Past Lives Of The Rich And Famous Lp Paperback – Large Print, Dec 10 2012
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In this engaging exploration of the past lives of some of our most beloved celebrities, world-renowned psychic Sylvia Browne tells the story of more than fifty celebrities who have passed on and gives us details of the lives they led before their most recent one, and describes how those lives (some filled with joy, some with heartbreak and loss) shaped the celebrated people they became.
Previously Sylvia has written about what transpires after death, but now she explains what happens before birth. Who would have guessed that Amy Winehouse was once born to a homeless couple in Haiti and then sold into a wealthy family, or that Elizabeth Taylor lived forty-seven times before she became the famous star that we all adore?
Finally, Sylvia outlines a three-step plan so that you yourself can take a fascinating journey back and find out what you were doing in your past lives that helped make you the person that you are today!
About the Author
Sylvia Browne (October 19, 1936 - November 20, 2013) was a #1New York Timesbestselling author and world-famous psychic who appeared regularly on theMontel Williams Showand onLarry King Live, as well as making countless other media and public appearances. She also founded the Society of Novus Spiritus church, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.
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Bob Hope: Sylvia says one of the EARLIEST of Hope's 56 lives was in the 1700s (most recently he was born in 1903). Do the math: even if his earliest life she describes was ~ his 6th one, then that leaves 50 to cover in the next 200 years (that averages out to FOUR YEARS per incarnation). Did he spend countless lives dying as a child only too springboard back and forth again and again?
Also, she claims Dick Clark was greeted at Home by Elvis - but she states in a previous book (and on her radio show) that Elvis is already reincarnated - so could not have been at Home to say howdy to Dick 8 years later. Hmmmmm...didn't her editor read her previous books?
Is anyone besides me insulted at Sylvia's assumption that her readers lack the intelligence to question these inconsistencies?
For example, for the Karen Carpenter one, Sylvia claims, "It was very much to Karen Carpenter's credit that after becoming a highly respected performer and celebrity, she spoke out about her anorexia, which encouraged other celebrities to open up about their own eating disorders."
Um, no. Karen wanted to speak out about it, but died before she had the chance. It was Karen's DEATH that encouraged others to come out with their eating disorders. I think Sylvia misinterpreted this from Wikipedia. If that wasn't even right, how can I trust the rest of this book?
Now, this is coming from someone who actually does believe in reincarnation and the like... *when it can be fact-checked* (see Ian Stevenson, Jim Tucker, Carol Bowman, even Carl Sagan in "The Demon-Haunted World," and the like). I didn't used to believe in it, because I thought the "believers" were all hucksters like Sylvia. She gives actual researchers a bad name. From what I understand from previous reviews, maybe Sylvia used to be more accurate, but has "lost it" as she's allowed greed to take over, and I think this book is evidence of that (not to mention other reviews that have listed her iffy track record).
If you really want to read about the past lives of celebrities, for free, and fact-check them, I suggest the blog "Channeling Erik" if you're into this sort of thing. It's a much more enjoyable read, and greed-free.
This book should never have been written. There is no way to trust that what she hears from her guide on these past lives, is even legit. I am sorry for her. I do think she was a good author and was psychic. Now because she put greed before talent, she has lost her abilities, and her good name.
Among the book's most laughable errors concerns Lana Turner. According to Browne, Turner's previous life (in Oklahoma and Mississippi) began in 1860 as girl named Mary. She then proceeds to claim that Mary lives to be 83. In other words, she died in 1943. Well, by 1943, the Lana Turner we all know was very, very much alive and was already a top Hollywood star. So, apparently the talented Ms. Turner was living overlapping lives.
The book is filled with such slipshod errors - mistakes any decent editor or fact-checker would immediately sight.
Bottom line: so many inaccuracies clearly indicate that these tales of past lives are indeed just tales - pure fiction.
I got two-thirds through the book and, finally fed up with being fed such nonsense, tossed the book in the trash. It wasn't even worth recycling to a library or charity shop.
Confucius advised that a liar needs a good memory, but I doubt any well-practiced dissembler ever read Confucius, and based on how little she keeps track of her claims, Browne's memory must darn near be shot.
There was a time I halfway liked to read this snakeoil seller's books, just for a laugh at the collective gullibility of humanity, but honestly, Past Lives of the Rich and Famous was so terrible it wasn't even good for a chuckle. While deservedly disgusted, I have also never in my life been closer to genuine pity for a scammer than I am after reading through this utterly awful bit of hogwash from one of the most oft-labeled rip-off artists of our time. Heck, even her double-digit IQ die-hards are having trouble swallowing this tripe!
Where do I begin?
First off, as I am sure others have already noted, her grasp of history is ludicrous, even by the sad standards of America 2013. (Spanish meeting Mayans in the 1st century AD? The Spanish Armada destroyed by fire? Kansas long settled by white Americans in the 1830s? The Greek goddess Hera having a temple in ancient Babylon?)
Secondly she can't even keep her internal timelines straight, not even when they involve simple mathematics. Lana Turner living simultaneously as a woman in the Midwest and a star in Hollywood? That's the only way I can explain how her past life can overlap with the famous one, as Browne's arithmetic has happening. Also in this book Elvis greets a present-day celebrity in the afterlife...yet according to Browne Elvis reincarnated long ago and was already back on earth at the time of the celeb's passing. And then there's Bob Hope's seemingly having fifty deaths in a row in childhood. Wow, rough break, Bob! But heck it's OK, since we've all existed since the beginning of time, and we'll all exist forever. (Cause that's what being "eternal" means!)
I could go on and on but that'd just waste everyone's time when Sylvia's already done too much of that. Needless to say this is the woman's worst output yet, and that's saying something. This is the kind of book that lacks the good grace to give us a disdainful laugh, and it's not even much fun to pick on since writing this review feels too much like beating up on the mentally incompetent.
Don't waste your time/money/mental powers/or even the very muscles needed to hold up this goshawful book!