This book goes through the WHOLE of life in stages, but it begins not at birth, or even conception, but in the planning stage, in what is known by Tibetans as the Bardo – the inter-life stage – when important decisions are made re one’s chief purpose(s) in the forthcoming life, the main lessons that need to be learnt, the karmic debts to be paid, and the main cast of characters. (Some people choose a happy life living with a soul mate, while others realise that they will learn more, overcome more important challenges and complete more of their karma by living a life on their own or one with more pain and difficulty.) And the book ends not at death, but rather shows how death is not the end, describing some fictional post-death scenarios. It includes numerous true case histories, many of which demonstrate the impact of previous lives on a persons present life, and each chapter is followed by useful self-help exercises. Above all it shows how there is a good reason for everything that happens in life.