As an adult who saw spirits as a child, and now works as a neoshaman with kids and adults who sees spirits, I was very excited by this book. I don't use the word "ghost." I find it charged, conjuring a set images of the spirit world that are usually inaccurate, certainly incomplete. Goode touches on this limitation, using various terms meaning 'spirits' interchangeably, elaborating well on the spectrum of what it is to have an intuitive, spiritual experience. Some of Goode's information on spirits is a bit stodgy and linear for my taste, with assertions such as, ghosts are "deiform spirits from ancient times who manifest around ruins," and the general need to apply a taxonomy to something that will remain a lifelong work in progress. Still, she has made it her job to supply a guideline to people who need help processing and supporting experiences possibly outside their belief system, and by breaking it down into relatable terms, she provides exactly that.
She states that the purpose of the book is to "bridge the gap between the mainstream minds and the psychic minds," and she succeeds at doing just that. Goode offers two core suggestions: listen and believe. That really is all one needs to know, though she gives clear insight into how to support children who have fantastic experiences, and how to bolster when they have frightening ones. Better still, Goode addresses the fact that how children react to their experiences is in direct reaction to how parents react. To that end, she gives good instruction on how to cull outmoded thinking on intuition and spirits, how to process paranormal experiences parents may have had in childhood (and reactions to them), and how to integrate this full support into relating to an overculture that rejects it.
Something else that gave me pause is that Goode focuses on seeing, the literal sense of having a vision of a spirit, which is also a limiting and somewhat damaging perspective. In my work, most clients expect to see spirits, and when they merely hear or sense them are let down. This pattern sets up more layers of self-defeating behaviour that must be resolved at some point in the evolution of soul seeker. I'd like for Goode to have validated other senses of perception more.
The need for such a book is vital, and I'm very pleased with Goode's work. She's a visionary for seeing the need, let alone for filling it so well. I highly recommend this book to parents, for their children, and for adults, themselves. I will definitely recommend it to my clients.