If people watching and listening to other people’s stories interests you in the least bit, then Marie Saint-Louis’ autobiographical account of her life as a psychic medium, RSVP from Heaven is the next read for you.
A teacher by day, Saint-Louis began her psychic medium work at her kitchen table with callers, but has since evolved into working at events which is where RSVP from Heaven commences, at the Golden Eagle Casino Swap Meet to be more specific.
What follows is rich descriptions of people from all walks of life searching for answers in their lives and to be connected one more time with loved ones whom have passed, sceptics included. With honesty, Saint-Louis reveals working such events is not all glitz and glam, but persistence and a lot of manual labor when setting up shop in various locales:
I peeked over my shoulder just as the attendant bent over in skintight khaki shorts, pulling white tube socks up to his knee caps.
Grasping the luggage piece, I heaved it over the barricades, sucked in my stomach and squeezed between them. . . . As I stepped aside, the luggage wheels jammed and my high heels sank into the damp ground. The contents clanked together inside my case as sweat began trickling down my back. This was the consequence for taking the ill-fated short cut. (69)
A Christian and believer in Heaven, “The best way to describe Heaven is serene. There is no illness, struggles and life battles. It’s [Heaven] is a feeling of pure love and completion from how we lived our life on Earth” (76), Saint-Louis is forthright when telling of the naysayers she encounters with one woman telling Saint-Louis early on she was going to go to Hell for her work as a psychic medium, work “. . . against . . . [the woman’s] beliefs” (3).
As for the grammatical and mechanical aspect of this book, my youngest would say this was the “sloppy copy,” a copy still in need of a final revision. Missing quotation marks, wrong word choices, capitalization errors, and missing articles were abundant throughout as I had numerous Post-its throughout, a habit formed from teaching. A few examples follow:
” . . . I would openly question her reasoning on have [sic] a private session with me” (54).
“Erica’s [sic] went on talking” (63).
And, when one is referring to the death of a loved one, the spelling is “lose,” not “loose” as misspelled on pages 123 and 128.
In addition, I was curious to know how Saint-Louis became aware of her spiritual gifts and at what age as well as why she opted to transition more to readings at public events.
Overall, an interesting read which offers an ethnographical look into people searching for answers and as Saint-Louis summarizes in her Reflection, “Each of us can find solace in realizing there is another person out there who is experiencing similar situations” (201).
If you would like to know more about Marie Saint-Louis, read her author interview here.