The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln

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"In this informative and intriguing book, Dr. Susan Martinez digs deeply into the documented records of Lincoln's involvement with mediums, and sets forth a preponderance of evidence suggesting he was indeed guided by benevolent spirits in his most crucial decisions." --Michael E Tymn, vice president, Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc., and author of The Articulate Dead.
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Book Details

Pages

288 Pages

Size

5.5 x 8.5

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

03/10/2009

ISBN

978-1-60163-070-4

Publisher

Red Wheel Weiser

Authors

  • Author Susan B. Martinez

    Susan B. Martinez is an independent scholar, journalist, and activist who received her doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University in the 1970s. Raised by agnostic/intellectual parents in Brooklyn, New York, she found her way to Spiritualism in the early 1980s and has since researched and wrote on psychic phenomena, specializing in modern Spiritualism in the Victorian era. Currently Book Review Editor at the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, she lives in the north Georgia mountains.

Throughout his life, Lincoln consulted oracles; at age 22, he was told by a seer that he would become president of the United States. In his dreams, he foresaw his own sudden death. Trauma and heartbreak opened the psychic door for this president, whose precognitive dreams, evil omens, and trance-like states are carefully documented in this bold and poignant chronicle of tragic beginnings, White House séances, and paranormal eruptions of the Civil War era. Aided by the deathbed memoir of his favorite medium, Lincoln’s remarkable psychic experiences comes to life with communications from beyond, ESP, true and false prophecies, and thumbnail sketches of the most influential spiritualists in his orbit. Surveying clairvoyant incidents in Lincoln’s life from cradle to grave, the book also examines the Emancipation Proclamation and the unseen powers that moved pen to hand for its historic signing.
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"In this informative and intriguing book, Dr. Susan Martinez digs deeply into the documented records of Lincoln's involvement with mediums, and sets forth a preponderance of evidence suggesting he was indeed guided by benevolent spirits in his most crucial decisions." --Michael E Tymn, vice president, Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc., and author of The Articulate Dead. "For nearly 150 years, historians have been arguing about Abraham Lincoln's involvement with Spiritualism and Spirit mediums. A kind of general consensus among conventional scholars has blamed the seances in the White House and the Lincolns' rendezvous with "spooks" on another of Mary Todd Lincoln's idiosyncrasies. Now in The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Susan B. Martinez ventures where more timid researchers dared not tread and boldly describes Lincoln's visions,communications with the Other Side, prophetic dreams, and extrasensory experiences. Well-documented and scholarly, yet very readable, this book is a must for the library of every student of the paranormal as well as every Lincoln scholar." --Brad Steiger, author of Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places and over 160 books on the paranormal "Dr. Martinez presents compelling evidence that one of America's greatest and most beloved presidents had been deeply involved in Spiritualism. She deserves the appreciation not only of Lincoln scholars and admirers, but of those who are attempting to enrich and deepen their own spiritual quest." --Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., author and current Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center