Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death [NOOK Book]

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James Van Praagh is a spiritual medium--someone who is able to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds. Unaware of his spiritual gifts until he was in his twenties, he slowly came to terms with his unique abilities. In addition, many of his sessions with grieving people who came to him looking to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones are explored. From a devastated mother recieving a message of hope from her deceased little girl to communicating with a young man, killed in Vietnam, who doesn't realize he's ...
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Overview

James Van Praagh is a spiritual medium--someone who is able to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds. Unaware of his spiritual gifts until he was in his twenties, he slowly came to terms with his unique abilities. In addition, many of his sessions with grieving people who came to him looking to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones are explored. From a devastated mother recieving 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 also 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.

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A nationally recognized medium offers a compelling and inspirational message about life after death, providing readers with the means for recognizing and dealing with the harrowing pain of grief in a healthy manner through contacting the spirit world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101191422
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 56,065
  • File size: 235 KB

Meet the Author

James Van Praagh
James Van Praagh, author of the New York Times bestseller Talking To Heaven (Dutton), took the publishing world by storm in early 1998. His appearances on 48 Hours, Sally Jesse Raphael, and especially, Larry King Live sent his book skyrocketing to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. After an initial printing of 10,000 copies, Talking To Heaven ultimately sold close to 600,000 copies in hardcover. Van Praagh's gift for communication with the dead clearly touched a chord in the American psyche, and has earned him a devoted following.

James Van Praagh's Reaching to Heaven: A Spiritual Journey Through Life and Death takes his uplifting and transcendent message one step further, showing how counsel from the spirit realm can help us reconnect to our souls-the quintessence of who we are-and tracking what happens to the soul during life, death, and rebirth. February 1999 will also see the publication of the mass market paperback edition of Talking to Heaven by Signet.

James 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. He has appeared on Larry King Live, Good Morning American, Sally Jesse Raphael and many other national television programs, and has had national print coverage from, among others, People, Life, and Newsweek. James 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 fourteen, 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.

James 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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  • Posted December 13, 2008

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    A Real Gift -- From The In Between!

    Because my husband died in my arms and "came back to chat" (the subject of my own book, "Love From Both Sides"), I felt alone and completely insane. That is, until my next-door neighbor's ex-boyfriend, who was producing a new show called "Ghost Whisperer," and knew James Van Praagh and his amazing work, suggested I buy his book. And so I did. And because James's book is well written and clean, it made my own mourning process easier. And it helped me to accept what was happening to me, and that was important, became it made it more believable. I didn't just dismiss it as my own crazy brain acting up, or going haywire. So, if you're reading these words, you're probably reading them because perhaps someone has died, or you've had a similar experience. If that's the case, then maybe you were meant to read them and act on them. Good luck with your own journey... we're in this together, yes?

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Heaven Sent

    This book has taken me through some very difficult times - it truly helped me when my father passed away 13 years ago. And now my mother has passed away and I will be pulling it out again. I have given this book to other people to help with their grief. Unfortunately, I gave them my hardcover copy, and did not get it back,so I have to reorder a paperback copy. I offer this to anyone who has lost someone, it is written well, and helps guide us through the grief. I would recommend this highly.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    You must have an open mind while reading this book. It helped me to understand heaven abit more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Life After Death is Real, and this book tells you how and why.

    Talking To Heaven is one of the books that started it all. It came before John Edward¿s best selling One Last Time and in fact may have inspired John Edward to write his book. James Van Praagh is a talented medium and psychic. Cher in particular really connected via his talents. This book is different than Crossing Over in that James Van Praagh challenges the church and its fear and guilt based objectives. However, the message is the same. We live on. We survive physical death. There is more. And, we will meet our loved ones again, and again. I work with professional mediums. My name TrChannel is short for Trance Channel. James is the real deal and well worth reading. Metaphysics is more than just life after death of course. James Van Praagh knows this and conveys this in his book Talking to Heaven. A highly recommended read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended if you have lost someone you love

    This book has brought me so much comfort after losing my sister. I have always been a skeptic and probably is still one deep down even after reading this book but Van Praagh's perspective is extremely convincing and the skeptic in me is really having a difficult time holding on to no beliefs at all.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Truly healing

    I read Jame's book in the fall of 1997 after my mother's sudden passing. The book truly helped me in dealing with my overwhelming grief and gave me insight as I had never known before. I have since passed the book on to many who were experiencing unthinkable loss. Thank you James!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Comforting to learn I am not alone

    At one time or another we lose someone very special. This book gives me the comfort in knowing that my soul mate is not dead...just waiting for me to rejoin her. Talking to Heaven is a comforting bridge to understanding my fears.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    A beautiful book

    I really enjoyed this book. the author really talks TO you and tells you his stories. I admit I cried many times in reading this book because the stories of the families and encounters with their lost loved ones really makes you feel that someone you may have lost is right there with you while you are reading. It is a great pleasure to read about the people that James has helped throughout the years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    Very Uplifting

    This book was wonderful, after just losing my Grandma reading this book was uplifting and comforting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    talking to heaven

    so easy to understand. helps you see were others come from when talking to you about death and beyound. i gave this to my step daughter in hopeing she would feel more comfortable with why some young passes on, or at least be put at ease. would recommend this to book clubs or even chruch clubs, total eye opening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    Talking to Heaven review

    Eric Flores 4-2-07 Per.4 Col.C Talking To Heaven Want a book that can give you another view of the deceased? Then Talking to Heaven is your kind of book. It has suspense, mystery, and will question your mind on what will happen when you pass away. In one of the installments on the deceased series. This book proves that James Van Praagh is a master of the deceased story. Talking to Heaven shows the reader that you can still live evan after you die. It really tests the mind of the reader and makes them think about if you can really live after you die. One of the characters is a boy, the writer doesn¿t really say the boys name. The writer describes him as a boy who is interested in the after-life. He has a little group of friends and the writer says some of them. Their names are John, Scott, Kathy, and that¿s it. Other characters are some of the teachers that work at the Catholic school where they go. The setting is in a town, I think it¿s in Nevada but I¿m not that sure. I think the setting is really important t the story because it has the perfect effect on it, like dust going around. The writer mentions that its kind of a quiet city and nothing cool ever happens there. The major conflict is that the little boy is going around investigating on a family that past away. The little boy evan goes inside the house of the family, but they also investigate other past away people as well. I won¿t give away the ending of the story, so you¿re just going to have to read it. The writer has a very good writing style. He gives a lot of foreshadowing, flashbacks, and conversations that make you want to be in the story. He likes to tell the story as if it were a mystery, boy its not. Evan if the story is non-fiction he makes it as if it were real. The meaning of the book is to just believe that there is still life after death. James does a wonderful job on that. Most of his books have the same meaning, like most but nor all have to deal with the after-life. The point of view of this book is 1st person point of view. I think that was the best choice for this kind of book. I also think that if it would have been in 3rd person it would also be good for this book because you can get all the peoples thoughts and not just the main character. The last book I have read by my favorite sport author was much more feeling and energy into what was going to happen if I didn¿t win kind of thing, so I was disappointed about that. After all that my final recommendation is a thumbs up because it really get you thinking about the after-life like I have said. So if your ever interested in that stuff get Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Life Exists Forever and Is Eternal

    In this book, James Van Praagh convinces the reader that life on the Other Side exists, and people live forever. Since I, too, have had these experiences, knowing that we can communicate with our loved ones even after they have passed over is a comforting feeling because we know that we'll be together again with those we love. And in the meantime, we don't have to wait to talk to any of them. James tells about different people on earth who come to him and want them to contact another. Thus, he is quite successful at what he does. Even though communication with the other side is possible for all of us, James has a special ability to get details of images, spirits, and messages that should convince anyone that life is eternal. After all, John 3:16 in the Bible assures us that God gave His only son and for those who believe in Him, life is eternal. But the question in everyone's one's mind is what about the others? James gives answers and assurance to us that life exists for them, too. This book is a must read. And for the nonbeliever, there is an entire community of Spiritualists in Cassadaga, Florida, who can help you talk to a loved one if you desire because James is very busy with those people who do believe in his ability.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    I love James Van Praagh

    After losing a family member a few months ago in an accident, I started watching his show, Beyond. I was hooked from the beginning. Reading this book helped me to understand and answered questions that we all have of life after death. It was very comforting to know that our loved ones are still around, just spiritually.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    TOUCHED

    28 January 2003 Having just completed reading this book (through lots of tears)I feel at last some kind of peace within myself. During the last three years I have lost my father and just recently a beloved pet. I am so relieved to know that there is an afterlife for pets as well as humans. The fact that the "Christ light" is referred to is an upliftment and a comforter. God bless and thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    It scratches your curiousity

    This book scratches your curiosity about the afterlife and what happens to folk when they die. I wish he would have explained more about his powers and how he came to have them, and been more detailed about life after death and how it all works. It didnt' satiate my curiousity, it did however sooth the itch. I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2001

    It has thought me to love life

    'Talking to Heaven' is a book I highly recommend. James Van Praagh has given us a guide on how to live life after a loss of a loved one or an important part of our lives. Even if your haven't lost anyone close to you, this book teaches how to love the worlds, your friends and yourself. You dont have to be religious to read this book. It is simply an eye opener to a different world. A world I believe we all will go to oneday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    A Breathtaking Piece of Heaven on Earth

    Talking to Heaven is such a wonderful book to read. After the death of my mother, my sister offered this book for me to read. At first I was reluctant to read it because I did not want to waste my time reading something that was a potential hoax. But after reading it, I was so captivated by the healing effect it had on me. I felt more at ease with my mother's death and I was able to cope better with it. It is such an uplifting breath of fresh air. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever grieved over the death of a loved one. Even if you have never lost someone close to you, I would recommend this book because it talks about the spiritual community.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    On My Top Ten List

    I have been on a strong spiritual path for over twenty one years. During that time period, I have studied all of the religions of the world. I have found some truth in each religion I have studied. I have also, during this time period, read many spiritual books Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh is currently new top ten list. This list presently consists of the following books: An Encounter With A Prophet by C. A. Lewis A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 2) by Neale Donald Walsch The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino Way of the Peaceful Warrior : A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman Simple Abundance : A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach Tuesdays with Morrie: by Mitch Albom The Four Agreements: by Don Miguel Ruiz Messages from the Masters by Brian L., Md. Weiss Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    I really recomment this book!

    I was very impressed with this book. It is a must to read to help you understand what is on the other side.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    Great Sprituality!

    This book is a must read! James Van Praagh has demonsrated the need of all human beings, the heartfelt understanding of life, death and beyond. A very spiritual and healing book for all to read who has either lost someone or wants to cherish the future. This book has helped me a great deal in coping with my adoption and losing my immediate family due to terrible child abuse. The lonliness I feel inside has calmed my waters by understanding the spirituality of life, and that whatever we went through had a meaning. God Bless!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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