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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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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Overview

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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585428953
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,444,885
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Jansen

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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    This book is everything a book should be: honest, questioning, f

    This book is everything a book should be: honest, questioning, funny, thought-provoking, challenging, and insightful. Jansen presents his story with candor and humor, and his writing is riveting. Even skeptics (like me!) can feel the tangible presence of all he experiences, and his story is undeniably fascinating. You'll finish this book feeling like you've found a friend in Gary Jansen. His heartache, doubts, fears, growth, insight, and humor are not easily forgotten; nor is the haunting sense that his experiences with the supernatural are just the tip of an unseen, ever-present iceberg. Highly recommended, regardless of your view on ghosts or haunted houses. Even if you're a wimp, like I am. (There was one point in this book when I got such a case of the willies that I had to put it down...only to pick it up again five minutes later because I couldn't bear not getting to the end.) More than a ghost story, this is a human story--one that bravely seeks answers to questions of grief, love, loss, God, and the human spirit.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    An honest story of the journey from a skeptic to a believer.

    Gary Jansen writes with wit and clarity as he describes how he learned about the existence of Earth bound spirits living in his home for the most of his life. He struggled with the teachings of his religion, and the contradiction between what he was taught, and what he experienced. The book is hard to put down once you get started. It's an easy read, yet it is profound.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Highly Recommened

    Born and raised in Rockville Centre, G. Janson hit it in the bulls eye with the village of RVC, and its history.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    You should check it out

    I thought it was a rather short book, but it held my interest. I think it was well written and a very easy read if that is what you are lookihg for.

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