Book Review: A Dog’s Collar

Title: A Dog’s Collar
Author: Sam Knupp 
Genre: Spiritual, Memoir
Year Published: February 16, 2022

Date finished: March 29, 2022

This book is a collection of stories throughout the author’s life as a chaplain. It’s written as a memoir of sorts where we get to experience the stories with the author, and at times, about the author.

Sam takes us through a handful of moments/instances during his time working in a hospital, a jail, and a few other places. These stories are very heartfelt and have a purpose. They allow us to see the reality of the human soul. We see the raw pain and sorrows these people go through, reminding us of how fragile we all really are, not only physically, but mentally, and emotionally as well. We get to see what Sam has to do and be to these people. Even if he wanted to walk away and hide, he couldn’t. He chose this career, or maybe it chose him, but either way, having to find the right words to say, the right prayers to pray, and doing the right thing to comfort these souls takes so much willpower, and Sam did it as though it was second nature. And because he is telling us these stories, we get to experience his true thoughts and how much he too is human.

I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. There were moments when I had to pause to wipe away tears. Sam is a true hero. He put up with so much yet received little in return. It was a wonderful read and I’d recommend it to everyone. It’s not a religious book and Sam doesn’t force any type of religion or God upon anyone. It’s lighthearted, humorous, and poignant. At times, Sam even questions his own beliefs. This was a wonderfully written book and I’m glad I was able to read it.

Who should read this book: Anyone looking for hope and spirituality.

Book Review: The Heart of Prayer

Title: The Heart of Prayer: The Essential Guide to Knowing God Through Prayer
Author: D.M. Stahlheber
Genre: Non-fiction; Spiritual
Year Published: December 7, 2021

Date finished: March 4, 2022

I’ve never read a book about how to pray so this one really piqued my interest. I wanted to know what the author had to say about praying. I was mainly curious as to whether I would be lectured or forced to believe someone else’s belief. Turns out, it was neither. This is a beautifully written book on guiding the reader towards being a better prayer for themselves.

This book provides a lot of scriptures from the bible in reference to each topic the author covers, and she covers topics about things everyone deals with, things we all struggle with, such as, loneliness, sadness, love, frustration, anger, ambitions, wants, and needs, etc. She has taken the time to research specific scriptures to help in all areas of prayer. She includes the books, chapters, and verses so that you can easily locate them in your bible and read further if you want to. If you don’t have a bible, no prob. The scriptures included are enough. This book helps you focus on prayers without telling you what to believe or who you should believe in. It has a way of putting you as ease when you are feeling turbulence in your life.

What I really love about this book is how the author shares pieces of her life and how she overcame difficulties. There were times when she struggled with her belief, but she pulled through with the guidance of prayer. I’d have to say, everyone can benefit from this book. It’s worth checking out especially if you find it difficult to focus on what to pray about and how to go about prayers that will benefit you the most. This book is very well put together. I will definitely be using it as a reference to help me become a better prayer.

Who should read this book: Anyone in need of guidance on how to pray or simply learn how to pray in a way that will benefit you.

Book Review: The Unity Game

Title: The Unity Game
Author: Leonora Meriel
Genre: Sci-fi, Spiritual, Metaphysical
Year Published: 2017

Date finished: May 7, 2021

The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel is a story about three main characters whose lives somehow intertwine. The first character lives in the modern world and struggles with drug abuse and sex addiction; the second character is an alien in a far-off world; and the third character is someone who has died and ends up in a library of sorts.

This was an intriguing read. I’ve only read one other metaphysical book, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to regarding form and style, but I found this one really enjoyable. I liked the way it was written. Lots of information about being connected and being one with others was provided in a way that felt like it was teaching rather than forcing you to believe. The idea of connecting is something to think about. I also found the library fascinating. It would be so cool if that was possible.

The characters were well developed and had a lasting impression. I felt the modern world character’s story was the strongest of the three. The relationships he had with multiple women, never fully settling on the “right” one, was a real struggle for him and I’m pretty sure, relatable to many. The way the erotica scenes were written depicted him perfectly. It made me feel sorry for him, yet I hoped he would pull through and overcome his addiction.

The alien character was interesting. He was a little hazy for me but there was something about him in the way he cared that had me believe aliens could understand the complexities of the human mind.

The man who’d died and his spirit had gone to a huge library of lived lives had me thinking about the realism of the idea. I would totally love to walk into one and just read about lives and purposes and such and just be filled with knowledge of all things that have passed.

Who should read this book: Anyone curious about the metaphysical and spiritual world, but it’s an overall great read for anyone who wants to enjoy a book with excellent characters and themes.