“What is the central idea in this book?
The central idea is about how this guy goes all over the country to rid ordinary families of their haunted houses. He discusses how he plans in advance for these trips, by being in contact with the home owners about what is happening in the house. He would then pick a medium (someone with physic ability to comunicate with spirts) to go with him to the houses. The medium wouldn't know anything about the house prior to the visit. He then would put the medium in a trace to allow the spirts still in the house to communicate.
What solutions does the author propose?
The author wants to be able to free the spirts stuck in the inbetween world, not just for the house owners but because he wants the spirts to be able to have peace, accept that they have died and join their loved ones on the other side. In some cases he would make mulitple visits to the houses if the first time there was not a success.
What evidence does the author use to support the book's ideas?
When he goes to these homes he takes along a medium that knows nothing about the house or its history. When the spirts communicate through the mediums body the author would right down the things they say. After the visit to the home the author would then research the background of the house, like who lived there, the names the spirt gave and the time periods they said they lived. usually the author would find on record some of the things that were said during the visit. On some occasions he would only find bits and pieces if the spirt was from another century and there was little documentation.”
Anne: Five stars--woot! :-) You gave a clear explanation of the overall procedures in your first paragraph. I understand from your second paragraph what the main problem and solution are in this book. ...well-done, Anne! And I'm glad you enjoyed the book, in spite of my complete inability to "sell it"! :-) Best, KW