I'll Be There to Write the Story:
A Mother-Daughter Journey Beyond Death

by Maria Weber

Piñon Valley Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-982-63010-5.
Reviewed by Sharon Lippincott
Posted on 08/03/2010

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Relationships

I did a double-take when I read the subtitle of this book, "A Mother-Daughter Journey Beyond Death." Its promise of recounting communication through the dimensional veil was too good to pass up. Over the past several years I've become hooked on material of this sort. Various forms of speculation based on semi-tangible evidence intrigue me. Equally intriguing was the promise of a tale of mother-daughter reconciliation, another topic I've been involved with. I was eager to compare her experiences with mine.

The book surpassed my hopes on both counts. Soon after her mother's death, Maria Weber began working on a project to illustrate and publish a commemorative volume of her poetry. Seriously strange things began to occur. When she became convinced that her mother was trying to become involved in the project, Weber turned to three trusted sources for assistance in communicating with her mother. Each source had a different "gift," lending balance and diversity to the input. None of the sources knew each other, and to protect the integrity of her their reports, Weber did not share information among them, making the results that much more fascinating and compelling. Following her mother's lead, the end result was this memoir of reconciliation, not the intended volume of poetry.

Whatever their personal beliefs on the topic of the afterlife and communication with spirits on the other side, readers will gain perspective about the process the various experts use. And whether fact or fiction, the story is beautifully written, with enough suspense to keep even a skeptic glued to the page. Those who wish to study any of the subjects further will appreciate the extensive and well-documented notes and references section, and those who want to follow her reconciliation process can benefit from the workbook section at the end of the book. I especially appreciate her generosity in including the workbook rather than selling it separately. Since her process is very close to an intuitive one I used in posthumously re-evaluating my mother's life, I have no hesitation about recommending the workbook. It works quite well, even without the two-way communication.

Maria Weber writes memoir and poetry, and her women's writing group has been writing together every Monday for over ten years. She is also a potter and fascinated with the supernatural. She notices synchronicities and believes they guide her life. She has studied numerous forms of supernatural expression and shamanism. Visit her blog.

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