4 out of 4 stars
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In her book, Spirit Club, Donna Young delved into the spiritual realm. Donna saw her first 'spirit' at the age of four. Her mother thought she was weird and had put her on medication because she conversed with air. It was not until her teen years that Donna had her personal experience with the other 'realm' — a place she described as peaceful and calm.
One of the first things that readers would probably notice in this book would be the image of a tree and a bench that formed the backdrop of every page in the book. While they were assuredly cute, they also set a meditative mood for the entire book. The images captured the right mood for this book: sober and mediative.
Donna adopted a calm and understanding language in this book. Not only that, she wrote as though she referred to just one reader constantly. This writing style would create a bond between the author and the reader. It was apparent that the author intended to provide guidelines for mediums and all those who work in the spiritual realm. At the same time, she had also demystified some of these concepts — mediums, psychics, readings — for the ordinary person.
Through this book, Donna may have projected hope to her readers, especially the ordinary person, with her submissions about death and the afterlife. She wrote about death in such a calm, unscary manner that it was almost easy to forget the dread associated with the unknown end. This was because readers might no longer view death as quite the unknown after reading this book.
This book may have busted some people's beliefs about ghosts and scary movies. Donna challenges our conceptions about 'spirit beings' with some hilarious scenarios. The scenarios are hilarious, maybe because most people can relate to them. One of such hilarious scenarios is how the sound of creaking old floorboards and rats scampering back into hiding will have one in fear that Count Dracula is on the loose. Also, while her references to movies like The Exorcist make her explanations relatable, she may have also effectively ruined some people's favorite scary movies.
Amid all the talk about the spiritual journey, Donna managed to include wise nuggets on the importance of self-love and self-knowledge. She highlighted the necessity of loving one's imperfections, which could be said to be a profoundly spiritual journey as well.
The author's writing mostly came from her experiences, as she showed what it took to be a good medium. This added an authenticity to the book that would build trust between her readers and herself. The picture of herself at age sixteen with her dad added a personal touch to the narrative.
I'd recommend this book to those on the verge of starting their spiritual journey, mediums in training, and those desirous of learning more about the spiritual world. I liked every aspect of this book, especially the exceptional editing. Therefore, I’d rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
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