The best books about other worlds

Who am I?

As a practicing Catholic, I believe in the supernatural and thus, other worlds. In the Nicene Creed, there is a line: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all things visible and invisible.” I find inspiration in both fictional fantasy as well as nonfiction stories of people encountering the impossible and discovering their personal stories or talent. As I grew up and learned about the lives of the saints I found myself engrossed in these real people who experienced miracles. It was this conviction of my own faith that inspired me to write a more secular, Catholic-inspired Young Adult series: St. Blair: Children of Night.

I wrote...

St. Blair: Children of the Night

By Emily W. Skinner,

Book cover of St. Blair: Children of the Night

What is my book about?

Sybille Malone lives in an overpopulated Manhattan, Region One, of Global Good 2202. Their society is the fulfillment of utopian ideals developed by the surviving masses of 2100. Seventeen-year-old Sybille is a resident of Dayshift and longs for a Nightshift boy known only as Mark. Distraught by Global Good's restrictive culture, Sybille is desperate until she finds a relic of a past civilization. The discovery of Blair's diary sets off a chain of supernatural events that not only affects Sybille's close relationships, but has Global Good scrambling to find the culprit.

The books I picked & why

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Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the Other Side

By Tyler Henry,

Book cover of Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the Other Side

Why this book?

I found Tyler Henry’s story helpful as it relates to the presence of those who have passed on. As an 8-year-old, I saw my cousin Ben in my thoughts. He was standing by a lake. A moment later my mother received a call that he had drowned. Tyler Henry had a near-death experience at 10 and later received a message from his dead grandmother. That was the beginning of his journey. He considered becoming a hospice nurse but accepted that his gifts might be better utilized to bring closure to those who have lost a loved one. His messages are not faith-based but come from a knowing that feels divinely guided.

The Shack

By William P. Young,

Book cover of The Shack

Why this book?

Life is messy. We beat ourselves up for things we can or can’t control. The Shack is an otherworldly dimension that gives us a glimpse of how God could speak to us in our darkest hour, most painful moments. I liked how this novel shows God changing appearance during communication with Mackenzie Allen Philips, the father of an abducted child. We often think we must change to get through our pain, but it is heartwarming to think our savior will do so to make it easier for us to heal.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll,

Book cover of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Why this book?

I love the comical madness that Lewis Carroll has created for Alice. I can’t help but think of Escape rooms and fun challenges that we engage in to replicate the imaginative worlds we’ve read about in books like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. I love that this is a girl’s adventure, and we join her as she is questioning, following her instincts, and reasoning with the unreasonable.

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul

By Maria Faustina Kowalska,

Book cover of Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul

Why this book?

I sought out this book after Divine Mercy Sunday 2002. A visiting priest had shared St. Faustina’s story of receiving the Divine Mercy Chaplet from our Lord on September 13-14, 1935. Several of her dates coincide with dates that have significance in my own life, only mine in the present. God spreads his message of mercy through a Polish nun on what I would eventually discover through personal research, was the same dates that Hitler addressed youth in Nuremberg to inspire National Socialism. The diary gave me a glimpse of a real woman’s calling to bring God’s mercy to our world. 

Clockwork Angel

By Cassandra Clare,

Book cover of Clockwork Angel

Why this book?

I was intrigued by this YA novel’s supernatural vibe. I enjoyed how this story incorporated angels, demons, shapeshifters, and automatons into old-world New York and London settings. I found the ensemble of paranormal and supernatural species to have a comic book quality as to the diversity of their talents and abilities to fight for good or with evil. The lead character Tessa is on a journey to find her brother and discovers things about herself that change her perspective of her own place in the world. Clare’s period elements suggest the darkness of Victorian England’s Jack The Ripper or Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll. But while those are male dominant, I much prefer a novel with an inquisitive, determined, and trust-her-instincts protagonist. 

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