Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives

Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives

by Thomas Shroder
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Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives by Thomas Shroder

A riveting firsthand account of one man’s mission to investigate and document some of the most astonishing phenomena of our time—children who speak of past life memory and reincarnation.

All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken “home,” pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that there seems to be no normal way for them to know. From the moment these children can talk, they speak of people and events from the past—not vague stories of centuries ago, but details of specific, identifiable individuals who may have died just months, weeks, or even hours before the birth of the child in question.

For thirty-seven years, Dr. Ian Stevenson has traveled the world from Lebanon to suburban Virginia investigating and documenting more than two thousand of these past life memory cases. Now, his essentially unknown work is being brought to the mainstream by Tom Shroder, the first journalist to have the privilege of accompanying Dr. Stevenson in his fieldwork. Shroder follows Stevenson into the lives of children and families touched by this phenomenon, changing from skeptic to believer as he comes face-to-face with concrete evidence he cannot discount in this spellbinding and true story.

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ISBN-13: 9780684851938
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/10/2001
Edition description: 1 FIRESIDE
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 414,206
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Tom Shroder has been an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor for more than twenty years. He is a coauthor (with John Barry) of the critically acclaimed Seeing the Light. He lives in northern Virginia.

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Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Maria_of_amor More than 1 year ago
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.
Timebomb777 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A man sets out against incredible odds, traveling through perilous lands and braving endless tests of faith to deliver Truth to the masses. Is reincarnation a reality? No one can prove it, not definitively. But no one seems to be looking for concrete proof either way. With the exception of Dr. Ian Stevenson and a small handful of other researchers he has inspired to believe in his work. "Old Souls" is a fascinating portrait of one of the last true heroes: the scientist. Dr. Stevenson has dedicated his life to investigating children's claims of past-life memories, claims the majority of modern science has turned it's back on. The book, filled with descriptions so vivid you feel as if you can smell, taste and touch the surroundings, takes the reader on a colorful journey to Beirut, India and Middle America. We are following the 79 year-old scientist on what may be his last interviews with the families, past and present, of the children who have memories of another life. These spontaneous memories are not the grand, theatrical "I was Cleopatra"-type claims that have become old hat in New Age philosophy. They are not a product of regression-hypnosis. The past life memories in Stevenson's research are simple, plain and out of the mouths of babes--often with enough details and names to identify the adress and family of the person they claim to have been. In almost all of the cases covered in the book, the families of the past personality support the cliams of the child, believing, despite any descrepancies, that they have regained their departed relative. Stevenson has fought to keep his records accurate, copious and, most of all, sane. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MoreInput More than 1 year ago
I came across this when I was searching for books on Karma, and this caught my eye. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, this is an enjoyable book. The journey is fascinating and getting a journalistic view of other countries was great. Lots of great tales and interesting conversations! The only criticism I would have is the author's detailed complaints about the travel are extensive and for me was distracting from the information he was presenting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old Souls is such a riveting and mouth dropping real-life epic. It is an eye opening adventure to what happens when we die, but more so when we are alive. An extraordinary book worth reading more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have done research using nearly all the books written by Dr. Ian Stevenson and it is refreshing to see a man of Tom Shroder's stature accompany him on two trips to study cases of children who remember previous lives and then strongly endorse the man and the results of his work.
bgtg2 More than 1 year ago
A fascinating read. I have read some of Dr. Stevenson's work previously and I very much enjoyed reading this account from a respected reporter's skeptical perspective. Tom Shroder's vivid descriptions and observations make you feel as though you are right there with them. Some other reviewers complained that the author spends too much time explaining the difficulties of traveling in underdeveloped countries, however for me it served to underscore the dedication and perseverance that Dr. Stevenson poured into his research. I would highly recommend this to anyone, skeptic or believer, who is interested in the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY clinically researched, too much description of their travels as another reader pointed out, as well as being skeptically viewed throughout (not a bad thing, just noted.) I wish i had read the reviews before purchasing, i think i would have skipped this one. LOVE this subject matter though, the "subject" is definitely worth exploring.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it and it's very good!
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author spends much of his time explaining the difficulties of traveling in underdeveloped countries. The children seem almost secondary to the story. Best to read of Dr. Stevenson's work from other publications.