This is the first book I've read that purports to give the reader a glimpse of what we experience after/between lives in detail. Dr. Newton makes a creditable case for people who are already inclined to believe in life after life and reincarnation. I am such a believer. With this in mind, I have many questions for Dr. Newton that I feel will never be answered. His theories also fly in the face of Neil Donald Walsch's "Conversations With God". While I can see many of the areas of agreement by these two authors, there are definitely areas of clear disagreement. I would love to hear a discussion between them! I recommend this book to the curious but it shouldn't be the first book on the afterlife you read. Start with any of the books by Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Weiss's "Many Masters, Many Lives", Dr. Edith Fiore's "You Have Been Here Before", and/or Helen Wambach's "Life before Life". This book is bound to raise the level's of debate in the reincarnation chat rooms. Draw your own conclusions and know that they are, in some ways, correct also!
I felt "flashbacks," if you will, as I read this book, especially the discussion about soul groups and the schooling-type activities that go on in the spirit world. It's good that this account includes multiple case studies of those who have been regressed beyond their past lives into this other realm -- and that their answers were strikingly similar. The concept of soul development levels helps to explain a great deal about human behavior throughout the ages. The spirit world's strong sense of kinship, love, and understanding stuck with me long after reading Journey of Souls. How wonderful if these concepts could be shared universally; perhaps human beings might cease to cause each other so much physical harm? Alas, part of the order of the Universe seems to point out that this will never be possible on Earth. That gives those of us who want to contribute positively to the world something to strive for. It also offers a sense of hope, that life, "Here" and "There," is an ongoing series of lessons, and that there is always a higher level of being to reach.