On Dragonfly Wings

A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
152 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2014
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Author Biography

Daniela I. Norris is a former diplomat, turned writer and speaker. Her award-winning stories, articles and essays have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and first collection of short stories, titled 'The Year Spring Turned into Winter' was out in 2008.
Crossing Qalandiya - Exchanges Across the Israeli Palestinian Divide, co-authored with Shireen Anabtawi, was published in the UK in May 2010 by Reportage Press.
On Dragonfly Wings - a skeptic's journey to mediumship, was out in 2014 from Axis Mundi Books and Collecting Feathers: Tales from The Other Side, her fourth book, is due out in November 2014. She lives near Geneva, Switzerland.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kelly Santana for Readers' Favorite

On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship is an inspirational guide by Daniela I. Norris. After losing her younger brother Michael to drowning, Daniela went on a journey of self-discovery. Everything started when the author felt Michael’s presence at his own funeral. Different from previous times when Daniela received communication from loved ones in dreams, this time she got a real message from her brother. From that point on, wanting to learn more about this phenomenon and other spiritual experiences she had had before, Daniela decided to take past-life regression courses. She went under hypnosis and learned about her past existences. These courses changed her life and brought meaning to what she was experiencing.

On Dragonfly Wings is beautifully written and is one of the most well-crafted books I have read in English literature. Besides taking us on a journey through her own personal experiences, Daniela guides us to use our potential for our well-being and for the betterment of others. I loved the fact that she backs up her explanation of mediumship phenomena with various trustworthy sources. That not only brought credibility to the material, but also demystifies the idea of the spiritual world and its wonders. The book is based on her personal experiences, but also on many researches on the subject matter. Daniela teaches to use the pendulum, read auras, and brings up thoughtful insights on birth and death. It is definitely a great read for those who are looking for some sort of comfort (such as grieving a loss), looking for answers to something that no one can explain, or even getting a better understanding of spirituality. I liked this book so much that this is already my second time reading it. I certainly recommend it.

Jack Magnus

On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship is the story of author Daniela I. Norris. When she received the phone message from her mother saying that there was bad news, Norris expected anything but what she heard. Her little brother, who was in the Israeli army, had drowned. When she arrived at her family's home in Tel Aviv, she joined the other mourners who could not come to terms with the untimely death. Unlike them, however, Norris was comforted by Michael, her brother, who, somehow, was still there and could be heard by her. He remained there for her through the mourning and the funeral. While she had had feelings and presentiments throughout her life, this was different, and it caused her to reexamine her philosophy on life. Norris had never been a very religious person and had given little thought to what happens after death. She soon after enrolled in a year-long past-life regression course that changed her life.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading Daniela Norris' non-fiction offering, On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship. There were the usual expectations of grief turning into a series of visits to mediums, but I was quite pleased to find that my expectations were very off-course. Norris is eloquent, disciplined and dispassionate -- she's also quite fearless as she shares her story with her readers. Like Norris, I've long entertained the thought of past lives, having had a recurring dream of being buried alive in a train station during wartime since early childhood. I've also had visits from long-lost friends in dreams -- things that brought comfort but were not ever discussed with anyone else. Norris not only shares her experiences during her course; she also sets out easy, step-by-step instructions for many of the topics she covers in this book. On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship is also beautifully written. Norris' storytelling is enthralling and life-changing in the best possible way. I'm awed by this book and wholeheartedly recommend it.

Lit Amri

“The water was angry and murky, and even though they only went in waist deep, it very quickly turned into a swirly rip current. The girl got out; Michael’s friend made it back as well. Michael didn’t.” Author Daniela I. Norris lost her twenty-year-old brother in a drowning accident in May 2010. On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship is her personal and frank writing regarding her journey of spiritual learning and discovery.

Whether you have lost a loved one or not, Daniela’s personal experience will definitely give you priceless insight to further understand the meaning of life and death. We follow her journey to connect to the other side through mediumship, the concept of past lives, and looking at the world in a different perspective. Raised by two skeptical, ‘facts and proofs’ parents, skepticism will always be a big part of my life, although I would like to think that I am open-minded enough to not just shun mediumship. As a matter of fact, Daniela has adroitly written her personal story and journey, leaving some pearl of wisdom and questions for me to truly think about. So for a reader such as myself, Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic's Journey to Mediumship does open a gateway for me to understand mediumship further.

All in all, Daniela I. Norris is an extraordinary writer who, I am quite certain, will introduce the practical tools to help any readers find their own spiritual path. Skepticism aside, this book is poignant, thought provoking, as well as encouraging at the same time.

Doris Ender

Very moving book. I had tears in my eyes while reading it.
I highly recommend it. Doris Ender in Toronto