Have you ever had an out of body experience? Talked to spirits? Healed someone or been healed using energy instead of medicine? I have to admit, I’m a total skeptic. I’m not a very religious or even spiritual person, so the idea of a psychic healer makes me think of Whoopie Goldberg on Ghost.
Walking Through Walls is Smith’s memoir about growing up with a father who did all of the things above–he communicated with spirits, altered realities, predicted the future, cured people of awful sicknesses and diseases–he was also an interior decorator in 1950s and 60s Miami. Smith, a teenager for most of the book, struggles with his father’s abilities and even his infamy as strangers constantly seek out his powers. I got the feeling that for most of his youth, Smith was never a complete believer of what his father could actually do, and at times he was even embarrassed of his father and his followers. But his father is his father and he loves and accepts him just the same.
If you’re thinking this book sounds strange, you’re certainly right. Intriguing? Right again. Skeptic that I am, I was mesmerized by this book from the very beginning. Smith has a wonderful ease to his writing. At the beginning the plot was rather jumpy as he moved along different tangents, but after the first chapter or so, the story calmed down (at least in style), and I found myself having a difficult time putting this one down.
The concepts presented in this book are so foreign to me but at the same time so fascinating. Although I had a difficult time swallowing all of the psychic mumbo jumbo, I love the basic idea that everything boils down to our thoughts. If our thoughts are healthy and we surround ourselves with positive energy, we will be so much healthier and in tune than if surrounded by negativity. Spiritual or not, I think it is a concept that I could certainly take way from the book.
I’d really recommend this one–even if you lean more towards the non-believer side like I do, the story is still really well-told. And, it’s just plain interesting! It would make a great pick for bookclubs–great debate book. I’m starting to write in choppy sentences, so I’m gonna go eat now. A big thanks to Caitlin at FSB Associates for sending this one my way. I was a little wary at first, but I’m really glad I got my hands on this one.