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Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?

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Please note that as of March 24, 2009, Courageous Souls is out of print. It has been reissued under the new title, Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born (ISBN 9781583942727).

Courageous Souls explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we re born for p
Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 16th 2006 by Whispering Winds Press (first published 2006)
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John Wiswell
Sep 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: New Age readers, people interested in supernaturalism
Recommended to John by: Robert Schwartz
Despite the title, this book does not explore or answer the question of if we plan our lives before birth. In the introduction Schwartz plainly admits he will not pursue a logical argument for the belief structure, but rather asks readers to merely entertain the possibility. His goals are clearly to encourage emotional healing and help people mentally get past physically impassable challenges rather than to justify supernaturalism - which is fine, but goes against the title. The lack of argument ...more
May 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
I read this book at the request of a friend who said "it was the best summary i've ever encountered about what I truly believe about life." Well, I should clarify, I started this book. I read all the intro, and the intro chapter and the first study and then I picked from interesting chapters going forward. In the end, there are many things my friend and I disagree on, but we agree that we like to discuss them.

I agree with this book that our lives are planned, that there is meaning/ growth/ purpo
BLEEPING Herald Newsletter
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Book By Robert Schwartz

Review by Tedi Elliott

Once I heard a group of people talking about a tragic, fatal accident, in which a small child had been killed when a garage door closed on him. They were trying to come to terms with why such inexplicable things happen in life and spoke of how horrible it was and how heartbreaking this must be for all those close to the child. Someone wondered why God would allow such an awful thing to happen. I wondered why too, and started in on a thought process th
Dulcinea Contreras
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Each human has made a spiritual plan prior to arriving in one's current earthly experience according to Robert in this unique book. He delves deep into the perspectives of the human experience, including suffering, questions life and its meaning, and suggests that challenges are opportunities that reflect to us our feelings about ourselves. The ultimate message encompasses several eternal truths, including earth is temporary, we are eternal beings and not just a physical body, and reiterates th ...more
Lori Aberle
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!

Robert Schwartz investigates past lives and the possibility that our eternal souls actually PLAN not only our incarnations and who we are likely to meet, but also the challenges we face throughout our lives.

This book gives some amazing insight to the reality of "heaven" or whatever else you want to call the world between lives. Read this with an open mind.
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sensitive readers
Pondering the Possibilities Outside the Box

Robert Schwartz is an eloquent spokesman for his explorations in the realm few of us have even considered, much less explored fully: the concept of pre-birth planning as a convention of souls who make decisions about incarnation - place, time, circumstances, and challenges - that will heighten the overall improvement of not only their repeated growth in the process of rebirth but also the gift to the betterment of mankind.

Schwartz' manner of writing is
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Book read in polish.)
Very interesting point of view, something to consider for everybody, who seeks the answers about the world, soul mates and free will.
A book for people interested in New Age and it requires an open mind.

A couple of months ago, I found myself interested in topics of soul, soul-mates. On the internet I found some theories about souls and learned new concepts: Twin-Flames and Twin Groups. There are many books and articles about it, but I just didn't find the answers, I was loo
Michele Harrod
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book - it made me look at the many things I see as 'sad' or as 'terrible' in an entirely new way. And at people that I had seen as antagonists, as perhaps my greatest 'soul mates'. This offers a wonderful perspective on our lives, and why we have chosen the paths we have - and when you think of it all as choices, it takes on an entirely new Vista. I'm hoping there is more to come from Robert Schwartz!
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I found it fascinating. IF you are interested in knowing more about who you really are and why you are in this particular incarnation. Read the book. Easy to read and clear information
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! This compassionate book delivers a bevy of much needed messages.
Jeannine Bakriges
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A MUST read.
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
made a significant change in my thinking
J.P. Cawood
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the case studies in this book. I fully support the premise of the book and liked getting detailed information on individual's life challenges and how they overcame them. This book is great for anyone going through any type of struggle because there are enough different examples where you can draw parallels to your own life journey. Since reading it, I bought a copy for my sister and plan to borrow my copy to other family and friends you I think will enjoy it.
Nadia Giannakopoulou
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A life-changing book!!! Just amazing, read it many years ago...It 's based on a whole unique theory. For whoever is intrigued by it: read it with an open mind!
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Please note that I am the author of this book. For those interested in spirituality, I am posting below a review of my book from the June 2007 issue of New Age Retailer magazine.

New Age Retailer magazine
June 2007 issue
Pre-Birth Contracts | Spiritism
Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?
Robert Schwartz
$14.95 QP, 9780977679454, 327 pages, 5.5" x 8", Whispering Winds Press, 800/742-0148,

The serene cover of Courageous Souls belies the punch with whic
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reincarnation
Courageous Souls was my latest foray into the topic of past lives and the realm beyond this mortal coil. I would like to give it 2 1/2 half stars, really. And I think it may have earned 3 if I had not read Michael Newton's Destiny of Souls first. Newton's books set the bar for me on this subject.

The idea that we choose our life pathways and challenges ahead of time certainly turns existence on its ear. Imagine opting to live a life filled with the pain, fear and uncertainty of grave illness, phy
I liked the concept of the book which is something I've believed since some time, and reading books like this only makes me believe it more. Indeed, pre-birth planning and reincarnations make more sense and seem more logical than any other spiritual/religious explanation of why things are the way the are - at least, to me. This particular book is not exactly entertaining (after all, the subject itself is far from being so) and it took me a long time to read (also, I think it could be made shorte ...more
Książka bardzo interesująca jednak... uczucia mieszane ;)
Mogę uwierzyć w to, że wybieramy sobie doświadczenia w życiu z jakiegoś powodu, ale wątpię że to na prawdę będzie pocieszenie dla kogoś kto właśnie cierpi z powodu innej osoby. Kiedyś w przyszłości, być może tak...
Poza tym jak to się ma do innej idei reinkarnacji - że dusza natychmiast przeskakuje d nowego ciała?
Cóż... prawda pewnie leży gdzieś po środku ;)


"Wszyscy byliśmy mordercami, gwałcicielami i świętymi. Doświadczaliśmy wszyst
Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
The premise of the novel is a sort of trans-mortal continuous existence: we lived before life, we will live after life. The assumption is that we can gain insight into previous (pre-mortal) experiences through meditation or other mystical methodologies. The book is definitively new-age mysticism but echoes Christianity in many respects (though it is not religious, per se). Most of the book is an elaboration of the simple premise encapsulated in the title--we face challenges in mortality because ...more
Noah Lenzie
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wiser for the experience
For any of us who have been through difficult times but come out the other end wiser for the experience this book can bring confirmation and solace. As the author says this book explores the premise that our journeys in this life are preplanned by our soul. This is a beautiful and touching account of soul lessons by a team of mediums that Robert has lovingly put together in order to raise our understanding and inspire.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book if you can keep your mind open. Some things really resonated with me while other things were more difficult to absorb. I think this book can help people who are facing challenges in life, see things differently and therein lies a miracle.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sandy by: Taff Price
I thought it was an interesting perspective but again hard to imagine that someone would purposefully choose such a hard life. Perhaps, after more reading on this subject, I will re-read and be more accepting of this concept.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm actually reading the revised title of this book: Your Soul's Plan. It's great!
Mary Beth
this is the title before it was changed to
Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born
Jpojer48 jase
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
naučila sam novi način gledanja na život
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This has actually been re-published as Your Soul's Plan, and that's the one I'm reading.
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: soul searchers
Altered my way of thinking.
Asaya Chokmah
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It a very interesting and informative...
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that will give you a new perspective on your life. Fascinating, really. I'm enjoying it very much and giving the ideas a lot of thought.
Bonnie West
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Comparing all three books 1 2 Sep 14, 2015 10:22AM  
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  • Clairvoyance
  • Between Death & Life: Conversations with a Spirit
My books Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born (2007)and Your Soul's Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born (2012) explore the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we’re born for purposes of spiritual growth.

Your Soul's Plan contains stories of people
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