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Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives [Kindle Edition]

Jim B., M.D. Tucker
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Dr. Tucker, in a follow-up to his book Life Before Life, explores American cases of young children who report memories of previous lives

A first-person account of Jim Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, Return to Life focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his investigation. His goal is to determine what happened--what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child's statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means. Tucker has found cases that provide persuasive evidence that some children do, in fact, possess memories of previous lives.

Among others, readers will meet a boy who describes a previous life on a small island. When Tucker takes him to that island, he finds that some details eerily match the boy's statements and some do not. Another boy points to a photograph from the 1930s and says he used to be one of the men in it. Once the laborious efforts to identify that man are successful, many of the child's numerous memories are found to match the details of his life. Soon after his second birthday, a third boy begins expressing memories of being a World War II pilot who is eventually identified.

Thought-provoking and captivating, Return to Life urges its readers to think about life and death and reincarnation, and reflect about their own consciousness and spirituality.

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In Return to Life, Jim Tucker painstakingly and meticulously documents the recycling  of memories from beyond the barrier of physical death. He then rigorously offers a scientific theory to explain how our consciousness transcends space/time and is, hence, eternal. This book is an important milestone of an emerging scientific paradigm that suggests that consciousness conceives governs constructs and becomes the universe or perhaps multiple universes.--Deepak Chopra A breezy page-turner...Tucker presents these cases...with professioanlism and palpable respect.--Spirituality and Health Jim Tucker is a worthy successor to Dr. Ian Stevenson. He approaches these fascinating cases of children who appear to remember previous lives with an intelligent curiosity, sober judgment, and a real knack for telling a story, which is a good thing, because these are great stories.--Tom Shroder, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives. These incredible cases are not simply solid grounds for accepting some form of reincarnation into our Western world view. These are heart-rending, poignant reminders that many of us do not quite fit into the cultural and religious worlds into which we are born.  Obviously, we are more than these worlds. Way, way more. Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Authors of the Impossible: The Sacred and the Paranormal Researchers at the University of Virginia Medical School's Department of Perceptual Studies are studying reports from children around the world who claim to remember their past lives. More than 2,500 such reports have been analyzed by the Project's founder Ian Sevenson and several colleagues, among them Jim Tucker.Their work has immense implications for our understanding of the world and human nature, but has received relatively little attention from mainstream scientists and religious groups. --Various

About the Author

JIM B. TUCKER, M.D. is Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies with children who report memories of previous lives. His first book on the research, Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives, has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DA79ZHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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While not entirely being able to avoid bias towards the idea of reincarnation's existence, Jim Tucker sure as hell made a compelling argument that these thousands of cases of children remembering who they were in a previous life weren't just the results of cryptomnesia, fraud or confirmation bias but could actually be something far more paranormal. Even skeptics will find this book interesting provided they give it a thorough read and don't dismiss everything in the book immediately as lies.

The only drawback is the far-fetched theory of quantum consciousness put forward at the end. It could be plausible but I feel like breakthroughs in neuroscience contradict the idea that consciousness is a separate entity that survives death as opposed to being something produced by the brain.

Then again, we may never truly know exactly how consciousness works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 16 Feb. 2014
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Really good read. Reading about all those interesting cases of children who remember their previous lives is very addictive. It's one of those books you could just go through in one go. One thing I didn't like (although it builds the basis for what's to come) was the part about quantum mechanics. Although it is mind blowing it can loose you easily. The idea behind the theory tends to stretch even the most brilliant minds (left alone an average reader).
All in all, I would highly recommend ''Return to Life''.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 13 Jan. 2014
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Why was I not introduced to this book before I had my children. It got me thinking of all the things my two children use to say and I didnt understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 30 Jan. 2014
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A very interesting book with a good account of some of the investigations made on possible past lives. The book attempts to be as objective as it can with regards to an area which is very difficult (impossible maybe) to prove or disprove.

The author looks into many possible reasons or causes for the phenomenon explored in the book.

Definitely food for thought I came away thinking that maybe we should be doing more work in this area and keeping open minds regarding life and the world we live in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book 13 Jan. 2014
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I like this book as it was quite thought provoking. I would recommend it as a good read for any one interested in this genre
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5.0 out of 5 stars See you all later... 13 Sept. 2014
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Thought provoking stuff. Dr J B Tucker worked with Dr Ian Stevenson of Viriginia University who was a pioneer in this field and did much research. There is a mountain of rational sensible evidence available for anyone who cares to look - plenty on YT and many books here on Amazon. We have kids at one end with past life stories and injuries and adults at the other end with NDEs and all manner of events inbetween.

Mind that fact that we live in this Cosmos is pretty strange to start with - I mean where is that? Then matter which exists and does not exist etc. Time travel back in time using black holes. Seems the theory of an afterlife is pretty tame stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! 21 Mar. 2014
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For anybody who questions our existence on earth this is a must read. This would be sceptics choice, a factual report of individual experiences from around the globe analysed by a scientific mind. The author explains how recent developments in quantum physics could hold the answers to our existence and the afterlife, excellent and compelling reading.
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