Maureen Hancock was raised in a large family of Irish Catholic heritage. It is said she was born with a veil over her when she was born and old wives tales and legends have always explained this as being "special" in psychic abilities.
Ever since she had a near-death experience as a little girl, Maureen has seen things that she was unable to explain and she decides to stifle her "gift" for the next couple of decades, as she feared her abilities.
When she regains her abilities by allowing them to return, she finds that she is even more heightened to the spiritual energies that were attracted to her. Now, she is able to communicate with them and they with her.
Since then, she has been on talk shows, held seminars, assisted police in cases and shared herself with anyone who wishes to hear her story. From the Mayan spirits who arrived in her hotel to tell her that her mother was having heart attack to the story of Suzie whose son Bo hung himself and wanted to let his family know he is still with them, each of these anecdotes are shared in a heart-warming and friendly manner.
I thought this was an interesting read and if you love paranormal then you will definitely find something in this book. The stories that Maureen shares are quite thought-provoking and truly freaky in their content. I am not sure how I would deal with such a "gift"! I have my own "gifts", not only was I born with a caul, but I was born dead to boot and I often shy away from my own abilities and am thankful I cannot speak to dead people. Though I would try it for a day if it were possible!
I did find some of the stories and flow of the book to be disconnected and at times it was hard for me to stay involved with the story. While I do believe in Maureen's gifts, some of the stories are unbelievable and you wish you could have your own reading just to fully understand her gifts. She is quick to put the skeptics at ease by relating stories only they would know to show the connection between the departed soul and the loved one.
It is a quick read even with over 260 pages of text, it is written in a friendly narrative, giving the reader a bit of insight into the author. This would make an interesting book to discuss in book groups or to read on rainy afternoon.
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 otherworld 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. . . .
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