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.
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"An important milestone of an emerging scientific paradigm." (Deepak Chopra)
Just love books.
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.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
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.
I am very interested in how other people think. Reading allows the time for thinking about what is being said so that I can feel the words.
Well written and very affirming. It is very rich in content. I will read it again.
Just like there are no words to explain the phenomenon of the universe, there are no words to explain the eye opening inspiration that comes from this book. With an open mind, the author will transform your understanding of the "after life, " if not the very easy you see the world around you.
Pure and honest, I will be looking for more great work by this author.
I loved the stories of each child, but I did not love the trivialization of life in the last chapter as the authors way of trying to explain how, what, why...
Deeply simple, that's me. My preferences gravitate to stories that offer chances to reflect. However, don't give me a lot of sugar coating.
I am so blessed to have found this book and listened to it. Jim Tucker presents us with some fascinating stories that provide solid evidence that at least a few of us have lived multiple lives. He then paints for us, in words, a very beautiful picture of the one great mind that is made up of all things, God.
This is a wonderful book.
The book is an excellent explanation of studies performed to try and verify what young children have said about "their other lives" or "their other homes". Unlike many prior studies, this one was done with American children and very important questions were asked about the incidents and the statistics that answered some of the "why"s that came up. Just about everyone will be flabbergasted about the documentation of these stories, but many will fall off the story when the author wanders into quantum mechanics and physics to try and explain a possible way these incidents can occur in our "real" world. Even if you don't listen to the theory behind the incidents, you will be amazed at what was found and documented. I'm very glad I bought this audiobook!
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
The book begins with a narrative of how certain cases research developed, and then the particulars of each case. Explaining what it takes to research cases was interesting - of course there are travel arrangements and expenses, coordination of schedules, and a lot of patience when working with children. The first part of the book gives those cases that had fascinating results when the recalled lives were investigated as to the accuracy of what was being recalled.
Then there was also a chapter on recalled past lives that didn't have a match-up with an actual individual, but there were still very interesting memories of a specific location with unique identifiers.
The children who were American and had recall of an American life were a break away from the multitude of cases from Asia or East Asia, and were somewhat more interesting and relatable, especially since there were a lot of technological memories of the one child who remembered being a fighter pilot. And the young man who remembered being a man in Hollywood, who started as an extra and ended up being a wealthy agent to Hollywood stars was interesting too.
The exciting bonus to me, totally unexpected, were the last two chapters. The penultimate chapter was an excellent explanation and examination of physics and consciousness. The author, Jim Tucker, MD, makes a beautiful explanation of the double-slit experiment and is able to relate the significance of this experiment. He brings together physics and consciousness and their meanings in a way that a layman can begin to grasp these ideas.
(Another author on audible is Tom Campbell, and he has put youtube videos of his various 3 day work shops, and if you are interested in hearing another version, from a different angle, of the double-slit experiment explained - with graphics - check out those videos - which also focus on physics and consciousness)
The last chapter is a super bonus overview of what Jim Tucker has observed after doing so much study of recalled past lives. He relates the patterns he has observed, such as how a young, or unexpected, or sudden or violent death can result in a quick turnaround. Or, how for example Japanese soldiers that died in Burma would reincarnate in Burma - Dr. Tucker noticed that there would be a reincarnation in the same area. Or, if there was a reincarnation within the same family, what patterns would be more likely. This last chapter has some terrific insights into reincarnation, what is likely to happen after death, some observations on Near Death Experiences.
The last two chapters of this book were unexpected by me and so enjoyable for the depth of information and new insights provided as a researcher provided for the reader what he has learned to date after all his years of work.
The narrator's voice was pleasant, quick, and interesting.
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