Children's Past Lives
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-553-57485-2, ISBN 0-553-57485-X|
|Followed by||Return From Heaven|
Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child is a 1997 book by Carol Bowman. It a non-academic book, that was the first to explore the putative phenomenon of children’s spontaneous past life memories.
In the book, Bowman suggests that many children will speak spontaneously (without hypnosis) of their past lives, but not all unusual statements or stories from children are past life memories. Most of the time, children are imitating storybooks, TV or movies. But sometimes a child may talk about a genuine past life. Bowman says there are four ways to tell when a child may be talking about a previous life: look for a matter-of-fact tone, consistency over time, knowledge beyond experience, as well as corresponding behavior and traits.
A review concluded: "Bowman’s arguments and evidence are, if nothing else, fascinating. The book is worth the read if for no other reason than to understand a belief system that is rapidly spreading."
Carol Bowman's second book, Return from Heaven, published in 2001, focuses specifically on children who appear to have reincarnated in their own previous family or extended family.