If the Spirit Moves You

If the Spirit Moves You is the story of life after death it chronicles a year in the life of Justine Picardie after the death of her sister, her soul mate, from breast cancer It tells of the yearning to conjure a voice from the vast silence, of how we fill the space that appears when someone dies, or how the space fills itself, of the bond of sisters that, like an endlessIf the Spirit Moves You is the story of life after death it chronicles a year in the life of Justine Picardie after the death of her sister, her soul mate, from breast cancer It tells of the yearning to conjure a voice from the vast silence, of how we fill the space that appears when someone dies, or how the space fills itself, of the bond of sisters that, like an endless conversation, carries on.Told in a series of diary entries from Good Friday to Easter Sunday a year later, the book is filled with significant characters from the author s life her Jewish academic father, who searches for answers to life s existential questions in the Kabbalah her Catholic therapist mother her husband, her children as well as the spiritualists she encounters and their machines that speak to the dead.A search for the afterlife in the age of reason, If the Spirit Moves You is poignant and bracing, cosmic and uplifting, all at once.
If the Spirit Moves You If the Spirit Moves You is the story of life after death it chronicles a year in the life of Justine Picardie after the death of her sister her soul mate from breast cancer It tells of the yearning

  • Title: If the Spirit Moves You
  • Author: Justine Picardie
  • ISBN: 9781573229920
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “If the Spirit Moves You”

    1. After reading Ruth Picardie’s Before I Say Goodbye, I was eager to follow up the story by hearing from her bereaved sister, Justine. Ruth died of breast cancer in 1997; Justine writes a journal covering 2000 to 2001, from one Easter to the next, as she asks herself whether death is really the end and if there is any possibility of communicating with her sister and the other loved ones she’s recently lost, including a friend who committed suicide and a sister-in-law who dies in an accident pa [...]

    2. While her sister's memoir about dying of cancer is bursting with life, conversely but understandably, Picardie Sr's survivor's memoir is blanketed in death and grief. I've read some of her fashion columns and she seems a pretty rational , no-nonsense woman, but in this book she is utterly lost, groundless and vulnerable, alienated from even her husband and children in her pursuit of her dead sister.The single most chiling aspect of it, though, is that it was written three years after Ruth's deat [...]

    3. This is a beautifully written book by a woman who has lost her sister/best friend, and details the writer's attempts to communicate with her via various spiritual channels. She comes so tantalizingly close, and it becomes clear that her sister lives on in both her heart and in her head. A must read for anyone in mourning, as it posits various ideas on just what happens to us after we die.

    4. Justine Picardie has opened her heart and mind in this book in an attempt to grapple with the concept of the death of her beloved sister but in doing so has identified that it is more likely a spiritual quest. Her sense of longing for her sister permeates every page and the mystery of death remains just that, a mystery.However, I think the book articulates well the utter emptiness of what remains when someone you love dies.

    5. After having read several fiction works of different authors, I randomly picked this book "If the Spirit Moves You" by Justine Picardie. I didnt even know that it is a memoir. Of all the books I have read, I find this to be the most different, both in genre and in the way it has made me feel while going through the reading. This is perhaps my first non-fiction book. I had a look at the picture on the cover and then flipped over to read the synopsis. "Justine tells the story of life after death"- [...]

    6. [Sometimes I find a book on my shelf with no real idea why it's there. This was on my shelf, because it was on a wishlist. But I had no idea why it was on a wishlist. Until a few pages in when Picardie mentioned her dead sister's fashion tastes. And suddenly it all fell into place. I had read about this a few years ago in an article about fashion in the LRB. I'm glad I worked that out - I can sit back and enjoy the book now!)I've always been fairly interested in death. It seems strange not to be [...]

    7. Long time ago since I last bought real books. it used to be something I loved, going to secondhand stores and checking out the books. But then I got myself a kindle and with that many books to read so I hardly buy any books anymore.Now i would if i would live in the US or the UK because here most secondhand books are Dutch and translated and not many English books let alone the books I want.There are still books hard to get books like true crime so just thinking of visiting the secondhand stores [...]

    8. I was really looking forward to this book as I always feel some comfort when sharing in the grieving processes of others: they remind me that grieving (and going slightly mad at times!) is a perfectly normal thing. However I couldn't connect to this book in the same way I usually do books about grief. I don't think it was to do with Justine or her writing; however perhaps the endless quotes in between her own writing got in the way a little bit. Perhaps it's because mediumship is too much of a l [...]

    9. This is an incredibly moving memoir of Justine Picardie's journey through grief after the death of her sister. Her investment into the world of spiritualism is intwined with not only the search for her sister's voice once again, but for her own voice as she moves through a period of loss into one of transformation.

    10. This is fabulous, unusual writing-where to go next if you liked The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

    11. Another book I read a long time ago, it is indicative of the strenth of human character. Hardly light-hearted reading, but very well written and certainly moving.

    12. Unbelievably sad how this family suffers so much loss in one year, but very heartwarming the way the author looks for her sister after death.

    13. A beautiful, touching, and thoroughly relatable memoir of the grieving process, especially recommended for those who don’t find comfort in traditional religious teachings concerning the after-life.

    14. Really enjoyed this exploration of death, the afterlife and communicating with the dead. Although at times it felt a bit repetitive, it is a sweet and genuine search for a lost sister.

    15. I read this book several years ago and I remember not liking this very clearly. I found it to be depressing and slow going.

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