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A Haunted Life: The True Ghost Story of a Reluctant Psychic based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Normally I don’t read fiction books but A Haunted Life by Debra Robinson was an exception. The novel discusses how Debra finds her sixth sense which includes the ability to talk to ghosts, be able to sense one's emotions and be able to tell the future. Through a series of events, Debra is able to discover herself and understands she needs to always acknowledge every sense at every moment. From this novel, everyone can take away that you should always at every moment trust your instincts and gut. This valuable life lesson would be excellent for a school curriculum novel. Students will be engaged at all times and be able to analyze many rhetorical devices Robinson incorporated. Robinson engages readers through a series of rhetorical devices such as diction, imagery and similes. The intensity of the imagery allows the readers to stay inside the book the whole time. I would not recommend this novel for people who are scared or who are very superstitious of the sixth sense. Otherwise, A Haunted Life is great for anyone who is a teenager and up. This is a must read novel. Beware, once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down.
This is an emotional story of an amazing woman who shares her gifts, struggles and challenges in a way that reaches you personally. She takes you with her through her journey from childhood to present. You can feel her emotions in the descriptive, captivating words she writes. you won't want to put this book down. Debra's life from such an early age will overwhelm you with everything she has been through and still faces today. This book has it all. See how she has adapted and dealth with life and loss through her strength, courage and faith. What an inspiration to all of us in our daily life. Thanks to Debra for sharing such personal and emotional issues so that we may find hope, peace and happiness, not only for ourselves but for others, and to be thankful for the blessings and gifts we are each given. I also read her other book recently released which is fiction and loved it. It is called Sarah's Shaddows: A Novel of Supernational Romantic Suspense(Shadows & Light) Vol1.
A Haunted Life is a tough book to review. It’s not just about ghosts and hauntings here. The author, Debra Robinson, lost her son in a terrible accident, and she’d had various sense of foreboding in the past and a few signs that something was out to get her son, James. His car was totaled twice while standing in front of their garage – in a normal road, so they could’ve hit any car – and once nearly burned down due to faulty heating in the car. She had a sense something bad was going to happen days before James’ accident, but couldn’t figure out what or who it would involve. It’s impossible for me to understand Mrs. Robinson’s loss, but I had a better sense of understanding after reading her book. It must be terrible to lose a child, in any and all circumstances, especially if you feel like it may somehow be the result of your own struggle with the darkness, of your own psychic powers. While I understand the guilt and the pain (although not really, like I said, impossible to understand for anyone who hasn’t lost a child themselves, I’m quite sure of that) this isn’t the first time I’ve heard psychics blame ‘the darkness’ for major tragedies in their lives, and it always makes me frown. First of all, I’m not sure why a psychic would be a better catch for the devil than any other regular person. I get tired of everyone blaming demons or the devil for what goes wrong in their life – unfortunately sometimes it’s just bad luck or destiny. Secondly, we all try to find reasons why. Why did this person I love have to die? But blaming “the darkness” never truly helps. All it does is make one afraid, come up with an imaginary struggle between good and bad, makes us believe that if only we fight for the good side, bad things won’t happen to us. It makes psychics afraid to use their gifts because they fear they might get drawn into the dark side. That was the only thing that bothered me about this book though. Apart from that, it was an enjoyable, although at times saddening read. Debra Robinson portrays a lot of courage. She survived a haunted house on Fifth Street that tormented her day and night, she survived relationships with abusive boyfriends, the loss of her son and father and living with psychic gifts she never asked for. She’s a strong, admirable woman. I liked the passages about her clairvoyance and about the spirits the most, and sometimes they were much-needed breaks inbetween the sadness going on. The sense I get from this book though is that it’s all true. People who’ve read my other reviews for ghosts and haunting books know that I tend to take these books with a grain of salt – some are just so spectacularly written that they make the plot of Poltergeist seem like an innocent ghost playing. But I got none of that here. Debra tells the story like it is, in a down-to-earth way that makes me relate to it all the more. The ghosts she describes, the clairvoyance she talks about, those are the kind of things I can believe in. Just one warning before you start on this one though: keep the tissues ready