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Same old story
on 10 February 2009
I'm quite sorry to be writing a merely 3-star review for this book, because Gordon Smith really does come across as a genuinely nice guy who is very well intentioned and wants to give people comfort during times of tragedy. Unfortunately, none of this makes up for the fact that the book tells pretty much the same story as most of the 'autobiography of a medium' books that you have ever seen. In a nutshell, child sees dead people/parents don't (want to) believe it/child grows up and finds their way to a Spiritualist Church/acquires one or more mentors/spends a few years giving small-time demonstrations/recognition, fame and international tour dates follow. Throughout the process a selection of emotionally touching experiences and amusing anecdotes (usually in the form of an eccentric middle aged female Spiritualist mentor) help to pad out the basics. Spirit Messengers is an easy read, and not unenjoyable for what it is, but there is nothing new here. For some more interesting spiritual insights from the medium's point of view, Colin Fry's 'Life Before Death' is the better buy.