What if we gave birth to future and past generations at the same time? Gershon Polokov feels a deep attachment to his great granddaughter, Sophie. He believes her to be the reincarnation of his deceased wife, Sophie's great grandmother. Before he dies, Gershon tells newborn Sophie the story of their past life together and the new life that is to come. Then, in his final hours, Gershon has stronger visions of the future than of the past, while Sophie's memories intensify as she matures. Are the two destined to reunite as husband and wife, as they have been joined in every incarnation? Is there a mutual drive to find each other in every life and, together, discover the keeper of their souls? In this novel of recognition and continuity, the lives of two families, spanning several decades, are connected through generations of reincarnated souls, some with memories of their former lives and others without. Includes Reader's Guide. MINDY LITTMAN HOLLAND, a nonfiction and fiction writer, is also an artist and photographer. Her previous book, "Wait Until You're Fifty: A Woman's Journey Into Midlife," was also published by Sunstone press. Mindy lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com The idea of metempsychosis (the posthumous transmigration of souls into new bodies) began with the Greeks. Currently, stories that deal with this phenomenon are categorized as paranormal. James Joyce and Plato (both believers in metempsychosis) would enthusiastically welcome Mindy Littman Holland’s treatment of the passage of a soul to another physical body if they were around today. We first meet Sophie Gordon as a three-year-old in the 1950s in a grocery store in the Bronx who is given a gold locket in the shape of a heart by a stranger only she can see. We follow her life from there through two marriages besides taking a sidetrip to New York in 1910 to understand how the seeds were planted for the transmigration of two lovers' souls. I was intrigued by Ms. Holland's choice of a simple narrative style to tell a story that deals with the complexities of the human psyche. She doesn’t reveal the souls of her characters by overwhelming readers with philosophical and psychological discourses. Holland’s reliance on humor to make us laugh at family dysfunction serves the novel well. Sophie's mother, Roma Gordon, is practical to the point of being a caricature of motherhood while her father is a doting husband and daddy who just doesn't get it. It's a long hard road Sophie and her beloved, Gershon, travel to find each other. I enjoyed traveling it with them, especially with Holland’s guidance. It's a fun read on a subject matter that is often misunderstood. The point the story makes well is that whether you believe in metempsychosis or not, don't think of it as irrelevant. Many great minds have given it serious consideration. 5 Stars One of Amazon's Best Books of 2015 Bill Snyder
This novel is a very good story and a very good read. Cleverly flashing backward and forward in time, the author widens our usual sequential narrow perspective of one life only- you are born, you die, one life and that's it! That is the "religious" view held by evangelical materialists and atheists but not by Hindus, Bhuddists, ancient Egyptians, the early Christians, some Jewish Rabbis, Pythagoras and probably Plato and many others. The last forty years of near death and shared death experience literature points to the survival of consciousness and its primacy rather than the materialist view as consciousness being an "epiphenomenon" of neural activity. Littman Holland touches on the important issue of very young children talking about past lives. In a predominantly Judeo-Christian culture, people are just not receptive to this or discourage such memories. This is in contrast to Hindu and Bhuddist cultures where it is widely accepted. The life work of Ian Stevenson, MD and his successors provide detailed evidence strongly suggesting the validity of reincarnation. Material attachments and the "Law of Karma" go hand in hand with reincarnation. "As you sow, so you shall reap." Max/Bob, being a good man, loves but cannot have Sophia/Sophie in one life but becomes her husband in the next. The self-centered and troubled Gershon/ Patrick has his way but hardly understands that being a scoundrel will also receive its just due. The book's characters understanding of karma/reincarnation is necessarily limited in this novel and readers will need to draw their own conclusions. Nonetheless, The Rebirth of Gershon Polokov is an important novel to help make people more aware of this very important topic! To quote Saint Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa (4th century A.D.): It is absolutely necessary that the soul shall be healed and purified, and if it doesn't take place in one life on earth, it must be accomplished in future earthly lives."