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Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A MUST READ

Emphasis was placed upon the adjectives in this book. The stories were painted as pictures, so clearly that the reader is allowed to enter the interviews with each individual person. The wording and placement in time was so vividly evident that one could truly enjoy the...
Emphasis was placed upon the adjectives in this book. The stories were painted as pictures, so clearly that the reader is allowed to enter the interviews with each individual person. The wording and placement in time was so vividly evident that one could truly enjoy the content and develop interest with the beauty of the writing in itself. However, it is important to admit that the content of his stories and research, itself, was also highly interesting, intriguing, and eye opening. There were points of shock, slight points of confusion, and several points leading to "ah - ha," within the text. Tom Shroder, the first journalist to have been present with Dr. Stevenson during fieldwork studies, was fabulous at bringing you to a point, by way of lead and follow. He clearly wants you to understand how he arrived at conclusions, not allowing you to be judgmental without knowing his historical findings.
There were so many stories that appeared flawless, despite slight contradictions from the interviews conducted. The photographs shown, within the text also depict strong resemblance to the people who claim to have lived a past life to those who are alive at the time of question. The fascinating part of this was that Dr. Ian Stevenson made efforts to locate and meet the past life families of these individuals, well into his old age. He fought for answers, for as long as he was able.
I felt some confusion within the course of the book. It seemed to lead us to think that only the soul was transferred from one body to another body. It brought up the theory that the body was like clothing to the soul and could be changed without consequence, after death. However, later into the stories, the author seemed to show more and more about shared birth marks from the deceased to the new born person, and other physical similarities, not just mental transfer, but almost total all body transfers. I would like to know more about how much of a person, if truly possible, can be re-created in another body? Also, as Dr. Stevenson struggled to figure out, does the transfer of soul happen at birth? Conception? After birth? How does that soul chose its new body to belong to? Does the soul decide?
This reading has brought me into an entirely new world of interest. I plan to obtain more information within this subject for further education about the beliefs and research leading to reincarnation. This book is not a disappointment.

posted by Maria_of_amor on August 20, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Well-Documented Cases by an Objective Observer

Having done considerable research on this subject, I'm familiar with what's available. This is one of the most objective and critical books that I've found. There's a good deal of garbage out there on this subject but this gives compelling evidence by a skeptical journa...
Having done considerable research on this subject, I'm familiar with what's available. This is one of the most objective and critical books that I've found. There's a good deal of garbage out there on this subject but this gives compelling evidence by a skeptical journalist. Definitely worth reading and keeping in the library.

posted by Timebomb777 on October 4, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Not what I was expecting

    I was expecting to read stories of children who remember past lives. Inxtead this book was all about the authors experience with the researcher and travel. The very few parts where he didinclude stories of the kids, were few and far between and were skimmed over. Waste of time znd money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    i didnt care for this book at all.  it was not a first hand acco

    i didnt care for this book at all.  it was not a first hand account of past lives, instead, it was an author writing about what other people are saying about other people.  very dull

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