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BOOK REVIEW: Dead As I'll Ever Be
Pamela Evans offers psychic insight for students

Dead As I'll Ever Be
Pamela Evans
Crossquarter Publishing Group
$25.00, 213 pages

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

If author and Western alumnus Pamela Evans could offer you, a typical university student, one piece of advice, it would be to seek out the nearest psychic as soon as possible.

"If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone to a good psychic," Evans says.

A good psychic is often difficult to come by and most are not cheap. They can charge anything from $10 to $40 an hour, so be sure to shop around before you have your palms read by just any old psychic you happen to find.

Evans suggests that the first thing you should do once you've found a good psychic is have an astrological chart drawn up to show you your strengths and weaknesses, "so that you know what field of endeavor you'll be really good at," she explains. This way you can avoid spending four years and thousands of dollars doing something that doesn't really suit you in the first place.

Evans is not a psychic herself. She can't tell you about your past lives, or channel spirits from the astrological plain. She is, however, a good researcher and has spent the past 20 years exploring psychic phenomena. She recently compiled many of her findings in her first book, Dead As I'll Ever Be.

Evans' journey into the realm of mediums and palm readers all began 20 years ago when she had her first encounter with a real psychic. Like most people taking their first steps into the astrological plain, she was a bit skeptical going in.

"You're talking about a person who sat down in front of a little German lady for my first psychic reading, with no intention of taking it seriously," she says, "and 30 minutes later I stood up truly humbled by what I'd just heard. My life changed 130 degrees."

One of the main themes Dead As I'll Ever Be explores is the concept of reincarnation, or the idea that we are not bound to one lifetime – we experience many lives in order to learn about the different facets of human existence.

"What's important about understanding reincarnation is that it takes away the fear of the finality of death," explains Evans. The book is full of fascinating antidotes relating to the concept of reincarnation and draws from Evans' own personal experiences as well as a wide variety of academic research.

In one instance, Evans sites the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, who has spent the past 30 years scientifically researching reincarnation. One of Stevenson's discoveries was a connection between birthmarks and past life experiences.

"All birthmarks are for a reason," Evans explains. "They could be a memory of an injury, or they could be something you have inflicted on somebody else."

Evans goes on to explain this further, using an example from Stevenson's findings: "In 112 cases, children born with really unusual birthmarks could remember having been killed, and when they looked up the autopsy reports of the person the child had said they had been, lo and behold, the wounds matched the child's birthmarks."

Dead is a good introduction to the idea of reincarnation. It can be read as a serious text but also explores the more entertaining aspects of the unexplained and supernatural. Either way, even the most skeptical reader will at least find it thought-provoking.

As for what the future has in store for Evans, she feels confident the best is yet to come. "My psychic has told me that I'm going to be on Oprah," she says with confidence.

If indeed the prediction turns out to be true, remember that you read it here first.

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