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Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Shroder
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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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It took award-winning journalist and ferocious sceptic Tom Shroder many years to persuade Dr Ian Stevenson--a distinguished psychiatrist and scholar who has travelled the world investigating and documenting more than 2,000 cases of young children who speak of remembering past lives--to allow him to observe his field of research. But, eventually Stevenson agreed to allow the cynical, hard-nosed journalist to accompany him first to the Lebanon, then to India and finally to the American South as he continued his research into this remarkable phenomena. And the result--Old Souls--is extraordinary. Of course, like Shroder, many are justifiably sceptical of the idea of reincarnation; after all, how often have we read of adults who, after being regressed under hypnosis, suddenly decide that they were once Cleopatra? But Stevenson's subjects--small children who, from the moment they can talk, spontaneously speak of past lives, beg to be taken "home", pine for husbands, lovers, children from another life--do not speak of vague lives from centuries ago but instead are able to give details of specific, identifiable, ordinary individuals who may have died merely months, weeks or hours before the birth of the child in question. Shroder, the journalist, constantly questions the discoveries: what if the parent had somehow suggested the idea to the child? What if the child had somehow picked up on the story of someone's death? What if the culture into which they were born encourages the idea of reincarnation? But Shroder, the man, struggles to hang on to his scepticism as Stevenson's plodding, methodical and repetitious modus operandi throws up more and more evidence to suggest that the children are telling the truth. Old Souls is a study of scientific evidence for past lives. It is also a study of a man whose dogged research into reincarnation has spanned more than three decades. But most importantly it is the story of children across the world whose lives are touched by a phenomenon that most of us will never truly understand. Be prepared to have your mind opened. --Susan Harrison


Whether or not you believe, but especially if you're a born skeptic, you'll be in good company sharing the travels of author Tom Shroder...."Old Souls" is quietly mind-boggling. --"Chicago Tribune"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2823 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050N3BB2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but just lacking that little bit.... 9 Dec. 2004
By A Customer
As a believer in reincarnation but still quite sceptical, I found this book to be a very interesting read. The author does a good job of documenting the research of Ian Stevenson but it's the research that leaves me with doubts. I was expecting (and hoping for) case studies where the interviewee would be able to come up with verifiable facts without the possibility of intervention and subsequent coercion from their families to change the evidence to suit the facts. Of the few cases where this happened, I wasn't convinced of the results. Given that 90% of the cases in this book were secondary visits to past-life people originally spoken to 17 years previously, I feel that the chance to change the evidence to be too great to make the cases fully believable.
The book itself is well written and entertaining and worth reading, certainly raising questions about the whole aspect of reincarnation.
After reading the two books by Michael Newton (Destiny of Souls and Journey of Souls) I find it difficult to reconcile what he said (that souls usually take many years to prepare for their next incarnation and rarely incarnate back into the social group they have just left) with the plethora of cases in this book where the majority of souls reincarnate in the next village.
I'd recommend the two books mentioned above, the consistency throughout both is outstanding.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Tom Shroder manages to combine his own scepticism of reincarnation with on-the-edge scientific research into the lives of children who claim to have existed before. The reader is not only drawn by the evidence and the way in which it is matter-of-factly presented but also by the insight into Shroder's own changing viewpoint and the reasons behind those changes as the book progresses. For believers and sceptics alike, this book does not offer any far-out, New Age explanations for reincarnation. It simply details Shroder's involvement, as a well-respected journalist, in the culmination of a man's life work on the subject of reincanation. Taking the reader from Lebanon to India, Shroder's descriptive talents allow the reader to almost smell and touch the places that he visited, to feel his terror on the muddy single tracks which pass as roads and have been the place of many a spirit's passing and to smell the stench of India's open sewers. His insight into a personal "coincidence" in his life will raise a smile on the face of anyone who has read the "Celestine Prophecy". The one thing which seemed to be missing from the book was any kind of difinitive ending. Let's hope a second book isn't too far off!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldsouls 16 July 2004
By A Customer
One of the most amazing books I have ever read. This is a book you simply can not put down. I think even those who are not open minded can appriciate the in-depth research and beautiful language in this book. I have read Oldsouls many times and would highly recommend it for those with an interest in this subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much unnecessary descriptive writing 29 July 2013
By beany
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I have found this book a little tedious. I bought the book as I have an interest in reincarnation and the afterlife, but found that I had to wade through pages of boring descriptions of the author's travels in between the encounters with people who remembered past lives. My feeling is that the author, a journalist, has written the book like this so as to make it his own observations, not just a report about professor Ian Stevenson's work.
But it's Mr. Stevenson's findings that I am interested in. I also found the author's comments about Dr. Brian Weiss's work slightly offensive. Dr. Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist who discovered an ability to regress his patients to past lives. He seems to believe that Dr. Weiss does not have enough proof in order to substantiate his belief that many of his clients (one in particular, Catherine) have truly remembered past lives whilst under hypnosis. He cites one example where Catherine has her dates muddled, yet later, while considering one of Mr. Stevenson's cases he is ready to excuse a similar memory slip. He also remarks that Mr. Stevenson's subjects were probably not fantasising, as their remembered lives were so mundane, yet fails to note that this is also one of the strengths on the side of Dr. Weiss's subject, Catherine, and indeed most of his subjects.
In short, I find Mr. Shroder is over opinionated about a subject he knows little about, and I would much rather have heard more from the person actually conducting the search (Mr. Stevenson). I have skipped great chunks of detailed description about each person's clothing, the scenery, the author's feelings as he was going along the road etc. and will not be finishing the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't grab me 31 May 2013
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I'm very interested in the subject but unfortunately the writing style is such that there is more information on where the researchers were going and how they felt, etc than on the subject at hand. I gave up after fifty or so pages. Never a good sign.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truthful, but not exciting 8 Nov. 2011
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In praise, the author's enthusiasm for the research really shows. He recounts his travels with a professor who studies children with past life memories. Intriguing. However, in criticism, the excitment for the subject is dampened by the inconclusive cases described, and even moreso by the description of cultures where past lives are not a mystery, but taken as fact. It's not particularly well written, and many of the cases amount to nothing at all. Truthful writing, but not exciting stuff.
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One day scientists would realise that they were always so close to getting it all right! What was lacking was believing. Recommend this book to all the open minded readers.
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