Now in tradepaper: The compelling and heartwarming story of a young baseball prodigy who began sharing vivid memories of being famed American baseball player Lou Gehrig.
At the tender age of two, baseball prodigy Christian Haupt began sharing vivid memories of being a baseball player in the 1920s and '30s. From riding cross-country on trains, to his fierce rivalry with Babe Ruth, Christian described historical facts about the life of American hero and baseball legend Lou Gehrig that he could not have possibly known at the time.
Distraught by her son's uncanny revelations, Christian's mother, Cathy, embarked on a sacred journey of discovery that would shake her beliefs to the core and forever change her views on life and death.
In this compelling and heartwarming memoir, Cathy Byrd shares her remarkable experiences, the lessons she learned as she searched to find answers to this great mystery, and a story of healing in the lives of these intertwined souls.
The Boy Who Knew Too Much will inspire even the greatest skeptics to consider the possibility that love never dies.
|Publisher:||Hay House Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Cathy Byrd is a residential real estate broker and mother of two young children who never had aspirations of becoming a writer until her two-year-old son began sharing memories of being a baseball player in the 1920s and '30s. A Southern California native, Cathy received her B.A. from UCLA and her M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Cathy had an exciting 10-year career in sports marketing, working for the World Cup and Olympic Torch Relay Organizing Committees and serving as vice president of the Magic Johnson Foundation. The most likely place to find Cathy in her free time is at a youth baseball field.
Table of Contents
Foreword Jack Canfield xiii
Introduction Eben Alexander, M.D. xix
Chaptfr 1 Baseball Fever 1
Chapter 2 Babe Ruth Was Mean to You? 13
Chapter 3 Tall like Daddy 27
Chapter 4 Old Souls 37
Chaptfr 5 The Grudge 45
Chapter 6 Finding Lou Gehrig 53
Chapter 7 Possessed or Crazy 59
Chapter 8 Spring Fever 67
Chapter 9 Take We Out to the Ball Game 77
Chapter 10 The Pitch 85
Chapter 11 A National Treasure 91
Chapter 12 I Just Know 99
Chapter 13 The Good Doctor Comes to Town 109
Chapter 14 I Will Find You 119
Chapter 15 A Mother's Love 133
Chapter 16 Love Never Dies 139
Chapter 17 Whispers of the Soul 145
Chapter 18 Baseball Heaven 157
Chapter 19 The Pride of the Yankees 165
Chapter 20 Family Heirlooms 175
Chapter 21 Heaven Sent 187
Chapter 22 Finding Mom Gehrig 199
Chapter 23 108 Stitches 209
Epilogue: A Wink from the Universe 215
About the Author 229
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't stop turning the pages. I felt as if I was on an adventure with the author and found myself laughing out loud and crying along the way. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for proof that our souls survive bodily death.
Loved this true story of the little boy, obsessed with baseball, with his detailed memories of being a "tall baseball player" and his mother's detective work / journey into the past ultimately to reconcile the seeming evidence of reincarnation with her Christian world-view. A beautiful story (and a page turner) that conveys the much needed message that love transcends all.
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite The Boy Who Knew Too Much (An Astounding True Story of A Young Boy's Past-life Memories) by Cathy Byrd is the fascinating account of a toddler who remembers being Lou Gehrig in another lifetime. The two-year-old toddler is totally captivated and immersed in baseball. As a matter of fact, he is totally obsessed with it. He lives in his miniature Dodger's baseball clothes and cleats and refuses to wear anything else. He plays with his small bat and ball from morning until night. When the toddler surprises his mother with the outrageous statement that he is Lou Gehrig, she is stunned. He describes things from the era in which Lou Gehrig lived and gives her personal information about the legendary man of which he nor any small child his age has access. Needing to know if her son is correct, she begins the search into baseball's early history. What she discovers is phenomenal. The Boy Who Knew Too Much (An Astounding True Story of A Young Boy's Past-life Memories) by Cathy Byrd is an extraordinary memoir about a mother's journey into her young son's past-life memories and the amazing discoveries that she makes along the way. Despite the implications and far-fetched nature of her toddler's claims and the fact they were outside of her religious belief system, she was willing to go beyond the accepted standard to get answers. Her dogged determination in seeking and sometimes ferreting out the information needed to validate her son's claim to his former identity is admirable. Her loving concern enabled him to accept who he is and helped him ease into this lifetime. This is an amazing story of how far a mother will go to protect and support her child's mental and spiritual well-being. This is a fabulous memoir, and I highly recommend it to those who have had similar experiences, and most especially to those who love incidents that are not conventional, but of a reality beyond our perceived rationality. This book is a winner!
From the day he was very young, Christian loved baseball. All he wanted to do was throw, bat and catch baseballs. He refused to dress in anything but his baseball jerseys. When he was two, he told his mother that he “was once a tall baseball player.” Of course, his mom thought her two-year-old had made a grammatical mistake, and that he was saying he would be a baseball player when he was big. When he reacted badly to an over-sized photo of Babe Ruth and claimed that Babe Ruth had been mean to him, his mother started believing that there was more to this. After some research, Cathy Byrd, our author, discovered that Christian was relaying a past life experience as Lou Gehrig to his mom. Although reincarnation was not acceptable in her own religious dogma, Cathy could find no other explanation. This story bout Christian was written by his mother. In it, she lovingly explains how she determined that her son was actually remembering a past life. She explains to the reader that children from the ages of approximately two to six years of age can sometimes recall past life experiences. This is a very interesting book that chronicles Cathy’s discoveries. Many photos accompany the text, clarifying it. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Great account of a child remembering a past life. Lots of research noted to back it up.
Just very interesting.
As past life stories go, this one about Christian Haupt is not particularly believable. The only “evidence” that the child was Lou Gehrig in a past life comes from private family conversations that his mother narrates in this book. Nothing else. The reader has no proof those conversation happened as they were described. His mother, author Cathy Byrd, extensively researched the Gehrig family; as well as past baseball players; as well as past life stories reportedly told by children. She has also sought public attention for her son for years. In addition, she expresses sorrow that her son has been ridiculed by a coach and other kids for thinking he's Lou Gehrig, when she is the one responsible for telling him and others that's who he was in a past life. Plus, she expresses happiness that his past life memories are finally fading, but then writes this book for publication to keep the belief alive, and spread it all over the country and world. Yes, Christian is a baseball prodigy, but that does not mean he was a famous baseball player in a past life or even a non-famous one. The child has obsessively practiced baseball since he was a tot. Obsessively. His parents apparently saw nothing wrong with that and allowed him to do so, inside or outside. Practice makes perfect in current lifetimes, too. Yes, he is a lefty and has some of the same ethnic background as Lou Gehrig, but that might be why he ended up being Mr. Gehrig in this story, instead of another famous baseball player. ( If you know what I mean.) Yes, he has dimples like Lou Gehrig, but lots of people have dimples; and most recorded past life body markings, from researchers like Ian Stevenson, seem to have come from past life injuries, particularly fatal injuries, or traumas like tumors. Making this story seem even more unbelievable, Ms. Byrd eventually says Christian told her she was his mother in his Lou Gehrig lifetime. To investigate that information, she then goes to a past life regressionist, even though she believed the whole regression thing was just a “charade”. Well, the “charade” immediately proved she was Christine Gehrig in a past life, and thus she had two more regressions that immediately also proved the same thing. Hence, a 21st century baseball mom ends up being a famous 20th century baseball mom in a past life, and her young son ends up being her famous son in that same past life. Mother and son. Back together again. Together always. Why does this sound like the story of one of those mothers who has an intense emotional need to believe there is something incredibly special about her son, and an incredibly intense wish that said son will never, ever leave her? Moreover, publicly claiming your child was famous in a past life is just an extension of claiming you were famous in a past life, and are you not claiming someone else's fame and glory when you make such a claim? Is that something you should be teaching a child is okay to do--claiming someone else's fame and glory and good deeds?
This book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is life after death - again and again and again!
I found this miraculous story so accessible and a joy to read on so many levels. Yes, I do believe reincarnation is real but even if that would not be a subject I'd be comfortable with, Cathy's sincere journey into for her unfamiliar territory looking for answers that ring true for her, is something that most of us feel a resonance with. I think deep down we all have a desire for truth and authenticity and I found Cathy's unbiased honest and very thorough exploration a most refreshing read. When we take Cathy's journey with her, it's as if her willingness to be vulnerable and open to stretching into new experiences and synchronicities is handing us a road map and hope to navigate our own life towards a life lived with more authenticity.