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Seeing's believing, I'm afraid :-(
on 20 June 2013
I bought this book based on the hype and a good review from a YouTube Vid, so I guess I shouldn't blame anyone but myself for misspending five pounds.
The positive; Lorna really came across as a casualty of emotional neglect owing to her mother treating her as 'retarded' all of her life; in a more enlightened age she may have received more sympathy for any learning difficulties she may have. I have seen her on YouTube and she seems a genuine person, not a shyster or out to make a quick buck but someone who believes in what she says and has slowly realised that people WANT to pay her for her revelations. She seems to have had an underprivileged life and I don't resent any fortune she makes from her books. She certainly hasn't been over-exposed as I stumbled on this book three years after its release. I think she is genuinely spiritual as opposed to religious, and I don't think that giving people spiritual hope is a bad thing (others may disagree).
The negative; the book came across largely as one of those 'my-poverty-stricken-but-nostalgic-upbringing-in-rural-Ireland' type books which are commonplace. There was too much focus on this aspect of her life. It was extremely repetitive in this aspect. The chapter titles would have been better numbered as the actual titles didn't pick out significant, stand-out sentences or words that were relevant to the chapter to come. I thought that she would tell us more of her life after her husband's death and how word of mouth quickly became fame etc, but the story more-or-less ends at Joe's demise.
I couldn't advise someone reticent or unsure about investing in this book one way or the other, really. I'm not sure that any of the reviews I have read tally with my feelings, so I guess I'd have to say if your money is precious don't do it but if not then give it a try! For me, I don't disbelieve Lorna but this topic for me really is a case of 'seeing is believing'. I'm open to the idea of angels, but I'm not convinced either way and should I see them I'd probably keep it to myself, knowing how cynical people are and how difficult to believe it could be.
Sorry I can't be more helpful or decisive - it's just one of those subjects!