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, listeners 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 listeners to think about life and death, and reflect about their own consciousness and spirituality.
"An important milestone of an emerging scientific paradigm." (Deepak Chopra)
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I think we do!
This book is not just your mystical, airy fairy book. Mr Tucker has done his research and produced some compelling evidence for Reincarnation.
The stories were incredible but in the last two chapters he provides his theory and some scientific exploration. This went a bit over my head but it was very interesting.
Great Narrator. Just suits this book down to the ground.
The narrator was excellent. He made the book an easy listen, which is probably the reason why I finished it.
My disappointment with this book resides on the fact that it adds no original material to the serious literature on re-encarnation (which is a topic I am very interested on). The author worked with Dr. Ian Stevenson, who did most of the academic research on cases of reincarnation available today and basically capitalizes on that relationship.
This is a short book that can be listened to in one or two sittings.
If you are interested in reincarnation and are not familiar with Ian Stevenson's work, this book may serve to guide you in his direction and expose you to some interesting rigorous research on a number of cases. If you are already unto Stevenson, you can skip this.