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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
With the title based on the story of a special girl named Mandy, psychic medium and author Pam McCagh continues her dictations of stories from the other side with Can Butterflies Cry? through her gift of Automatic Writing. There are also personal stories from her childhood memories with her loved ones, her first encounter with the spirits, as well as her thoughts on her life as their interpreter.
They remember their stories long after their earthly sensations have disappeared. The stories from the other side are about emancipation, to find the peace that these souls need. The stories themselves vary; some are absolutely heartwarming and uplifting, others are laden with sorrow and pain, still seeking a much needed resolution. Even so, the collection of stories pays tribute to the richness, depth, and strength of these souls. In the midst of the never-ending turbulence of the present day, reading this beautiful collection of stories reminds me to not overlook some things in life that others often take for granted.
Can Butterflies Cry? neither cogently ascertains its truth for non-believers nor glorifies the ability to hear the departed souls. It will always be about the stories. In Pam McCagh's own words, “I am not the judge, just a storyteller and the listener.” She uses her gift and turns them into beautiful prose. I had to remind myself that some of these words don’t belong to Pam but the others. The result is a masterly, deeply moving record from the afterlife for us to appreciate.