Ghosts Among Us…

It was the year 2008. My family and I had already been bitten by the Ghost Hunters (T.A.P.S.) bug, and I remember many nights watching Crossing Over with John Edward before bed in my old condo. Other than always having a love for a good scary movie, that was pretty much the extent of my paranormal life.

A few years earlier an ex had inspired me to start reading the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. Reading was something I absolutely never did unless I was getting a grade for it, and I could count every book I’d read for pleasure my whole life on one hand and still have a few fingers left. I agreed to borrow the first book just to humor them. I absolutely fell in love with it, which led to me finishing the entire series of eight books (and rumor has it there is a ninth in the works). I was shocked to find that I was becoming obsessed with reading.

Now, back to 2008. I was walking through the bookstore (RIP Borders) and was struggling to find more fiction titles to add to my “to be read” shelf. On a bargain shelf next to the checkout I found James Van Praagh’s Ghosts Among Us and decided since it was cheap it was worth the try. O… M… G…

Seventy-some books later, most of them from the spiritual or paranormal genre, I look back and realize it probably isn’t any more mind-blowing than many of the other books I’ve read since, but it was the first, and it really kick started what I’ve been calling my “spiritual shift”. I loaned the book to my mother, who loved it as well. I have since loaned it to a few other people… and when I didn’t get it returned I went out and replaced it to put it on my shelf again (I’ve since created the “I am selfish with my books and don’t loan them out” rule. Don’t worry, I’m sure this rule will end when they halt the production of physical books…don’t get me started…or once I have to buy another book shelf or two.)

From the back of the book…

From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. The New York Times bestseller Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries – what happens to us after we die?

Go HERE for more about James Van Praagh…



About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

3 responses to “Ghosts Among Us…

  • Ash

    Recommending another blog for you – His posts are good and informative, but you absolutely must read his “Paranormal Memoirs.” Go to the website, and click the “Start Here” button at the top.

    I wasted an entire day at work reading it lol He’s witty, sarcastic, and totally straightforward.

    • Patrick

      Wow! You’re right. I think I’m liking this. I also think I’m going to have to quit my job now just to read through his site. 😉

      • Ash

        It’s spirit guide endorsed, so it has to be good 🙂 Funny story – I was sitting at work, bored, and thought to myself, “Bill – find me a good blog to read.” I went about my business for 15 minutes and completely forgot about asking for a blog – I started googling, oddly enough,for better meditation techniques. 🙂 I found a page and started reading, and the author had a link to a post from Slade Roberson’s “Shift Your Spirits.” I don’t know why, but I clicked the link and much like with Channeling Erik, I was GLUED FOR HOURS.

        Coincidentally (or not so much, since there is no such thing) I found Channeling Erik back in late October in much the same manner, and it was basically the catalyst for my “awakening” and all this crazy shit that’s gone down since! I didn’t know a damn thing about spirituality before then.

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