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Jun 10, 2011

Book Review: The Medium Next Door

I have now had the chance to do my very first book review. I am happy that this book, Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer was it.
I have almost always been one that needs to be captured by the book early on or I just can't get through it. If I don't get interested early on, 9 out of 10 times, it won't get finished. This book is not one of those books. I wanted to pick up The Medium Next Door each night and get at least one chapter read before bed. If I had my way, I would have kept reading it, but Hubby and I go to bed together each night and it is shortly after the kids are in bed. Book lights can also keep Hubby awake depending on how bright it is.
Anyway, back to the review...

In The Medium Next Door, Maureen Hancock writes a memoir of sorts about her life as a medium.
"It's basically part memoir about my life as a medium, yet I'm just like your next door neighbor...only I hear and see dead people,”
Hancock explains. “I write about my work with the sick and dying, helping people pass, assisting detectives to help find missing children and adults, and some profound readings that have changed families’ lives.”
Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but she kept the otherworldly messages to herself throughout her childhood, eventually suppressing them almost completely.
Today, known as the "Medium Mom," Maureen strives to balance her motherhood and mediumship. “Other than my work with the sick and dying, helping parents who’ve lost children is a top priority for me,” Maureen Hancock explained. “I receive at least 10 new requests per week from parents who have recently lost a child. “ She provides free sessions to connect families for closure and peace. “It feels really good to say I never charge for my private medium sessions.”

I really enjoyed reading this book. I have long been intrigued by mediumship. Growing up I felt very sensitive to spirits and I feel it may have been from losing close family members at such a young age. I loved reading letters from some of those who have been helped by Maureen. I will admit that I would be interested in checking out one of her sessions. 
At the end of each chapter Maureen gives reflections, suggestions, and meditations of good ways to cope with loss, meditating, and ways to even help yourself develop your sensitivities to spirits, healing, and knowledge. I did enjoy reading each reflection as it really helped to ground myself. 
One topic that comes out in the book is that she is working with ABC on a reality series of her life. 
Sander and Moses’ reality project, is in development at ABC Media Prods., the ABC Daytime production entity. The half-hour show would feature well-known psychic Maureen Hancock as she goes "coast to coast calling up the past, seeing the future, and contacting spirits.” Hancock travels the country in real-life, doing Postcards From Heaven shows.
Maureen's book, The Medium Next Door, became available in book stores and online at amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble on May 2, 2011. You can also learn more about Maureen, her shows, and the book on her website, http://www.maureenhancock.com/.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. This post may contain affiliate links. 
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