Book Review: Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newman

I have read many books on the afterlife, ghosts, and the spiritual world and find this one lacking for two main reasons:

1) The therapist, Michael Newman, asks too many leading questions in his case studies. He allows his own view of the afterlife to taint the reports from the subjects. For example: he tells his patients that souls are androgynous balls of light, when the subjects are describing male and female being.

2) Newman generalizes to much, based on the limited data that he has collected. Although he does not admit this in the book, he has a very strong sample bias to his cases. This leads him to make statements like: “all souls choose the life they will live.” This may be true for the patients of Newman, who were enlightened enough to seek out his assurance. There is a large percentage of people living today that have not gained any self-awareness that would lead them to seek out Newman. Thus, a sample bias that excludes the subjects who had not say in the conditions of their current lifetime.

I would suggest people to read a more board set of case studies in the book Life After Life from Beatrice Brunner who channeled these souls which were recorded before a live audience. There are 13 additional cases posted on Quora.

Impact of ghosts or lost souls on humanity

Originally Answered: Do you believe in ghosts and if so what event caused your belief or what reason do you believe?

I not only believe in them, I think they are one the today’s greatest social problems. Fewer people believe in the afterlife and are not actively thinking about the lost souls that are all around us. People are so obsessed with the material world, that they do not stop to think about what the ethereal world is trying to say.

Shawn Murphy’s answer to Has anyone had an encounter with a ghost in real life?

I have experienced personally what damage ghosts can do in people’s lives and have great respect for them.

Shawn Murphy’s answer to Have you ever experienced any paranormal activity?

The presence of ghosts should be pursued not for sport, but for healing – helping the departed to find their way in the afterlife, like how Dr. Wickland did for his patients.

Finding Wisdom and Rhetoric today

Since releasing my second book, some of my readers have asked the question: “Where can we find wisdom today?” I have been refining my criteria to look at present day people without the benefit of the test of time.

Through his work with his patients, Dr. Brian Weiss has discovered reincarnation and past lives, but unlike some of his contemporaries, he has gone beyond his personal observations and searched for a holistic worldview to explain his observations. I am very pleased with the wealth of knowledge he has to offer, answering many of the hard questions on his website. In addition to this, he displays the personality of someone who understand wisdom. He is modest, loving and caring.

I came across Communication with God from Neal Donald Walsch and it reminded me of book by a similar name from Johannes Greber called Communications with the spirit world of God. I know this work well as is one of my main references for my trilogy. The comparison of the two just like night and day. Greber, like wise is very modest and cautious when it comes to his communications with messengers from God. What we learn from Greber and other similar interactions (Rev. Vale Owen and Beatrice Brunner) is that God does not speak directly to people. God has an uncountable number of angels to send to protect and speak with humans.