Searching for the Truth: Poems & Prose Inspired by Our Inner Worlds

Searching for the Truth: Poems & Prose Inspired by Our Inner Worlds

by Maranda Russell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503258952
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2014
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

Maranda Russell is an award-winning author, artist and poet who also happens to have Asperger's Syndrome (a kind of high-functioning autism). She currently lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and six cats. For more information about this author or her books, please visit her author website/blog,

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Searching for the Truth: Poems & Prose Inspired by Our Inner Worlds 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite Searching for the Truth by Maranda Russell is a quick read with a powerful punch. The poems and prose within will make you question your beliefs, and take another look at what you think you know. Before Your Eyes, the very first poem of all, really made me stop and think, and then agree. It's a little look at that moment right before death. While most of these poems are serious, there are also light-hearted ones that make you laugh, as well as think. My favourite is the 2nd Alice in Wonderland haiku. Too true, perhaps a caterpillar smoking a blunt isn't the best person to guide you. Then again, maybe they're the best after all? Ms Russell seems to favour free verse, a style I am partial to. Her statements, values, and opinions, set down lovingly in verse, spoke to my heart. Many of these opinions are ones I share. Religion is a Box could have been written after my own life. She seems to find dogma as stifling as I do. She speaks often of the disconnect we, as a species, have with nature, be it wild nature or our own. People can be so into labels and entrenched belief that they forget - underneath, we are all human and we are connected to the greater world, for better or for worse. I especially found Schrödinger's Cat to be very profound and oh, so true. If you like poetry and relish a challenge to entrenched thought, to deep-set belief; if you are brave enough for eye-opening, possibly life-altering verse that will put your brain muscles to work, check out Russell's Searching for the Truth. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
malsmart More than 1 year ago
Maranda Russell perfectly blends earnest and existential poetry with thoughtful photographs. Immediately upon reading I could tell that I was reading not just a standard book of poetry, but a confessional laid bare at the alter of the reader. The explorative nature of her words are so organically based that it would be hard for anyone not to relate and no subject is off limits for this inquisitive writer. She so effortlessly muses on subjects from forgiveness, to art, to the tragedies of modern culture, that each poem seems to segue into the next. I highly recommend this book to anyone who gets lost in their mind from time to time, or to the explorers out there. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maranda Russell's Searching for the Truth: Poems & Prose Inspired by Our Inner Worlds is philosophical, engaging and deeply rooted in a place of spiritual awakening. Every poem or bit of prose is relatable and insightful but, is from a youthful perspective with bits of wisdom on a personal level. Russell gives us a camera lens view of how she sees the world and what she thinks and feels about her connection to it, to humanity, to the world itself and something more profound than herself and how the search for that sense of self, true self will always be a journey, which reminds me of Bertrand Russell's "The Value of Philosophy." Those who want an in depth philosophical side about life please read this book it's thought provoking and worth the read, especially on a deeper human level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first Maranda Russell book and after two poems, I can tell I'm in the presence of someone who writes sincerely. 'Heartfelt' is the word that frequently pops up in my mmh-ing and aah-ing mind as I read this collection of poems and prose about Personal Truth, Life and Death, Religion, and the Creativity Spirit. Granted, I couldn't fully relate to all the poems and writings (could be due to me being at a different stage in seeking personal truth), and I sometimes wonder about the significance of the photographs used for each section (my interpretation skills aren't too sharp in this area). However, there were several pieces that connected because I have gone through, and still am experiencing, them: "On the Subject of Forgiveness," "Bitterness," "Long Journey Home," "Seeking Truth," and "Where You Should Be."  The pieces are short and smooth, and I'd recommend this collection to those interested in spiritual stirring or introspection. {4.5*}