The Big Book of the Soul: Rational Spirituality for the twenty-first century Paperback – 1 Mar 2010
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This book is filled with thorough reviews of research and thoughtful analysis of its implications. It makes a significant contribution to the field. One need not agree with all of Lawton's conclusions to recognize the value of this well-written work. I recommend it highly. --Jim Tucker, University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies and author of Life Before Life
After reading this book, I will be recommending it to my students. It is one that intellectuals need not be ashamed of having on their shelves. And I predict that the author's proposal of a holographic model of the soul will be one of the most important concepts of our time. --Hans TenDam, pioneering regression therapist and author of Exploring Reincarnation
About the Author
Ian Lawton was born in 1959. In his mid-thirties he became a writer-researcher specializing in ancient history, esoterica and spiritual philosophy. His first two books, Giza: The Truth (1999) and Genesis Unveiled (2003), have sold over 30,000 copies worldwide. In The Book of the Soul (2004) he developed the idea of Rational Spirituality, also establishing himself as one of the world s leading authorities on the interlife. This was followed by The Wisdom of the Soul (2007), The Little Book of the Soul (2007) and the rewritten Big Book of the Soul (2008). For further information see www.ianlawton.com.
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I stumbled upon the predecessor to this book (The Book of the Soul) during a long personal search to find the truth about whether there is in fact `life after death'. My journey into all of this began because, like many others, I had an unusual experience (involving the death of someone and an out-of-body experience) which I simply couldn't explain. My experience couldn't be accounted for by my religious beliefs and it also didn't fit with any orthodox scientific theories about our so-called `reality'. Nevertheless my experience happened to me and I had such a strong belief in the reality of it that it sparked an intense curiosity in me to find some answers.
In addition to this strange experience, I had always had a strong sense of having `been here before' and I vividly remember certain feelings from my childhood, which resonated strongly with the idea of reincarnation.
I began a long period of reading everything I could find that was related to life-after-death, reincarnation and any belief systems or forms of spirituality that incorporated a belief in these two. Some of the key texts I came across were Robert Monroe's Ultimate Journey, Michael Newton's Journey of Souls, Jane Robert's Seth Speaks and Robert Schwartz's Courageous Souls. The thing that fascinated me was that all of these (and many other similar texts) appeared to be saying the same thing albeit in often different ways.
Ian Lawton has obviously traveled down a very similar road as me in wanting to make sense of all of the literature that is out there on these topics, as all of the above texts (in addition to many very interesting others that I hadn't come across) are referenced in his book. The `Big Book of the Soul' is an extensive revision of the earlier `Book of the Soul' and is a further collation and analysis of a huge amount of research which has been digested by Lawton and distilled to get to the crux of the key arguments and concepts surrounding the idea of our souls, the afterlife, reincarnation and our relationship with the creator. If you're interested in this area and have been reading similar things to me then it's great to have someone who has not only done all the same reading (in addition to a great deal more) but who has carefully analysed and cross-referenced it all.
This is a book that is extremely worth reading as it will make you think seriously about some very big issues. I think that, to fully appreciate it, you perhaps need to either have had a similar unexplainable experience to myself (and many of the people mentioned in the various sections of the book) or to be very open to the possibility that the universe at large and human existence may be much more than most people in the west believe it to be. If you are open in this way then there is a mine of useful information, argument and further references for you to explore here.
I don't think the hardened skeptic will necessarily be convinced enough to change their world view after reading this, despite the excellent approach that Lawton has taken, because ultimately I don't think some people are actually meant to know about these concepts at this stage in their own evolution..............Let's face it they probably won't buy the book in the first place anyway!
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