Confessions of a Reluctant Ghost Hunter: A Cautionary Tale of Encounters with Malevolent Entities and Other Disembodied Spirits Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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“Von Braschler’s new book is a fascinating account of his experiences as a ghost hunter. It’s an absorbing, compelling, authoritative look at this fascinating subject by a renowned expert in the field.” (Richard Webster, author of Psychic Protection for Beginners)
“Von Braschler’s firsthand accounts of confrontations with human ghosts and nonhuman spirits throw new light on the afterlife and our mysterious relationship to it. His often terrifying quest for the truth connecting this world with the next amounts to nothing less than a voyage of discovery no reader will ever forget.” (Frank Joseph, author of Before Atlantis)
“Von Braschler weaves wondrous, cautionary tales about ghosts and hauntings in this chilling page turner. It is a must-read for all who deal with the paranormal--from ghost hunters to psychic mediums, from experts to novices. Confessions of a Reluctant Ghost Hunter puts into context real-life risks that come along with engaging the paranormal. A book that seekers of the unknown should carry in their arsenal.” (Chantel Lysette, author of The Angel Code)
“Fascinating reading. How refreshing to meet a ghost hunter who doesn’t crave the limelight but honestly helps people. We learn that not all ghost hunting is nice and simple!” (Phyllis Galde, FATE magazine)
“Von Braschler offers us expert guidance and an insightful, personal narrative of his work with spirits and other energetic entities. This is an excellent read for those seeking a balanced and nuanced perspective on a too-often glamorized topic.” (Anna Cariad-Barrett, DMin, MFT, and author)
About the Author
Von Braschler, a former faculty member at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, has led workshops throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, he is the author of several books, including Seven Secrets of Time Travel. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.See all Product Description
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I have also had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Von Braschler for a soon to be released interview.
First I am a talk radio host, dealing with (and discussing) topics of the strange and unusual is my forte.
Von Braschler's latest book is one of the few paranormal related books that I've been unable to put down until I've read every last word.
The writing, and storytelling is a treasure of intense pleasure.
Von Braschler takes us on a terrifying, but fascinating series of events in his life as a reluctant ghost hunter, and leaves us feeling more than a little perturbed.
Von takes us from the Orcas Island, to a chapel in the woods, and through many mysteriously, inquisitive moments.
Around every haunted corner there appears to be one amateur ghost hunter out for thrills, after another.
Few of these individuals are out to remove an entity from the premises of said haunting -- instead they are there for their own amusement (or in some cases even bemusement).
Even the "professionals" that you can view on television are nothing more than glorified amateurs. Some may even go as far as to fake their evidence -- fakery for entertainment sake.
Now don't misunderstand my words, or beliefs.
It's great to have a widespread outing as these shows have given our field.
There just has to be an understanding of what a true professional is capable of, and what non-professionals are capable of.
One may be able to communicate via electronic means, perhaps with a human spirit... perhaps with a non-human spirit. But they are unable to remove the spirit, and in all honesty if you've watched those shows you understand that isn't their purpose. They may even rile up the spirit; intensifying the level of haunting to a degree far beyond what it otherwise would have been had they not began their investigation (or the antagonizing of spirits).
A lot of times after semi-professional investigations, a real professional (who may also be a medium) has to be brought in because the other group stirred the nest -- so to speak.
If you are looking for real insider information from a true ghost hunter, a true spiritual medium, look no further than Confessions of a Reluctant Ghost Hunter.
First, a mysterious woman appears out of nowhere at a New Age retreat, claims to be a professional ghost buster, and based on a few moments of conversation apparently decides that Braschler has what it takes to lay spirits to rest as well. So she tells him how, and of course conveniently vanishes off the face of the earth. Whoever she is, if she is in fact real and not a figment of the author's imagination (a mysterious human stand-in for "I found this stupid, potentially dangerous information on the internet") she should be ashamed of herself, as well.
So, based on her brief tutelage, the author sets out on the most boring, bungling ghost busting attempts ever put to paper. Think stuff you might have done in high school, if you were the sort of person who liked to play at paranormal investigation with a side of exorcism. (I was, and I knew better than to do some of the things this author does when I was a dumb teenager). And then,as his final attempt at paranormal meddling, Brashler attempts to exorcise what is obviously some kind of demonic or non-human entity from the trailer of some hapless hippies who he happens upon in the woods and befriends. His lame attempt ends up destroying their home and their lives, a fact that is somewhat glossed over in favor of the author whining because a scary face looked in his skylight at him and he had some bad dreams. Basically, he was mistaken about his own bravery, and unleashed the evil entity back on the hippies' trailer without warning them after having it follow him to his car after his botched attempt to banish it from their home. So, in the end, they nearly died in a house fire that was allegedly caused by the angry spirit, the mother ended up homeless, the father on the run from unspecified past criminal transgressions, and the daughter ended up in foster care. After destroying their lives so effectively, Von Braschler does absolutely nothing to help them, even to the point of not allowing them to crash on his couch the night that their home burns down. I'm not sure if he possessed enough self-awareness to know how horrible he came off in his book or not. I'm guessing not…otherwise, the book probably would not have been written.
The other characters in the book are quite one-dimensional and somewhat unbelievable. Whether this is due to the author's extreme self focus or to them not actually existing, I don't know. The daughter of the hippies who befriends the nasty nature spirit and invites it in to the home is said to be 15, but is written as though she possesses the intelligence and mental capacity of a 5 year old. So, either she was developmentally disabled, or the author has no idea how teenagers actually act, and should have made her younger in his fable. In the end, after her home has been destroyed, her family scattered, and her psyche invaded briefly by a horrifying demonic hag who pretended to be her best friend, the child ends up in foster care and runs into the author and brags about how well off her new foster family is, allowing him to comfort himself by imagining that she is better off being raised by strangers in the suburbs than by her actual family, who were broke hippies. The entire book, the author has a thinly veiled feeling of superiority over most of the people he encounters that is quite off-putting, but at the same time makes his extreme hubris more believable.
The whole time I was reading it, I was kicking the author in the imaginary shins with my mind. I shudder to think that he might still be out there, trying to "help" people with their paranormal problems. I sincerely hope that, if this whole thing isn't a figment of his imagination, Von Braschler has decided to stick to chanting mantras at feel-good New Age self-help retreats and leave ghost hunting to people who actually know what they are doing.
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