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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 brother
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Hampton Roads Publishing
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Tricia Barker With all humility, I must answer this question. I am an NDEer and one with a verifiable detail. My story has been on the BioChannel and in National Ge…moreWith all humility, I must answer this question. I am an NDEer and one with a verifiable detail. My story has been on the BioChannel and in National Geographic. At the time of my death, I was in great pain, lost, and trying to get my life back together my last year of college. On my way to run the Austin 10K, I was in a car wreck and died on the operating table. Though I was mired in a life of drugs and alcohol, the light had complete compassion and love for me. I had never and still have never experienced love like that. All harm that I caused myself was washed away instantly, and I was shown that love is all that matters...the good we do on this earth plane is all that matters. I was shown that I missed out on the beauty of getting to know others around me because of my shyness and sadness. I saw that disappointing others was unfortunate. I did not harm others, but I got the sense that I would have had to live and merge with their experiences and see my part in the story. If anything...that seems to be our see and feel experiences from the perspective of others once we leave this body. There's more to my experience, but that is my response. The book rings true to me. I communicate with my father now that he has passed over. Sometimes, the communications are layered with memories and feelings. As a writer, I can expand on these communictions to help others understand what they mean to me. I think that is what the author is doing when she relays her communications. I have had similar communications with my father about the differences between death and staying on the other side verses what I experienced during my NDE. Here's my post/book reivew. Earlier posts on my blog discuss my NDE.
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Sep 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Lianne Downey
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Heidi The Reader
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
I think anyone who has lost a loved one wishes to talk to them again. Annie Kagan was granted that wish. She wasn't a practicing channeler, so it came as a huge surprise to her when she heard her dead brother's voice speaking to her from a spot above her head. At the time that this happened, Annie was living a hermit's life in New England only venturing out to kick ideas around at her writer's group. So, that gave her the space and time to explore these communications rather than running to the ...more
Travel Writing
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nope. No recommendation forthcoming.
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
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Liliana Garcia-Rivera
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Danusha Goska
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
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"
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
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.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Caroline Mitchell
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
(Alice) Aley Martin
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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
Stacey Van adder
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rece ...more
leslie beaird
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Brenda Green
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stinkers
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.
Marie-elise Allen
This is a great read.If it sows any seeds in the readers mind, about the fact that there is no such thing as death,(as we know it) then this delightful book has done its job. This gem allows us to open up to the fact whether we are physical or non physical, communication is at our finger tips with those we love and care for. All we need do is raise our vibration by choosing meditative silence to enable those no longer in a body to communicate. Loved this book and intend to buy another copy to le ...more
Amanda Rees
Oct 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First book in nearly forever I wasn't able to finish. So boring and full of shit in my opinion, and I very strongly believe in the afterlife and communicating with past loved ones, but this book was ridiculous. ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I surprised myself by really enjoying this.
Julie Jones
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed in this book. I read it with an open mind, but it seemed to me, that Annie was using her own words, her own thoughts about Billy's death. She represents him speaking so eloquently that I found it hard to believe. Seems her beliefs are depicted throughout the book, and maybe she wants so badly to believe that Billy is speaking with her, that this is what her mind comes up with. When she mentions that she takes the powerful drug, Valium, that was enough said for me. I know wh ...more
Maria Carmo
I believe many people may consider this e fictional, rather than a real, description. There is a Spanish saying: "Yo no creo en brujas, pero que las hay, las hay!" ("I do not believe in Witches, but that they exist, they do!")a funny saying that I always interpreted as meaning: often, we ignore what is the truth, but there is so much under our noses which reveals itself to our astonishment, why not keep an open mind?

Annie's book touched me. The way in which she describes her relationship with he
Peg Samuel
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was intriguing & wild.
Ivana S.
While I find the subject very interesting, this particular elaboration of it makes me angry. I usually like reading and hearing different theories about the existance of afterlife and various interpretations of it, just to test or even expand my own beliefs and contemplate the possibilities. Most of all, I'm curious about other opinions, and not only on this subject, but so many more. That's why I read these kind of books from time to time.

A novel about Billy would be fine. Great, even. Novel, a
Jessica Shepherd
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I dearly love this book for a variety of reasons. First, the firsthand experience Annie had with receiving messages from her brother when she had no prior paranormal experiences. Her struggle to believe what was happening really spoke to how the ego, in each of us, fights what it cannot understand or quantify. I loved the information Billy gave Annie on what happens after death. Where other books left off, this goes into great detail ...and beyond... some of what I've already read (Michael Newto ...more
David Geschke
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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