Book Review of The Castaways by Lani Axman

We have learned much about life after death. Sarah Hinze leads us into the next great area of research–the study of where we come from.Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Three years ago I gave away three copies of The Memory Catcher, Sarah Hinze’s remarkable memoir. For over twenty-five years, Sarah has conducted extensive research and thousands of interviews related to near death, prebirth and other spiritual phenomena. She has presented her work in several books, at workshops, seminars, conferences, and on radio shows and television shows. Last month, Sarah traveled to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with the Big Ocean delegation to share her research. While there, she gave away over 150 copies of the revised and updated 15th Anniversary edition of her important book, The Castaways.

About The Castaways, Sarah explains:

Fifteen years ago my husband and I wrote a book called The Castaways. Since that time almost 10,000 copies have gone worldwide to teach people about the spiritual implications of abortion.

I first discovered Sarah’s website six years ago. After admiring her from afar for a few years, I was finally able to meet Sarah in person at a conference where she gave a presentation in March of 2013. We became fast friends and collaborated in creating a website:

For most of my life, I hadn’t given much thought to the souls of aborted babies. It hadn’t occurred to me that those spirits might be given another chance at birth. But then one of those beautiful, courageous souls was sent to me. And I learned first-hand and through prayer, research, and intuition all about the “castaways” (as Sarah calls them). My daughter’s story is included in the 15th anniversary edition of The Castaways.



I feel sure that my maternal grandmother wanted me to cross paths with Sarah Hinze. In January of last year, I learned that my great-grandparents tried to abort my grandmother. From her earliest days onward, she was told, “We tried to get rid of you.” When I learned this, so many things made more sense. Now I understand, at least in part, why my grandmother struggled so much to love and be loved. I feel in my heart that my grandmother carried a memory of her womb trauma, and I believe it was at least partially responsible for her depressive symptoms. My grandmother died when I was a child, but I feel confident that she and others in the world of spirits have been guiding me to participate as a repairer of the breach in this work.

babiesrememberbirthOther researchers and writers have also documented the womb memories and stories of aborted souls. David Chamberlain, PhD (psychologist, editor, and author of Windows to the Womb) has said:

Who we are is a soul, and the soul has knowledge and wisdom and can communicate. It has a life of its own. You can’t kill it by having an abortion. You can make a course change, or postpone its coming, but basically it’s operating in a spiritual dimension. . . . And in that dimension [before birth] it is no surprise that a soul can think and plan and even have a purpose for being with a certain mother or a certain family (quoted in The Castaways, p. 27).

More compelling than “expert opinion,” however, are the stories themselves. And perhaps the most compelling and beautiful part about these stories is how much love and forgiveness the castaways are able to extend. There is no way to prove or disprove the existence of “castaways,” but their stories are powerful evidence. I invite you to read their stories and let them speak for themselves. Though I do not have the time or space to include them all here, many are included on the website I co-created with Sarah Hinze,, and (of course) in The Castaways and Sarah’s other books. Additional information and stories can also be found within these resources:


  • Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth, David Chamberlain
  • Stories of the Unborn Soul: The Mystery and Delight of Pre-Birth Communication, Elizabeth Hallett
  • The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, Thomas Verny
  • Soul Trek: Meeting Our Children On the Way to Birth, Elisabeth Hallett
  • Cosmic Cradle: Spiritual Dimensions of Life Before Birth, Elizabeth M. Carman and Neil J. Carmen
  • Womb Twin Survivors: The lost twin

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