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Surrounded By Spirits
by D J Turk   

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Publisher:  Trafford ISBN-10:  142517762X Type: 


Copyright:  2008 ISBN-13:  9781425177621

A true account of ghostly encounters, starting with the writers earliest memories and culminating in her ability to capture spirit faces in her photographs.


In July of 2006 during a severe thunder storm, a large old shade tree in my backyard was hit by lightening and split down the middle. A huge portion of the branches fell on our metal shed, but fortunately it was not damaged nor were any of the contents. The only destruction was of my beautiful tree and though I hated to have the remainder of it cut down, I knew that, for safety reasons, I had no choice. The only good thing about the situation was because the damage had been caused by the lightening storm, the insurance company said they would pay a portion of the cost to have the tree removed. The only proof they'd need for the claim was a photo of the tree. That was no problem; in it they'd even be able to see the blackened large circle on the tree where the lightening had actually struck it. After talking to the agent, who was also a friend, it was 9:30 p.m. before I finally got outside to take a few pictures. I made sure I took some from all angles, then went into the house and downloaded them onto the computer. When I looked at the first one I'd taken, my whole body suddenly started to tremble, because there, looking directly at me, was a man's face! It was in a kind of fog and the expression on it was almost angry, as if I'd somehow intruded on him.

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Reviewed by D Turk 5/28/2009
Surrounded by Spirits: Visitors From Beyond
D.J. Turk
Trafford Publishing
98 pages

Author D. J. Turk reveals her link with the spirit world in her book Surrounded by Spirits: Visitors From Beyond. In this volume that includes photographs of spirit sightings Turk describes encounters she has had with spirits throughout her life; some positive and others frightening.

One of the author’s earliest experiences with spirits occurred after her baby brother, Brian, was killed in a car accident along with two of their friends. “Even in sleep, my feelings of guilt showed in recurring dreams (11).” After a year of torment, her brother visits her in a dream and tells her to let him go.

A few years later, the author marries and has two sons. This marriage ends in divorce and the young mother and her sons move into an apartment where they later learn that a murder had been committed. Several incidents occur in this apartment: Things found in places far from where they had been left; the sense of being watched; and the smell of food cooking in the middle of the night. “Each time I’d lay my head on the pillow, I’d hear a slow, steady breathing, as if someone were in a deep, peaceful sleep (18).” Family members who lived with the author briefly also had frightening experiences with the spirit in the apartment, including sightings of a tall, slim man standing next to their bed.

When Turk learned from her landlord that the anniversary of the murder of the former tenet would fall on her birthday, she worked quickly to move her family out of the building.

Turk remarries and has many years of happiness with her new husband and her children. While her home life is peaceful and absent of spirits, at her job as an assistant in a retirement home, she is faced with the presence of footsteps and even the image of a spirit that appeared in the screen of a television that was not turned on. Following her husband’s sudden death, Turk began experiencing the activities of spirits in her own home. Her husband’s spirit was among the small group that occupied her house.

The author offers not only her own testimony about these spiritual happenings, but also accounts of family members, friends, and co-workers who experienced many of the events with Turk. This book is an honest approach to a controversial topic. While a reader may come to the book with skepticism, it quickly becomes apparent that Turk writes from a place of sincerity and deep belief in her experiences. It is not an attempt to persuade but to share and to challenge those with minds open enough to receive the offering.

As the story continues, the reader learns that Turk is motivated by the events in her life to pursue recording the spirit activity via audio and visual methods. Her curiosity leads her to establish a group that investigates and records paranormal phenomenon near her home in Trent Hills, Ontario.

Surrounded by Spirits is an informative and inspiring look at one woman’s connection to the spirit world and the impact these encounters have had on her perception of the afterlife.

Melissa Levine
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