The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death
by Annie Kagan
My Rating: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
Why Did I Read?
This book was recommended to me by my Reiki Master teacher. When taking the Reiki Master class a few weeks ago, my teacher played a song called “The Swan of Tuonela” by the composer Jean Sibelius. In the book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, Billy tells his sister that cosmic sound is very similar to this song. My teacher told us briefly what the book was about, and it sounded fascinating to me, so I decided to check it out at my library.
Summary (from Goodreads)
“Annie Kagan is not a medium or a psychic, she did not die and come back to life; in fact, when she was awakened by her deceased brother, she thought perhaps she had gone a little crazy.
In “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death,” Kagan shares the extraordinary story of her after death communications (ADC) with her brother Billy, who began speaking to her just weeks after his unexpected death.
One of the most detailed and profound ADC’s ever recorded, Kagan’s book takes the reader beyond the near-death experience. Billy’s vivid, real-time account of his on-going journey through the mysteries of death will change the way you think about life, death and your place in the Universe.”
What Did I Think/Recommendation
I LOVED this book! I thought it was fascinating! I have a strong interest in reading books about Near-Death Experiences, but this book takes it even further. Although some of the things described are really “out there”, especially near the end, I really believe this is true. Just have an open mind when reading this book.
I found it to be comforting and reassuring that we are all loved unconditionally regardless of our actions, and there is something great waiting for each of us on the other side, although the experience will be different for each of us based on what our beliefs are. This book also confirmed my belief that we are eternal souls, and our time on this earth in a physical body is just one way for us to experience new things and help our souls grow.
This book was a VERY easy read. I read it in about 3 days, although I probably could have read it all in one sitting if I had the time. I did not want to put it down!
As Billy gave Annie advice throughout the book, here are a few bits of wisdom that I got out of this:
“What you achieve on earth is only a small part of the deal. If there’s a secret I could whisper, and that you could keep, it would be that it’s all inside you already. Every single thing you need. Earth is just a stopover. A kind of game. Make it a star game. If I could give you a gift, it would be to teach you how to stay free inside that game, to find the glory inside yourself, beyond the roles and the drama, so you can dance the game of life with a little more rhythm, a little more abandon, a little more shaking-those-hips.” (p.84)
“All beings on earth carry the light from this sphere within them. That’s why spiritual philosophies say that we are one…the light from the sphere propels your soul into your body when you’re in the womb. It then becomes the invisible force that gives you life…” (p. 94)
“Don’t overlook the riches contained in the darkness. Life’s very temporary, so don’t let time just pass. Let the moments fill you — the ones you judge to be good as well as bad.” (p.95)
“There are many worlds, and the afterlife has many forms. Where you go, who you meet, and where you meet them is different for different people.” (p. 104)
“After you’re dead, you are able to be in more than one place at a time.” (p. 105)
“Beliefs are big on earth. People collect them. Some of these beliefs are helpful, but others just keep you running around trying to follow rules that others have laid down. They don’t have a lot of personal meaning. It’s a good idea to sort through your beliefs now and throw out the ones that don’t serve you.” (p. 105)
“People spend lots of time on things that make them unhappy…to cultivate joy, pay attention to what you like.” (p. 152)
“Every single life is valuable in ways you cannot imagine or figure out while you’re alive. Every single life is a gift.” (p. 154)
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