Susan Lander’s Conversations With History, sent to me by Hay House Publishing for review, was a book that I could have easily finished in one sitting if not for typical distractions. It’s written in a question-and-answer format based on interviews with the spirits of famous dead people.
The author does a marvelous job bringing to life the essence of these personalities—from King Charlemagne and the poet, Sappho, to the likes of Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, and so many more interesting notables in between. My favorite interview was the rather extensive one she and a contemporary conducted with the writer, Kurt Vonnegut. I knew absolutely nothing about him or his work and life before his interview, but now I’m anxious to read everything he’s ever written.
I was also intrigued by the author’s own processes, including how and when the spirits chose to come through and present their former lives to her. Einstein provided interesting insight regarding the compression of time; Frederick Douglass’ input was a complete surprise; the courage of Betsy Ross, Marie Laveau, and Eva Perón—all who came into their own during times when women were still being violently relegated to second-class status—was inspirational; and Farrah Fawcett remains, even in spirit, in a class of her own. In all there were 22 interviews, each representing a chapter in the book. And, as in all things where “two or more are gathered,” a prevailing theme seemed to emerge. However, I won’t give that away in this review. It is up to the reader to decipher the meaning in their own way.
Overall, I think Conversations With History ranks up there with some of the best “channeled” material I’ve read in the last decade; and I eagerly anticipate the release of the upcoming sequel to this awe-inspiring book.
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