“A compilation of book reports with anecdotes”

CarolBowmanBookChildren’s Past Lives by Carol Bowman

Summary: Has your child lived before?

In this book, Carol Bowman reveals overwhelming evidence of past life memories in children. Not only are such experiences real, they are far more common than most people realize.

Bowman’s extraordinary investigation was sparked when her young son, Chase, described his own past-life death on a Civil War battlefield; an account so accurate it was authenticated by an expert historian. Even more astonishing, Chase’s chronic eczema and phobia of loud noises completely disappeared after he had the memory.

Inspired by her son’s dramatic healing, Bowman compiled dozens of cases and wrote this comprehensive study to explain how very young children remember their past lives, spontaneously and naturally. In this book, Ms. Bowman tells how to distinguish between a true past life memory and a fantasy, offers practical advice to parents on how to respond to a child recalling a past life memory, and shows how to foster the spiritual and healing benefits of these experiences.

Recommendation: Mixed feelings (In Amazon’s world, maybe 1.5 to 2 stars)

Review:  If you enjoy reading anecdotes of people recalling past lives, then you’ll find the book mildly interesting. If, however, you want a book that truly provides evidence and science-based research into past lives, then this book is not for you.

The first half of the book is little more than a compilation of book reports, which in its own way was helpful to me, only because I didn’t have to go far to find a list of better resources for what I wanted (science-based information on reincarnation). The author condensed each of her reference books into a synopsis and summary of the main topics, and then wrote that up as separate chapters for her own book. She then borrowed one or two anecdotes from the reference book and incorporated that into said chapter. This made it quite helpful for me to determine which of those reference books I wanted to use to gain more insight into this topic.

(I do understand that she was doing this to show her readers that she had done her homework, and wasn’t just a silly housewife writing a book. However, this material should have been included simply as a bibliography, not as chapters in her book. Although, without these as chapters, she wouldn’t have had a book, since they did make up a little more than half her total page count.)

The second half of her book was divided into two sections. The first, contained snippets from her own life and family struggles in figuring out how to write the book while attending conferences and symposiums that would help her gain notoriety and aid her to launch her career as a regression therapist. The second, contained the instructions for parents on how to handle their children who may be remembering past lives.

The whole theme running through her narrative is that this book will help parents deal with their children’s sudden past life memory eruptions. Yet, that information garnered only twenty or so pages at the very end of the book.

So, if you’re looking for other materials to read with more science and more depth, then read the first half of the book for her book reports. If you’re looking for an anecdotal biography of Carol Bowman, then try the first part of the second half of the book. And, if what you really need is some help recognizing when your child is spouting information about a past life he or she may have lived, then try the last few pages. The author does present some fairly sound common-sense ways to tell whether your child is making up stories or actually remembering something from a previous life. However, on the whole, I would give this book a pass and find one that is more comprehensive and useful.


5 thoughts on ““A compilation of book reports with anecdotes”

  1. Wow- Random House let her get away with borrowing other people’s stories from other books? Yikes!! I haven’t read a lot about children specifically, but I’d guess the books written by Ian Stevenson & Jim B. Tucker would be a better bet. I spent part of the last week thinking about this topic. I’m wondering if my granddaughter (who is 3 months old) is remembering things… She has episodes where she is inconsolable and it got me thinking.

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    1. From my experience, and by the sounds of it, I would give that a resounding yes. If you (or her parents) can, I would suggest trying to speak with her during or right after those episodes. Ask her to draw a picture of what she is feeling or experiencing, or see if you can get her to act it out with her stuffed animals or dolls. Keep the questions general, such as “Did someone hurt you?” “Did someone say something mean to you?” “Did you do something that you’re sorry about now?”

      Questions like that can leave her free to answer at a 3-year old level. However, once she does start answering, you may find that she is responding at closer to an adult level (or much older child level, anyway).

      Good luck.


  2. We’ll have to see how things develop. She’s 3 months so has no language yet. My husband thinks she’s really angry & once she gets words- look out. Unfortunately, neither my son or daughter-in-law are open to these ideas so we’ll have to be careful. She’s certainly an intense child and I think will be an intense adult. I saw with my own kids that every spirit comes in as who they are. It just takes us a while to figure it out. We are NOT tabula rosa (a blank slate)!!

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