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 Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives 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.

New review of Torn Between Two Worlds – Material and Ethereal

In summation,  this book covers many controversial viewpoints but backs them up in a logical fashion.  The end of the book suggests several resources to understand better the foundations for Murphy’s theses.  Mark Twain’s thoughts on Joan of Arc, who took command of the King’s army at seventeen, are particularly enlightening.  Walther Hinz’s work is intriguing as well. Overall, I rate the book and its theories and supporting references a fascinating read at the very least. Murphy has put his work in and should be commended for the amount of research and supporting documentation he provides in this book with his research and supporting documentation.

 

Book Review from Daily Wisdom Words

What makes this book so fascinating, is what it addresses;  two fields of knowledge that appear to stand alone from each other;  Science and Religion.  The author talks about the gap between the two times the world has been destroyed and the missing information beforehand.  It answers many of the questions about life before we knew it and much of the missing history in specifics in our past.  Much of this history has been buried and today, unless researched has not been promoted and must be deeply researched to uncover.  

Torn Between Two Worlds – Editorial Review

While this book does not claim to have all the answers, it effectively points readers toward a direction where they might be able to ask the right questions. Packed with facts, logic, and compelling anecdotes, this is a body of work that will start conversations and generate discussions among those who read it. Its unbiased exploration of the relationship between that which is known and unknown will ensure that it is appreciated by both scientists and philosophers alike, and even more so by those who share the author’s belief that one simply cannot exist without the other.

via Torn Between Two Worlds – Editorial Review

Interview: The Big Question

Josh Okello invited me back on his show and he entitled the episode “The Big Question” where we talked about transmigration of souls, reincarnation and life after death. We also discussed my writings on Quora where I have been answering many questions related to the three books I have written.

We talk about the most popular question that I have answered so far, and that is about the story of Eve being made from Adam’s rib. As with many of the stories in the bible, this is of a nonmaterial nature. God did not wrap earth around a rib He took from Adam, but rather He took a physical body and ensouled it with one of the false ribs – the fallen pair of Elders (Rev 4:4). God put this symbolism into man’s body – showing the 24 elders and only fourteen of them are connected to Jesus (the sternum).

We discussed the flood as how it fits into earth’s history. The abrupt global warming that occurred around 8,500 BC, flooded the inhabited delta regions and wiped out those who were not prepared for the rising waters. But Noah, a spiritual pioneer in the plan of this benevolent force, was saved. This was like burning the dry brush away to allow the tender green roots of virtue to take hold.

In addition, we spoke about the plan of salvation which is not spoken of in any religion. The concept is that each one of us is a fallen angel and this material world was created for us to regain our virtues and overcome our vices in an unperceivably slow process of rebirth.  I have explained this in the books and also in a post on Quora called How can God’s work of salvation be summarized?

Torn Between Two Worlds answers many common questions on Quora

Since the release of my trilogy, I have been answering common questions posted on Quora addressed by my books. Over 400 questions have been answered and these have received over 51,000 views in the past 45 days. There seems to be a hunger for logic and reason that both religions and science are having difficulty delivering. Below are the questions I have answered that are of most interest to readers.

Although the old Testament reveals women were made from Adam’s rib, what is the actuality now known by science?

Does the human soul visit the home after death?

Is there any evidence for reincarnation, as in: One dies, then is born again? I’ve read a few stories about children remembering being on the Titanic, or being a fighter pilot, etc… Is this hogwash or is there evidence?

How is it that the pyramids were build 12,000 BC and Adam and Eve came about 8000 BC?

What is the best evidence for a historical Jesus?

What do you think occurs spiritually after you die?

Please visit my profile for these and many other questions with the perspective presented in Torn Between Two Worlds.