Reunion on the Rainbow Bridge: My Parents' Past Lives and the One They Shared with Me

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Frog Books, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 239 pages
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In 1953, Sherri Defesche’s parents, Jim and Shirley Swanson, were married in a hospital room just ten days after a car accident had left Shirley a paraplegic. She was only 17 at the time, while Jim was 20. What followed, despite the hardships they faced, was a 46-year love affair blessed with unconditional love, joy, and four happy children. When Shirley died in 1999, a grief-stricken Defesche began to explore her deepest beliefs about death, eventually discovering Eastern spiritual philosophies about the afterlife and the possibility of past lives. This book is the moving chronicle of her journey and what she found.

Defesche details her meeting with a past-life regression therapist, who helps her discover that her parents had been soul mates over more than 200 incarnations. From Lemurians living in paradise to Celtic children in Scotland, from a Chinese farming family to World War I heroes, her parents’ past lives provide the author with a sweeping historical context that helps her to understand the undying nature of her parents’ soul connection and love, and why human beings continue to incarnate across eons.
 

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Contents

My Father Begins His Earthly Journey
3
My Mother Had Also Arrived
17
A Chance Meeting and Love at First Sight
30
The Accident
33
The Wedding
41
An Uncharted Course
44
On the Road
51
Life Goes On
54
PART III
130
Many Lives One Love
135
Their First Incarnation in Lemuria
140
Lemurians Living as Native Americans
150
It Was Greek to Them
158
Born into a Celtic Life
166
The Dark Night of the Soul
171
Bringing Light into the Dark Ages
175

Family Matters
62
Second Careers and Divine Callings
77
Knocking on Deaths Door
82
After Life
87
A Message from Beyond the Grave
91
Believing in Life after Life
96
A Time of Religious Questioning
101
Who Wrote the Bible?
112
Do Christians Believe in Reincarnation?
126
The Renaissance
187
A Short Life in China
197
Service Brings Them Together Again
201
The Meaning of My Parents Past Lives
212
PART IV
213
Reunion
219
Selected Reading
235
About the Author
239
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About the author (2009)

Sherri Defesche lives in Austin, TX, with her family. She works as an administrator at St. Edward’s University and explores the topics of grief and loss, spirituality, and love in her writing.

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