- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus; New edition edition (29 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749925302
- ISBN-13: 978-0749925307
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reincarnation: True stories of past lives Paperback – 29 Jul 2004
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Anyone familiar with the existing body of literature on past lives will recognise this book as a significant contribution. Roy Stemman , editor of the magazine Life & Soul, previously named Reincarnation, has spent many years gathering together a wealth of examples of apparent past life recall. If anything, the high number of stories crammed into each chapter becomes a little overwhelming, though they do represent the vast body of evidence available on the subject. (Chapters cover rebirth within families, soul mates, group reincarnation, special talents, war victims and birthmarks, to name a few, and examples from around the world are used to illustrate each point. Hence we learn of four-year-old Uvashnee Raffan who,)
Despite the apparently endless supply of evidence for reincarnation, however, the most striking aspect of this book is its level-headed approach. Stemman goes to great lengths to balance the amazing stories with arguments opposing reincarnation. (This is a vigorously researched, scholarly book but one which is nevertheless easy to read and engrossing. Many are quick to write off belief in reincarnation as "cranky", but this book may cause some to think again.')
- Dale Evans, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW
About the Author
Roy Stemman was a journalist and director of the weekly Spiritualist newspaper Psychic News for 20 years and is now editor of Life & Soul magazine (formerly Reincarnation International). Roy has specialised in the field of the paranormal for 30 years.
Top Customer Reviews
As for the content, it's a bit heavy going but gets there in the end.
If you've read other books which talks about reincarnation, you're likely to have come across Shanti Devi before, amongst others. These are all in here, along with nods to other authors' research. And the thing is, this book is incredible.
You read the stories and if you think past lives is a load of rubbish, you might even be convinced that huh, there might be something to it after all. If you're already there, you'll be even more convinced after reading this.
Stories come from all over the world, and some I have heard about before. For instance, Stemman mention both Brian L Weiss's cases as well as the Cathar group reincarnation, as documented by Arthur Guirdham in the 1970s. I believe it even mentioned the story of a Swedish woman who remembered being a concentration camp survivor brought to Sweden by the Red Cross buses, which is a book I read in my teens.
This isn't a book that will go into detail about how to "do it yourself", it's just a collection of remarkable stories of past life recollections - including those that have happened (primarily in cultures where belief in reincarnation is part of everyday life) where children have insisted on being taken back to their real families in other towns, and the details that researchers have been able to verify.
It's very, very fascinating, even if you already think there's something to it. Only wish it was longer.
It fails to grab your attention and is slow moving.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating book. I enjoyed reading it. Its basically a lot of accounts of reincarnation cases.Published 8 months ago by Eileen92
must read very interesting if you believe in the afterlifePublished on 11 Jan. 2015 by Connor Taggart