Today we’re pleased to welcome author Christopher Stone to The Novel Approach, on the tour for his new novel Coming and Going, book two in the Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures series. Enjoy Christopher’s guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.
Reincarnation: Fable or Fact?
By Christopher Stone
In the 1950s, the international bestseller The Search for Bridey Murphy threw a spotlight onto reincarnation.
In Going and Coming: The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, Book One, my leading man is a past life regression therapist, accessing the past, and sometimes the future, lives of his patients, in order to find the root cause of their present day challenges.
But is the jury still out on the subject of reincarnation? Is reincarnation fable or fact?
It depends on to whom you speak.
True believers invariably speak about Dr. Ian Stevenson’s decades of meticulous, analytical research that, for them, proves reincarnation is as real and right as rain. In addition to his decades of scientific research, Dr. Stevenson, (1918-2007), authored three hundred papers and some fourteen books on the subject of reincarnation.
His 1966 book, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, became a classic in the annals of reincarnation research. But Dr. Stevenson’s major classic, the two thousand, two hundred-sixty-eight page, Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, 2003, focused mainly on deformities and other anomalies that cannot be explained by, or traced back to, inheritance, prenatal or perinatal occurrences. Hailed as a monumental classic, the book offered hundreds of pictures presenting the evidence Dr. Stevenson discovered.
On the other hand, skeptics brush aside the work done by Stevenson and others as unscientific and unconvincing, saying, there is no way to prove that so-called past life experiences are in fact true and not simply the fabrications of an active imagination.
Skeptics point out that from a strictly logical viewpoint, since no one has ever died and come back to life (except Jesus Christ, should you be a Christian who accepts this personal belief), there is no empirical proof of the claims of those who say they have been reincarnated into this day and age.
Both sides would seem to make very good points for and against reincarnation. But perhaps the jury will remain out until such time, if ever, that factual evidence surfaces.
Until the day that verifiable proof is real and present, the debate will undoubtedly continue, oft-times heatedly. But with a healing success rate in excess of eighty percent, it is difficult to make a case against the past life regression therapy that is Dr. Minnow Saint James’s stock-in-trade. Any discipline or therapeutic practice that succeeds more than eighty percent of the time must be deemed worthwhile.
Unofficially I’ve researched the subject of reincarnation for years, keeping an open mind to both sides of the argument.
My conclusion: Although empirical evidence of reincarnation does not exist, there is compelling proof that reincarnation, in one form or another, exists.
On the other hand, the so-called evidence against reincarnation is, almost always generated by those with a religious ax to grind. Skeptics commonly quote the Bible, itself a dubious document that, through the years has been edited and interpreted in line with what “this” king, or “that” culture wanted the masses to believe.
And let’s face it: all religious beliefs are quite literarily that: personal ideas that have been accepted as true. As such, they should not be mistaken for the irrevocably facts of life.
But what say you? Is reincarnation a fable, or a proven fact?
Blurb: At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, “Minn” to his friends, is a gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God’s Creation, to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient’s most challenging present day problems.
But Minn is also a bestselling nonfiction author. His book, In a Past Life, I…. is an international publishing sensation.
Going and Coming is the story of how Dr. Minnow Saint James became the person he is today.
In chapters that alternate between 2007-2008, and 2015-2016, we learn exactly how “Minn” transitioned from an atheist who is a slave to his five physical senses, into a professional metaphysician with a true belief in the Divine Mind we call God.
Readers may find themselves mesmerized as Dr. Saint James hypnotically regresses Ramona Burford, a student volunteer at the UCLA’s Parapsychology Lab, to a past life where, she describes everything that happens from a person’s physical death in one life, until they are reincarnated in a new body. Many readers will be surprised to learn that Pearly Gates, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, have nothing to do with what really happens.
In addition to reincarnation and the eternal nature of the personality, readers, along with “Minn,” explore metaphysical concepts including Simultaneous Time, and the erroneous physical beliefs in sickness, sin, and death.
Along the way, Going and Coming may just shatter your strongest beliefs about the very nature of reality.
About the Author: Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Fresno, California, Christopher Stone’s early years were dominated by school, watching television and motion pictures, bicycling, skating, and reading avidly. Summers were spent swimming, and doing whatever it took to survive the oppressive San Joaquin Valley heat. But he also remembers fondly the yearly summer trips to New York, to visit family and friends – and to see Broadway shows.
Christopher left Fresno, for Hollywood, California, during his college years after being accepted into the Writers Guild of America’s Open Door Program, a two-year, scholarship, training ground for aspiring screen and television writers. As it happened, rather than a teleplay or screenwriting gig, his first professional writing job was in journalism – as the Los Angeles Editor for Stage Door, at that time, Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. entertainment trade weekly, Variety.
Christopher would later use his Writers Guild of America training to co-author and sell the original screenplay, The Living Legend, with Jon Mercedes III, to the Erin Organization, and later, and also with Mercedes, to write two seasons of The Party Game, a Canadian TV game show.
As a young freelance entertainment journalist, he contributed to many Los Angeles-based publications, among them The Advocate, for which he wrote a breezy film column, “Reeling ‘Round,” and the Los Angeles Free Press. During this time, he became a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
Christopher dipped his toes into the world of motion picture advertising and publicity, as assistant to the West Coast Director of Advertising and Publicity for Cinerama Releasing Corporation, in Beverly Hills. At the same time, he also did special advertising and publicity projects for 20th Century-Fox. Christopher went on to become an Account Executive for David Wallace & Company, a public relations firm specializing in entertainment accounts – and located on West Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip.
Returning to his first love, writing, Christopher became a full time freelance contributor to national consumer publications including Us, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, McCall’s, In Cinema, and The National Enquirer, among others. Many of his stories were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corp.
Another important area of endeavor for Christopher Stone was Re-Creating Your Self. A Blueprint for Personal Change that he first developed for himself, the journalist went on to teach the principles and processes of Re-Creating Your Self to others – first, in private sessions, later, in workshops and seminars, and, finally, for California State University Extended Education. Eventually, one of his students suggested he write a book version.
Re-Creating Your Self was first published in hardcover by Metamorphous Press, and subsequently published in a trade paperback edition by Hay House. It has since been published in Spanish, Swedish and Hebrew language editions.
When not writing, Christopher used his longtime interest in, and study of, metaphysics, to teach meditation and psychic development classes – first in Beverly Hills, then later, in Manhattan Beach.
He went on to co-author, with Mary Sheldon, four novellas for a Japanese educational publisher, and then, also with Mary Sheldon, the highly successful The Meditation Journal trilogy of hardcover books. Subsequently, he returned to journalism, this time, contributing hundreds of print and online entertainment features, columns and reviews to magazines and websites. For eight years, Christopher was the Box-office Columnist for MatchFlick.com, a popular online motion picture site.
In his private life, Christopher Stone met David M. Stoebner on May 17, 1994, and they have been together ever since. In 2008, they were married in Los Angeles.
They share a home with their three pets in Coastal Los Angeles County.
In 2013, Christopher’s pet project has been transforming their rarely used kitchen table area into a killer, retro 1950s Diner Nook, complete with a 1952 Seeburg Table Top jukebox, a neon diner sign, and a malt machine.
Christopher’s first novel, Frame of Reference was e and print published, in fall 2012, by MLR Press. A short story, Sweet Homo Alabama was published by MLR Press, December 19, 2012.
Stone spent much of 2013 writing Frame of Reference 2: The Dark Side of Stardom, a sequel novel to Frame of Reference, as well as, Abracadabra, and a short story, published at Halloween. But the indefatigable scribe also found time to contribute weekly reviews, columns and interviews to Queer Town Abbey.
On December 11, 2015, Christopher will introduce readers to the Past Life Regression therapist, Dr. Minnow Saint James, the subject of his new series, The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, in the Christmas short story, Shaking the Holiday Blues Away, MLR Press. Going and Coming: The Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures, Book 1, will be released by MLR Press, January 22, 2016.
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22-Jan: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Love Bytes, BFD Book Blog
26-Jan: Molly Lolly, The Novel Approach
28-Jan: MM Good Book Reviews, Happily Ever Chapter
2-Feb: Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Hearts on Fire, Divine Magazine
4-Feb: Velvet Panic, Prism Book Alliance
9-Feb: A.M. Leibowitz, My Fiction Nook
11-Feb: Lee Brazil, Inked Rainbow Reads, Bayou Book Junkie
16-Feb: Book Lovers 4Ever, Havan Fellows, Emotion In Motion
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