- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446509337
- ISBN-13: 978-0446509336
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 476 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot Hardcover – June 5, 2009
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"I believe with all my heart that James is James again. His story is riveting. I am sure this book will cause readers to see the truth: That we do come back here again, so we should make the most of the chances we have this time around." --Concetta Bertoldi, author of the New York Times bestseller Do Dead People Watch You in the Shower?
About the Author
Bruce and Andrea Leininger, James' parents, live in Louisiana with their son James, who is now nine years old.
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After reading the reviews of the book here on Amazon, I was a bit concerned.
This is a fairly well researched case that is both recent and local to us living in the United States.
Most of the criticism seems aimed at the "story line" rather than what James said and did.
Perhaps those readers were looking for something written like Ian Stevenson would present.
I felt that the book was written for the "general audience" rather than the reincarnation
researcher type, and that is OK with me.
There can never be enough "proof" for everyone since "belief" by its very nature is not
"open-minded". I would like to think that the way the book was written might help reach
those who are openly looking for spiritual answers.
The problem is that even if such an experience happens to you personally you may go
through what Bruce has, or more. There just has to be a point where you are satisfied
with what you understand to be true and move on.
When it comes to books on reincarnation, near death and the after life, I keep a little bit of skepticism myself. With "Soul Survivor" however, skeptics should have a hard time with it because author Bruce Leininger provides a story which can be fact checked with the names of soldiers from World War II who served with James Huston Jr., who was reincarnated as his own son, James. Those names are in the book. And that's something most books on reincarnation don't do: provide one with names from the past that can be looked up and verified if there are family members still living. And for those who think the story is bunk, why would Bruce subject not only himself, but his wife Andrea and their son James to ridicule? They were the subject of a story about reincarnation on ABC's "Primetime" in 2004, and the program resulted in calls from believers and calls from cranks - skeptics, no doubt with maybe a few of the cranks being Christians who fear the proving of reincarnation invalidates their beliefs. It shouldn't, as Bruce is a Christian and for him, the possibility of his newborn son James having lived in a past life was one that seriously conflicted with his religious beliefs. Reincarnation went against everything he believed in and he remained skeptical until the point when he could no longer remain skeptical that reincarnation was a possibility. But, in acceptance of that idea, his own religious beliefs were strengthened, not weakened. Absolutism has no place in faith because none of us really knows what takes place on the other side until we get there.
First, for the terrestrial: the book is well written, concise and keeps a nice flow going.
For the celestial: If all the events in this book are accurate as written, then this just more proof for the believer. And for the skeptic - maybe something to ponder.
The other very interesting thing about the book was the recounting of a conversation with family members of important pilots who had figured in the battle engaged in the day James Huston's plane was shot down. Mr. and Mrs. Leininger took the surviving family members of one of the Natoma Bay pilots to a restaurant, and one of the family members asked them, "Why are you so interested in the Natoma Bay?"
In all other such conversations, Bruce Leininger had said he was writing a book on the history of the Natoma Bay because he did not want anyone to think he was a crackpot. For the first time, however, he decided to stop misrepresenting to survivors and family members the true reason why he was so interested in the subject, and he said, "Well, our 3 year old son was having nightmares..."
And he was surprised and relieved to hear them say to him, "We believe you. We know that such things happen."