I've enjoyed all of Richard Martini's books on the afterlife and recommend reading them in order, but the most recent two have a different format that I really enjoyed. He puts his questions and comments in italics, the medium's answers in normal type face and what she's hearing from the Other Side are in bold type. The result is remarkably like sitting at their table in the café where they conduct their sessions. Going back to see exactly what the person speaking through the medium said is so much easier than if the book was written in the conventional way.
And the medium--! Jennifer Shaffer is a really gifted and committed translator for the Other Side. Damn she's good. Over the years, I've sought out mediums and found a very few whose gift was flat-out amazing to me. Unlike armchair "skeptics," I've spent this lifetime actively seeking to understand life and death and what happens in between and have experienced a range of gifts when it comes to communication with the so-called dead. It's as if some gifted people have to fight a sort of "static" through which they work to translate what they're perceiving. But for some of them, the connections are exceptionally clear and the information very, very accurate. It's a blessing that Shaffer also uses her gift to work with law enforcement on missing person cases and unsolved homicides.
Jennifer Shaffer reminded me almost immediately of a medium I saw many times around 50 years ago. They both seem able to "get out of their own way" and let the information come through, which is wonderful for the sitter. Both are humble and very open in saying if what they're getting is in any way unclear to them. And they both take responsibility for their own "errors in translation" and meticulously correct themselves. The result is very high quality communication between realities--almost as good as a cell phone conversation.
And these two most recent books communicate in a clear way too. The reason I have all of Richard Martini's books and have reread most of them is that he writes with such clarity and humor. The latter is sometimes lacking in books on the afterlife, but he writes as if death and the survival of the human soul are simply parts of Life. And Life can be very funny sometimes and tragic others. Just as Jennifer Shaffer is an excellent psychic medium, Richard Martini is an excellent writer. They've both led interesting lives and I'm so grateful that they've made the effort to share them with the rest of us in such an entertaining way.