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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Life Before Life: How Soul Agreements Direct Our Destiny by Carolyn Gervais is a non-fiction book on philosophy as well as a part-memoir. Life Before Life is a book dealing with so-called New Age concepts which are in reality derived from teachings and wisdom of the Ancient East. The book starts with an introduction by Carolyn in which she discusses a bit about herself and her background and what started her on her quest as a spiritual seeker. The book is then divided into several chapters in which Carolyn writes about her early life, her experiences of joy, sorrow, trauma, the ups and downs of her life, along with her memories. Parallel to this are philosophical musings or reflections in which she draws upon her self-described intuitive abilities to discuss concepts such as the meaning and origin of life, reincarnation, what is a soul and its journey, nature vs nurture, destiny, fate, free will, hypnosis, the ego, and the purpose of joy or sorrow.
Life Before Life is a book that has a good concept. I did feel that Carolyn writes with a genuine attempt at trying to convey what she believes in, so in that sense the book comes across as authentic. The writing style is fairly fast paced and goes through several metaphysical subjects which are always interesting to think about and explore. Although I didn’t necessarily agree with all of the concepts, this does not take away from the fact that the book does provides some food for thought, which is necessary as a seeker. Overall, Life Before Life is a book that readers interested in philosophy or spirituality will enjoy.