Since it's so close to Samhain, it's only natural that I should be reading about various forms of spirits. The books I've read over the last month or so certainly cover a variety of spiritual goings-on:
Two of the authors, Susan Coryell
and Ginny Brock
, are members of my writing group—Lake Writers—so I've known both for a long time. I've also known Franklin News-Post
reporter and columnist Morris Stephenson and genealogist Beverly Merritt for several years. I just met Arlene S. Bice
at the Brewed Awakening Bookfest in Danville earlier this month. I've never met Vaishali, but Brewed Awakening
in Danville offered her book as a freebie.
Coryell's novel, Nobody Knows,
deals with ghosts at Overhome, an estate located on fictional Moore Mountain Lake in Virginia. As in her two previous novels in the Overhome series, ghosts get the attention of the heroine Ashby Overton to help them resolve an issue. Spooky stuff ensues over the course of a summer.
Some of the ghosts Bice writes about in her non-fiction books, Living With Ghosts
and Ghostly Spirits of Warren County, North Carolina and Beyond,
also have issues. Living With Ghosts
is about the numerous spirits who inhabit the town of Bordentown, New Jersey, where Bice lived for a time. Some of the ghosts Bice describes are benign, others not. But if you like true ghost stories, you'll find the book interesting.
Brock is known around the Smith Mountain Lake area for having psychic abilities, and her latest non-fiction book, As It Is in Heaven
taps into those abilities. Subtitled True Stories about life before life on earth from children who remember
, Brock relates stories of children who did indeed remember their previous lives and where they came from. This book, which deals with our spiritual natures, gives you something to think about.
Vaishali's non-fiction book, Wisdom Rising,
is subtitled A self-help guide to personal transformation, spirituality, and mind/body/spirit holistic living
covers a lot of territory in a person's own spirituality. This book also gives the reader a lot to think about.
Stephenson and Merritt's non-fiction book, Franklin County's Famous 1935 Moonshine Conspiracy Trial: Complete Daily Newspaper Accounts
is about a whole 'nother type of spirits—the liquid kind that made Franklin County, Virginia, the moonshine capital of the world. Stephenson and Merritt didn't so much write this book as they compiled it. They collected and put together anonymously written newspaper stories (now in public domain) that reported the trial activities on a day-to-day basis. These stories are what the average person, who wasn't present at the long-running trial, would read in 1935. This book will give you an idea what was happening in the Rocky Mount courthouse in 1935.
So—if you're interested in reading about spirits in their various forms, you might want to consider these books.
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