Saturday, September 27, 2008

Review - Their Way Home by Melissa Van Rossum

Their Way Home
Melissa Van Rossum
April 2, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-9792265-3-3

Book Blurb:
Melissa Van Rossum dreamed of having a normal life. Problem? Melissa Van Rossum could see ghosts. She didn't have to visit the local haunted house to encounter these spectral beings - they would find her. In her car, her closet, her shower - everywhere. And sometimes they'd tell her their stories. Meet the ghostly woman who was distressed at never knowing her children; find out why hundreds of ghosts haunt a Hollywood sound stage; discover what still fascinated a phantom businesswoman; and feel for the teenager who desperately wanted to come back to life.

These ghosts run the gamut from a creepy clown to a criminal predator to a sweet little girl who stayed behind to comfort her mother.

Melissa Van Rossum has encountered them all, and for the first time, tells their stories. These are spooky tales like no other as a true ghost guide gives insight to the lives of the ghosts she’s known and how she helped them find Their Way Home.

My thoughts:
The book opens with a nice foreword by Raymon Grace, followed by an introduction by Melissa Van Rossum.

Finding My Way is the first section, and in it Ms. Van Rossum shares everything from her early memories of playing with a motherly ghost, to a pair of ghosts who took up a brief residence in her vehicle. The creepiest story in this section has to be the ghostly dentist who appeared not to get a clue.

Finding Their Way is the next section, and it covers ghosts she’s met from a wide array of backgrounds. Readers may never view a simple walk-in closet or the theater the same way again.

Visits From Loved Ones is the third section, and is by far the most touching. The author shares personal experiences with her own family and friends

Process, Questions, Lessons is the final section that offers some guidance for readers who are interested in learning the basics on how to help guide the earthbound spirits to cross-over. This segment also answers the most asked questions, and the lessons learned from ghosts.

Ms. Van Rossum has shared her experiences in a well-organized manner that is quick and easy to read. Their Way Home touches on every emotion from joy to fear and will leave readers more curious than ever about those who remain unseen by their side. This is a short read and will certainly be over long before most readers would prefer, but the author details the facts in each encounter without dressing-up the experience. While Ms. Van Rossum may not have always been able to comfortably experience her abilities, it’s good to know that she’s more at ease now with the gift she’s been given. That in itself is probably the most amazing part of her story. It’s difficult to imagine someone living every day of their lives under what most would consider nightmarish conditions.

To learn more about Melissa Van Rossum, please visit her website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


jessewave said...

So this is really non fiction if we are to believe the author's stories - along the lines of James van Praag? Oooh - really scary to think you could find ghosts in your closets.

Good job Kimberly but I don't know if I'm ready to be scared out of my underwear *g*

Kimberly Swan said...

I know who he is, but I've never had the chance to learn more about him. If he helps earthbound spirits cross-over then they may have a similar gift. :) If I weren't already closing the door to the walk-in closet each night I'd definitely be doing it now.

I don't think scaring you is the intention, but making you a little bit more aware of what's around you definitely is. :)

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Kimberly Swan said...

It is very interesting Rachael, you'd be amazed that this is the life Ms. Van Rossum lives every day.