For the first time anywhere, Carol Bowman, author of the groundbreaking Children's Past Lives, reveals how common it is for relatives to reincarnate into the same family -- grandfathers return as their own great-grandsons, uncles return as their own nieces, mothers switch places with their daughters, and children who died tragically young sometimes return to the same mother. This amazing discovery offers hope for anyone who longs to be reunited with a deceased relative or loved one. And it shows that reincarnation can be practical -- and very personal.
Return from Heaven is not a religious or theoretical book. It is empirical, based on direct observation of very young children -- some as young as two and still in diapers. Its many true stories follow typical American families as they are convinced by their toddlers' statements and behaviors that the child is remembering the past life of a departed relative. Readers are witness to the parents' struggles to reconcile what they see coming from their own child with their prior belief that "reincarnation isn't possible." They share what it feels like -- the personal dilemmas and utter joy -- to have a close relationship with two incarnations of the same soul.
Author Carol Bowman is recognized as a pioneer in reincarnation studies. She began collecting cases in 1988 not as a researcher, but as a mother trying to understand the past-life memories of her own two children. She shared her discoveries in Children's Past Lives, the first book to explain in practical terms how to recognize and respond to a child's past-life memories. Then, in the hundreds of cases that came to her since its publication, Bowman noticed a high percentage in which the child had unmistakable memories of a recently deceased relative. Return from Heaven presents the best of these family-return cases, focusing on the profound emotions and realizations they stir in the parents and families.
With a foreword by world-renowned medium James Van Praagh (Healing Grief), these true stories hold powerful lessons for everyone, not just parents. Some give fresh insight into metaphysical questions, such as how we choose our parents. Others cast a new light on miscarriage and abortion. Common to all are the lessons that death is not the end of life, and that relationships continue despite death. Return from Heaven will enlighten and uplift readers with a very personal and fresh look at reincarnation, and with promise of reunion with beloved relatives.
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Carol Bowman lives near Philadelphia with her husband; their two children are away in college. Through her writings, frequent lectures, and TV appearances on shows such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Unsolved Mysteries, Bowman has opened the eyes of millions of parents to the fact that some children easily remember their past lives. She is recognized as a leading expert in this new field.
Bowman holds a master's degree in counseling and practices past-life-oriented counseling and therapy. She continues to promote research of children's past lives and same-family reincarnation.From Publishers Weekly:
After the publication of her last book, Children's Past Lives, Bowman was deluged with e-mails from readers wanting to share their stories. Many reported the rebirth of deceased relatives into their own families; Bowman, intrigued, set out to study the phenomenon, and she now presents her findings. Each tale is stranger than the next: a grandfather returned as a grandson, miscarried twins were transferred from their mother to her sister-in-law and were reborn years apart. Bowman admits she is not interested in "fretting about proof" for these unlikely scenarios, but the stories are gripping in and of themselves. It's testimony to their high drama that a book beginning with the truly weird and uncanny premise, "What if the child who [is] just like great-grandpa really is?" can, by the end, make it seem almost a shame not to have a returned uncle or two in the family. Bowman endeavors to present reincarnation as a whole worldview a cycle of living, dying and spiritual growth rather than the wishful thinking of bereaved hearts hoping to rob death of its finality. This book will not change anyone's mind: believers will believe, and skeptics will remain unconvinced. Bowman, a believer, gives too little credit to the virtuosic imagination of children (or for that matter adults). Undoubtedly, many readers will find comfort and meaning in her work, while others will enjoy it as a better ghost story than most. (Apr.)Forecast: Author appearances in L.A., D.C., and Chicago; a national media campaign; and a 50-city radio campaign should help this book find its audience.
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