David A. Kendall’s new book makes case for generational storytelling

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New genealogical guide flips typical genealogical scale in favor of future generation

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“Everyone matters and has important contributions to make to the future of our planet and humanity.”

When author Dr. David A. Kendall was given his great-grandmother’s diary in the ’90s, he felt compelled to write about the value of genealogy in today’s society.

In his new nonfiction book “When Descendants Become Ancestors: The Flip Side of Genealogy” (published by Balboa Press), he discusses the flip-side of the family tree, suggesting to readers that they should look forward to providing for future generations instead of looking back for what they can gain from their ancestors.

“Through transmission of our stories, each of us has the opportunity to be a teacher to future generations, including the yet-to-be-born,” Kendall says. “Life stories, experiences and conclusions are unique to each individual and we cannot know which ones might be helpful to a given descendant or to future generations. Our task is only to provide them.”

Kendall’s new book develops the premise that every person on Earth begins life as a descendant, but concludes life as an ancestor. His goal is to encourage readers to chronicle their lives and customs so that future generations will be informed of the journeys, heartaches, successes and plans of their past generations.

“I want all readers – young, old and middle-aged – to realize their gifts and competence as human beings, and that status, wealth and academic credentials have little to do with wisdom,” Kendall says. “Everyone matters and has important contributions to make to the future of our planet and humanity.”

“When Descendants Become Ancestors”
By David A. Kendall, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 388 pages | ISBN 9781452520247
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 388 pages | ISBN 9781452520223
E-Book | 388 pages | ISBN 9781452520230
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Raised in a small tourist village in northern New York, where he has returned in retirement, David A. Kendall, Ph.D. spent 30 years educating professional counselors. His life experiences amid studies in history, genealogy and gerontology, coupled with his belief in the innate wisdom of every individual, inspired him to write “When Descendants Become Ancestors”.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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