Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not-So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night By Gary Jansen

Gary Jansen's book is an exceptional story of an ordinary everyman who is confronted with the extraordinary. I think most folks have encounters with unexplainable events, whether or not they go so far as to call them "ghosts". But whether or not you believe, this book is well worth the read. Gary approaches the occurrences in his house from a pragmatist's vantage, and as the events escalate in ways both minute and major (and some very frightening!) he realizes there's not always an easy explanation for the things that happen around us and to us. This is more than just a ghost story - yes, it's very creepy and very scary in parts, but it also digs into the subject of ghosts and faith with perseverance, attempting to gain perspective on a situation as it spirals out of control. I have to say, too, that while I enjoyed the juicy, creepy, bits... Jansen's exploration of faith and the supernatural was so heartfelt and so passionate that it made me (a lapsed Methodist) reconsider my own beliefs. This is an extraordinary book that is impossible to pigeonhole as either a ghost story or a book on the Catholic faith, which is why I would thoroughly recommend it for any curious soul.

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