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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The Reality of the Supernatural by Demetra S. Gerontakis is a collection of stories about paranormal phenomena with true experiences of everyday people. Some individual experiences are accompanied by scientific explanations, as well as cultural and religious analysis on the matter of supernatural incidence.
I find the raw honesty about the paranormal stories from ordinary people refreshing, first and foremost. It is the part of the book that I really enjoyed. I also like the fact that there are some illustrations. All stories are familiar to me: from meeting strangers only to find out that they are already deceased, seeing shadows that are not yours, to seeing strange things when you were a kid. Demetra S. Gerontakis goes further with chapters discussing angels, the afterlife, orbs, apparitions, as well as miracles and the relation of dreams and visions to the supernatural. This collection is somewhat like a big discussion; for skeptics, all topics are left open to interpretation, without any extreme justification to push its truth down your throat, just mindful analysis. I find the prose simple and readable. On the other hand, a more polished editing is needed.
All in all, as someone who has read a very large number of books on the paranormal, The Reality of the Supernatural by Demetra S. Gerontakis does stand out in its own way. This is thought-provoking for believers and skeptics alike. It is also highly recommended for anyone who is not in either group but just interested enough in the paranormal to read about it.