts took me into a completely convincing but very different version of reality from the one we live in. It serves as a forceful and fascinating reminder that we do not see the world that is, but only the part we have chosen to see. There are dangers and wonders in the dark, and Holy Ghosts affirms that they are very real." -Whitley Strieber, author of Communion

"I have always believed in ghosts, paranormal phenomena, and miracles. But I've never read a book that tells of chills and ghosts in the house from a Catholic perspective. I read the book in a sitting. There are more than a few spine- tingling scares here, offered in such a benign, even life-affirming way, that we end up enlightened, entertained, and charmed." -Beverly Donofrio, author of Looking for Mary and Riding in Cars with Boys

"Gary Jansen will both creep you out and educate you on the nature of 'earthbound spirits.' His tale of the spirits haunting his family home, and of helping them cross over to the next world, is a thrilling treat that I couldn't put down. Jansen tells the best kind of ghost story-the true kind!" -Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land

"Gary Jansen's Holy Ghosts is a haunting memoir of both the paranormal and the heartbreakingly down-to-earth. By turns scholarly, comic, and creepy, Jansen shows us the ghosts in his house as well as his heart. Spellbinding and wise, this trip to the supernatural eventually returns us home, providing a deeper understanding of our faith, our fears, and the people we love." Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror

"If you think ghosts might exist, you will thoroughly enjoy this startling personal account of things that go bump in the night. If you don't think they exist, do not read this book after midnight. You have been warned." -Dean Radin, author of Supernormal and The Conscious Universe

 "[A]n eerie, well-told ghost story." -Library Journal

“Holy Ghosts is more than just a gripping true story about ghosts haunting his family’s home and how he got them to leave. I thoroughly enjoyed the fascinating history that Jansen, an editor at Doubleday Religion, incorporates into the story about the Catholic Church and its beliefs in spirits, angels, and demons...His writing style is engaging and informative; I couldn’t stop reading..” -Publishers Weekly

 

Library Journal
This is a chronicle of one man's supposed real-life encounter with the supernatural. Jansen lived on Long Island, NY, with his wife and young son. The house had always seemed creepy to him, full of unexplained noises, but Jansen, a devout Catholic, dismissed the existence of the paranormal. He relates his quest to find a solution when the number of incidents in the house escalated and the whole family was on edge. Jansen turned first to his religion, but his readings told him that the Catholic Church does not believe in the paranormal and that anything otherworldly is best avoided. As things worsened, Jansen turned to Mary Ann Winkowski, the so-called Ghost Whisperer, who offered solid advice on how to deal with the problem. VERDICT The book is an eerie, well-told ghost story, but the overall religious tone makes for an odd mix. Hard-core ghost readers will find this interesting.—Susan Flaherty, Portland P.L., ME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585428953
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
768,242
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 5.52(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jennifer Finney Boylan
Gary Jansen's Holy Ghosts is a haunting memoir of both the paranormal and the heartbreakingly down-to-earth. By turns scholarly, comic, and creepy, Jansen shows us the ghosts in his house as well as his heart. Spellbinding and wise, this trip to the supernatural eventually returns us home, providing a deeper understanding of our faith, our fears, and the people we love. (Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror)
Whitley Strieber
Holy Ghosts took me into a completely convincing but very different version of reality from the one we live in. It serves as a forceful and fascinating reminder that we do not see the world that is, but only the part we have chosen to see. There are dangers and wonders in the dark, and Holy Ghosts affirms that they are very real.
Beverly Donofrio
I have always believed in ghosts, paranormal phenomena, and miracles. But I've never read a book that tells of chills and ghosts in the house from a Catholic perspective. I read the book in a sitting. There are more than a few spine-tingling scares here, offered in such a benign, even life-affirming way, that we end up enlightened, entertained, and charmed. (Beverly Donofrio, author of Looking for Mary and Riding in Cars with Boys)

Meet the Author

Gary Jansen is the senior editor of religion and spirituality at the Crown Publishing Group/Random House. He is the author of The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved and Exercising Your Soul: Fifteen Minutes a Day to a Spiritual Life. A frequent lecturer, he has appeared on  National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, CNN.com, Coast to Coast AM, A&E, the Sundance Channel and the Travel Channel, among others. His website is www.garyjansen.com.

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