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Do You believe that strange things happen to people? Have you ever experienced an occurrence that defiled human explanations? If you have experienced anything like that, then you will easily appreciate the collection of experiences documented in If It Hadn't Happened to Me… by Vicki L. Julian. If you have not, then get ready to be amazed by the stories shared by real people in this book.
If It Hadn't Happened to Me… by Vicki L. Julian is a collection of the author’s and other people’s testimonies of strange experiences and encounters. For some, it was a visit from a dead loved one. For others, it was a premonition that something was going to happen which eventually happened. There were also stories about encounters with ghosts and beings from another realm. Vicki L. Julian collected all these testimonies and put them together into this book.
The title of this book was quite catchy and it left me wondering what it was about. As a matter of fact, this was the reason I elected to read and review this book. As the title suggested, most of the events narrated in this book are almost impossible to believe, except you’ve experienced them yourself or you know someone who has. I held my jaw with my mouth agape when I read some testimonies. For instance, one of the encounters had to do with some people seeing a ghost from a camera replay. As I haven’t seen one before, I couldn’t fathom how horrific it must have been for those people. All through the book, there were experiences that I needed to have experienced to believe they did happen.
What I liked most about this book was the author's idea of stating the names of the people that shared these strange experiences. She even went the extra mile to add contact details (email addresses and websites) of some individuals that shared their testimonies. To a large extent, it gave the stories some sort of genuineness and authenticity. Though there were names written in abbreviated forms, it didn’t take away the fact that the author tried to be as credible as possible. I assumed that those individuals wanted anonymity of some sort.
I also did like the arrangement of this book. The 80 stories shared in this book were divided into seven parts. Each part contained stories that are related to a particular phenomenon. I particularly paid the most attention to the “Feeling out of Body” part where stories of near-death experiences were shared. This was of particular interest to me because I have heard people I know share this experience after going through a traumatic incident, usually an accident.
I did not notice any obvious errors in the book. It was well written and professionally edited. This book gets a 4 out of 4 stars rating from me. I recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by strange occurrences. With 80 stories of strange events, they will have their fill of these occurrences.
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