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Staff Reviews: spirituality

Check out these reviews written by the staff of the Marathon County Public Library! (For reviews in all genres, visit our main Staff Reviews webpage.) Staff book reviews are also published at Goodreads.com; follow us for the latest updates.


Cover: 'Troublemaker'

"Troublemaker" by Leah Remini

★★★★★ Have you heard about Scientology but have no clue what it is about? This book gives us an inside view of the workings of this religion from the viewpoint of former Scientologist, Leah Remini. Leah Remini is a actress who is best known for her role in the television comedy "King of Queens". From a very young age she was brought up in Scientology when her...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, memoir, celebrities, television, spirituality

Cover: 'If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission'

"If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission" by Jo Piazza

★★★★★ The nuns profiled in this book are inspiring, even if you do not identify as Catholic. Piazza interviewed ten nuns who have devoted their lives to various causes, ranging from helping victims of human trafficking to challenging the use of nuclear weapons. Each nun also discusses why she decided to become a nun, and how she discovered her cause. The author,...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, spirituality

Cover: 'Before amen : the power of a simple prayer'

"Before amen : the power of a simple prayer" by Max Lucado

★★★★★ Prayer can be a daunting task for many of us. We may feel unskilled, unworthy, or unsure of how to even begin. This little book offers insight, comfort, and instruction when it comes to learning how to pray effectively. Max Lucado breaks through all of the complication and doubt about how to pray, where to pray, who can pray, and what to pray for. He makes...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, spirituality

Cover: 'Heaven is for Real'

"Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent

★★★★★ Are you looking for a simple but heart-felt and emotional story? Then look no further! Todd Burpo, a small-town pastor, tells the story of how he and his family fell on some hard times due to injuries and illness. He suffered a broken leg and hyperplasia, which set him back on his job duties. The main part of the book is accounts of his not yet four year...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, spirituality

Cover: 'Ultimate Price'

"Ultimate Price" by Annemarie S. Kidder

★★★ This nonfiction book contains the testimonies of German Christians whose personal beliefs conflicted with Hitler's political ideologies. These were people not involved with the  military; common people, so to speak, also known as the resistance. Various countries had resistance groups attempting to guide citizenry away from Hitler's purification plan....

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, history, spirituality