Author: Alyson Mead
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 978-1-4525-4194-5 (sc)
ISBN: 978-1-4525-4193-8 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1-4525-4195-2 (e)                                       

Preparing for a Life

This book describes a certain phase in the making of Sassy the Psychic. As a story, it marks the end of a year long period of Alyson Mead’s life that was particularly difficult on her physical body. The full story of the entire transition clearly demands a sequel and one that is worth waiting for if this book is a precursor of the same.

The story starts with the reader meeting Alyson who is working at a call centre as a psychic. Her boyfriend of a few years has just left her, and desperately in need of comfort, she moves to Los Angeles from her hometown of New York where she intends to rebuild her life.

Her work at the call center is not too well paid and the men she meets do not turn out to be potential partner material. Nevertheless, she learns a lot by working at the centre. She attends a course on astrology to supplement her intuitive psychic work and her coworkers introduce her to the ouija board and to trance channeling, from which, she is given messages of her life undergoing a major change.

An earthquake in Los Angeles puts paid to her job as the call center is forced to close due to damaged equipment. This is a time of extreme physical deprivation and searching for Alyson, as she is forced to go hungry and has to combat loneliness to boot. The only comforts she has are the spirits she channels and a few sessions of other worldly guidance channeled through her erstwhile co-workers at the call center. She also takes a course in learning how to use a gun.

Finally, after a long search, a temp job opening comes her way. This temp job paves the way for others as Alyson uncovers a new sense of self-confidence, one that does not demand validation from any man.

One of the greatest plus points in this book is the attention to detail. Though these events took place a good many years ago, they are related in second to second sequencing;  Alyson truly captures the immediacy of the moment. Also, the peep into Alyson’s work as a call centre psychic is very interesting and instructive, it is clear that she has a talent for this kind of work that she has now made her calling. Many readers would like to read this book for the benefit of the client conversations alone.

But this book is more than just a conversation of a psychic with her clients. It delineates the progress of a soul in transition, of a desperate search into the nether worlds to retrieve the pearl of price. It is a story of looking up to the stars and inner guides with intense longing for help to survive another day of hunger and loneliness and of slow step by agonizing step of movement towards the ultimate goal of conjugal bliss and financial freedom.

This book is not an easy read. Personally, I needed to read it a couple of times before I understood its import. It describes a journey that is relevant to many of us today, a journey to our unencumbered, vibrant selves.

Read this book to find out what Alyson did.

Highly recommended.

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