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Dr. Jim Tucker's Book "Before"

Before: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives

A fully updated 2-in-1 edition, with a new introduction by the author, combining Dr. Jim B. Tucker’s bestselling books about children who remember past lives—Return to Life and Life Before Life.

These two books contain first-person accounts of Jim B. Tucker’s experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, and expands on the international work started by Tucker’s University of Virginia mentor and colleague Ian Stevenson.

Jim Tucker’s goal in each case of a child reporting memories of previous lives is to determine what happened—what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child’s statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means. Tucker has found case studies that provide persuasive evidence that some children do, in fact, possess memories of previous lives.

Thought-provoking and captivating, the stories in Before urge readers, skeptics and supporters alike to think about life, death, and reincarnation and to reflect about their own consciousness and spirituality. Order the book

Praise for “Before”
“In this very elegant book, Dr. Tucker offers the most convincing scientific evidence for the fact that our consciousness survives physical death. And indeed, takes quantum leaps of creativity in the form of reincarnation. The model that Dr. Tucker presents opens a new vision of who we are, limitless beings that fill up all of space and time.”
~Deepak Chopra, author of Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

Dr. Jim B. Tucker’s Website


Mindbodygreen podcastThe Mindbodygreen Podcast with Jason Wachob: The Science of Past Life Memories | Jim Tucker, M.D., director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies.



Where is My Mind? Podcast

Mark Gober (An End to Upside Down Thinking) interviewed Jim Tucker on the podcast “Where is My Mind”.  The topic of Reincarnation and the interview with Dr. Tucker starts at 33 minutes into the podcast.  In this interview, Dr. Tucker focuses on some of the more remarkable cases that have been studied at DOPS.  He discusses the case of James Leininger, Ryan Hammons, and cases of birthmarks linked to the memories of previous lives.  Listen to: Episode 7- Mediumship and Reincarnatio‪n

Listen to: Hi-Phi Nation,Hi Phi Nation Podcast Season 2,  Episode 6: The Self and Survival. This episode is about unusual childhood memories which bring up questions regarding the nature of the “self” and what aspects might survive post mortem. The interviewers delve into the philosophy and science of personal identity, quantum physics, and belief in the afterlife. Guests include Dr. Jim Tucker, Barbro Karlen, and philosophers Alyssa Ney and Yuval Avnur.

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WNG Radio logoDr. Jim Tucker was interviewed on Karen Conti’s radio show, WGN Radio-Chicago, September of 2019. Dr. Tucker discussed the DOPS research into children who report memories of a previous life. He related numerous facts about some strong cases in this interview.  Host, Karen Conti asked Dr. Tucker interesting, well-researched compelling questions. We invite you to listen to this excellent 21 minute interview with Dr. Jim Tucker regarding the DOPS research into cases of children who have memories of a previous life.

National Public Radio logoListen to Dr. Jim Tucker on NPR Weekend Edition, January 5th, 2014.  Dr. Tucker was interviewed by Rachel Martin in the segment: “Searching for the Science Behind Reincarnation”.

To the Best of Our Knowledge, NPRDr. Jim Tucker appeared on the syndicated NPR Wisconsin Public Radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge”, November of 2005, to discuss his research in the area of reincarnation. Listen to Dr. Tucker discuss his first book Life Before Life.


Scientific American

“Ian Stevenson’s Case for the Afterlife: Are We ‘Skeptics’ Really Just Cynics?” by Jesse Bering,  2013


VICE: The Hard Science of Reincarnation.  All over the world, scholars studying reincarnation are making findings even skeptics have difficulty explaining-by Rebecca Nathanson, 2021



The Atlantic Magazine LogoThis is an article by Jake Flanagin about the researchers at UVA DOPS who are lending credibility to the study parapsychological phenomena. The Atlantic, Jan/Feb, 2014.

UVA Alumni Magazine, December, 2013

An article appeared in the UVA Alumni Magazine, Winter 2013, which focused on the research of Children Who Claim to Remember Previous Lives being conducted by Dr. Jim B. Tucker.

Click on the link to read the article by Sean Lyons  “The Science of Reincarnation: UVA psychiatrist Jim Tucker investigates children’s claims of past lives”.


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Jim Tucker: Life Before Life-Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Live


Jim Tucker: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, European School of Theosophy Presentation, 2019



The Past Life Memories of Children with Dr. Jim B. Tucker


John Cleese Interviews Jim Tucker re: Research into Children’s Past Life Memories


Jim B. Tucker: Children Who Remember Previous Lives-The Case of James Leininger


Friendly Fire: Life Before Life with Dr. Jim B. Tucker


Children’s Past Lives (Reincarnation Documentary) 


Reincarnation Research by Ian Stevenson: Children’s Past Life Memories


Jim Tucker Presents: Evidence of Reincarnation in Childhood (2014 Synchronicity Symposium)