Today’s review is something different to the usual fiction, Amber makes a beeline for. Spirit Writer by Wendy Sheffield drew her attention when it arrived on the bookshelf courtesy of Literally PR for this blog tour – thank you. While Amber believes in life after death, she’d never considered the idea communication could occur via writing. She needed to know more. The book was then passed to Willow allowing much discussion in the shop.
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Book Review: Spirit Writer by Wendy Sheffield
Title: Spirit Writer
Author: Wendy Sheffield
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing
Release date: 13th October 2022
Genre: Non-fiction, spirituality
Spirit Writer is a journey of self-discovery for the author – Wendy Sheffield – from when she first became aware that her grandmother was communicating with her, following an unusual dream that created awareness of her myriad spiritual gifts. These gifts include spirit or automatic writing, whereupon Wendy channels spirit messages to help people understand their higher self. It took a long time, however, before she realised that spirit was encouraging her to remember and understand her journey so that she could help others with theirs. On her quest for answers to her many questions, Wendy became desperate to understand her gifts, how spirit communicated with her, and what her spiritual journey was.
Wendy considered the views of well-known people in the spiritual world including Eckhart Tolle and the Arthur Findlay College, to name a few, and recognised a definite sequence of events that appears to be happening around the world leading up to spiritual unfoldment. She also recognised that more people around the world are looking for answers, feeling dissatisfied with their religions and beliefs, desperate to overcome their fear of dying, and to discover whether the afterlife exists. To tackle this age-old question of ‘Is there an afterlife?’ the author examines various accounts of people (religious or otherwise) who have experienced near-death experiences to consider similarities between their accounts.
In her quest to understand spirit and the spirit world, the author also discovered Leslie Flint, a well-recognised medium with a unique gift in that his spirit messages came through a voice box above his head. After studying several recorded spirit messages, the author was drawn to a detailed message from Harry Price, who is well known for his exposure of fraudulent mediums, who came through to talk on the subject of ghosts and spirits, as he believed they were not understood.
The author hopes that Spirit Writer will help readers consider subjects that are not widely discussed so that they can come to their own conclusions. This book is as much about the author’s understanding of her own journey as it is about helping others to understand theirs.
Thoughts from the Emporium:
Spirit Writer is a highly accessible, an enjoyable insight into Wendy’s spiritual journey to becoming a medium using writing to channel the spirit. It covers her life experiences as well as an overview of spiritualism, providing a simple foundation to build knowledge from. Written with confidence and passion, it led both Willow and Amber to want to know more.
Everyone in the Emporium believes in the spirit world, thanks to working in a haunted building, but neither witches practise mediumship in the conventional sense. Amber came into the book unaware of spirit writing or spiritualism while Willow had visited mediums and spiritualist church soon after her mum’s death. This resulted in her witnessing some fascinating readings, including a talented spirit artist so she could relate to some of Wendy’s experiences. Both found something in the book and the love and non-judgemental aspects of the church was explained well. Though spiritualism is a religion, its belief system can slot alongside other mainstream ones including the individual paths Willow and Amber follow.
Beyond Wendy’s journey, Spirit Writer gives a background and advice on spiritual matters, including a transcript from Harry Price, famed for his investigations into fraudulent hauntings. From the spirit world, he shared his views on ghosts and manifestations. This was a fascinating nice touch. Both witches proceeded to analyse the Emporium’s ghosts, Percy, Marleys and the unknown on the stairs, to see where they fitted in.