UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW: In line with memoirs like Educated and The Glass Castle, which pull the curtains back on a rarely seen world, The Scientist and the Psychic is a compelling and singular look at a highly unusual home life with larger-than-life characters.
TRUSTWORTHY GUIDE: Christian Smith brings a scientist’s skepticism and credentials to this story along with a deep respect for his mother’s experience and fascination with paranormal phenomena.
RARE INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF A FAMOUS NORTH AMERICAN PSYCHIC: Geraldine Stringer was a renowned psychic and medium with incredible success (before the Internet!), and Christian has kept meticulous records and conducted hours of interviews about her career.
MOTHER-SON RELATIONSHIP: In writing this book, Christian and his mother faced together, for the first time, the addiction and neglectful behaviour that characterized her life when he was a teenager, and their poignant journey toward healing is skillfully woven into the story.
“In this utterly fascinating book, Christian Smith’s science background is juxtaposed with his mother’s paranormal gifts as a psychic medium, pitting research against experiences that cannot be replicated. Smith’s search for absolute proof of both the afterlife and the survival of consciousness after death will push even the most skeptical minds towards acceptance. The Scientist and the Psychic is also a love letter from a son to his mother—a ‘behind the lens’ exploration of mediumship, channeling, psychometry, and telepathy, and the heart-breaking toll these extraordinary gifts exacted on Geraldine Stringer’s closest family members, and on herself. A candid story told with honesty and great poignancy, and an absolute must-read.” —Susan Doherty, author of The Ghost Garden
“The Scientist and the Psychic is well-written and thought-provoking—an intriguing twist on the tale of a child of whose celebrated parent attends more to her public than to them. Christian Smith offers compelling ideas about his mother’s psychic mind and celebrates, in the end, the gifts of connection and forgiveness.” —Patricia Pearson, author of Opening Heaven’s Door and Wish You Were Here
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