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The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death

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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 brothe
Paperback, 191 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Hampton Roads Publishing Company
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Lianne Downey
Jul 06, 2013 Lianne Downey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All my friends
WOW! I LOVE this book! Congratulations to Annie Kagan and her brother for accomplishing their Mission and creating the most extraordinary book I’ve read in a long time!

I was 146 pages into Dan Brown’s latest, Inferno, when The Afterlife of Billy Fingers arrived in the mail. I pulled it out of the box, laid it on top of Inferno, and didn’t stop reading until 50 pages later. It was that captivating! Only necessity forced me to walk away, and I finished the book as fast as possible after that. I s
Oct 27, 2013 Samantha rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No-one
I became interested in this book due to a recent NDE experience I had while in the hospital. I was inspired by all the rave reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon, but as I made it through the first couple chapters, my bull*!^# meter crept further and further into the red...

She quit her job and moved to a lovely house on the water, deciding to become a writer. All of a sudden her dead brother is communicating with her and demanding she write a book! That does seem rather convenient, doesn't it?. I
Pierced Librarian
Having just lost my beloved brother- I was clamoring to read this book.

As much as I desperately wanted to love this book. I don't.

The premise is amazing. A writer's addicted older brother, Billy Fingers, dies in a tragic accident. The writer, Annie Kagan- Billy's sister, was out of contact with Billy, so it is a very complicated death and grief (as they all are really). Annie is living in a beach house; meditating, writing a book, grieving when her brother shows up to comfort her and, you are NE
Angel Lepire
Wow! This is one of those books where you're either going to think it's right on, or total crap. I really hope people go into this with an open mind, because it is definitely a thought-provoking book. It is very well written, and well, why shouldn't it be? It was written (mostly) by a spirtit. I liked that the author didn't go too far into writing a bunch of filler. What she added from her life and experience through this process was just the right amount of additional information without going ...more
I was having a bad day but than I read this book... in one day. OMG it is beautiful! I've read many spiritual books but Billy oh my God he explains it in a human way he describes the indescribable the best he can. I believe Mrs. Kagan's experience was 100% real and even if it's not, even if you are a skeptic I would recommend highly to read this book. It paints the afterlife like no way imaginable some parts seem outrageous but Billy makes it all seem possible, real even. I devoured this book in ...more
Liliana Garcia-Rivera
I've read a lot of books on NDE and the afterlife, but this one is different than any of the others. There is not much about reincarnation in this book, but more about what happens when a spirit is ready to reemerge with the universe/source. I read it within 24 hours and I will probably re-read it again and keep it in my collection. The Afterlife of Billy Fingers  How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death by Annie Kagan
Intoxicatingly confirming. This book resonated on so many levels for me. It has the capacity to profoundly affect the reader as long as they allow it. Annie and her brother Billy, who 'has left this dimension and lives' in an alternate dimension for one of a better word, share knowledge and information by lifting the veil on the unseen world of life after death. My most favourite part of this whole book, is that for most of us in this physical dimension, we are "told" not to judge by appearances ...more
Caroline Mitchell
Mar 13, 2014 Caroline Mitchell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Open minded people interested in life after death or inspirational stories.
Shelves: spiritual
I heard about this book on Facebook and was intrigued by the synopsis. Despite being in the middle of several other books (yes rarely read one book at a time!) I purchased this and found I could not put it down, so I read it in a few days. I was very moved by the story and contacted the author on Facebook. I was pleasantly surprised to get a speedy response from a very lovely person that seemed very in tune with the world.
I rated this five stars because it is well worth the read and will leave
Aley Martin
I have read a LOT of books about the afterlife and the between life states, but this one was a bit more personal and simply verified all that I already knew once again. Annie was fortunate to have the auditory experience to hear her brother after his demise and to learn and be able to get evidence of his presence through messages she could relate to others that could prove the material was coming from the source.

Many of the things he related offered me validation that I have come far on my quest
I loved the first 3/4 of this book.

Lots of beautiful wisdom.

But the last 1/4 broke with the premiss of the tale: that the other side is not defined by human concepts. It turned a lovely NDE (actually just DE) into poor sci-fi.
Brenda Green
This book started out making me feel deliciously at peace. As it went on I became a little less at peace because Billie's description of the afterlife isn't what I have imagined. But then again I have never been there.
Rachael Kostelec
As I was reading I started to receive signs of my own. I too lost someone close to me who struggled with addiction. Like Annie I fought so hard to save him when he couldn't be saved. At first I thought the book was too over the top for me, even though I have gotten visits before, these entire and persistent conversations seemed too good to be true. After reading the first several chapters I said out loud, "This book is bullshit. Zach (my friend that passed) if this is for real give me a sign rig ...more
I received this book from the Goodreads giveaway books. I just finished reading it and usually after reading a book, I automatically write a review while it is still fresh in my mind. I took a little bit after finishing this book to think about what I had read. First I must say, it was a very easy read as I read it in one sitting. Second, I enjoy reading books like this because as humans, we are always curious about the afterlife and question if there is one, where do we go when we die, do we go ...more
This was the most far fetched storyline I have ever read. I stopped at only 50 pages into this book. I am the biggest believer in the Afterlife, but this book was a major disappointment.
Stacey Van adder
This book is the first of it's type I've ever read, the afterlife was something as a Christian, I believed to be something completely different. This is the story of how Annie Kagan, a successful New York married professional realizes she couldn't do it anymore. After leaving the hustle & bustle of the city to start a different life, she is confronted with the devastating news of her brother. The book tells of their unusual relationship, two people could hardly be more different. Soon after ...more
leslie beaird
I love books about the Afterlife! I read this in one sitting, it's a pretty easy read.

I almost gave it a 4 star rating.....I was totally engrossed in the book until the end. It was a bit difficult to get the point....not sure what he was describing and where he was going in the end. I guess I was expecting more, I left the book feeling lonely and a little sad, although parts of the book were gave you some comfort.....I was left wondering why he could continue memories of his sister, when he spok
Nancy Marinier
This book is a MUST read for anyone wanting to know about the afterlife. AMAZING!!!
I surprised myself by really enjoying this.
Peg Samuel
I loved this book! It was intriguing & wild.
This book was very interesting but sad. I recently lost my dad and have been reading a lot of books on the afterlife. This book made me feel very unsettled regarding where my dad may be now. It made me very sad to think that we forget the people we loved on earth and wonder more now what is the meaning of life. According to this there almost seems to be no purpose of life and we forget everything and everyone we loved and die and go virtually no where. At least that is what I got from this book. ...more
David Geschke
I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I chose 4 because I had six other books going when I picked this one up and read this one through before going back to any of the others, which to me meant this was more interesting than any of the six I had partially read. Easy reading, I had to suspend my disbelief a little throughout as I kept wondering if the entire book maybe wasn't just thought up in the author's mind rather than actually channeled from her deceased brother. I read a lot of ...more
Tia Meredith
A book I could not put down, Annie Kagan provides an account of life after death as shared through her deceased brother Billy. Her honesty is undeniable as she struggles with acceptance of this spiritual communication and her subsequent emotions surrounding her brother's entrance and exit from her daily life. It is a book allowing the reader to feel comfort in dying as well as an opportunity to take a different view on why we are living life. Encouraging, thought-inspiring and brave, it carries ...more
Danusha Goska
In "The Afterlife of Billy Fingers" Annie Kagan, a Manhattan chiropractor and songwriter, claims that her dead brother, William Cohen, a 62 year old recovering heroin addict and ex-con who was killed in a drunken car accident, explains the mysteries of the universe.

Kagan claims that Billy, as she calls her late brother, provided proof to her that his presence was real. For example, Billy communicates cryptic information to Kagan like "Give Tex a coin" and "There is no sunshine without the sun"
May 17, 2013 Colleen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has lost a loved one.
I received a copy of the book as a First Reads Giveaway from Good Reads. As I began to read, I started to think of it as a 'gift' not just a giveaway book. The book recounts Ms.Kagan's experience as she begins to communicate with he dead brother and Billy shares his experience in the afterlife. I read it in one sitting after a particularily trying week. It was at engaging, uplifting, enlightening and profoundly healing. This is a book I will reread and share with others. I highly recommend the b ...more
Patricia Herlevi
What a fantastic read as in tripping through the spiritual cosmos. I had heard an interview with author Annie Kagan on Cari Murphy's Contact Radio show so I thought I would check out the memoir.

When I began reading the book I felt trepidation about death but by the end of my read, I no longer fear death. I also grappled with drug/alcohol addicts and their place with spiritual awakening because I often judge addicts as spiritually deadened.

After reading The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, I reached
Heather Spergel
Loved this book. Whether you believe in the afterlife or not, this book is intriguing and entertaining. It's a quick read- 2 days because I have children to tend to. I felt comforted by his messages and journey and jealous to not have the same experience. Is it a load of crap? I think NOT.... But that's my opinion. When I die, I'll freak out someone and tell a Story through them too!
Thank you for the ARC Goodreads Giveaway! I could not put this book down! I wanted to know what happened next! What did Billy say?? I really appreciated the book, for it was the closest to explaining the 'after life' as I myself feel how it 'works'?!? I would recommend it for anyone who has questions or is interested in the possibilities of an after life..!
Brian Holmes
This is a story that is quite unlike most other communications from the afterlife or most near death experiences so that it is more difficult to accept it as real. It doesn't fit into the usual mold. But as Raymond Moody points out in the foreword and Billy points out in the book, the experience that someone has after they pass may be very different from person to person.

The book is impressive for the amount of communication that the author received from her brother, for the quality of the "inte
Dawn Gagliano
It was very interesting. Gives you a different perspective on life and death!
Gwendoline Van
This most unassuming book packs a powerful punch. However you choose to view it--as truth, fiction, or somewhere in between--it carries a message you're simultaneously curious to hear yet hesitant to know.

I can't unthink or unread what The Afterlife of Billy Fingers laid bare for me. While I am in awe for what Billy reveals to his sister, I am also saddened to have it partially defined and unveiled. I am precisely what Billy describes--fearful of death because through death, I shed my ties to p
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