Radio/cable-TV host Martin and the co-author of Vanna Speaks document medium George Anderson's communications with ""the...

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WE DON'T DIE: George Anderson's Conversations with the Other Side

Radio/cable-TV host Martin and the co-author of Vanna Speaks document medium George Anderson's communications with ""the other side,"" stressing his 85 to 90 percent accuracy rate and his thirst for ""scientific"" answers. When George was six, he came down with chicken pox; it progressed to his nervous system, causing a debilitating paralysis that vanished mysteriously. After that, George saw and heard disembodied figures, then names and symbols hovering above teachers and friends. He confided in various nuns in his strict Catholic school--opening himself to a childhood full of pain. At the urging of an assistant, Martin contacted George and began a seven-year association that included working together first on radio call-in, finally on TV. Martin began to play devil's advocate, inviting scientists, physicians, and credible debunkers to test George. (A psychiatrist came to George posing as a seedy drunk, only to have George see the figure of Sigmund Freud over his head.) These investigators ruled out everything except the improbable--that Anderson ""clairsenses"" the spirits of the dead. Here, Martin offers excerpts from Anderson's detailed readings--including that of the spirit of young David Licata, killed in a hit-and-run accident. In an interview-style summation, Anderson himself shuns identification with New Age mysticism, expanding his Catholism to include the idea that we continue to grow spiritually after death. Too elementary and even folksy in approach, as the authors evidently strain for appeal to a wide, non-New Age audience; however, they do build a strong case for the reality of Anderson's gift.

Pub Date: March 7, 1988

ISBN: 0425184994

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1988