Sylvia Browne was a psychic and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of End of Days, Blessings from the Other Side, Adventures of a Psychic, The Other Side and Back, and Life on the Other Side. Lindsay Harrison is a writer and teacher living in New York City.
Bestselling professional psychic Browne (The Other Side and Back) offers comfort and hope in this articulate guide to the future, which starts by placing the prophetic tradition firmly in the spiritual mainstream of Christianity, Islam and Native American religions (given rather a New Age spin here). After discussing such notable past prophets as Helena Blavatsky and Edgar Cayce, she locates the source of prophecy in what she calls the Other Side, the place from which Spirit Guides (hers is named Francine) bring their messages. In the most absorbing part of the book, her own prophecies range widely and often reach far beyond verified scientific fact. Extraterrestrials, aura scanners and the greenhouse effect heating up earth's interior are cases in point. On the other hand, many of her prophecies in the areas of science, technology and medicine are sound futurology, even if she shows a bit of a law-and-order attitude. (By 2020 or so, those elected to the U.S. Senate will have to submit to "weekly drug and alcohol screens.") At the same time, Browne's vision of several generations of communal marriages to save children from the divorce rate and of healing centers to bring all faiths together are radical, innovative and humane. In the end, all readers, even those skeptical of specific forecasts, can applaud the author for her strong spirituality. (July 15) Forecast: You don't need psychic powers to predict another bestseller, debuting at #1 on many lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.