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Past Lives [Hardcover]

Peter Fenwick , Elizabeth Fenwick


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6 May 1999
Presents the latest research on the phenomenon of reincarnation, placing it within a scientific framework by examining the theories and beliefs about why ordinary people experience such powerful memories of a past life. With original case studies, including those of young children who describe the details of a past time they could never have known.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; 1st ed. edition (6 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747218412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747218418
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A no-nonsense approach to past lives! 13 Jan 2008
By Katherine A. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlike most books about past lives (I would imagine), this book does not assume an position for or against past lives/reincarnation. Instead, it provides the reader with scientific evidence, case studies, and a no-nonsense approach to analyzing the experiences described in the case studies. I am fortunate that I found this book first before trying others about Past Lives because this book covers everything I wanted to know and left me to draw my own conclusions. I would highly recommend this book to someone who is interested in knowing about past lives and reincarnation without any bias for or against it. I would also highly recommend this book for anyone interested in psi phenomenon who has an interest in the subject, as a person reading this book would be unable to become ungrounded by some of the assumptions other psi phenomenon subjects can have. Very excellently written, wonderful book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book, but not exactly what I was looking for 14 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always been fascinated by the notion that I could have lived another life and have even experienced something that could be construed as a past life experience. I have been looking for definite information, not case studies, which is basically what this book is about. It is a very intriguing book and I enjoy it, but it failed to answer my questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road 11 Mar 2012
By Ashtar Command - Published on Amazon.com
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"Past Lives" by Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick was one of the first books on the paranormal I read. It's relatively light reading, and obviously intended for the general public.

As an introduction to the subject of (purported) past-life memories and reincarnation cases, the book could be useful to both sceptics and true believers.

The Fenwicks fall somewhere in the middle: they are sceptical to reincarnation, but seem to believe in other paranormal phenomena, including the existence of discarnate entities. Thus, they tend to explain one seemingly supernatural phenomenon (past-life memories) in terms of another one (telepathic contact with spirits, occult "place memories", etc).

This will inevitable strike people with CSICOP-ish sympathies as too far out, while anyone with a keen eye to Adyar or Eckankar might find this little work too sceptical!

Still, "Past Lives" does give a good overview of the field. All the classic reincarnation cases are mentioned: Bridey Murphy, Shanti Devi, the bizarre tale of Arthur Guirdham and the Cathars, etc. There are chapters on past-life regression, reincarnation dreams, "children who remember" and the research of Ian Stevenson. The authors also mention a number of cases from their own files. The last chapter discusses possible explanations, and refers to the works of both Rupert Sheldrake and Amit Goswami, who would both be considered too "new agey" by the sceptics.

All in all, I'd say "Past Lives" is a relatively good book. I'll end with Voltaire's classical quip: "Being born twice is no more remarkable, than being born once"...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book....but.......... 26 Oct 2003
By Furio Sclano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a good book; written seriously by competent writers. The book contains lots of stories about people recalling past lives under hypnosis. The only negative point in this book is that the authors often give the impression to be so skeptical about the results of the experiences they write about that one may wonder: Why am I reading this book? Despite this; I consider it as a book which deserve to be read.
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