Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Return to Life by Jim B. A first-person account of Jim B. Tucker's experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, New York Times bestseller Return to Life expands on the international work started by his University of Virginia colleague Ian Stevenson.
Tucker's work, lauded by the likes of parapsychologist Carol Bowman and Deepak Chopra, and described by some as qu A first-person account of Jim B. Tucker's work, lauded by the likes of parapsychologist Carol Bowman and Deepak Chopra, and described by some as quantum physics, focuses mostly on American cases, presenting each family's story and describing his scientific 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 case studies that provide persuasive evidence that some children do, in fact, possess memories of previous lives. Among others, readers 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 s 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 readers, skeptics and supporters alike, to think about life, death, and reincarnation and to reflect about their own consciousness and spirituality.
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Martin's Griffin first published December 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Return to Life , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I give this book 5 stars, not because it is particularly well written, but because its premise is simply mind blowing. Jim Tucker is a psychiatrist who is a professor of psychiatry and nuerobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia.
He has conducted extensive research in the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies on children who report memories of prior lives. I heard an interview with Dr. Tucker on NPR, which prompted me to get the book. He started his research essentially as a non-believer I give this book 5 stars, not because it is particularly well written, but because its premise is simply mind blowing. He started his research essentially as a non-believer in anything beyond scientific "materialism," as he terms it.
His studies have convinced him that there a consciousness that exists entirely separately from the physical functions of the brain. He uses the findings of quantum physics to analyze the possibility of that. The chapter on quantum physics in beyond my ability to really understand what he is saying, the case reports are utterly fascinating.
This is a book about reincarnation. Most folks might stop there, roll their eyes and move on. And I must say that the end is certainly the best part of the book. I don't know if reincarnation is real or not. But that doesn't bother me or other people who understand that what is 'real' changes. I have known people who feel certain they have been reincarnated. I know people who say without a doubt it is a bun This is a book about reincarnation. I know people who say without a doubt it is a bunch of baloney. I myself have my own ideas about reincarnation in light of what little science I can translate into a cohesive view of my own experiences.
My own theory has something to do with the potential of our genetic makeup to carry memories - sort of like the ability of elastic to spring back into its original form. But alas, this isn't my blog page. The examples of reincarnation - stories that have been investigated by open-minded scientists and medical professionals - are given in the beginning of this book.
While fascinating food for thought, I was a bit disappointed. Only one particular story stands out from the rest because an actual person could be identified. The difficulty, however, of collecting data is explained and I think is a viable problem for scientists. Most 'proof' of reincarnation is heard through the mouths of young children from about ages 3 to 5, and after age 5 the memories grow dim.
Many parents may think their child has a great imagination and may completely miss these experiences, especially if they adhere to a religion or science that condemns the possibility.
Tucker takes us through the experiences of parents and children, explains how the use of variables is cross-referenced - especially between cultures and what you would expect to find there regarding death experiences. The last two chapters are where I jump on board and decided to give this book a 4 instead of a 3 star rating.
Basically it is this: Only a small percentage of scientists are willing to risk their reputations to truly express their own wonder of this fantastic existence. The fly in the ointment is of course quantum mechanics or quantum theory which challenges the mechanistic view of the universe. Because what this theory does is to blow a hole in 'matter creating consciousness' as clearly there can be no universe without the observer. The last chapter of this book explores the author's views and shared by so many of us out there that whatever this universe s is, that it operates like a gigantic mind - that there is certainly a possibility that there is a stream of consciousness that emanates from this mind.
I actually applaud Dr. Tucker for trying to go from the retelling of reincarnation experiences, to quantum theory, to his "we are all one" wrap up. I say "here here" because until we can reach out to others with an understanding of our connectedness, we will have war, we will have religious ideologies snuffing out our freedoms, we will have dictators snuffing out our freedoms and we will miss something so freaking fantastic besides our hard concrete world of matter. For some the jump from reincarnation to quantum theory, to a stream of mind consciousness may be too much.
But for me, I toast Dr. Tucker, because we live behind a veil, and that veil is mind. Return to Life by Jim Tucker I read this book in two separate sittings, temporarily shelving it for several months, as it was just not holding my attention as I expected it would, being a subject I have previously read much about and which fascinates me, I thought I would be gripped from the beginning as these stories are based on true accounts. I think, with a bit more thought given to how the finished book would read, the author could have made this book a lot more desirable to the inquisitive r Return to Life by Jim Tucker I read this book in two separate sittings, temporarily shelving it for several months, as it was just not holding my attention as I expected it would, being a subject I have previously read much about and which fascinates me, I thought I would be gripped from the beginning as these stories are based on true accounts.
I think, with a bit more thought given to how the finished book would read, the author could have made this book a lot more desirable to the inquisitive reader. The individual stories are fascinating in their own right, but somehow they often get bogged down with too much detailed explanation from the scientific angle, which became quite boring at times, and I just wanted it to move along to the stories. I really enjoyed the case studies but slogged through his "analysis" in the last chapter. May 10, Donna LaValley rated it liked it Shelves: What the reader may want, having chosen the book for the title, ends on page The remainder of the pages holds Acknowledgments, Notes, and References, and also 2 chapters of Dr.
For me this is a false analogy and only confuses someone who wants to really know something. The birth certificate of that man said death happened at age This is astounding, in my opinion. These stories are compelling and important. Mothers discuss these statements in wonder with one another and then forget them, or let them go. The book briefly goes over some good cases but is very short and for me, disappointing. The importance of relying on very early childhood reports instead of later ones is that when young children do report past lives, their past-life memories and feelings may fade and be forgotten as early as five years old and usually by seven.
If, at age seven or eight, a child still maintains an identification with someone who lived in the past that Jim B. If, at age seven or eight, a child still maintains an identification with someone who lived in the past that they earlier claimed to be, their belief is usually contaminated with feedback from others about their earlier statements. Also, two year olds who claim to have been U.
Tucker, like Stevenson, is not the sort of person who never met a paranormal claim he didn 19t believe. Stevenson once commented on a book by a medium who claimed to have channeled the great psychologist-philosopher William James: Technically, he says that these cases are unsolved, which is not at all the same as saying they are unproved, because none of these cases are considered proof; rather they are considered to be evidence. He can be quite reasonable as when he relates the case of a Turkish man who admired John F. Kennedy and claimed that his son was the reincarnation of the assassinated U.
As Tucker recognizes, the boy probably seconded the claim to please his father who consciously or unconsciously coached the boy on information about Kennedy 19s life which is common knowledge. There is no way to establish any truth in this claim. Of course, past-life stories told by children usually seem to relate to the lives of obscure people from the past, which is a two-edged sword since it means on the one hand that the children are less likely to be making it up, but it also makes it difficult and often impossible to discover a real person who matches the biographical hints given in the child 19s utterances.
In one case, Tucker thought that a little girl might be remembering a life in Virginia City, Nevada, in the mid-nineteenth century, and the girl thought this was correct, but when they went to the town, the girl 19s reaction was muted, although she confessed at the airport when they were leaving that she longed to stay. Ultimately, while her past-life report did fit a description of life in the historic boomtown in many striking particulars, Tucker noted that the individual she claimed to have been could not be identified.
Even without an identification, the issue of how very young children could put together accurate portraits of other times and places is intriguing, but those cases are not as impressive as those of three boys that Tucker studied after they claimed to have been identifiable people from the past. These three individuals were not easily identified. One had been a twenty-one year old U.
It took several people years to find this individual by putting together statements from the child with information that was sometimes difficult to uncover. In the end, though, the fit was like that of a glove. Another had been a failed Hollywood actor turned talent agent. The boy only had the name of one old movie he had been in without the name of the actor, which made it difficult rather than easy to identify him 14for a long time, no one could figure out which cast member he was or whether he was an unnamed extra.
It turned out that everyone had ignored the fact that he was credited in the cast but had no dialogue in the movie, so it was impossible to determine which character he is supposed to be; a likely possibility is that he had a line in the shooting script that was omitted from the final cut. Still another boy also claimed to have had a career in Hollywood, but as a writer. He was also able to identify the middle name, which came up because of its similarity to his own middle name.
This is not explained in the book, but in a radio interview the author seems to have slipped and said that the boy 19s middle name was 1CCole. His parents asked him what movies he had written and ticked off a number of titles of famous movies. When they suggested 1CGone with the Wind, 1D the boy said that was one of his. His mother looked it up on the Internet and found that, although several writers worked on the script, the main credit was given to Sydney Coe Howard. Does that send shivers up your spine?
It does mine, and that is the sort of thing that makes this a fun book to read.
Of course, the most striking hit Tucker reports did involve a famous person. A two year old, whose parents knew nothing about golf and cared less, became addicted to the Golf Channel on cable television and soon began insisting that he remembered being Bobby Jones, the famous early twentieth century golf pro.
This might be easily dismissed for similar reasons to the JFK identification although, in this case, the parents were less inclined to encourage the claim, but when shown a photograph of Jones standing next to another man, the boy said, 1CThat 19s my friend, Harry Garden. Another chill up my spine. What is most striking about the 1CBobby Jones 1D case is that, while the boy stopped having memories of being Bobby Jones, he became a golf prodigy. At age seven, he entered junior golf tournaments and won 41 out of 50 games.
True, he had been taught by a PGA golf pro, but the golf pro only agreed to teach the boy 14from age three-and-a-half 14because he was impressed by the boy 19s natural talent. Tucker analyses a database of over two thousand cases from around the world, and he draws from these some statistics that turn out to be spooky rather than dry. For example, while the majority of children who report past-life memories are boys, if you separate out the reports of non-violent deaths, those cases are fifty-fifty male and female.
The violent death reports make up seventy percent of cases, and about seventy percent of those are male. Well, it turns out that crime statistics tend to show that about seventy percent of those who meet violent deaths are also male. In other words, the breakdown of violent deaths in Tucker 19s cases seems to reflect reality and also supports Tucker 19s speculation that a violent end could be a catalyst for a transmigrating soul to give its next incarnation nightmarish and therefore vivid and remarkable memories.
As a Pilates Instructor, I hope to help spread that word far and wide, and prove that Pilates is not just for women. Joseph Pilates was indeed a pioneer of his time, and were he alive today, I'm sure he'd be extremely happy at how his work has progressed while still remaining true to his original vision. Mar 30, Lisa M. Johnson rated it liked it.
The photos for the exercises are good for review if you know the mat repertoire already. While some of the man's ideas were clearly on the mark, some Aug 25, Bethany rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really just read the first 24 pages, which is the actual writing part of the book.
It was very interesting and motivating! It really explains in very plain terms why Pilates is an important form of exercise, and really reaffirmed the fact that it is something I really, really enjoy doing. I have looked through the exercises a couple times since I got the book from the library, and I know many of them so I saw no reason to read through it again, but I would LOVE to own this book as a reference.
Even though I'm sure there are much more modern Pilates instructional books out there, this is the original and well worth the read!
Aug 09, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: A tiny and precise book that epitomizes Pilates itself: In less than pages, Joseph Pilates lays out the philosophy behind "contrology" his original name for the Pilates exercises and then demonstrates them with short and direct instructions in this manual from Eat right, exercise, learn how to breathe right, balance your mind and body, and you'll live a long and healthy life! Feb 11, Cassie Walker rated it it was amazing. In this tiny book he talks about the schism between society and physical fitness and introduces some of his basic Mat repetoire.
If you enjoy Pilates and want to go a little deeper this book is for you. If you have been interested in why MindBody health is such a phenomena, this book is for you as well. Jan 29, Monica rated it it was ok. I can not say I agree with Joe on all his theories don't tell the pilates police but it does offer a historic perspective of pilates, and highlights that it's always good to read more than one book on a particular topic area.
Jun 30, Patty Vela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interesting man with some interesting ideas! Jan 05, Peggy rated it really liked it. Not a book for everyone. It has great pictures illustrating some of the moves, but the text portion regarding the philosophy behind contrology isn't for the lay person. May 22, Alison rated it it was amazing. Absolute must for anyone who wants to learn the foundation of the Pilates method.
Sep 13, Maggie Lang rated it it was amazing. All I can say is that Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time, in my opinion. How fortunate that he shared his experience in a way that would benefit others. May 16, Tiffany Trevor-jones rated it it was amazing.
Enlightening as to the master behind the method. Degree in psychology and a medical degree. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Christine McDowell Tucker, a clinical psychologist,  and has presented at academic and public conferences. He further indicates that the time between death and apparent rebirth is, on average, sixteen months, and that unusual birth-marks might match fatal wounds suffered by the deceased.
Although critics have argued there is no material explanation for the survival of self, Tucker suggests that quantum mechanics may offer a mechanism by which memories and emotions could carry over from one life to another. Tucker argues that viewing the self as a fundamental, nonmaterial part of the universe makes it possible to conceive of it continuing to exist after the death of the brain.
In a similar way, the brain may be required for awareness to express itself, but may not be the source of awareness. Since taking over the research into claimed past-life memories from Ian Stevenson in , Tucker has been interviewed about reincarnation in print and broadcast media in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The Boy Who Lived Before. Cameron's descriptions of his previous family home were entirely accurate; while the family name of "Robertson" also rang true, nothing could be found of the man Cameron recalled as his father on the island.
In , he was interviewed on Larry King Live about the cases he has studied.