HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

James Van Praagh

World Renowned Spiritual Medium


  • Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side
  • Talking to Heaven
  • The Art of Meditation
  • Healing Grief
  • Understanding the Laws of Attraction



“I think all things are spirit and are derived from spirit. When you look at life from that perspective, it takes on a whole new meaning.” – James Van Praagh

World famous medium, New York Times bestselling author, and co-executive producer of CBS’s number one drama, The Ghost Whisperer (starring Jennifer Love Hewitt), James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer of the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His award-winning meditations and incredible messages have brought solace, peace, and spiritual insights, changing millions’ view of both life and death. An in demand speaker, he gives sold-out lectures, seminars, and training workshops across the world.

Van Praagh is the number one New York Times best-selling author of Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven, Healing Grief, Heaven and Earth, Looking Beyond and Meditations. In his new book, Growing Up in Heaven: The Eternal Connection Between Parent and Child (HarperOne), Van Praagh explores the lives of children in heaven, following the journey of a child's soul to heaven, their time spent in heaven, and their connection to the living.Van Praagh is a frequent guest on Larry King Live and a part-time correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.  He has shared his expertise on numerous television shows, specials, and features including Oprah, Unsolved Mysteries, The Other Side, Paranormal Borderline, 48 Hours, Sally Jessy Raphael, Maury, The O’Reilly Factor, Possessed Possessions, Ghost, The Secret Circle, and has also hosted his own internationally syndicated show Beyond. Van Praagh is also a successful producer for CBS, creating a mini-series Living with the Dead based on his life, and The Dead Will Tell staring Anne Heche and Eva Longoria.

In Growing Up in Heaven and in talks, Van Praagh provides solace and insight by offering a remarkably detailed portrayal of a child's soul on its journey from this world to the next. Through true stories and messages from those who have passed on, he illuminates the unbreakable bond between parent and child while offering an amazing vision of heaven.

“My books, CDs, seminars, classes, Web site, and television projects are ways to share my abilities and the message that our personalities do indeed survive death. My greatest satisfaction in doing this work is witnessing an instantaneous change in people,” says Van Praagh about his work. “When someone is alone and overwhelmed by grief, life seems over. But, when I’m able to help teach someone to make contact with a loved one, their grief and loneliness disappear and proper closure can take place. When a bright smile overcomes tears, it becomes a smile that can light up the world!”

Praise for Growing Up In Heaven:

"He helps a lot of people. He really is a healer. I think he's basically on this earth right now at this time and place to heal. He is the real thing. I can't tell you how many times he's been right with me."
—Shirley MacLaine

"He has changed people's lives, banished the fear of death, and brought grieving parents the solace of their dead children's presence ... It is impossible not to be moved."

"Gifted medium, James Van Praagh, has written this special book about the bond that continues between a deceased child and the still-living-parents. Mr. Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author of Ghosts Among Us and Unfinished Business, counsels grieving parents worldwide through his literature, seminars and television appearances on Oprah, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, The View, A&E Biography, 20/20 and 48 Hours. Growing Up in Heaven very gently touches grieving parents through real-life examples of Van Praagh's workshops, coupled with his own unique ability to straddle the physical plane here on Earth and the Spiritual Plane of those who have crossed over but make appearances here...Growing Up in Heaven is an amazing book that may bring the comfort necessary to any grieving individual, especially a Parent, to lessen their pain, to comprehend that their now-dead loved one is really still with them, guiding them, loving them and sending them extra support from the Other Side."
—New Age Retailer

Praise for The Ghosts Among Us

“I love this book! Working with and knowing James has truly changed my life. His stories and experiences told through his thought provoking and inspiring words, makes a world which seems hard to understand tangible. He inspires us to look beyond what’s in front of us. With an open mind and heart you can truly learn what his life and gift teaches. Thank you James for showing me a whole new world.”
—Jennifer Love Hewitt

“Thought provoking and provocative... Exactly what a book is supposed to do... James leads you on a journey that will make you question what you think you know about heaven and the afterlife.”
—John Edward, Host of Crossing Over