Just a note about me before I get to the book. Since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with a world beyond our five senses. Although I grew up in a religion that condemned the occult, I have looked into subjects like parapsychology, numeralogy, tarot, shamanism, etc. So when I saw Sylvia Browne on the Montel Williams show, I felt a kinship with her.
Now I have met a few folks who have claimed to be psychic, and I knew that there was something wrong with them. It was that slimey feeling crawling down my spine that warned me something was wrong. But I didn't feel that way with Sylvia. She was very practical in how she answered questions. She didn't turn it into a scary occult session.
So I picked up this book "The Other Side and Back." I was not disappointed. I found it very readable in a conversational way. I really enjoyed her descriptions of cults-- a group of people with one or two people who want to stand in for God and be your God center. She goes on to explain that we all have God or a Higher Power in us and that if anyone tries to stand in for God that we should get away immediately from such a dangerous situation.
She also brings hope to people who have lost loved ones. Now... I am not the sort to get overly excited about religious or inspirational leaders. I have a real problem with authoritarian types. But, even in her book, Browne doesn't come out as an authoritarian type. She believes in freedom to choose our life. That before we were born, we put together our own blueprints for the types of challenges we wanted to experience.
Anyway, this book is probably not for every one. But if I had read this book when I was in my mid-twenties, I would have had less guilt about my family and former religion. So yes, I recommend this book to anyone on a spiritual journey.