Before I Got Here: The Wondrous Things We Hear When We Listen to the Souls of Our Children

Blair Underwood, Author, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough, Photographer Atria Books $18.95 (178p) ISBN 978-0-7432-7149-3
Sometimes precocious, sometimes eerie, but nearly always with a spiritual bent, these anecdotes collected by actor Underwood revolve around, as the title suggests, children's lives before they were born. In many cases, this means a prior life, as in the three-year-old who told her mother she had sandals like her when she was a mommy ""before I came to you."" Other children told their parents they picked them while in heaven. Underwood, in his introduction, writes about a conversation he had with his four-year-old son in which his son said God told him about the rapture, but he ""only had one ear at the time, so he could only hear a little."" The book undoubtedly has a direction, but not an overly clear one; children's dreams, a Virgin Mary sighting, and a host of snippets that soft focus on the wonders of growth, discovery and parenting are thrown into the mix alongside full-color photographs of children eating ice cream, hugging, meditating and looking pensive. Parents with a strong sense of spirituality who are bowled over by the rigors of childrearing will find solace between these covers.
Reviewed on: 10/03/2005
Release date: 10/01/2005
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