Reincarnation has been a prominent concept in the world’s attempt to comprehend what happens after death or whether we are reincarnated to live again. The concept has gained traction in Western countries, having been embraced by major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.
Read books about life after death to discover about reincarnation beliefs, ideas, and philosophies if the concept fascinates you or you want to learn more about it. To get started, read a few of the best books that feature this topic.
Fiction Books About Reincarnation
The best fiction stories usually have enough realism to make you feel as if you’re living each chapter right alongside the protagonists. These stories will immerse you in a fictional story that revolves on the concept of rebirth.
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
This novel tells the story of a guy who falls in love with the same woman countless times during his life, spanning decades. The main protagonists continue to meet and fall in love from the 500s A.D. in Asia to 1972 in Virginia, and everywhere in between.
Though the hero of this novel recalls previous lives, it takes a significant incident for the heroine to recall all of her interactions.
Her Past’s Present by Michael Poeltl
Poeltl presents a nearly tragic narrative of a young girl swept up in life’s disappointments and nearly crushed by them in Her Past’s Present.
However, she begins to learn the types of things that only time can teach her after a fortuitous encounter with someone who claims to have known her in a prior life.
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
The Forgetting Time, Sharon’s debut work, has been acclaimed as a great first foray into the world of literature. This page-turner tries to solve the age-old topic of what happens to your spirit after you die, as well as what happens before you were born.
The plot revolves around the lives of a young boy who clearly knows more than his young age allows him to, and his mother, who is on the lookout for answers.
Yes, My Darling Daughter by Margaret Leroy
Yes, My Darling Daughter follows a single mother as she tries to figure out why her small daughter knows about places and people half a globe away.
Sylvie’s mother, at a loss for words, seeks out a well-known psychology professor, and the three of them journey to previously unknown locations in search of solutions to her daughter’s mysterious knowledge.
Say That Again by N. Gemini Sasson
If you’ve ever wondered whether animals can speak with us or had prior lives of their own, this book is for you.
Hannah, a young woman, and Echo, an Australian shepherd, rely on one other to go through life. The story revolves around animal reincarnation.
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Greta seeks mental help after a series of terrible events in The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. She learns more about herself and connects with situations she may have encountered in prior lives during each session.
Will she be able to unravel the riddle and make a decision on how to live before it’s too late?
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
Wang, a cab driver in modern-day China, begins to receive strange letters from someone claiming to know him from a prior life. The letters reveal facts about previous lives across the millennia, leading Wang to believe that someone is keeping track of his every step.
This book weaves Chinese culture, history, and reincarnation into an engrossing tale that is difficult to put down.
A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
If you enjoyed A Dog’s Life, the book and movie, you’ll enjoy this novel by the same author.
This story recounts the life of a dog who has been reborn to assist his person through the ups and downs of life. This book is perfect for dog lovers of all kinds, and it has nothing to do with Cameron’s first book. You may pick up this book without having read the previous one and enjoy it.
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
This novel, which is part mystery, part time travel, and part reincarnation story, hooks you from the first page. As she grows up in a house that used to be her own in a previous life, the main heroine learns more than she should.
By journeying back in time, she finds its mysteries and who she was before she became its owner in her present life. She quickly becomes engrossed in her old life, to the point where she forgets about her current situation.
The Red Lion: The Elixir of Eternal Life by Maria Szepes
This book was covertly printed, reprinted, and delivered to the underground after it was banned in communist Hungary. It was eventually printed in Germany and translated into English once it made its way beyond of Hungary’s borders.
An alchemist’s apprentice murders his master in order to sip his mythical elixir of life. Instead of becoming immortal, the apprentice is cursed to die and reincarnate as a new person with all of his memories intact. Will he ever master the lessons necessary to cease the never-ending cycle of death and rebirth?
Nonfiction Books About Reincarnation
The books on this list are sure to appeal to people seeking firsthand experiences, eyewitness testimonies, and factual narratives of unexplained happenings that may be linked to reincarnation.
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives by Brian Weiss
This book takes a look at how reincarnation might manifest itself in the field of psychiatry. If you’re looking for a glimpse into the unknown, this is a book you won’t be able to put down.
Weiss shares his scientific case study as well as his personal experience with a patient whose therapy experience changed his life.
Our Ultimate Reality, Life, the Universe, and Destiny of Mankind by Adrian P. Cooper
This book should be on your reading list if you want an easy-to-understand summary of important eastern and New Age ideas, including topics like which faiths believe in reincarnation.
For readers who are more familiar with western beliefs on life and death, the author strives to present significant philosophies in a comprehensible and approachable manner.
Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect by Ian Stevenson
This well-written book was put together by the author as a summary of his findings. Stevenson has devoted most of his professional life to gathering case files that could lead to evidence of past-life experiences.
This isn’t so much a book of proof as it is a book of possibilities that Stevenson’s years as a psychiatrist have opened up.
The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Cathy Byrd
Pick up this page-turning book if you want to delve into the memories of a youngster who shouldn’t have had them. A young baseball prodigy recalls playing with legends such as Babe Ruth during the 1920s and 1930s.
This memoir is consistently well-received, particularly by baseball fans and those interested in the paranormal.