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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Informative, Intriguing, Inspirational, 6 Jan. 2014
In his 2008 book, Soul Shift, Mark Ireland explains how he was able to deal with his grief after the death of his 18-year-old son, Brandon, on January 10, 2004, the result of a severe asthma attack and heart failure while hiking in some rugged Arizona mountains."What had begun with Brandon and a wish not to absolutely lose someone I loved so much had turned into a quest to find the elusive meaning behind life and death and perhaps even to discover that no one is really lost," Ireland wrote "Brandon was central to my search, but he was no longer the only target."

Ireland had something of an advantage over most people, as his father, Richard Ireland, was a medium and Spiritualist minister before he transitioned in 1992. Two days after Brandon's transition, Ireland received a phone call from his uncle, Robert, who, like his brother, also had mediumistic ability, although not as developed. He told Mark that he had heard from Mark's father, who said that Brandon was initially confused when he left the body, but he (grandfather Richard) was there to greet him and help him adjust. He explained that Brandon's heart failed due to lack of oxygen , and while he experienced shortness of breath, he felt no pain.

About seven months later, Ireland consulted renowned medium Allison DuBois, receiving much in the way of evidential information. He also sat with mediums Linda Williamson, Jamie Clark, and Laurie Campbell, receiving evidential messages and comforting words from all of them.

"When something like this happens, you have two options," Ireland concluded. "You can either give up on life or move forward, directing your energy toward something positive, to help other people." As cofounder of Helping Parents Heal, Ireland is doing just that. In his latest book, "Messages From The Afterlife: A Bereaved Father's Journey In The World Of Spirit Visitations, Psychic-Mediums, And Synchronicity," picks up where he left off in "Soul Shift," looking back on his experiences and analyzing them in the bigger picture of mediumistic and other psychic phenomena.

In an early chapter, Ireland tells of his interviews with two psychic mediums. They explain how messages come to them. "I find that the clarity varies,"renowned English medium Linda Williamson told him. "Sometimes I see things very clearly, sometimes I just get a mental picture, and sometimes i don't see anything at all." She goes on to explain the process, including the hazards of delivering unfiltered messages.

In one chapter, Ireland examines the mindset of the debunkers - the pseudo-skeptics who are always trying to convince people that mediumship is just so much folly. "It is normal to question things that don't make sense, and it is wise to sskfor validation of extraordinary claims,," he writes, "But the `open-mndedness' of some skeptics is akin to birds that don't believe in air because it can't be seen, or fish that swim to the surface of the ocean, certain that it is the edge of the universe."

Ireland devotes a chapter to psychic phenomena and mediumship in religion and history, pointing out how that many so-called "miracles" in the Bible and other books are forms of mediumship and are misinterpreted by religious leaders who get stuck on "the letter of the law rather than the spirit or intention of the law."

Another very interestng chapter tells of an experiment with a code word or phrase that he asked his dying sister to deliver after her transition - several words she put in a sealed envelope and which were not seen by Ireland or anyone else until after he visited several mediums in an attempt to see if they could pick up on the code.

The book adds some anecdotal stories strongly suggesting the survival of consciousness after death. Overall, it is a very interesting, informative, intriguing, and inspirational read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found it an intelligent, articulate and sensitive exploration of mediumship and at ..., 31 Oct. 2014
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This is an incredible book. I found it an intelligent, articulate and sensitive exploration of mediumship and at its best is shown to be a wonderfully healing experience. Mark Ireland has gone through every parent's worst nightmare-the death of his son, Brandon. Through personal experience, Mark Ireland had amazing evidence provided to him by mediums, revealing that Brandon still lives and was able to communicate in a meaningful and profoundly healing way to his family and friends.

This is a beautiful, moving and very personal account of one man's progression through loss to the life affirming reality that there is no death. Our loved ones are with us and with the help of a good medium, we can move forward from grief to healing. It's brave to share this life changing experience in a very cynical world. The veracity of this book shines through on every page and I would recommend it to anyone who has lost a loved one. It will touch your heart and give you the helpful information necessary to find a reputable medium and move forward with life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing, 25 July 2015
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This review is from: Messages from the Afterlife: A Bereaved Father's Journey in the World of Spirit Visitations, Psychic-Mediums, and Synchronicity (Kindle Edition)
This book is excellent. It comes from the heart but also is scientific enough to interest open minded doubters.Mark's book is revolutionary and should be read by anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Mark was skeptical himself but was open to hard evidence. This book evokes a roller-coaster of emotions but perhaps more importantly hope and evidence of the after life. His story gives us all hope that maybe there is more to life than birth, life and then the end.I was searching for a book like this and am so glad I found it. Thank you Mark
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