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I am extremely grateful to everyone who has thought enough about my books that they took the time to write an endorsement.

I Hear You're Afraid of Dying

“Death and the actual process of dying are some of the most fearful and terrifying life experiences that my patients encounter. Rev. McLaird has produced a wonderful and succinct guide to these often-taboo topics. The issues are discussed beautifully, bringing to bear the author’s years of experience as a pastor and caregiver. Most importantly, it is often humorous and quite pragmatic as the book affords us a roadmap to follow on what is likely the most important journey of our lives.”

~ Steven Fugaro, M.D. San Francisco, CA. USA.

"George's book is wonderful! So clear and inspirational. Readers will respond to his invitation to prepare for the end of life, and he has given them all the tools they need to diminish their fear of death."

~ Carolyn Conger, PhD.

"This book is very helpful for health care providers, patients, and families when approaching death or when people are planning for their death even when death is not imminent. The author has vast experience in this area and brings his experience, wisdom, and humor to this often ignored task. The book was helpful to me personally and professionally and I recommend it to patients.”

~ G. Richard Smith, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"George's book is a fantastic addition to his other publications. Since none of us are going to live forever, every person alive needs this excellent book! Way to go, George!"

~ Sonnee Weedn, PhD.

"During Rev. George McLaird’s Sausalito pastorate, the Sausalito Presbyterian Church was widely referred to as the church where the pastor teaches that “God is user friendly.”  It was a reputation well earned.  With his latest book, 'I Hear You're Afraid of Dying or Afraid Someone You Love Will Die Before You' Pastor McLaird charts a pathway to now making death user friendly.”

~ Anonymous

"It is an extremely valuable gift not only to those either facing their own death or the death of a loved one, but to all of us who consciously or sub-conscientiously harbor a fear of death.  This book opens a conversation through philosophical insights, plain talk and concrete suggestions aimed at facing those fears and moving beyond them.  There is much to be grateful for in this book!"

~ Rev. Dr. Joan L. Carter

Endorsements From Couples I've Married

"We knew we chose the right person to marry us from the moment we first met you. You provided us the perfect balance between giving us freedom to discover the ceremony we believe would best reflect who we are and providing us with the guidance and information we need to create what we want. Thank you for the love you brought to our ceremony." 

~ Much love – L & A

"Dear George, we want to thank you so much for marrying and guiding us in creating ceremony was perfect for our wedding day."


"We feel very lucky you were available and we will always remember you presiding over our wedding ceremony as we became husband and wife."

"I can't begin to thank you enough for helping make Saturday such a magical day. We loved the ceremony, and feel lucky to have had you officiate." 

~ C & C


"Thank you, George for being a part of our wedding this summer. Our ceremony was perfect. We loved being able to select our own words to express our love and dedication to each other. You did a wonderful job of executing it. Thanks again"

~ J & D


"Thank you again for officiating our wedding, it was beautiful. A little tough at first to get those so important words out…thanks for being patient."

~ D & J


"George, You were amazing! You are so sweet, wonderful, real, humorous, light and loving! 2 kisses and an “I do” said in advance! So great! Shows our love and willingness! Thank you. We really appreciated all your great energy and participation in the best day of our lives!"

~ C & D


"We love George! We put our own ceremony together for our wedding and George was so helpful and supportive of us the entire time. He was so open hearted and full of respect for our vision – giving us different ideas here and there, but inspiring us to remain true to our hearts. He is truly a spiritual man, deep and rich with experience. George was not only a pleasure to work with, but very organized and professional. He has been doing this since 1968 – he definitely knows what he is doing."

The Marriage Maze

“George McLaird’s THE MARRIAGE MAZE is a wonderfully practical book that serves the needs of all of us who search for healthier relationships. Is it a guide for meandering through the maze of relationship…an eminently useful Manual/Workbook/Wisdom Reference Source that moves through a remarkable group of relationship practices…we found this book to be refreshingly simple, deeply insightful, fun to read and personally helpful. What more can we say?”

~ Hal Stone, Ph.D. and Sidra Stone Ph.D., authors of Embracing Heaven and Earth, Embracing Ourselves


“This book is important! It will help you create better relationships with the people in your life. Good relationships lead to better health, improved work, and higher quality of life. Everyone should use this book as one of life’s textbooks.”

~ G. Richard Smith, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for

Medical Sciences, member, National Mental Health Advisory Council


“The author has written a guidebook whose primary purpose is to prevent the deterioration of the marriage. Expressed in the simplest of words and phrases, George’s multiple messages abound in wisdom.”  

~ Meyer Friedman, M.D. (who coined the phrases; Type A, Type B

behaviors and author of Type A Behavior and Your Heart)

"What an absolute delight it was working with you in guiding our team toward, “A better ME and a better WE. Thank you for your generous time. Your enthusiasm and your heart… This retreat has been unforgettable and pivotal for so many! Simply taking the time to unplug, refocus and reflect gifted us with appreciation, reflection and peace. We thank you for this gift. We look forward to collaborating again in the future!  With gratitude, blessings and all good things."

~ The Episcopal Diocese of California Retreat Team and Entire Staff

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