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The Book of the Soul: Rational Spirituality for the Twenty-first Century Paperback – December 1, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


After reading this book, I will be recommending it to my students. Though I disagree with the author in a number of particulars, I agree with his approach. It seems he has a mind that is both open and critical. This is a book that intellectuals need not be ashamed of having on their shelves. --Hans TenDam, pioneering regression therapist and author of Exploring Reincarnation

This fine book is masterly and scholarly. It is invaluable to anyone interested in what a soul is, how it originated, and what happens to it after death; and to other researchers who want to further our understanding of an aspect of ourselves that has been of interest to philosophers through the ages. --Edith Fiore, pioneering regression therapist and author of You Have Been Here Before

The most comprehensive book on the soul, and evidence of its existence, ever produced. It is an incredibly informative and well-written book that will be used for reference well into the millennium. --Andy Tomlinson, leading interlife regression therapist and author of Exploring the Eternal Soul

About the Author

Ian Lawton was born in 1959. In his mid-thirties he became a writer-researcher specializing in ancient history, esoterica and spiritual philosophy. His first two books, Giza: The Truth (1999) and Genesis Unveiled (2003), have sold over 30,000 copies worldwide. In The Book of the Soul (2004) he developed the idea of Rational Spirituality, also establishing himself as one of the world's leading authorities on the interlife. This was followed by The Wisdom of the Soul (2007), The Little Book of the Soul (2007) and the rewritten Big Book of the Soul (2008).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Rational Spirituality Press (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095491760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954917609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,780,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawton is a huge fan of Michael Newton, PhD, as am I. My concern is that his book is largely a rehash of Newton's work, with occasional other authors. Reading Newton's two signature books, Journey of Souls Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives] and Destiny of Souls [[ASIN:1567184995 Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives will profit the reader far more. Lawton and I agree on the incredible value of Newton's work, but you would be better served by going to the source than by reading Lawton's book.
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I heard Ian Lawton speak at a meeting last year, on the subject of life after death. I was greatly impressed by his insistence on focusing only on cases where there is genuinely strong enough evidence to support the claims of past life experiences. I was likewise impressed by his rational approach to the subject of spirituality, which helped me to realise that that science and spirituality are not mutually exclusive ... in fact quite the opposite. I bought a copy of his Little Book of the Soul and found it to be an extremely easy read. Its contents convinced me that I just had to investigate the subject further ... to ignore the exciting implications of Ian's work would have been stupid. I went on to read his Big Book of the Soul, and was astonished at the depth of the research he'd carried out in writing the book. There are literally hundreds of references that can be followed up by anyone who wants to check the research. I defy anyone to read the Big Book of the Soul and not understand that there is very much more to this life than what we see around us. I've now also read Ian's two latest books, Your Holographic Soul and The Future of the Soul, and for the first time in my life I feel as though I have at least some grasp of the enormity of the exciting opportunity that lies before us all. I owe that to all the insights explained so beautifully in Ian's most excellent books.
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