Conversations with History
Intuition, Spirit Guides
We followed the ups and downs of their lives in the media. We know about their mistakes, their struggles, and their joys. But have you ever wondered how celebrities and public figures would reflect on their lives since they passed?
In an unprecedented reading experience, Conversations with History sheds some light. Channeled by a psychic medium and written in interview format, this book takes readers on a unique journey with 22 spirits who were famous (or infamous) during their time on earth. Renowned personalities from 600 B.C. to 2011 A.D.-from Charlemagne, Ben Franklin, and Gandhi to the Notorious B.I.G., Kurt Vonnegut, and Steve Jobs-have returned to share their most important messages with us. Their passing led them to understand their life lessons and the ramifications of their choices. And now, with the clear-eyed vision gained only from the Other Side, they're taking center stage one last time to offer us insights into their lives that they didn't possess while they were here.
These famous spirits open up to share the lessons they've learned since their passing in order to help us live our lives better-lessons in abundance and prosperity, love and relationships, creativity and art, personal responsibility for the world around us, and the legacy we will leave for future generations. In every interview, there are simple but powerful lessons that readers can use to improve their lives every day.
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.
The author shares twenty-two individual interviews with a wide variety of personas, all of whom have a drive to share their hugely relevant insights for those of us in the here and now.
The book is a fascinating read with a wonderful flow. I felt as if I was sitting right there with the author as she visited with each person, in my own living room. Along with the interview, each chapter includes background information as well as further reading for each historical figure--and all are incredibly interesting and varied. I was familiar with some, but not all, of the characters, and after reading this book I have incredible respect for each of them.
Every interviewee's message is truly relevant to our lives today, both specifically and as a whole. Personally, there were direct reminders and messages that spoke to exact situations that I am currently experiencing. To those souls, and to the author, I say thank you--messages received and greatly appreciated!
Not everyone Susan Lander wanted to interview made it into this first book--and I look forward to more volumes! I wondered about the reasoning of selecting 22, and if it had any relation to numerology. (Mr. Poe, I very much look forward to reading your interview soon!) Hopefully this is the beginning of many such published collaborations between the author and historical figures.
It does not matter whether you believe this work of authorship to be a true accounting or complete and total fiction, you will both benefit and be positively changed by reading it. The messages transcend your acceptance of the format: why not give it a whirl?
I was not financially compensated for this review. Hay House gifted me my choice of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it, through their Book Nook blogger program.
Conversations with History by Susan Lander is a quick read that’s frame story is quite intriguing and the reason I decided to give it a whirl. Susan is a medium that ‘interviewed’ deceased but famous and notable personalities in history. The book includes twenty-two interviews from an array of personalities. Everyone from King Charlemagne to Ben Franklin to Albert Einstein to Patrick Swayze and more. The cast of characters is quite impressive, and just as these personalities held our attention in life, so shall they in death.
Each spirit had their own chapter with a brief synopsis of what is historically known of their lives, along with notes at the end of each chapter detailing where additional information about each person could be found. Those being interviewed had a definite reason for participating in the book and a very specific message that they wished to convey. Some of the lessons felt as if they were included in the book just for me, while other not-so-personal messages spoke to our society as a whole. Many of the interviewees shared interesting tidbits of information about their lives that weren’t previously known about them. I felt like this added in just a little something extra for the reader.
I have to say that while the writing style was a bit basic for me, I understood the necessity for the format and was able to overlook it as the material being shared was very intriguiging. The messages at the heart of each interview were quite poignant and applicable in not only my own life, but also for our society as a whole.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I felt that it served as a personal affirmation for me regarding recent thoughts and ideas that I have been exploring and the synchronicity of this book showing up in my world was not missed. I would definitely recommend this book to others interested in similar topics.