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Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives

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A riveting firsthand account of one man’s mission to investigate and document some of the most astonishing phenomena of our time—children who speak of past life memory and reincarnation.

All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken “home,” pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that ther
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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Simon Schuster (first published 1999)
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Steve
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Old Souls : Compelling Evidence From Children Who Remember Past Lives
by Tom Shroder. isbn13: 9780684851921


A prominent psychiatrist with a "no nonsense" reputation stumbles across a cure for a patient with an intractable phobia. Putting her under hypnosis he asks her to keep going gradually further and further back into her past. He then asks her to go all of the way back to the event that gave her the phobia. To his shock, she goes "back" to before her birth, thousands of years, to an alleged fo
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Bob
Oct 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in reincarnation, Ian Stevenson fans


I should say right away that I've been an Ian Stevenson admirer for a long time. I have not only his Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation in the original hardcover edition and the revised paperback edition, but I have nearly all of his other books, all four volumes of his Cases of the Reincarnation Type, the more recent European Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Telepathic Impressions - A Review and Report of 35 New Cases, Xenoglossy, Children Who Remember Previous Lives, Where Reincarnation

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Robin Tell-Drake
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first: I would like to try and review this book, rather than reviewing the notion of reincarnation, or even the question of whether or not this book changed my views on that subject.

I have to admit the book feels a little threadbare at times for lack of more cases, or cases with more gripping specifics, or cases that function more convincingly as airtight evidence for the reincarnation hypothesis. But that is how one feels as a reader, perhaps on some level hoping for a more novelis
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D
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to D by: Pamela Matthews
Interesting. Not compelling. Written by a journalist, in that sort of style journalists write in when they want to sound like a novel.... more details than are relevant, so they are just messy (do I need to remember who this person is? does it matter what food they ate? will it appear relevant later? nope).

The cases are interesting! But, I think we're not getting the entire story. We get a report of a fraction of the cases Stevenson found over decades of research into 3,000 cases. What do we ge
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Kristen Nace
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago and still remember it vividly...NOT a typical Shirley mcclaine "I was Cleopatra" type book. This is written by a journalist who is somewhat skeptical of the idea of reincarantion. To me what makes this story so fascinating, and i have to admit sad, are his stories of these children. He mostly deals with children in India (where reincarantion is obviously taken for granted) He also has some stories from Lebanon. (The Druze Christians also believe in reincarantion which ...more
Nell Grey
I almost gave up on this book - for the first 20% it seems more like a travel journal than the title suggests, with detailed descriptions of just about everything and everyone, but it did eventually get to the stories that made me buy the book in the first place. They were interesting, thought provoking and somehow unsatisfactory, partly because the original lives were mostly lived in the next village and also that there seemed to be conflicting accounts from witnesses and family members. The au ...more
erin
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is non-fiction which I usually fail to finish. I dont know why I picked this up. It was really facsinating. It is a fairly scientific book again not my usual fare but I glided right through it. It certainly seems to more than a fluke but the real question is why does it happen more in some areas of the world than others.
Natalie Sampson
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating... and an excellent presentation of science in comprehensive narrative. Makes me want to read more like this.
Melissa
Out of things to read I found this on the shelf of my work's "library" where we can share books with each other. The cover intrigued me and the concept intrigued me. However, as a whole I found the actual book a little less intriguing.

The author, Tom Shroder, decides to investigate the paranormal and more specifically the concept of reincarnation. He bounces around in the beginning preface of the book talking about different researchers in the field, but then finally settles on writing this book
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Kristina
This book was extremely interesting. It was interesting not just because it was about reincarnation, but I really enjoyed reading about the countries the author visited. Having never visited India and Lebanon, it was a wonderful depiction of life in these places. Well I don't know if wonderful could accurately describe the way that some of these families are forced to live. But it definitely made me appreciate things that we may sometimes take for granted. Such as plumbing. I was also really imp ...more
Daniel
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woo-woo, non-fiction
Aside from the interesting case studies, I was most interested in the perspective the author takes on mainstream science and its conservatism. One interesting dilemma for Dr. Stevenson, a medical doctor who later specialized in psychiatry, was that in Western culture, people know that reincarnation is impossible, and don't understand why he would want to make any sort of serious inquiry into it, while in many Eastern cultures, they know that reincarnation occurs, and don't understand why he woul ...more
Don
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following a scientist around the globe who is researching cases of children remembering past lives , Shroder tags along as a skeptic to chronicle, first hand, the children who remember significant details of former lives to the point of telling their parents they don't belong in their current family and want to go back to their past life.

Much like the book, Fingerprints of God, Old Souls suffers from the very same problem - a journalist's view of reincarnation. As much as I wanted to really like
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Julie
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in reincarnation and children's memories
Shelves: reincarnation
I appreciate the descriptions given by the author regarding the process by which the case studies were collected and the follow-up meetings at later dates. I was able to collect about nine pages of notes and books for further reading, but that is a bit atypical of me when I am researching a topic like reincarnation. Overall I found this book to be interesting from a social perspective, but a little light on actual content or theories provided by Stevenson's regarding his research of reincarnatio ...more
Tippy Jackson
Surprising. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, but it was well thought out and put together. I felt like he was trying to collect data as a scientist. Although sometimes I definitely felt they were stretching a bit, some accounts seemed really unexplainable and I do feel as though they often asked questions and brought up counter arguments when applicable, for the most part. I appreciate the attempt to be objective, even though it wasn't always successful. It has me questioning t ...more
Heather
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Jean Latina
This book was reccomended to me by a great friend and roommate of mine. If you've ever been curious about reincarnation you should definately check out this book. The memories from a previous life somehow remain in young children from Lebanon. The doctor follows up with these children years after their original statements to see what they remember and how much of the information has changed. Some of the children remain friends with their old families in their new body. It's an intense read and I ...more
Karla
Jul 25, 2007 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I have never had a huge opinion on the subject. The book is fasinating. The author,who is a journalist, followed a scientist around the world to meet with children who spoke of the lives they lived before. The scientist then went with the children to the families these children said they belonged to in their past life. Often the children knew things about the families that no one could explain. Their explination is that indeed these children were these people they claimed to have been. I don't k ...more
Tiff
Writer/journalist Tom Shroder accompanies researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Ian Stevenson as he collects cases of children who believe they are remembering a previous life. In this absolutely fascinating book, no one draws any conclusion except that more intensive attention needs to be paid to this remarkable phenomenon that may or may not be leading us into and understanding of the nature of the soul. Well written and very accessible.
Alcatraz Dey
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer/journalist Tom Shroder accompanies researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Ian Stevenson as he collects cases of children who believe they are remembering a previous life. In this absolutely fascinating book, no one draws any conclusion except that more intensive attention needs to be paid to this remarkable phenomenon that may or may not be leading us into and understanding of the nature of the soul. Well written and very accessible.
Hillary
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Ian Stevenson is a scientist that investigates recarnation memories of children. I chose this book. Old Souls, because it is from a journalists perspective, so I figured it would be written well and easy to breeze through. I found the subject absolutely fascinating and I thought it was well written too. I now want to move on to writing by Dr. Stevenson.
Rebecca Valentine
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book interesting, but not startling in any way. I believe in reincarnation and in fact have a son who had memories as a young boy that he would share about his "life before." I read this just to get a more investigative, scientific perspective on reincarnation, and I'm glad I did. The more I learn about past lives, the more they make sense to me.
Sunny
Feb 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't make it very far in this book. It is about a man who travels far and wide to talk to children who claim they remember past lives. The author follows him on his journeys and I couldn't tell if he supported the man or was there to rebuke all his findings. Either way I wouldn't recommend it.
Bridget Carroll
I found this book a bit underwhelming. The subject matter is interesting as is the doctor who has undertaken these studies. But the author is annoying and presents his own thoughts and opinions on the cases of these children when you'd much rather hear what Dr. Stevenson has to say. No offense, but do we really care about this guy's "unexplainable" experiences? No.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
Ian Stevenson's work, which author Thomas Shroder examines, is well known but falls short of being utterly convincing, at least to me. Old Souls is a fascinating book, not because it either proves or disproves reincarnation, but because it illustrates the process by which the author examines the anecdotal evidence and then makes his own, admittedly tentative, conclusions.
lynne naranek
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
A journalist's account of shadowing Dr Ian Stevenson documenting possible past-life/reincarnation cases in children, in as scientific a method as possible. That by itself is worth the read; then add to that getting the author's perspective of the chaotic life in Beirut & India. Highly recommended.
Leandra
amazing stories that make you think and just a bit creepy
Lisa A. Fraser
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely fascinating, and at times, unsettling. Leaves more questions than answers and that's what's great about it.
Mary
definitely compelling
Sarah
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting!
Célia Loureiro
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, but I still rely on its quotes once in a while to explain my point of view over life and death.

There's much more than it seems, according to my opinion.
Daniel Hernandez
A good book for that analytical someone wanting to believe but needs a little more proof.
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