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October 29, 2010

Book Wins 2010 Best Books Award (Death and Dying) from USA Book News
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October 20, 2010
Book Offers Hope to Those Left Grieving After Recent Teen Suicides
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May 27, 2010
Book Recognized As 2010 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist (New Age Nonfiction)
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May 20, 2010
Book Scores 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Silver Medal for Death and Dying
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 Irene would be a lively and informative interview source for features on the following topics:

  • What happens when we die . . . and what does it mean while we're alive?
  • The advantages of understanding ourselves as eternal spiritual beings having a temporary human experience rather than humans with spirits
  • What is "unnecessary suffering?"
  • What is the cause of unnecessary suffering, and what can we do about it?
  • What is the relationship between our true nature and creating our happiness from within?
  • The power of bringing our satisfaction to life instead of expecting life to satisfy us
  • What death is and what it isn't . . . and why we don't need to be afraid
  • How to reframe "predicaments" into "opportunities for growth"
  • Why judgment and joy cannot exist simultaneously
  • Is there a Judgment Day?
  • What happens to people who commit suicide?
  • Communicating with the other side: Working with a medium
  • What is Soul-Centered Coaching?
  • First-time authorship
  • Writing spiritual nonfiction: The creative process
  • Becoming an independent publisher



ForeWord Review, Sept/Oct issue


“What does it feel like to take one’s last breath as a living person and one’s first in the world of spirit? Author Irene Kendig asks the ‘deceased’ this and other thought-provoking questions in her book,Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead. The answers she receives through gifted medium Jana Anna will surprise, delight, and comfort readers."

-ForeWord Reviews

“Author Irene Kendig strikes gold while digging for answers about life from those who have lived, died, and are now ‘living on.’ It is impossible not to learn something about life from this book. Some of the revelations are startling, some are simple, some are complex, some are transforming, and some are comforting, while others are controversial and difficult to fathom. Almost every page of this book has decidedly profound insights to offer. Kendig's interviewing skills are incredible. Her questions are direct and weighty. Her writing is concise and cohesive. The book not only presents the reader with specific details about our transformation in death, it is also brimming with suggestions that can transform us into happier, more loving and forgiving people in life."

-Claudia Pemberton

 US Review of Books


“This is a book rich in thought and wisdom that makes the concept of dying not only a process to not fear, but one to anticipate." (5 star Amazon rating)

-Grady Harp

 Top 10 Amazon Reviewer

Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead speaks to our fascination of the 'afterlife' and perhaps our hopefulness that, although we may lose our physical bodies, our essence lives on: that we really are spiritual beings (a.k.a. energetic beings) having a physical experience. The author has, through a medium, engaged in ongoing dialogues with seven people she has known and who have transitioned—or refocused—as Jerry describes the process. She begins with the same question for each: 'What did you experience when you released your last breath on earth . . . ?' 

Truly a dialogue, the ensuing conversations follow an organic path of questions and responses that illuminate the experience not only of death and afterlife, but also of being alive. And although very different people, each offers essentially the same message to those of us reading this book: live life fully, with great love and compassion. Do whatever you can to let go of fears and ways of being small, especially those that create behavior or thoughts of separateness. Let go of judgment about yourself or others, for this is the breeding ground for a false sense of separation; we’re all family in spirit. When we release our physical bodies, we come home.

For me, reading this book was a homecoming—a reminder and confirmation of what I know and feel in my heart and soul to be true about the human experience of life, death, and afterlife. And for skeptics I offer this: if it isn’t 'true' that our essence lives on, if my felt-sense of human spirituality is simply a product of persuasion and hopefulness, and life actually 'ends' when we die, then I’m still a better person for living my life as if love and compassion is what matters most. 

'Conversations . . . 'affirms the most ancient and elemental of spiritual truths that anyone on this planet can each benefit from now, regardless of what beliefs you may hold dear about life after death. It is an inspiring reminder to live life joyfully. Fair warning: you may have a hard time putting it down!"

-Julie Clayton

 New Consciousness Review

"A 256-page compendium that includes an informative introduction, a 'Notes to the Reader’ section, and an Epilogue, Conversations With Jerry And OtherPeople I Thought Were Dead features extended 'conversations' that touch upon a wide range of issues and questions. Of special note for students of metaphysics is what happens to human beings when transitioning from a physical to a non- physical life. Offering a wealth of spiritual wisdom, insights, and perspectives, Conversations With Jerry And Other People I Thought Were Dead is a fascinating and informative read which is strongly recommended for both personal and community library collections.” (5/5 star rating)

-Jim Cox

 Midwest Book Review

"This book brought a level of comfort that I didn't know I even needed."

-Deanna Joseph

 BellaOnline Inspiration Editor

"By turns intensely personal and grandly philosophical, Kendig's renderings of her sessions with Anna are a joy to read.”

-J. Blackmore

Allbooks Reviews


"Thank you, Irene, for helping us look at life and death in new and rejuvenating ways. And thank you for showing us concrete ways to tune into forgiveness and joy in our lives."

-Maria Hoaglund

"What you take away from this book isn’t so much the great and grand knowledge of what the afterlife will be like, but the great and grand knowledge of what our lives can be like while we are still living them."  

-Michelle Taylor

 BellaOnline Spirituality Editor


"Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead is a well-written, thought-provoking book. Even though the material is somewhat complex, it was very easy to follow and I never felt confused. In fact, I never felt the need to put the book down and contemplate the material; I just wanted to continue reading and get as much information as possible. And now that I'm done, I can't stop thinking about it! My father passed away a few years ago and I've had a hard time dealing with his death. I now have a completely different thought process, and although I deeply miss my father, Ms. Kendig helped me to think of his death in a special way. The book also made me think of my own life and how I want to live it much differently. I truly enjoyed the book and will be buying copies for my family as we learn to cope with my father's death. Thank You!"

-Judge's Commentary

 18th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards



Book Trailer  

The Art of Conscious Living: July 9, 2011 One-Hour Interview


Open To Hope Podcast

Freeman Michaels Show Podcast

July 1, 2010

Access Zen Radio with Gregory Foster

April 28, 2011

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Read what some of Irene's speaking clients have to say

Winner of 7 National Awards!


USA Book News Best Book Award:

Winner, Death & Dying

Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award:

Highest Scoring Book

by a Debut Author

Independent Publisher Award:

Silver Medal Winner (IPPY),

Death & Dying

National Indie Excellence Award

Finalist, Death & Dying

International Book Awards:

Winner, Death & Dying

Global eBook Awards:

Winner, Death & Dying

National Indie Excellence Award

Finalist, New Age Non-Fiction

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