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I Have Lived Before: The True Story of the Reincarnation of Shanti Devi Paperback – August 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Ozark Mountain Publishing (AR) (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886940037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886940031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is an excellent book, relatively short, and easy to read.
M. Burroughs
Shanti Devi's story is the most thoroughly researched case of reincarnation in modern India.
Linda Johnsen
I was convinced that at least one person has reincarnated after reading this book.
G. McNutt

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. McNutt on September 1, 2002
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If you are like me, open minded to the idea that reincarnation is real but had no real proof, read this book. Shanti Devi was a girl that could remember her past life in full detail like it was yesterday, at the young age of 4. The book tell of how she eventually meets the husband she was married to, and other family members, and is tested to make sure she really was who she says she was. She went back to her last home and knew the whole layout and where she had hidden some money. I was convinced that at least one person has reincarnated after reading this book. Has some interesting information at the end about what Shanti Devi feels she has learned about life and also some quotes in the Bible refering to reincarnation.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin Burr on March 12, 2005
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This book was eye opening for me. Before I read it I didn't quite know what I believed, but was open to the idea of reincarnation. Now I don't have any doubt in my mind that reincarnation exists.

The book is clearly written as it tells the story from when she was a little girl until the end of her life. it tells in detail, how she remembered her old town and even words and dialects they used there, that she couldn't have learned in her present lifetime. It was gripping when it talked about how her remembering negatively it affected her. Having love for her past-life husband who was at least 50 years older than her, and a son who was over a year older than her.

The story was the most intruiging when it described the period in between her death and new conception.

I highly reccomend this book. I could't put it down. If you have any interest in reincarnatinon and/or India, this is the book for you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay Alagia on September 17, 2000
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This book is unique. I am from India and I am impressed with the level of authenticity provided by the writer. The photographs add much to the story. Because the story covers events over several years it is impossible to think that this story is not totally real proof of recincarnation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Johnsen on September 10, 2007
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Since friends know I'm interested in yoga and meditation, they often ask if I believe in reincarnation. I advise them to read I Have Lived Before by award winning Swedish journalist Sture Lonnerstrand, and make up their own minds.
If you only read one book on reincarnation, this should be the one. Shanti Devi's story is the most thoroughly researched case of reincarnation in modern India. The details of this account will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about the nature of the soul.
Don't miss this book; it's a mind blower.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Titus Rivas on February 5, 2006
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According to many investigators Near-Death Experiences suggest at least the probability of life after death. In this respect, they are connected to other experiences that do so, such as memories of a previous life.

One of the most famous early cases in this field concerns the Indian girl Shanti Devi. In the 1930s she spontaneously claimed to have been Lugdi Devi, the wife of Kedar Nath Chaubey from Mathura. This woman had died while giving birth at the young age of 23.

The numerous details that Shanti mentioned about her previous incarnation were verified as meticulously as possible by Indian researchers. Many of them concluded that the statements and behaviours shown by Shanti Devi could not be explained by mainstream scientific theories.

One of the first westerners that thoroughly investigated the case was the Swedish author Sture Lönnerstrand. He travelled to India as a skeptic and became convinced by the facts he discovered there. His book Shanti Devi, en berättelse om reinkarnation is a moving, easily accessible biography, illustrated with photographs of Shanti and other persons involved. It is very positive that this English translation was finally issued in 1998.

At a later age, Shanti Devi told Lönnerstrand what she could recall of her death as Lugdi. She still remembered that she consciously observed how a physician, a nurse, her husband and her mother had jointly decided that her body should be immediately transferred to Mathura to be burnt there. Ultimately she entered a spiritual world of Light and from there she finally returned to earth.

This book by Sture Lönnerstrand fulfills the important function of spreading reliable information about a typical, classic case of memories of a past incarnation. Scholarly reincarnation research is not an artifical 'invention' of Ian Stevenson, but it studies a natural phenomenon of all ages and regions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Vivek Mathur on June 13, 2007
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Having grown up in Delhi, we had heard of the unbelievable story of Shanti Devi Mathur from my father and other relatives who grew up at that time in the same neighborhood in old Delhi.

There has never been any doubt about the absolutely truth of the story in minds of anyone growing up in old Delhi at that time. The facts in the book are completely in line with what I have always heard from family. These facts may be hard to accept for many, but do yourself a favor and read the book.....it's 100% true!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunita on February 27, 2008
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I came across a brief introduction to Shanti Devi in "The Idiots Guide to Hinduism". The story fascinated me and given I was eager to learn more about her past and present lives, I bought the book and couldn't wait to read it! Reincarnation is a concept which have been exposed to me but I've never come across a story as legit and real as Shanti Devi's experience! The facts gathered are amazing! One needs no scientific evidence to accept the fact that this case is legit, genuine... real! The author did a terrific job composing details, outlining details from her present life and past memories, as well as delving into other religions such as Christianity and explaining more about it, such as how it reincarnation was once accepted. This is a must read book for any individual interested in reading an initial true story about reincarnation and learning a little more about Hinduisim in comparison with other religions!
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