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Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead
Seven compelling dialogues that will transform the way you think about dying … and living
Irene Kendig
Grateful Press (Publisher)
2010 323 pages
Author website: www.conversationswithjerry.com

Lisa’s note: I wrote this review of “Conversations with Jerry” for Pathways Magazine Fall 2011 edition where I am the Metaphysical book reviewer. I get tons of books to look at each month (and that makes this girl very happy!) and choose two or three to publish.

This book, as I note, came in right before deadline but it resonated so strongly with me that I had to put it at the front of the line. In fact, I liked it so much I purchased a copy and gave it to a friend who had recently lost her mother in the hope that it would offer some comfort.

I received this book in the mail right before my review deadline but the title so intrigued me that I started reading it. About sixty pages in, I knew I had to include it on this list.

Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead is pretty much just what it says. The author, Irene Kendig, had the opportunity to speak to some dearly departed friends about what life is like once they transition out of their physical body. Medium Jana Anna, a clear and conscious channel facilitated the conversations between Irene and those in Spirit.

Having done this work for others, I don’t have a skeptical bone in my body about what’s on the “other side” but for those that do have such bones, this book is really enlightening. Jerry goes into great detail about what it’s like to move out of his physical body and what really happens in a “life review”.

He also shares his perspective on many of our challenges. In this excerpt, he and Irene were discussing the responsibility we all have for what shows up in our life:

“Jerry: You’re not only a participant in your life, you’re an active creator. No experience is ever forced on you. It’s always by choice.

Life isn’t happening to you, it’s happening through you. By the very nature of it coming through you, you’re in agreement to experience it. … The main focus of the soul is expansion through experience.”

In addition to Jerry and his measured, even-tempered wisdom, we also get to listen into conversations between Jared, a family friend of Irene’s who died at the age of thirty, Beba, her mother, Bill who committed suicide at age thirty-five and a few others.

Each shares their perspective on the choices they made while in the physical and how it affects them in the hereafter. Irene is a wonderful interviewer, going in-depth on different subjects with each individual.

In one of my reviews last time, I mentioned that whenever I hear something that doesn’t resonate with me as a truth, I hear a loud clang, much like pots and pans.

This entire book?

The sound of pots and pans NOT clanging!

It affirmed for me so much of what I’ve already learned about the nature of the soul and how death is not the end of things at all. It’s really just the beginning!