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“Messages from Margaret” review

Messages from Margaret coverMessages from Margaret:
Down-to-Earth Angelic Advice
for the World… and You

By Gerry Gavin
Hay House, Inc.
17 December 2012

Do you believe in angels? Gerry Gavin does, and in Messages from Margaret, he channels his guardian angel to give advice to the world… and us. I admit that when I first picked up this relatively short (135-page) book, I thought it was fiction. I’m not a big believer in angels or any other spiritual beings that claim to guide humans out of the goodness of their hearts, and guardian angels fit right into that category. I can, however, suspend my disbelief long enough to get into a good story. If you think about this book as fiction, it’s a pretty easy, thought-provoking read.

Messages from Margaret isn’t presented as fiction, though; it’s presented as a medium truthfully and honestly writing down his angel’s messages from which everyone (everyone who can read in English, at least) may learn. It’s clear that Gerry Gavin truly believes he’s speaking with Margaret, an angel who was among the first created after the Creator decided to expand its consciousness (that is: create the universe and our world). “It has been an incredible experience for me,” he writes near the beginning of the book, “because when you are channeling information, you are both writing and reading the book at the same time!” So, while I was reading the book, I had to keep remembering that even if I didn’t believe it, he did (and does).

All right, so. Assuming I believe that Margaret is a real angel and is speaking to the author, who is simply writing down what she tells him, the first chapter is Gavin’s introduction to Margaret’s directions to anyone who’s willing to listen (that is: anyone who is interested enough to pick up the book and read it in the first place). Gavin speaks very (very) briefly about his initial reluctance to believe in spirit guides and angels and then suddenly (it seemed sudden to him, also, apparently) he was doing “readings” for people when they asked for advice from Margaret.

Ask yourself this: are you a “glass half empty” type person or a “glass half full” type person? Margaret, Gavin’s guardian angel, says that most people in the world today are actually neither. Instead, the majority of people are the “I’d rather not think about the glass at all” type—self-interested, disenfranchised, and weary of politics and religion. I definitely fall into that category. It feels like a lot of Margaret’s advice is genuine and earnest, but also like some of it is so vague that anyone with half an ounce of logic and common sense would already know it. (But then again, the world is falling apart, Mayan calendar or no [don’t even get me started on that], so maybe I’m assuming most people have more logic and common sense than they actually do? What am I talking about?—of course I am. /sigh)

I don’t really know what I was expecting from Messages from Margaret, but I think I wanted to know more about the medium/author than I learned. The title isn’t misleading, once I was able to get past the idea that Gavin was channeling an angel, so I realize that learning more about the author wasn’t really the point of the book. The messages Margaret wishes to portray seem too general and often too rooted in the English language (his-story rather than “history”, separating “conscience” into con [against] and science [knowledge], and so on). That’s not to say they’re incorrect, but I don’t think that this book will be as helpful as Gerry Gavin (or Margaret) hopes. It’s well-intentioned, don’t get me wrong, but it’s too centered on English-speaking peoples and too American-centric for my tastes. (Mentioning having a little voice in your head tell you to check the gas gauge on your car before you run out of fuel assumes so much about the reader that I don’t even know where to begin.)

I think this book may be an all right read for someone who already tends to believe in the supernatural, spirit guides, and the general goodness of beings that we can’t see. But I don’t think it’s advice for the world—unless the entire world looks a lot like the United States. Sorry, that just doesn’t cut it for me.

DISCLAIMER: I received Messages from Margaret free from Hay House, Inc., for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.