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If the Spirit Moves You - Love and Life After Death

Justine Picardie

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ISBN 10: 033390642X / ISBN 13: 9780333906422
Published by Macmillan, 2001
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First edition hardback Slight wear to top of dustwrapper, otherwise book and jacket near fine. Justine Picardie explores ideas of life after death when she loses her sister Ruth to breast cancer. Bookseller Inventory # D-5577

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Title: If the Spirit Moves You - Love and Life ...

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Before she died, the author's sister Ruth published columns which became her book "Before I Say Goodbye". Now, Justine Picardie here writes the story of life after death and, literally, the story of her own life after her sister's death. It is a book about love and hope, as well as death.


If the Spirit Moves You chronicles the true life story of British Vogue writer Justine Picardie's desperate effort to contact her deceased youngest sister. In a year's worth of journal entries, Picardie shares a common theme for those who are grieving a death: the intense yearning to fill the cavernous void, to hear her sister's voice. (Picardie's sister's story Before I Say Goodbye chronicles her death from cancer.) Initially, this memoir repeats the same struggle: Picardie tries yet another cockamamie contact-dead-people machine or meets with yet another charlatan medium and comes up feeling more isolated than when she started. Things begin to shift when Picardie encounters a medium who sees Ruth on a bicycle (she rode her bike everywhere) wearing her favorite linen shirt and promising Picardie that the two sisters will speak again someday. And yet, Picardie still feels empty. Finally, a massage therapist tells Picardie, "You know, you can't bring back the dead, but you can make your children happy."

"This seems to me like the best advice I've heard for some time," Picardie writes. And from here she begins the deeper spiritual work at hand: committing to the land of the living, accepting the limitations of death, while still being willing to love and silently engage in dialogue with her sister without a shred of proof of life after death to cling to. --Gail Hudson

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