Monday, March 25, 2019

Book Review: 'Timeless Deja Vu: A Paranormal Personal History' by Bruce Solheimv (Illustrated by Gary Dumm)

Timeless Deja Vu by Bruce Solheim


‘All of us are connected through the past, fleeting present, and the future’

California author Bruce Olav Solheim, after serving in the US Army as a jail guard and later as a helicopter pilot, earned his PhD in history from Bowling Green State University and is currently a distinguished professor of history at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He also served as a Fulbright professor in 2003 at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. Bruce founded the Veterans Program at Citrus College and cofounded, with Manuel Martinez and Ginger De Villa-Rose, the Boots to Books transition course—the first college course in the United States designed specifically for recently returned veterans. Bruce published his first book in this series in TIMELESS: A PARANORMAL PERSONAL HISTORY, and now he continues that fascinating book with TIMELESS DÉJÀ VU. His other books include ALI’S BEES, MAKING HISTORY, THE VIETNAM WAR EAR, and ONTOP OF THE WORLD. 

Bruce Solheim opens this intriguing and satisfying book with a preface in which he explains – not defends – his paranormal experiences. In an accessible conversational manner he levels with us, as in the following – ‘I’ve got a guardian angel. It may be true that many people believe they have one, and I’ve witnessed the work of my guardian angel, so I know I have one. Experience is better than belief. I don’t always rely on my guardian angel‘s intervention on my behalf, but I certainly welcome it when it happens. I can’t really describe what she looks like; I think of light, pure energy, and so beautiful as to be beyond description. I’ll use the female pronoun, but I don’t think guardian angels have a gender. I know her name though, it’s Theodora. This book, in fact, was inspired by my guardian angel…Picking up from the first TIMELESS book we’ll explore various paranormal phenomena that I’ve experienced (ghosts, hauntings, precognition, aliens, and others…I know in my first TIMELESS book I said that I could not contact people’s dead relatives, but apparently, I can…there is an incredible Inupiat (Eskimo) proverb. “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” I like this explanation most of al because it ties in the entangled universe, non-local consciousness, and our families. All of us are connected through the past, fleeting present, and the future…remember that you’re the hero or heroine of your own life story.’ 

And so the book begins with a fine discussion of the concept of DéjàVu and what follows are Bruce’s personal experiences from 1967 through 2019 accompanied by the fine illustrations by of talented artist Gary Dumm. The thirty odd experiences are myriad, all interesting, some fascinating, some miraculous, but all are immensely readable. Release your preconceived notions and enter a fascinating new world with Bruce Solheim.







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