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About Miriam Van Scott
Miriam Van Scott's books include Encyclopedia of Hell and Encyclopedia of Heaven (Macmillan,) Song of Old: An Advent Calendar for the Spirit, and the Shakespeare Goes Pop! series. She has also done projects for The History Channel, ABC World News, The Learning Channel, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Gannett, ABC's 20/20, Paramount Entertainment Group, Media General Cable, SyFy and others.
Van Scott's debut novel - BANDUN GATE - is a fact-inspired horror story about the vengeful spirit of an executed murderess determined to steal a new body to 'wear,' opposed by an alliance featuring an exorcist, a former cult member, a Gullah root worker and other paranormal aficionados. The book was inspired by true events, including a kidnapping, Van Scott's discovery of a haunted site, and reports of a local woman considered so evil no cemetery would accept her body for burial.
Her children's book Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas features vibrant illustrations and fascinating information on Christmas traditions from cultures around the globe, as a white kangaroo leads a world-wide search for the spirit of the holiday. The project was featured as a women in business "Success Story" on CNBC's The Suze Orman Show.
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Ghosts and demons are very different creatures, but sometimes they keep company…
When I wrote a book about Hell, I never dreamed the demons would come after me.
Now, two decades later, dark spirits I had unwittingly riled have descended on Charleston, South Carolina, intent on revenge. Led by the malignant spirit of an executed murderess, the unholy alliance has set its sights on my only daughter, Abby.
Will help from an exorcist, a former cult member, a root doctor, and other preternatural sources be enough to stop the evil? Or will saving my family require a blood sacrifice?
Death takes away the physical presence of our loved ones, but not their spirit. Sometimes they send us signs from beyond, or come to us in dreams or as angels. Sometimes our loved ones visit heaven but come back because it’s not their time. Your faith will be renewed and you’ll be awed by these miraculous true accounts, including:
- The young mother who went to heaven and asked for a little more time—and got it—so she could write letters to her daughters for all their milestones
- The widow who discovered the captions “I love you” and “I will always love you” had miraculously appeared on old photos of her husband
- The grandma with dementia who was never told about her granddaughter’s death, but who announced that her granddaughter visited her regularly, and then related details of her death unknown to the rest of the family
- The woman at her friend Nancy’s funeral who asked her to send a hug, and minutes later was approached by the priest, who embraced her and whispered, “Here’s a hug from Nancy.”
- The man struggling to write a eulogy for his brother—killed in an accident along with a friend—who goes for a walk and finds his shadow is accompanied by two distinctly different human shadows that don’t match his body or movements
- And 96 more incredible stories!
Miracles happen every day to people from all walks of life. You’ll be inspired, comforted and amazed by these 101 stories, including:
- Sheila, who suspected she was adopted, and then on vacation was randomly seated next to a fellow traveler who turned out to be her biological sister.
- Tiffany, whose inner voice warned her to go home instead of seeking shelter from a rainstorm under a car dealer’s awning. The car dealership ended up being destroyed minutes later by a tornado.
- Susan, whose daughter was on her way to buy drugs when she almost had a car accident. In a miraculous coincidence, the other driver turned out to be her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, who then saved her.
- Judee, who refused to remarry after a divorce, but then had a dream in which she envisioned herself walking down the aisle. Later, she met the same man and had the exact same wedding she had seen while asleep.
- The U.S. soldier’s daughter in Germany who called her grandfather’s cell phone on 9/11 to make sure he was okay. This caused him to step out of the line to enter the Pentagon—moments before the airplane hit.
With Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less, spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning. You’ll read stories about people who found happiness in an unlikely way: by saying no. No to buying more stuff, no to taking on additional time-filling commitments, and no to trying to please everyone all of the time.
Christmas is a festive and joyful time of year, a time of family, friends, and traditions. You will delight in reading the 101 merry and touching stories of love, joy, and wonder. And all the stories are “Santa safe” so they can keep the magic alive for the whole family.
From cats that save lives to cats with nine lives—from cats that repair families to cats that wreck houses—from cats that crack us up to cats that act like therapists—you’ll see your own cat with new appreciation for its unique skills and intuition.
With a special emphasis on the benefits and joys of adopting abandoned cats, black cats, senior cats, and all the other cats that get left behind, these stories may even motivate you to visit your local shelter. And your purchase of this book will help support the important, life-saving work of American Humane!
So we asked the public to send us stories about the one piece of advice that reoriented them, solved a problem, or changed the trajectory of their lives. And we present an amazing new collection in these pages—101 stories that have the power to change your life, too.
You’ll read great advice in these pages about how to live your life to the fullest, achieve success in your career or vocation, keep your marriage fresh, and raise happy, healthy children.
We also have plenty of stories containing great advice for making yourself happier and healthier, and for pursuing your passions and dreams. And if you take some missteps along the way we also have stories for that, with a chapter on how to turn failure into fabulous.
What a great gift of hope and inspiration!
Everyone thinks they have a crazy family, and most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. We tell stories about our bizarre family traditions, our eccentric relatives, and our favorite disastrous vacations or weird holiday gatherings. The 101 stories in this heartwarming collection cover the gamut of family members, and they’ll have you laughing and nodding your head in recognition. Those quirky relatives are worth celebrating, because you know you love them. And somehow, underneath it all, you learn a lot from them too! Share the fun with your in-laws, parents, children, siblings and cousins. It’s a great way to show that you love them, or to welcome someone new to your own crazy family.
Saying YES gives you power—the power to make your life more exciting and your world bigger. So, do things that challenge you. Face your fears. And don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself. You’ll be inspired to make your own to-do list when you read these stories from regular people who used the power of saying “yes” to improve their lives. Find the motivation you need in the entertaining, personal accounts in these 101 stories.
The Encyclopedia of Hell is a comprehensive survey of the underworld, drawing information from cultures around the globe and eras throughout history. Organized in a simple-to-use alphabetic format, entries cover representations of the dark realm of the dead in mythology, religion, works of art, opera, literature, theater, music, film, and television. Sources include African legends, Native American stories, Asian folktales, and other more obscure references, in addition to familiar infernal chronicles from Western lore. The result is a catalog of underworld data, with entries running the gamut from descriptions of grisly pits of torture to humorous cartoons lampooning the everlasting abyss. Its extensive cross-referencing also supplies links between various concepts and characters from the netherworld and provides further information on particular theories.
Peruse these pages and find out for yourself what history's greatest imaginations have envisioned awaiting the wicked on the other side of the grave.
This is the America that we know and love, the one filled with citizens, new and old, who work hard, perform random acts of kindness, and see a path to a better future.
- The African American woman who takes comfort in recalling that her mother, as a child in the segregated South, was welcomed to the front of the bus by her white neighbors.
- The friendship that developed between a Florida mosque and the elderly Jewish residents of a highrise next door after a hurricane knocked out power and members of the mosque carried food and water to the stranded residents for days.
- The injured football coach who gave half the proceeds from a town fundraiser for his benefit to another injured resident who needed the money as well.
- The Ferguson, Missouri restaurant that was protected from looting by a chain of its customers standing arm in arm.
- The couple who bought a gift card for a struggling military family in a restaurant, only to discover other patrons had already done the same.
- The Latin American immigrant who cleaned houses and scraped together money for her education, becoming California State Teacher of the Year.
… and 95 more stories that will make you proud to be an American.