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Paranormal experience presentation on Friday the 13th at North Tahoe

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Kathleen Berry, a paranormal skeptic, expected to be bored as the impartial observer in a Reno TV news crew's investigation of central Nevada's Goldfield Hotel.

Instead, she faced stunning paranormal activity on every floor, shattering her views on reality and forcing her to re-evaluate her fear-based religious beliefs.

On Friday the 13th, Berry, ‹author of the spirituality/paranormal memoir "A Reluctant Spirit: A True Tale of God, Ghosts and a Skeptical Christian," will present "From Skeptic to Believer: A Night in the Goldfield Hotel" at 6:30 p.m. at the Incline Village Library at 845 Alder Ave.

"A Reluctant Spirit" recounts Berry's journey from skeptic to believer while publicizing and managing the Nevada Ghost and Paranormal Series as a part of her job at Washoe Community Education.

In 2007, KTVN anchor Bill Brown invited Berry to spend the night in the reputedly haunted and long-vacant hotel. That evening left her overwhelmed as she struggled to accept the existence of a vaster reality.

Eventually, Berry was able to relinquish her fears of failure, death and damnation, freeing her to drop the belief of a fire and brimstone deity.

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"A Reluctant Spirit," Berry's debut memoir, has received national accolades. Kirkus Reviews called it "intriguing" and "a gripping account," as well as noting the author's ability to "successfully balance abstract thought with physical realities."

Directors of the Association TransCommunication wrote, "We recommend this book if you have experienced unexplainable events or had a strong religious upbringing. It is especially for you if you fear the darkŠ A Reluctant Spirit encourages all of us to be open to new experiences and to the lessons they bring."

"A Reluctant Spirit" is available for loan through the Washoe County Library System, can be ordered through area bookstores, or purchased through Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback editions.

For information, visit http://www.kathleenberry.com. In addition, Berry has penned a weekly blog on "God, Ghosts and Gut Instincts" for more than three years. and these posts can be found on her website.

For details on Berry's speaking engagement at the library, call the Incline Village branch at 775-832-4180.

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by Kathleen Berry.