Unborn Souls by Elisabeth Hallett!
by Kara L.C. Jones

When I was pregnant with my son Dakota, I read a book called Soul Trek by the author Elisabeth Hallett. The stories in that book rang so many bells for me that I wrote to Elisabeth to share our story with her. At that time, the story was about having dreams and hypno-therapy sessions in which I could vision or talk with my son Dakota. The story was about how excited we were that he was finally about to be born. Then, he died at birth.

After his death, I wrote to Elisabeth again and she graciously published my essay about "Faith" at Light Hearts. And she told me that she would be honored to publish our full story in her next book. She was the first publisher to be interested in our story from pre-conception to stillbirth. I was so overwhelmed by her kindness and have stayed in touch with her these past three years.

Last week, I got email from Elisabeth saying that "Stories of the Unborn Soul: The mystery and delight of Pre-Birth Communication" has just been published! This is an amazing collection of stories. Hawk and I are again overwhelmed at Elisabeth's kindness in giving our piece "Dakota's Story" an entire chapter (that would be chapter 21!), and I am so moved by all the parents who have shared stories here. Some had healthy births, some not. But all the stories have an openness and frankness to them that offer us the glimpses of the best human-being-ness you'll find on this planet. This is mindful parenting if I've ever seen it!

In a few weeks, I'll do a full review of the book. That will post probably for our June 2002 issue. In the meantime, check it out for yourself:

"Stories of the Unborn Soul: The mystery and delight of Pre-Birth Communication" by Elisabeth Hallett of Light Hearts -- check out Elisabeth's Light Hearts work, too:



Author Biography
Kara lives on Vashon Island which is a much more awesome place than she ever imagined it would be. She is a poet, bookmaker, wife, teacher, mother to a stillborn son, facilitator, receptionist, founder, struggling p.t.barnum, turtle faithful, editor, artist, and a million other things that will prevent you from putting her in any one particular label box! Kara teaches through local art centers, artists in the schools programs, KotaPress and independently. To find out more about her, see:


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