Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review: The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer by Maureen Hancock

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075731564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315640
  • Buy now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


At just five years old, Maureen Hancock discovered her ability to communicate with the dead. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but for fear of being misunderstood by her friends and family she kept the otherworldly messages to herself, eventually suppressing them completely.

Maureen wouldn't hear the spirits again until she was in a near-fatal car crash. Soon after, she had hundreds of voices in her head, many of which helped her crack cases and expose fraud in her role as a litigation paralegal at a large Boston law firm. Then, when tragedy struck on 9/11, Maureen was bombarded with messages from the spirit world. As each one made contact with her, she finally came to terms with her calling: to communicate with the deceased, assist the dying, search for missing children, and teach the living about life after death, all the while raising her children in her suburban home.

Maureen Hancock is literally is the Medium Next Door, and in this book and through her stories of her encounters with the other world as well as guided exercises at the conclusion of each chapter, she offers the same comfort and wisdom she shares in her healing encounters and lectures about what is out there waiting for all who are open to its mysteries. . . . 

My Review:

If you ever wondering what the life of Medium is like, you have to pick up this book, which follows Maureen Hancock from her childhood to adulthood, as she shares her psychic gift with her readers.  Not only is a personal memoir and account of her struggles with anxiety and depression as a result of her Medium abilities, but Maureen also offers useful tips to help cope with a lost one, to help you heal.

Usually, I don't read books like this, but I was curious to see what it was like to have psychic powers and how it meshes with a person's day to day life with family.  Overall, I have to say this was a very interesting read, and one that I enjoyed.  If you are skeptical about Mediums or just want to learn more, you should definitely pick up this book today.  It is a quick read and one that will help you connect with you own sensitive abilities.

About the Author:

Maureen has been a Reiki Master/Teacher for several years and studied Asian Bodywork and Chinese Medicine for 2 years at the Boston Shiatsu School & East West Institute of Alternative Medicine in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Trained by acupuncturists, Maureen applies the same theory and diagnosis, yet uses acupressure instead of needles, getting the same result…bringing the body back into balance by stimulating the body's own healing ability. Acupressure treats the symptoms and the underlying cause of health problems. Maureen has devised her own combination of techniques, which has people flocking from all over New England for profound healing and relaxation. She combines Shiatsu, Tui Na (Chinese acupressure), deep tissue massage, cranio sacral, Reiki, Reflexology and Tai stretches to her treatment which melt tension and brings the body back into balance.

Maureen also teaches stress management throughout New England for businesses, health organizations, professional athletes and public entities, combining her holistic training and stand-up comedy background. Maureen performed stand-up at the Comedy Connection, Nick's Comedy Stop, and Dick Doherty's in Boston, Massachusetts. "After all, laughter is the best medicine, and learning how to address the stress is key in today’s society," says Maureen.
After Maureen's car accident, she began to realize that her intuitive side was reawakened as she was hearing specific messages from passed loved ones for clients while performing healing work. Special healing messages from the departed loved ones of clients were validated and deep emotional healing was taking place. To see the smile return to the grieving loved one left behind was enough to make Maureen realize this gift needed to be shared and offered to those in need of messages of peace, and to help communicate that the continuity of life is real and our loved ones are not really "dead". Spirit communication is a delicate matter and messages are light and sometimes full of laughter. Maureen's extreme compassion shines a light on each and every client that walks through the door on the "Pathway to Healing."

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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