Return From Heaven [NOOK Book]


What if you could see a loved one who has died, not in a future spiritual realm, but here and now, in this lifetime?

It is possible, says Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives and a pioneer in reincarnation studies. Based on in-depth research and direct observation of very young children, she shows in this groundbreaking book how common it is for beloved relatives to reincarnate into the same family. Typical families share how their children -- some as young as two and ...

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What if you could see a loved one who has died, not in a future spiritual realm, but here and now, in this lifetime?

It is possible, says Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives and a pioneer in reincarnation studies. Based on in-depth research and direct observation of very young children, she shows in this groundbreaking book how common it is for beloved relatives to reincarnate into the same family. Typical families share how their children -- some as young as two and still in diapers -- speak spontaneously of intimate details from the lives of a family member they never knew. These true stories shed new light on age-old questions of family relationships: Do we choose our parents? What relationships survive death? What happens to the soul after a miscarriage or abortion? Bowman offers hope for anyone who has lost a beloved relative and longs to be reunited again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After the publication of her last book, Children's Past Lives, Bowman was deluged with e-mails from readers wanting to share their stories. Many reported the rebirth of deceased relatives into their own families; Bowman, intrigued, set out to study the phenomenon, and she now presents her findings. Each tale is stranger than the next: a grandfather returned as a grandson, miscarried twins were transferred from their mother to her sister-in-law and were reborn years apart. Bowman admits she is not interested in "fretting about proof" for these unlikely scenarios, but the stories are gripping in and of themselves. It's testimony to their high drama that a book beginning with the truly weird and uncanny premise, "What if the child who [is] just like great-grandpa really is?" can, by the end, make it seem almost a shame not to have a returned uncle or two in the family. Bowman endeavors to present reincarnation as a whole worldview a cycle of living, dying and spiritual growth rather than the wishful thinking of bereaved hearts hoping to rob death of its finality. This book will not change anyone's mind: believers will believe, and skeptics will remain unconvinced. Bowman, a believer, gives too little credit to the virtuosic imagination of children (or for that matter adults). Undoubtedly, many readers will find comfort and meaning in her work, while others will enjoy it as a better ghost story than most. (Apr.) Forecast: Author appearances in L.A., D.C., and Chicago; a national media campaign; and a 50-city radio campaign should help this book find its audience. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061979897
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 178,501
  • File size: 526 KB

Meet the Author

Carol Bowman lives near Philadelphia with her husband; their two children are away in college. Through her writings, frequent lectures, and TV appearances on shows such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Unsolved Mysteries, Bowman has opened the eyes of millions of parents to the fact that some children easily remember their past lives. She is recognized as a leading expert in this new field.

Bowman holds a master's degree in counseling and practices past-life-oriented counseling and therapy. She continues to promote research of children's past lives and same-family reincarnation.

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Chapter One

Family Return

Dylan was only two years old when his mother, Anne, first noticed his strange behavior. One fall evening as the light was dimming, he was in the hallway happily playing on the floor with his toys. Anne was in the kitchen making dinner when she heard him say distinctly, "I smoke too." She was surprised by this odd remark'not the usual play babble -- and peeked over at Dylan, who was holding his fingers together, putting them to his lips, and withdrawing them, exactly as if he were taking a drag from a cigarette. Dylan repeated, "I smoke too." And before Anne could say anything to him, he looked over at her, patted his front pants pocket, and said, "I keep my smokes here." This puzzled her because no one in the family smoked. She couldn't think of anyone Dylan could be imitating.

Another odd thing happened shortly after that. Again it was around dinnertime when Anne was busy cooking and Dylan was playing on the floor in the hallway. He was playing with his "pogs," small cardboard disks that children like to collect. Dylan caught her attention when he blurted out, "Sevens! I'm throwing sevens!" He was on his knees, throwing the pogs like dice with a sidewise sweep of his wrist and then thrusting his little hands triumphantly into the air. He again exclaimed, "Sevens! I'm throwing sevens!"

She shook her head in puzzlement. Where did he get this? She was quite sure he had never seen anyone gamble or shoot craps in his short life. He was only two and she knew that the only TV he saw was Sesame Street and Barney. As most busy parents would, she filed this incident away in her mind, along with the one about thesmokes, as a curiosity, one of the many surprises kids are prone to come up with.

But a few months later Dylan developed an extreme behavior that was not so easy to dismiss. On his third birthday someone gave him a toy gun, and from that point on he insisted on having it with him at all times. If he lost it or somebody took it away, he would throw a hysterical fit. He slept with the gun, took a bath with it, kept it in the waistband of his pants, and even tucked it into his bathing trunks at the swimming pool. It wasn't one particular toy gun he was attached to'any toy gun would do. Whenever he left the house, he had to make sure he had his gun with him. If he found he had forgotten it, he would scream until he was given another one. Once, when Dylan was taken to a funeral, he realized too late that he had forgotten it. He cried so hard it caused him to wheeze and cough. He was making such a commotion his parents had to remove him to the car. It took him a long time to settle down enough so they could drive home.

After the funeral incident, everyone in the family stashed toy guns -- in their purses, in their homes, and even in the glove compartments of their vehicles -- to avoid Dylan's hysterical scenes. When he turned five and was about to start school, his obsession caused real concern. The only way his mother could convince him not to take his gun with him was to tell him it was against the law to have a gun in school. Reluctantly, he obeyed.

I first heard the story of Dylan from his aunt Jenny, Anne's sister-in-law, whom I met for the first time at a party. Jenny had just finished reading my book, Children's Past Lives,and was eager to talk to me about her now five-year-old nephew, who she was beginning to believe was the reincarnation of her grandfather. She explained that she had long been open to the possibility of reincarnation, but she hadn't known that it was possible for a child to be the reincarnation of a family member. Now Dylan's strange behaviors were beginning to make sense to her. She continues the story.

Our whole family dismissed Dylan's behaviors as just amusing little things he did. We laughed about it. Nobody stopped to think there might be a cause, but by the time I finished reading your book, everything fell into place.My grandfather, who we called Pop-Pop, was a beat cop in Philadelphia during the Depression. Later he was a prison guard. He always carried a gun with him, always had a gun in his house, and always slept with a gun beside his bed. Always.

During the last three years of his life, Pop-Pop was very sick. He had been a chain-smoker all his life and was slowly dying of emphysema and heart disease. Even during his terrible illness, when he could barely breathe, he continued to smoke. In fact, the last words we heard from him as they carried him out on a stretcher were to ask for a cigarette. He died on the way to the hospital.The strange thing is that Pop-Pop carried his cigarettes in his pants pocket just as Dylan pretended to do. Most people carry cigarettes in a breast pocket so they won't get crushed. But not Pop-Pop. And Pop-Pop loved gambling -- especially dice. During the Depression he and his buddies would shoot craps behind abandoned buildings every chance they got.

After I started piecing all of this together -- Dylan imitating smoking and shooting craps'I asked my mother (Pop-Pop's daughter) about Pop-Pop's last days. She told me something I hadn't heard before. One day while Pop-Pop was napping, my grandmother was cleaning the house and found Pop-Pop's gun hidden under the sofa cushion in the living room. He had moved it from its usual place on the night table. This really scared her because she was afraid that he was going to use the gun on himself to end his suffering. She called her son, who came and took the gun and threw it into the river. When Pop-Pop found out what had happened, he was furious that his gun had been taken away. I don't think he ever got over it.

Return From Heaven. Copyright © by Carol Bowman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 11, 2009

    Confirmation I Needed

    I bought this book when I came across it during research for material to use on my book tour for The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children. I have a grandson (Sidney) who spoke of his attempt to enter my body as my own child in 1978. I wasn't certain I had been pregnant or miscarried until he confirmed that he was the soul trying to be born to me. He was upset that I let his daddy (1979) and aunt (1983) be born to me, but not him. I explained to him (and myself!) what happened and we were both able to find peace about it.

    Sid also spoke of trying to help his sister, Elizabeth, find him. He has no sister in this life. His mom miscarried twice before Baby Jonas was born this year (2009) now that Sidney is eight years old. After reading Carol's book, I searched our family tree and found an ancestor by that name. Thanks to what I learned in this book about pre-birth announcements, I now have confirmation that a soul who was very close to me has reincarnated as one of my seven grandsons. My dream two nights before he was born was in fact a visitation by that soul.

    I can't thank the author enough for researching and presenting this information in an easy-to-read and very interesting book. If anyone has miscarried a baby, lost a baby at birth, or had an abortion, this book is a must-read. You will gain an understanding that has not been presented in any other book I've read on the topic.

    Yvonne Perry

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    When I started this book I had only intended to read a chapter or two before going to bed. The more I read, the more I had to keep reading and I ended up reading over half the book that first night. I was so enthralled by the detailed accounts of the past life experiences of these children and how they and their families were affected. Riveting, captivating, sad and funny,the stories will leave an indelible mark on your heart and on your soul.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Great book

    I read to learn...well sometimes to just sit back and enjoy myself...this book was great for both.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Interesting as a work of fiction

    I found the book to be a sort of interesting read. The author makes many statements and assertions throughout the book which are not referenced annotated or documented. Later she cites her own assertions as 'evidence.'

    The book was generally interesting and a bit thought provoking. But overall I found it to be lacking as a literary work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    Very enlightening, I enjoyed every page

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. Although I am interested in "New Age" I had never read anything by this author before but will be buying her previous book "Children's Past Lives." I would have liked to keep this book but had a friend that wanted to read it also. I hope she return's it. Nice book for mothers that have suffered a miscarriage or lost a child through illness. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

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    Absolutely fascinating and thought-provoking.

    The author, a known expert in such matters, presents her cases in great detail. Her research seems extremely thorough and those cases documented are riviting! Very thought provoking, it opened up whole new perspectives to me. It's given me a peace of mind on some very delicate issues, such as miscarriage. But even if you don't agree with her concepts, it is really fascinating reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Spirit Influence

    I read the introduction and here¿s my take on this¿ It is my personal conviction that our genetic makeup influences more then just our physical appearance; our mental faculties and characteristics (personality traits) are also hereditary just like our physical traits. Therefore, a grandchild could behave much like his grandfather or other relative who has passed away. I think there¿s also a very real possibility that a young child, especially because he/she is a ¿clean slate¿ of sorts, can act as a vehicle for spirit influence. When these events referenced in the book occur, I think it¿s most likely a spirit (hopefully benevolent) simply manifesting itself through an impressionable child. In no way do I believe that the child is literally ¿the soul¿ of some past ancestor as this would deny the individual soul of the child. Think about it, if the ¿soul¿ is, in fact, ¿genetic¿; every child is the result of miscellaneous genes mixed together unique to a combination of genes between a specific mother and father. Brothers and sisters are normally not alike in personality because they are the result of an infinite combination of genes even though both mother and father are the same. Even identical twins whose DNA is ¿identical¿ have radically different personalities¿ I think the rational conclusion is that the spirit world influences the physical world and that¿s how and why these mysteries occur. There is some biblical evidence that when we die we are ¿like angels¿; the ancients believed that angels (both good and bad) influence our thinking ¿the devil made me do it¿ but they do not necessarily dictate the material world, otherwise personal accountability, free will and responsibility would be non-existent. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Return from Heaven

    The title caught my attention. This is an excellent book, very well put together, It really put me one step closer to thinking that anything is possible. The author's approach in writing this story, makes this book a must read. Highly recomended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    an eye opener

    Your grandmother may come back as your son. Your father may be reborn as your grandson. Any kind of combination is possible. Bowman documents cases of reincarnation within the same family that are astonishing and offer hope to bereaved families. Highly recommended!

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