I read this excellent article online recently. Barbara (the author who wrote this book) is a friend and a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), as well as our local Portland, Oregon chapter that I head. I’ve only posted part of the article, so please click on the link included to take you to the site where the full article is written.
The Christian Post Entertainment|Wed, Sep. 28 2011
Infamous Elvis Psychic’s Story of Redemption Revealed in New Book
By Eryn Sun | Christian Post Reporter
Family members of the 1980s famed “psychic to the stars” are ready to open up about the story behind the man who allegedly regularly contacted Elvis Presley from the dead – David “Jamil” Guardino.
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Mother Harriet Smith Guardino and sister Barbara have co-authored a biography, titled My Son, My Son, Redemption of a Psychic, about their late son and brother who made a living swindling celebrities, businessmen and even politicians with his psychic abilities for more than 30 years.
Hoping to not only expose fraudulent occult practices, but also help heal from their wounds inflicted by David’s “bizarre lifestyle” – one filled with deception, flamboyance and hedonism – Barbara Guardino says the book serves to “tell the world of the Lord’s readiness to redeem the hopelessly lost” and “open some eyes to the power of Satan.”
My Son, My Son is based on the mother’s personal journals documenting her spiritual battles over her son’s lifestyle, which eventually led him to prison – where he died of obesity and diabetes – and testimonies from other family members who sought to remember the strange life of their brother David.
The self-proclaimed “world’s greatest psychic,” once a Roman Catholic, eventually returned to his Christian roots and accepted Christ just before he died in prison in 2007, answering a three-decade prayer by his mother.
While most of the family avoided David as much as possible during his 35-year psychic career in Las Vegas and Graceland, Tenn. – where he rose to fame for his séances summoning stars like John Lennon, Marilyn
“I never gave up seeking my son’s salvation,” she penned in an excerpt from the book.
“For three decades, I kept a journal that detailed the spiritual warfare that I, David’s sister Pat Cummings, and scores of other Christians fought on David’s behalf. In 1981, a prayer partner gave me the Scripture: ‘I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and they will be my people and I will be their God. For they will return to me with all their heart.’ Jer. 24:7.”
“Mom believed this was God’s promise to her about David,” Barbara told The Christian Post in an email. “[She] never gave up on David. She prayed for him daily, kept a detailed journal, some of which is included in the book … [She] was the spiritual anchor of our family, and through her faithfulness in praying for her prodigal son, she actually led others to the Lord, including my father.”