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'Afterlives of the Rich and Famous' by Sylvia Browne
Anthony Feole

"Afterlives of the Rich and Famous" is the latest book by celebrity psychic and New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Browne.

Browne discovered her psychic powers when she was five years old. She realized that she possessed clairvoyance, the ability to see spirits. When she was eight, she learned that she was also clairaudient and could hear spirits.

For decades, Browne has been asked one question again and again: "What is my favorite celebrity doing on the Other Side?" With the assistance of Francine, her Spirit Guide, Sylvia was able to record the activities of celebrities in the hereafter.

Readers unfamiliar with the concept of the Other Side may wonder, "What is a Spirit Guide?" Fortunately, Sylvia begins the book with a glossary that defines words pertaining to the Other Side. For instance, readers can learn what a "chart" is; what "life themes" are; and what the "scanning machine" from beyond does. There are many more terms in the glossary that I have not included and they allowed me to understand Afterlives of the Rich and Famous." However, I warn readers not to read the afterlife stories without first researching the glossary of terms. It will significantly reduce the amount of page turning you have to do.

Once I had a solid understanding of the Other Side, I read the tales of dead celebrities. Each story begins with an interesting biography of the celebrity's life on earth written by Browne. I mention that the biographies were written by Browne because the tales from the afterlife were recorded while Browne's body was used as a channel by her Spirit Guide.

Apparently, Browne's friend and assistant, Linda Rossi, sat beside her while she channeled Francine. With a tape recorder in hand, Linda asked Francine many questions about the activities of deceased celebrities. You may be wondering, "What makes Francine a reliable source of information?" Well, Sylvia explains that Francine has been a resident of the Other Side for nearly 500 years.

Now that the book's background is out of the way, let me give you a snippet of information about Bela Lugosi, the man behind my favorite celebrity afterlife story. Lugosi was known to the world as the person who brought Count Dracula to life. He died in 1956, but in the early 1980s, Browne was invited on a trip to search his house. As she explored the house with her team of paranormal investigators, she discovered a permeation of dark energy. Eventually, she came upon the room where Bela Lugosi's earthbound spirit remained. He rested in a wooden casket, wrapped in his signature Dracula cape. He looked into Browne's eyes and said: "You weren't invited."

Sylvia did what any sane human being would do; she ran away from Lugosi's ghost. Nearly 30 years later, we learn from Francine's account that Bela is no longer earthbound. Of course, there are some other interesting details I've left out of my description, but I'll leave it to you to find out what those are.

Ultimately, it's up to the reader to decide whether Browne speaks the truth. I will conclude my review by saying that, whether fact or fiction, "Afterlives of the Rich and Famous" is a book that's tough to put down. My only qualm with the book is that it does not include the afterlife tale of the metal god, Ronnie James Dio.
Posted by Staff on 02/10/2011 at 12:00 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
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