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Reincarnation Hardcover – 30 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing; First edition (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841938513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841938516
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 30.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An interesting introduction to the issue at hand 16 July 2012
By Heikki Hietala - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Reincarnation is one of the most interesting issues regarding human life.

Before we go into the review, you need to decide your attitude to the issue at this point. Are you of the opinion that a) there is no soul, or if there is, it disintegrates at death, b) the soul takes abode in either Heaven or Hell after death, or c) the soul is durable and survives to be born again.

My own take is that Option A is such a waste - all the experience collected during life is just thrown into the winds. Option B is a curious construct that doesn't work for me; if you don't believe in Hell, there's no need to escape it into Heaven. Option C works for me: nothing goes to waste in nature, and Man is part of it, so I rather like thinking souls get recycled too.

But then, on to the review. Paul Roland has written a very nice book on the subject. If you are an experienced reader, you may not find much new in this, but if this is your first foray into the subject, you can hardly find a better book to start with. It is a well-crafted and solemnly written journey into the esoteric.

The cover states that this book contains "Remarkable stories of people who recall past lives." That is true. It also contains a wonderful section that looks into history and the way major religions have viewed reincarnation in times past. It is refreshing to read such lucid and well-balanced text on, say, how early Christianity was completely at ease with reincarnation, until power struggles and bickering inside the Church caused it to be extracted from the Corpus.

As for the stories themselves, the author is careful not to state that any of these stories are true. They are just stories, in the same vein as the Bible too is a collection of stories, with no intrinsic truth value as such, but are out there for us to choose to believe them or not. This is in contrast to many other books where the authors state categorically that an instance of reincarnation is conclusively proven. That is not and probably never will be the case.

Some of the stories are from historical times, and there's a tad too many cases from the 1800s. I would like the book to have concentrated a bit more on modern times and tales. But an example of the stories that caught my eye, as one who has a long-standing interest in the Pacific air war, was that of a small boy, James Leininger, who stated he died as a fighter pilot over Chichi Jima in 1945. The boy started having nightmares at 3, and was able to tell his parents he died flying a Corsair from a carrier called Natoma Bay. He told his amazed parents he was formerly known as James Huston.

While some of his story has been debunked by skeptics in the Internet, and rightly so, some of the features escape explanation. He happened to name his three GI dolls Walter, Leon, and Billie, and when his parents tracked down survivor comrades of the pilot the boy claimed to be, the names were those of mates fallen before the demise of Huston. Coincidental statistics are formidable.

There are also interesting stories of people who have been cured of illnesses, when they have learned of a traumatic experience in a past life. For example, one who had trouble breathing, found in regression that he'd been buried alive at a construction site. You may now say it's mental placebo; if sugar pills cure real ailments, surely this can happen too? I agree. But the cures are impressive nevertheless.

Another interesting feature of the book is the section on well known people with an interest in reincarnation. Henry Ford is on record here as saying, "Genius is experience. [...] it is the fruit of long experience in many lives." General Patton's talent in strategy was known to all, but he ascribed it to having served as a soldier in many armies over the centuries.

This is such an interesting issue that I do ask all of you to look into it. Is it true? You be the judge.

-Heikki Hietala, author of Tulagi Hotel
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