When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits

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Meet Mary Ann Winkowski. She is just like you. She is a married mother of two grown daughters. She lives in a suburban town in Ohio. She goes to church every Sunday.

And she sees and talks to ghosts.

Mary Ann's grandmother noticed her unusual ability when she was practically a baby. By the time Mary Ann was four years old, she was attending neighborhood funerals to broker communication between those who had died and their living loved ones. ...

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Overview

Meet Mary Ann Winkowski. She is just like you. She is a married mother of two grown daughters. She lives in a suburban town in Ohio. She goes to church every Sunday.

And she sees and talks to ghosts.

Mary Ann's grandmother noticed her unusual ability when she was practically a baby. By the time Mary Ann was four years old, she was attending neighborhood funerals to broker communication between those who had died and their living loved ones. Word of her extraordinary abilities spread, and Mary Ann was soon accompanying her grandmother on "social calls," visits where Mary Ann would confront earthbound spirits who were sharing homes with the living. This ability stayed with Mary Ann through her adolescence into adulthood, and the stay-at-home mom eventually had a side business: paranormal consultant.

In this remarkable book, Mary Ann tells her incredible story. She talks about the difference between earthbound spirits and those who have crossed over; she tells you why spirits remain on the earthly plane and how long they have before their "White Light' disappears; she shares her most intriguing and infamous tales about the spirits she has encountered. And she divulges how to determine whether your house or your family is haunted—and what to do if there is a ghost around you.

Full of no-nonsense advice, amazing anecdotes, and practical tips for navigating a paranormal phenomenon that is at once unbelievable and awe-inspiring, WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK is a must-read for any person who has ever heard something go bump in the night.

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"One part spooky, one part inspirational and all-around fascinating, it makes for a spine-tingling read." —Bookpage

"She clarifies the very notion of ghosts and enables readers to explore this subject without the oversimplification or sensationalism often attributed to ghosts in movies." —Library Journal Reviews

"Her neighborly, conversational presentation of a subject that has been shrouded in mystery and controvery for centuries make for an enjoyable and refreshing look at the subject of the afterlife." —The Roanoke Times

"A how-to book for all of us who are fascinated by the unknown... I found it compelling and enlightening." —Chattanooga Times Free Press

"WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK lends an interesting perspective on our popular concept of ghost stories."—The Daily Record

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446581332
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 223,669
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Winkowski

Mary Ann Winkowski was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and works as a paranormal investigator. She is the consultant on the hit CBS television show Ghost Whisperer. To find out more about Mary Ann, you can visit her Web site: www.maryannwinkowski.com.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    DON'T MISS THIS BOOK. Weird events following a loved one's death may now all start to make sense. Strange events in your home may have an answer and solution. You never know when a spirit may follow you home. . .

    I do not usually take the time to write reviews but I feel compelled to write one for this book. My husband purchased this book for me and I just never sat down to read it until he picked it up and I noticed that he could not put it down (he is not much of a reader, though I am). My curiosity got the better of me and I picked up the book and like him, could not put it down. Mary Ann Winkowski is the person for whom the TV show Ghost Whisperer is based. I have never watched the show. I have, unfortunately, had several close friends and family members die untimely deaths. While I do not believe that I have a ghost in my house, I have experienced events surrounding those deaths that have made me wonder if their spirits have made a visit and I have had close friends tell me stories of events surrounding a love ones death that have made me wonder if they have had a visit from a ghost. Mary Ann wrote this book not to create a dramatic novel, but to tell you what it is like when someone dies and what happens before or if they do not cross over. She is quick to mention that her life is not the dramatic life of the Ghost Whisperer, but if you want to know what REALLY happens between the time someone dies and the time someone crosses over, then you should read this book or if you have strange things occurring in your house and have the slightest suspicion of a ghost, then you MUST read this book. THERE ARE ANSWERS. I am a skeptical attorney, but I could not get enough of her personal experiences and could have easily read another book with a couple hundred more pages of her personal experiences. Events surrounding my father's death now make sense. Events surrounding my best friend's husband's untimely death now make sense. Read the book and see for yourself. Don't expect to be spoon fed a lot of hype and drama. This book is chock full of real world experiences and I am convinced, Mary Ann is the real deal.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    When Ghosts Speak will change the way you feel about the dead

    Mary Ann Winkowski writes in a clear, practical manner about her dialogue with "earthbound" spirits some of whom are stuck here and others trying to resolve their unfinished business with the living. If you have doubts or questions about the spirit world, When Ghosts Speak is a terrific explanation of what happens when people(and animals) die, what motivates some spirits to stick around, and advice on how to avoid unwanted ghostly guests. A great account of Ms Winkowski's experiences which serve as the basis for the "Ghost Whisperer" program.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    Great!

    I could not put this book down! I have read many books on the paranormal and this is one of the best. It is very informative and interesting. A must read for anyone interested in the paranormal or supernatural.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    Not what it was hyped up to be

    I am sorry but this book was not all that I have hoped for and what it was hyped up to be.

    Each chapter and page was the same thing over and over and over again and she repeated herself A LOT in this book.

    I also did not like how she would lie or use deceict to make an earthbound cross over. I understand you do try and an exception would be if you were trying to get an evil earthbound to cross over but I felt it wasn't right to lie to others.

    She made no qualms about it and how she would with hold information or not speak up if someone would need that info. I think her logic is don't ask don't tell but if she "really" had this gift, she wouldn't do that.

    I do not like how she is selling quince seeds that are overly priced. Yet, she gets them from her relatives but does not know how they bless them. C'mon, if you are selling them on your online store, you better know how or IF they are really blessed or even if this is indeed done. I feel this is a scam to get money.

    Also, the pictures she has in her book was already published in another ghost hunter book by another author, they were not hers!

    I am sure she is a nice person, but the book was reiterated way too much and everything could have been summed up in 1 chapter!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is an excellent book. One that you don't want to put down. Very interesting book. Answers a lot of questions.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Mary Ann will say anything to make a buck!!

    I went to one of her book signings and she was rude and very annoyed at all the people standing in line waiting her to sign her book. Her husband was just as rude and you could tell by their actions (including eye rolling) that they did not want to be there.

    What her and her husband fail to realize is that if it wasn't for people like us, her fans, she wouldn't have made the money that she did.

    Very disappointed in the book being she rehashes the same thing in each chapter and found her not to be creditable.

    I am no longer a fan of hers along with their junk that they sell too which is useless!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Great book!

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    I loved it

    I could not put the book down! I received this book as a gift over the mail and i just fell in love with it. So easy to understand and read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Spooky Good!

    Loved this book. Quite thought provoking.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Fascinating Book... and Believable!

    I'm not a big fan of "New Age" stuff, but this book was truly amazing and believable. Regardless of your religious affiliation, this book actually gave me comfort in many respects and gave me hope about the hereinafter. Very entertaining, regardless of whether you buy into the concept of spirits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    So real!

    Rings true!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Amazing!!

    Whether you are an avid "ghost hunter," just a beginner or simply curious about the topic, this book is, (in my opinion) one of the most important books to read. Mary Ann very clearly explains what and who earthbound spirits (ghosts) are and the differences between those that are still among us and those who have crossed over. If you enjoy the show "Ghost Whisperer" (Jennifer Love Hewitt's character is based on Mary Ann), you will love this book. For those of you out there who are afraid of ghosts, this book will hopefully shed some light on reality and help you to be less scared of the unknown. After all, ghosts were once people too.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Unbelievable!

    I didn't want this book to end! This writer is so vivid on her stories that it's like I'm sitting down with her. Very informative writing. Truly outstanding. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Excellant

    I could not put this book down.So easy to read and so interesting.I will be looking for her other books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Can't wait until the next one

    This book helped my sister decide if she had a spirit with her. Maryann has great insight into the spirit world. I am really looking forward to her next book. I am also looking forward to more from her in the Ghost Whisperer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    Brilliant!

    This book is fabulous and I couldnt put it down. Ghosts have always interested me and Now I understand the world of earth bound spirits much better and WHy they are around. Please take the time to read this inspiring book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Very insightful

    Just recently found out about this book, ran out, got it and read it immediately. My research of life after death has brought me to 'When Ghosts Speak'. Good reading. Attention getter. This book helps the prospect and understanding of the inevitable death far less chilling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    Most helpful for those who have experienced ghostly activity

    This was one of the best and most helpful books if you have experienced ghostly activity in your life. Read it if you need answers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Finally a book that helps explain earth bound spirits

    I could not put down Mary Ann Winkowski's new book When Ghosts Speak. I read it cover to cover and am planning to do it again. The book will inform and give you goose bumps while holding your attention, all at the same time. I felt like I was in the same room with Mary Ann talking to her. I live in the Cleveland area and I am lucky to have been able to attend several of Mary Ann's talks in our area. I would recommend this book to anybody that has an interest in what happens after we die.

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    Posted April 9, 2009

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