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My wife Anna and I were on a vacation to hunt for antiques. Our travels took us through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and then into Maryland. While in Maryland, we stopped in Sharpsburg, where the battle of Antietam had been fought during the Civil War. I was not a student of the Civil War. For that matter, I had never even read a Civil War book. I had watched a couple of shows from the Ken Burns Civil War series on the local Public Broadcast System and, while we were in the area, felt compelled to visit this battlefield. Our first stop was at the section of the battlefield known as The Cornfield.
Anna and I walked around a bit, then drove a short distance to a parking lot near what is called the Sunken Road. Anna stayed in the car, having soon tired of looking at monuments and markers, thus ending her historical career. Walking over to the Sunken Road alone, I found myself the only visitor to this portion of the battlefield. Built into a stone wall was a piece of metal grillwork with a large button next to it with the word "Push." Much like Alice in Wonderland, my curiosity got the better of me and within a few seconds I was listening to a tape recording of what had transpired there during the battle. After listening to the tape, I walked down onto the road itself. I had only gone a few yards when something very strange happened, something the likes of which I hope will never happen again. A wave of grief, sadness and anger washed over me. Without warning, I was suddenly being consumed by sensations. Burning tears ran down my cheeks. It became difficult to breathe. I gasped for air, as I stood transfixed in the old roadbed. To this day I could not tell you how much time transpired, but as these feelings, this emotional overload passed, I found myself exhausted as if I had run a marathon. Crawling up the steep embankment to get out of the road, I turned and looked back. I was a bit shaken to say the least and wondered at what had just taken place. It was difficult getting back to the car because I felt so weak. I had regained most of my normal composure on the way back and said nothing to Anna about what had just happened. What could I say? How could I explain it to her? I did not have any answers, just questions. I would one day receive my answers, but not until more than a year later and then from a most unusual source.
1. Not Yet
Incident at the Sunken Road / The Halloween Party and the Palm-reader / A Civil War Magazine with Hints of a Past Life
2. A Helping Hand
A Visit to Psychic Jean Loomis / Learning to Meditate / Once upon a Horse / More Indications of a Past Life
3. The Quest
First Solo Meditation / Opening a Pandora's Box of Emotions / Return to Psychic Jean Loomis / New Face, Old Scars / A Common Heart
4. Back to the Front
Travelling to Civil War Battlefields / A Gift from the Mule Shoe / Retracing Footsteps, a Walk at Fort Stedman / General Lee's Retreat Route / Appomattox, the Surrender Triangle
5. You Can't Go Home Again, Can You?
Back to School, a Visit to Gordon Hall / Seeking Gordon Springs / Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery / Literally Being Beside Oneself / The Family Plot; a Sad Reunion
6. Insights and Wonderments
Reading of One's Own Demise / Soul Searching, for Real / Books, Books and More Books / Connecticut Post Newspaper Article / Adventure with the Cemetery Dog / If One Past Life, Why Not More? / The Return of the Fusilier
7. Psychic Insights
Psychic Fair, Yvonne Smith and a Past Life Reading / A Cast of Characters: The Monks, the Warriors and the Perky Little Redhead / Out of the Mouths of Babes: The Little Boy Who Cried Samurai / Other People's Songs, or Tuning in on Tunes / A True Love Song from the Past
8. On the Road Again
Return to Cedar Creek / Gordon's Watchback: A Gift Through Time / The Little Graveyard of Appomattox / Spotsylvania Court House: Another Gift from the Mule Shoe
9. Gettysburg and Beyond
Barlow's Knoll, a Story of Chivalry / It's All Relative; An Ancestor Killed in Battle / The Jasmine; A Little Plant with a Lot of Meaning
10. Synchronicity Plus
The Locked Library Door / The 7th-grade Tour at Gordon Hall / In Petersburg on Auto-pilot
11. Thoughts and Presentiments
The Wilderness and the Return of General Patton / A Butterfly for my Birthday / Premonitions of Death; Living on
12. A Return to the South
Caught by a Website / Atlanta and Filming and Psychics, Oh My! / Beyond Death / The Return of Gordon's Men / Kissing J.E.B. Stuart
13. Many Happy Returns
The Good Doctor: Return of a Revolutionary / Your Face Is Familiar / The Artist, the Boat-builder and the Author / Sharing a Graveyard / The "Same Voice"
14. Joy and Sorrow
Dancing Boy / September 11th / From St. Patrick's to Ground Zero
15. Then, Now, and the Future
A New Age? / Sticks and Stones / Earth 101, How Does It All Work? / Getting under Each Other's Skins / Hope for the Future
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Posted May 11, 2006
I really enjoyed this book, it is the most convincing book on the subject of reincarnation that I have ever read. If you have any doubts about past lives , this should remove them all. It includes some remarkable photos that will amaze you. It gives us insight into the American Civil War where over 600,000 of the bravest of our brave lost their lives. It takes us on a journey to the battlefields , to the horror that was Antietam and to one of our greatest heroes of the war, Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2004
Someone Else¿s Yesterday is a most fascinating past-life account of the author, Jeffrey J. Keene, and his past life recollections as John B. Gordon, a confederate general. I must start out by saying that I absolutely do not like reading anything to do with history, so I was very hesitant at first to begin this book. I am, though, very interested in past life material and gave it a go. I was very pleasantly surprised as I was unable to put the book down and finished it within 24 hours!! Keene¿s fascination began as he had a very strange experience while visiting a battlefield at Antietam, coincidently, the very same battlefield on which General Gordon was wounded. Shortly thereafter, a chance meeting with a psychic at a party, led him to further delve into the Civil War past and his connection with General Gordon. Not only are the pictures of both Keene and Gordon incredibly and uncannily striking, but the fact that they both share the same six placement of scars on their bodies just adds that much more credibility to the entire story. Keene presents such compelling evidence, that one comes away with wonderment. Even parallels with their writing styles is pretty incredible! Dr. Brian Weiss, in his books on past lives, also stated as does Jeffrey Keene stated, that soul groups tend to reincarnate in groups, and that it is not uncommon to find members of the same family as well as close friends, together over multiple life times. Ironically, or maybe not - several of the men in Keene¿s department, also share incredible striking resemblances to other confederate men who were with General Gordon during the Civil War. The author has done a thorough job researching General John B. Gordon, tracing his lineage as a boy growing up in Georgia, all the way through his death in 1904. Keene, not being content with the obvious, delved as deeply as possible into as much of General Gordon¿s entire life history as he was able. Visiting as many places and battlefields as he could, the parallels between both lives are pretty remarkable and the evidence seems so overwhelming. The historical writings were a fascinating read, much to my surprise! I think that it is important to note here that Jeffrey Keene did not go searching for any of this to happen to him. Keene¿s skepticism of hypnotic regression was also not an option for him to explore in further pursuing his recalls. Instead it was through Keene's memories, which started to come through along with unexplained happenings and feelings, which prompted him to further investigate and explore it all on his own for himself. Even though Keene was skeptical at first, the more he investigated and researched General Gordon, that the parallels started to become clearer and clearer. The book is written with intelligence and sensitivity and it is Keene¿s insight that we much more than our bodies which allows him to delve with an open mind and with much insight into his past life research. Not only is this a great book for civil war buffs, but also for those who are fascinated in past life recall. Keene now has also become a much sought after lecturer on the Civil war and his research is most extensive. I found this book to be quite extraordinary from several different angles and it would be really hard for one to dismiss Keene¿s account at all. Letters are also included in the book from others who have been touched by the media documenting Jeffrey Keene and these others past life recall is fascinating and compelling. I do believe that skeptics would be pleasantly surprised as well. Looking at one¿s own life, including my own, where one has an affinity for a particular place, country, ethnic group or even for a ¿collection¿ of objects, or feeling that ¿one has been here before¿, are subtle clues reaching from beyond to remind us that we are much more than our present bodies. As our minds and thinking become more open, I do believe that we are better able to access portions of oursWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2003
Keene's book is perhaps the most important book you will ever read. Period. If you want the best and the strongest physical evidence for the existence of life after death, Jeffrey Keene's book will provide it to you. If you have doubts about reincarnation, this book will remove all your doubts. Keene's excellent book documents his amazing discovery of his past life as a Civil War soldier. After reading the verifiable evidence he presents, you will forever be a believer in life after death. His ground-breaking discovery and research is so fascinating that it was profiled in an A&E cable documentary. What makes his account so unique is that he did not discover the evidence for a past life using hypnotic regression like others have. Keene had no choice between accepting the reality of a past life or not accepting it. Keene's discovery of his past life came from his own life experience that involved a series of unusual synchronistic events. He did not seek this experience. This experience sought him. Over time, Keene's amazing life experience would continue to reinforce the reality of his connection to the past, even before he became convinced of it himself. He was not given the luxury of choice in this matter and this is one reason that makes his experience and evidence so credible. Whether you are a believer in reincarnation or not, you will find Keene's book to be one of the best books you will every read. It is filled with hope and filled with facts that strongly suggests that life continues after death. I highly recommend this book! Kevin Williams, 'Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2010
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