Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review for "Is your House Haunted?"

Title: Is Your House Haunted? Poltergeists, Ghosts or Bad Wiring

Author: Debi Chestnut

Published: 2011 Llewellyn Publications

Amazon Order Info: Also available on Kindle

Debi Chestnut is no stranger to the paranormal world. Growing up with psychic abilities, she's been actively involved in paranormal investigation and research for 25+ years. Is Your House Haunted is just one of several books on the subject of ghosts and hauntings.

As a paranormal investigator myself, I'm always reading and of course, always looking for additions to my ever-growing paranormal library. I was intrigued by this title's somewhat skeptical connotations--I thought it would be a great resource to share with clients, showing them that not every little bump in the night is necessarily paranormal.

I can't say that I'm disappointed in the book. There were a few times where I felt the author's claimed psychic abilities were discussed a little too much for a book of this nature and there were one or two times where the author presented seemingly contradictory viewpoints, but overall it was a nice little introduction. Amazon reviewer, Sheri Newton, summed up my feelings on this book exactly with her quote: 

"It doesn't go too much in depth on any certain subject, but that is okay because it wasn't meant to do that."

Anyway, the intended audience of this book really is the layperson experiencing possible paranormal activity; even a novice investigator will probably find this book a little simple for their liking. However, the author does a wonderful job of sprinkling in some interesting anecdotes and personal experiences among the much drier, mundane information. Therefore, it is pretty readable and even though there are a few times where it gets repetitive, chapters tend to be short, and to the point.  I would definitely recommend adding this one to your own shelf, if only for the purpose of having a tangible reminder to look at ALL possible explanations to gift to a client who is experiencing unexplained phenomena.

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