Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives
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Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

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This remarkable book uncovers--for the first time--the mystery of life in the spirit world after death on earth. Dr. Michael Newton, a hypnotherapist in private practice, has developed his own hypnosis technique to reach his subjects' hidden memories of the hereafter. The resulting narrative acts as a progressive "travel log" of the accounts of twenty-nine people who were...more
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Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications (first published 1994)
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Holly Goguen
I read this whole book in one sitting it was so interesting. A past life regression hypnotist focused his practice on the space between lives and interviews his patients on what that time is like, how we choose our lives, and how we interact with the souls who accompany us on our journeys. It's not hokey at all or new agey...there's no mention of religion or dogma, it's just accounts of conversations and the consistencies that the author has found between individual accounts. Really gets you thi...more
I can sum this up in one word: interesting. A look behind the curtain of death. . . and rebirth. We’ve all heard the stories about near death experiences (NDE) where the spirit hovers above the body of the deceased and then drifts through a tunnel toward a bright light where they see relatives who preceded them in death. Typically that is all we learn. This book tells the rest of the story.

I won’t give any spoilers but would rather comment on the methodology. I don’t claim to understand how hypn...more
Shita Dewi
Nov 26, 2007 Shita Dewi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who interested in spiritual issues
It's really a great book!!
Bring so much controversials yet intriguingly to read. It's hard for me to put down the book, not before I've finished it.

If you believe in the spirit world, this book is for you in that it will fill in many gaps you might have regarding this subject. If you are new to the subject, then this book is also for you, because after reading you will never look back, wanting to explore more,..

Have you ever wondered why we are here? What is our purpose? Who are we supposed to b...more
John Doe
I have a problem with the idea of past lives and with karma generally, but I found this book to be both encouraging and hopeful. The best feature of the book is it's detailed description of an afterlife experience that goes far beyond "seeing a light" or a "tunnel." The worst feature of the book is it's depiction of punishment. Souls atone for the sins of their past lives. Someone who abuses women could be reincarnated as an abused woman. While this may look like an opportunity for second chance...more
Oct 21, 2007 Kenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone for whom traditional belief systems have failed
Shelves: religion
Quite literally, one of the three most important books I've ever read. Newton, a hypnotherapist and admitted agnostic, begins to uncover, through his sessions with his patients, the existence and details of the un-reported world that exists in another sphere between lives on this earth. Most of what I'd hoped and suspected about the "afterlife" or, better said, "between life," was affirmed and expanded upon. Powerful and life-changing, I've read this book a dozen times and get something each tim...more
I read this book for the first time 10 years ago when a friend of mine gave it to me to read. It left quite an impression on me since I have been thinking about it ever since. About one month ago, I found it again in a used book store and read it in a few days. It seems that timing aligned again since it showed up just as I've been exploring the "spirit world" recently through authors who have written about their near death experiences.

One major reason I loved this book is because the author him...more
Alika Yarnell
Oct 30, 2007 Alika Yarnell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Souls wondering where they came from and where they're going
This is another world view-changing book, or should I expand to say, universe view-changing? Like Spirit Babies by Walter Makichen, this book talks a lot about karmic reasons for our various incarnations on Earth (and possibly other planets from time to time). Dr. Newton uses regressive hypnotherapy to take people back to before they were born in this life and we see some of his subjects' past lives and what the spirit world looks like in between physical incarnations. Since I'm already a firm b...more
Sue M
Feb 27, 2008 Sue M rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sue by: Rae
Reading this book was a life changing experience for me. I always felt each of us had a special purpose in being here on earth, and that we were provided with others to help us on our journey. This book has cemented these ideas and expanded upon them based on Dr. Michael Newton's hypnotherapy of his patients over a 10 year period. This book has also given me comfort in that I now know out souls never really die and that I will again see my loved ones who have passed from this world. I highly re...more
This book was the most influential book I've ever read and answered so many of my questions about life, death, after-life, heaven, hell, why bad things happen, even homesexuality. Amazing and life changing info.
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Anybody who is spiritually minded and has an interest with the afterlife should definitely begin their quest by reading this book. I always find, it is worthwhile to explore any author's background before reading to get a feel for their approach and perspective etc. As it happens, Dr Michael Newton is a very credible chap. Like most hypnotherapists I have come across, they tend to all start-off with a relatively traditional mindset and then something happens that causes a revolution in their thi...more
*I just saw that I reviewed this book over a year ago. My opinion has not changed. I recommend starting with this book as the author explains how he 'found' this information. Fascinating, life changing.*

What incredible book! As usual when I find books like this I feel I was 'led' to them as there is something for me to learn about my current experiences in life. I have been researching and reading about reincarnation since I was a teen (long time ago!). There are many books about that but not so...more
Isaiah Coffey
Oct 22, 2009 Isaiah Coffey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All intelligent beings...
Recommended to Isaiah by: Amazon
Shelves: favorites
I can read this over and over and over... I have learned to look at my personal life challenges as necessary obstacles in order that I may progress by mastering areas of my life that are mentally and emotionally challenging. As I have always told others, life is a testing ground for the heart's intentions and desires, and it is up to us to subdue our passions and overcome greed, hatred, and delusion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would love to change their angle (perspective) on life...more
Julie Achterhoff
Michael Newton has gone where no one has gone before. He has tapped into the place we go in between lives using hypnotherapy. This book tells the journeys of several people as they are regressed to the point before they were born. This and his other book, Destiny of Souls are my all time favorite books. I read them after my son committed suicide. These books gave me great comfort at a time when all there was was grief and amazement. I believe in what this book has to say, and know on a soul leve...more
Jan 04, 2009 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: New Age, Reincarnation, Seekers
Recommended to Lori by: Kate's reading list
Shelves: reincarnation
Ok, I'm comin' out...I want the world to know...(add the disco beat here)...

I'm open to the concept of reincarnation. It has been the one metaphysical, spiritual, big-unknown (call it what you will) that has always appealed to my imagination and also my sense of fair play. Have we lived before? (Magic 8 ball says yes.) Will we live again? (again, yes) Are we drawn to certain people to play certain roles in our lives (both positive and negative) for a larger reason? And will we interact with thes...more
Reading this book liberated me to the nth degree. In most, if not all religions, there is some type of evaluation of the effects of different phenomenon. To most this is known as karma, or a type of judgment. In some religions this evaluation is done by a temperamental anthropomorphic God, who surely must have known the outcome of the critique even before the creation of the person being judged. Be assured that there are only "LAWS" that govern the Cosmos, be they physical Laws, Metaphysical Law...more
James M. Madsen, M.D.
This is a collection of case studies by a hypnotherapist who believes that he has regressed patients not just into past lives but also into the period between lives. The presentation is admittedly not scientific, and the propensity for subjects under hypnosis to fabricate memories in good faith is well known. As Carl Sagan has observed, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and while some may consider this collection to represent that extraordinary evidence, I personally have my d...more
My beautician actually recommended this book to me. I am not religious person and no longer believe in God. Something I struggled with since I was raised Catholic.

I really enjoyed this book and really shows, at least to me, there isn't a God.

What I find amazing is how all these different people talk about the same thing when they're in the spirit world. Part of it I find hard to believe and the other part is starting to believe. So much so, that I would love to do a past life and life between li...more
Christopher Pinckley
Dr. Michael Newton takes past life regression studies to an all time high in this amazing two book series. You wont believe the detailed information, the documentation, and the findings in this book. To me this is proof positive of all the things that I have always believed about reincarnation and the spirit world.

Read this book to gain some clarity on why we're here, what we're doing in between lives, and where we're heading. I have definitely integrated these two books into my own philosophy,...more
this is the book you can depend on it . you can stablish your future background with it. if you read the first page you will absolutly finish it.
This book was highly thought provoking. Stimulates your imagination in a big way. And very trippy. Read it in less than a week! The book gets 3 stars instead of 5 because of:

(1) the author [hypnotherapist:] could have asked better questions, in a better manner; in a way I really felt that the author didn't really understand the spirit world very well, despite the answers he was being given [fortunetly you can read the transcripts and hear the answers of the subjects and thus make your own conclu...more
Again, this book, as well as the book 'Letters from a Living Dead Man' by Elsa Barker refers to so called "esoteric literature" and raises some mystical questions that haven't found its proofs in practical conсepts of science yet. But still the idea of soul immortality is fundemental for lots of studies including theology. But unlike these sciences, the book doesn't imposes its ideas. The aim of the book is to help people unswer the questions of human destiny. Mr. Newton, the author of the book,...more
Erren Wolf
Michael Newton is a unique hypnotherapist. He not only regresses people back into their past lives, he regresses people into their lives between lives. He had accumulated a lot of research on this process and has written about his findings. It is fascinating to learn about the Spirit World and what souls do there in between lives. You live, you die, you go to the Spirit World, you review your life, and you select the next body you want to reincarnate into. There is so much more to that. By learn...more
Is there really life after death? This book seeks to answer this question. Dr. Michael Newton is a traditionally trained hypnotherapist who discovered that his patients, when regressed under hypnosis, not only talked about their past lives, but also the journey of the souls between lives. Whatever your religious credo, your beliefs, your experiences, this makes for interesting reading. He's apparently done about 7000 cases, and this book summarizes some of the commonalities that he's found among...more
Kent Rees
As a young lad in a small town searching for definitive proof of a higher being (and soulful purpose), I was too shy to share any inner thoughts with anyone, and soon felt all alone in this far as how I figured all this was put together anyway.

The Bible version of events, didn't quite jive with me...nor did the BIG BANG...some inner dissonance rang out...and then a fine fellow, who would instantly become my life long best friend, introduced me to this book. At long last, I didn't feel...more
I downloaded this book because I wanted another point of view on the 'afterlife'. What I got was a whole lot more than I bargained for. First of all, it's a very dry book, full of case studies so I had a hard time staying focused on it. However, I came to like it in the end, and some of the answers it gives us. But it's 'big picture' is a lot bigger than I am prepared to accept. I like the idea that we chose the lives we are living, in order to learn from them. And the idea that some people in o...more
Evans McGowan
Fascinating book! It makes a fanciful notion much more believable. I would love to believe it, but at the same time the idea of eternal souls and reincarnation seems to make each individual person a little less special... Yet more connected to our ancestors who might actually be ourselves! It's also quite logical for those who believe in the eternal nature of the soul. It will help me better understand those who speak about past lives and eternal souls, but I'm not convinced myself. It's just a...more
the information in this book converges beautifully with karmic astrology (stephen arroyo & liz greene) and collective archetypes / mythology (carl jung & joseph campbell). this book delves into the actual metaphysics of the soul's journey between incarnations. for me, a novel concept was soul splitting, in which an individual soul can exist in two separate earthly incarnations in the same time continuum. additional intriguing concepts were of souls practicing rearrangement of energies fo...more
Roberta Grimes
Michael Newton hypnotically regressed a number of people in deep trance to what they said were their lives between lives, and he reported in these books what they told him. After having read many afterlife stories, I was astonished to read these books and find that the accounts that they contained were different from most of the others. They seemed oddly impersonal, even mechanical, although the after-death process that they described was consistent with what I had found elsewhere. It was only l...more
This one gives hope. I put two stars down for authors gullibility (he should approach this subjects with a little more care for the truth and at least try to explain the readers the reasons to believe the statements by his subjects are honest and not fabricated by some mind process), but I put one back up again for the underpinning moral message which is present throughout the book and which really gives one a reason to live and struggle in this earthly life. The argument for pain is very simila...more
Carla Risener
I have read many books regarding this subject and was not surprised to discover the author spent a lot of time in military schools . Although the book is about life between lives & spirituality , it lacks the essence of spirituality . It lacks the focus on love, compassion and human emotions . Instead it appears the author is focused on putting together a "system" an "order" of spiritual life - perhaps from military training . It lacked the "heart" I have felt while reading other books on th...more
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Michael Newton, Ph.D., born in 1951, holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, is a certified Master Hypnotherapist, and is a member of the American Counseling Association. He has also been on the faculty of higher educational institutions as a teacher while active in private practice in Los Angeles. Over many years, Dr. Newton developed his own intensive age regression techniques in order to ef...more
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