Art Carey, Philadelphia Inquirer
A fascinating compilation of scientific research and the accounts of
many people, including her own patients, who've had paranormal and
New Age Retailer: Holiday 2005, National Review Network:
Susan Barbara Apollon, a practicing psychotherapist, took more than a decade to
research and write this incredible book. Apollon works with traumatized children
and adults, including people facing death or working through grief. Grappling
with these issues motivated Apollon to seek information on near-death
experiences and after-death connections. The result is a thoroughly researched
and entertaining account of extraordinary shifts in consciousness.
Touched by the Extraordinary references research studies about the paranormal
quantum physics and alternative healing. Many stories told to Apollon by clients
and friends are about individuals who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001
tragedy. The author also details her own journey toward developing psychically
and establishing and establishing connections with those who have died.
Touched by the Extraordinary provides an organized description of the
alternative reality that author Lawrence LeShan calls clairvoyant reality.
Readers looking to understand that reality, looking for validation of their
experiences, or seeking comfort after the loss of a loved one will find their
questions lovingly answered in a hopeful and sometimes humorous way. The cover
accurately and artfully represents the content and tone of the book.
James Cox, Editor, Midwest Book Review, July 2005
In Touched By The Extraordinary, author Susan Barbara Apollon draws upon her
more than twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist and healer working
with children and adults who were traumatized by diverse and often terminal
diseases. Of special poignancy is the perspective she provides from having
survived her own illnesses and losses as she shares illuminating insights,
applicable lessons, and a comforting wisdom to her readers through the means of
anecdotal stories revealing the power of love and spirituality in healing the
soul and enhancing the quality of life at its every stage. Beginning with the
process of defining what is meant by "extraordinary", Susan goes on to deal with
the metaphysical aspects and psychological elements involving dreams, visions,
encounters with the senses of the body, intuitive wisdom, automatic writing,
precognition, near-death experiences, psychic energy, and more. A very special
chapter is devoted to the experienced phenomena of deceased loved ones, divine
and spiritual beings, angels, and the communicative presence of higher evolved
beings. Another chapter takes up extrasensory perception, mediation,
intercessory prayer, distant healing, miracles, and "coincidental synchronicity"
with the authors observation that there really are no such things as
"coincidence" with respect to our inner lives. The balance of Touched By The
Extraordinary consists of a plethora of personal experiences that illustrated
the metaphysical, the paranormal, and the spiritual -- as evidenced in ordinary
people having extraordinary circumstances and events arise in their otherwise
ordinary lives. Of special note is the chapter devoted her own journey of
discovery, "Developing Intuitively--My Journey". Superbly written and thoroughly
accessible from beginning to end, enhanced with extensive chapter notes, a
bibliography (including suggestions for further study), and an extensive index,
Touched By The Extraordinary is informed and informative reading strongly
recommended for dedicated students of Metaphysical Studies, as well as those
non-specialist general readers embarking upon their own quest for a better
understanding and an improved coping with severe illness and end-of-life issues
that we all must face within the compass of our own life journey.
Norman Goldman, Editor, BookPleasures.com, June 2005
Susan Apollon, author of Touched by the Extraordinary: An Intuitive
Psychologist Shares Insights, Lessons, and True Stories of Spirit and Love to
Transform and Heal the Soul has for the past twenty years worked as a
psychotherapist, psychologist, and healer, treating children and adults who are
traumatized, diagnosed with cancer or other life-challenging illnesses, dealing
with death and dying, and those who are grieving.
Touched by the Extraordinary is an incredible book: a fully gripping read
that provides us with an overview and window into the world of the paranormal
and extraordinary, presented in a painless format, devoid of esoteric
As Apollon mentions in her Prologue, it required more than ten years of research
to write the book. This labor of love, as she terms it, relies heavily on the
writings of some of the leading experts on extraordinary and paranormal
phenomena, such as Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Dr. Melvin Morse, and Dr. Raymond
Moody, whom Apollon has referred to as her mentors.
The author’s thorough investigation of a subject that has up to very recently
remained on the periphery of the world of main stream Medicine and Psychology
exudes a frankness and intelligence that will perhaps influence skeptics to
reconsider their positions.
The handbook, as Apollon refers to it, divides itself into two sections, the
first providing the readers with an exposé of the basic terminology and theories
pertaining to the paranormal and the second contains a collection of unique and
exceptional encounters that have been personally experienced by the author or
others that have shared these happenings with her.
The reader is confronted with some soul-searching topics to consider on many
levels such as the legitimacy of near- death experiences, visions, automatic
writing, precognition, communication with the dead, angles, miracles, animal
behavior and humans, intuitive wisdom, prayer, presence of deceased love ones,
distant healing. All of these topics make for a compelling read, as Apollon
provides us with insights into subject matters that are often suspect and
rejected as gobbledygook, as they represent a new way of understanding and
healing the human spirit.
Apollon also devotes considerable ink to the concept that the mind is "nonlocal"
or is not connected to any particular place (the brain), time (the present), and
space (the body). As she states: "borrowed from the research of the quantum
physicists, the idea that the mind is nonlocal is a beautiful way of making
sense of precognitive experiences."
The objective of the stories contained in the second part, as the author states,
is not only to "normalize" the extraordinary, at least to some extent, but also
to enable the skeptics to have a more open mind and heart and to be more
acceptable to the possibility of the impossible being possible.
It is within this second section where we read the stories from Women of 9/11,
extraordinary encounters with animals and with deceased parents and relatives,
prayers that were answered, and many more difficult- to -believe happenings.
Should we cast aside these stories as a being figments of one’s imagination and
trivialize them? Or should we reconsider them in the light of some of the
convincing evidence exposed in the book and the teachings of many renowned
experts in the field?
From another perspective, and as Apollon points out, the extraordinary touches
us on many levels that force us to pause and ask questions regarding the nature
of life and death, life after death, as well as the meaning and purpose of life.
Consequently, should we not reflect upon these happenings in a way that will
help us understand who we are at the level of the soul?
This book is well worth the journey into the realm of the paranormal, and will
surely keep you questioning your existence and what is life all about?
Agnew’s Book Picks, May 15, 2005
"An intuitive psychologist shares insights, lessons, and true stories of spirit
and love to transform and heal the soul."
The Mindquest Review: Noteworthy Books and Music, early spring edition,
Touched by the Extraordinary