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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; large type edition edition (Dec 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006220159X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062201591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,209,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author and world-famous psychic who appeared regularly on the Montel Williams Show and on Larry 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Time line and conradiction? Feb. 5 2013
By Efrem - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Coco Chanel's life as a Mayan was totally off time-wise. Sylvia says Coco was born in AD 14 as a Mayan man but killed by a woman who was a Spanish spy in preparation for the Spanish invasion. The Spaniards didn't even discover the Mayan country for another FIFTEEN HUNDRED years. In AD 14, Spain was in the midst of the Dark Ages...certainly not thinking of Mayans or South America or even of Spanish Armadas. Even if it was a typo and should have read 1400, it would have been nearly 150 years off course. Aren't there editors to research these things and bring them to Sylvia's attention for her to address?
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?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Inaccurate, but I guess entertaining in a soap-opera-ish way Feb. 21 2013
By koalifications4 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If Sylvia couldn't even get the details of easily fact-checked lives correct, how could one trust her about lives of the long dead?

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.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I am so sorry for Sylvia.... Feb. 3 2013
By Jana - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Sylvia used to write some very interesting books. Now she is clearly trying to just make a buck. Even though I have noted along with many others that her psychic abilities are dwindling, I still would purchase her books. I even paid $700.00 for a 18 minute psychic reading and NOTHING came true.
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A bit of fact-checking wouldn't hurt! May 7 2013
By Chris T. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sylvia Browne claims that these peaks into the past lives of celebrities were channeled to her via her spirit guide. If so, her spirit guide (aka Francine) needs a research assistant or perhaps some lessons in how Google can assist with fact checking.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
So, is she a real psychic? What does the research show? Jan. 22 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Here are the shocking facts:

- When she was on the Montel Williams Show Browne claimed a girl died by being shot; in fact, her body was found in her own bed, unmarked by any wounds whatsoever.
- Browne added the 'e' to her last name after being indicted on security fraud.
- She claimed Al Gore would win the election; Bush won.
- She claimed a person died in water who was killed in the Twin Tower 9/11 attack.
- Browne's spirit guide Francine apparently lied to her because Browne was all wrong about what happened to the trapped miners when she went on Noory's radio show.
- Browne called the church she founded 'Gnostic Christian'. Once again, her spirit guide lied to her. She later found out the ancient Gnostics were anti-woman, not proto feminists, anti flesh, anti sex, and anti life. She has confusedly retracted many of her Gnostic church belief nonsense.
- She told the parents of Shawn Hornbeck he was dead. He was later found alive.

Among hundreds upon hundreds of other wrong pronouncements. A survey of her predictions in criminal cases has shown her to be almost never right. Tossing a coin in the air would likely do better.

But what have scientists found out about all claims of psychic ability?

Despite lurid TV show claims, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 2008 Jan;20(1):182-92 reviewed 75 years of research and concluded "there is no evidence that psychic ability exists". I repeat: 75 years, and no evidence any psychic ability exists.

What has research shown about those who believe in psychic powers and who hold New Age beliefs?

1. Rosemary Aird of the University of Queensland studied 3,700 21-year-olds in Brisbane and concluded that New Age spirituality was linked "with higher rates of depression, disturbed...ways of thinking, and anti-social behavior". Her conclusion: New Age beliefs undermine mental health.

2. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v14 n3 p261-272 Aug 2009 " paranormal beliefs are strongly associated with higher levels of suicide.

3. Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London SE5 8AF, UK. : findings confirmed that paranormal beliefs were predicted by delusion and hallucination-proneness.

4. Psychol Rep. 2002 Apr;90(2):405-11. Narcissism and belief in the paranormal - found that scores for narcissism correlated with belief in ESP and New Age beliefs but not in a belief in life after death.

5. Professor Michael King, from University College of London, and his fellow researchers wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry: "Our main finding is that people who had a spiritual understanding of life had worse mental health than those who were followers of a religion. Those who called themselves spiritual but not religious were 77 per cent more likely than the others to be dependent on drugs, 72 per cent more likely to suffer from a phobia, and 50 per cent more likely to have a generalised anxiety disorder. They were also 40 per cent more likely to be receiving treatment with psychotropic drugs, and at a 37 per cent higher risk of neurotic disorder."
The study was based on a survey of 7,403 randomly selected men and women in England who were questioned about their spiritual and religious beliefs, and mental state.

And then there are the illogical, fact-challenged statements in her latest cash-cow book.

"...most of the world's great religions - including Christianity until Pope Constantine...embraced reincarnation" (p 4).

Reincarnation was certainly known and discussed in the ancient Greek world. It never, ever, was part of either Judaism or Christianity. Both rejected it utterly. As anyone with a capacity to read history books should know. Once again, Francine is mysteriously lying to Sylvia.

Sylvia invents a new version of reincarnation, about which she wheezes "We design literally every aspect of our lives" (p 20). Sylvia has none of that nastiness about being incarnated as a rat in your next life.

Look, reincarnation in Hinduism is a grim, fatalistic belief that has kept millions of poor, starving Indians locked into an evil caste system for thousands of years. Brahmin Hindus actually rioted recently against the idea of helping the poor Untouchables because it might hinder their fulfilling their karma.

And yes, that's why Mother Teresa had to go and help the poorest of the poor in India - because a belief in reincarnation preached against helping even those who are starving to death. Browne, in her vicious hatred against orthodox Christianity, has Mother Teresa in earlier incarnations persecuted by none other than the evil church. Oh, right.

Browne knows so little about history or religion that she makes a complete mess when she blathers on about reincarnation, reformulating it to appeal to the spoiled narcissists of the richest country in the the world.

We design every bit of our life to be? What if someone feels they really, really need to be a billionaire (I, personally, have felt this call for some time) but the world is already chock full of billionaires, how does that work? Does God have a say in this at all?

Why do so many really stupid people inhabit the earth if we had our say in our new incarnations?

And what about that pesky little problem of evil? In the Hindu religion, both evil and good are denied - they simply don't exist because everything is an illusion. So, apparently, why did all those Jews want, ask, and plan to be gassed to death by Hitler? Please explain Sylvia. And serial killers, too, they designed every aspect of their lives...because why, Francine???

Then, last and worst of all, there is Sylvia's pronouncement that God will never send us "to an eternity of hell" (p 3).

Really? Even if we lie about God, and lie about Christianity and lie to people about reincarnation?

How about if we drag other people to hell? Is that what your really believe, Sylvia, or is it what you desperately, urgently hope?