This is an aptly titled book. Matlock is a research fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation of New York, and his thesis is that reincarnation actually occurs and is not just a fantasy. In the introduction the author writes that "because beliefs about reincarnation provide the backdrop against which the evidence appears, [he] gives some attention to beliefs but ... focuses on the interaction between belief and experience rather than on beliefs as strictly intellectual data.” He goes on to define reincarnation and address its challenge to materialism; summarize signs, beliefs, and customs in animistic cultures; and provide a brief history of belief in rebirth and karma (the effect one’s beliefs and actions have on future lives). In the remaining chapters he discusses his research methods and studies principal signs of reincarnation, secondary signs, and recollections of past lives. The final chapter describes the process of reincarnation. Matlock’s thesis is impossible to prove, but so are other views of the afterlife, for example biblical views of heaven and hell. Recommended. All readers.
[Matlock] discusses historical and cultural beliefs in reincarnation, methods used to study reincarnation, studies involving children, studies involving adults with past-life memories, and ideas about the process of reincarnation... [T]his book is one of the single best resources for the study of reincarnation available today.
2/22/22, Parapsychological Association (PA): This article celebrated the book’s 2021 PA Book Award commendation.