The Sacrament of the Goddess is a “pageturner” May 6 2014

The latest review says The Sacrament of the Goddess is a “Page Turner.”

UPDATE: I do not consider myself a hero, and I certainly don’t think I am a role model, LOL.  But I do want to set a small proposition in front of the reader – “what is the role of heroes in global health?”

give your answer in the comments section below.

A Recent Review of The Sacrament of the Goddess

In February, we set the publication date for the novel, and I got some galley proofs. I still had a the list of influential people who reviewed The Hospital at the End of the World, my first book. One such person was/is Christine Contillo, RN, of New York City, a nurse-journalist. Disclosure: I have never met her, and there are no ties between her and myself. Here is what Ms. Contillo wrote.

Book Review:  The Sacrament of the Goddess  by Joe Niemczura

In addition to being a professor of nursing in Hawaii, years ago Joe Niemczura  made the life-changing decision to spend a summer coaching nursing students in Nepal. There he was challenged to prepare young women for a career at a level most of us can’t even imagine. Picture yourself working at a clinic without running water, washing disposable gloves by hand and hanging them out to dry on a clothes line. Then picture the instructor who has to somehow bring their skill level up to acceptable. Joe’s your man, and he wrote a memoir about the experience, Hospital at the End of the World, published in 2009.

I was able to get a pre-publication copy of the author’s recent work of fiction — The Sacrament of the Goddess where he puts his storytelling to good use. Joe throws Nepalese history, Maoist battles, star-crossed lovers, kidnapping, unfamiliar religious practices and family values together and pulls a page-turner out of his hat. For his medical readers there’s no end of both familiar and unfamiliar diseases, diagnosed with techniques still used in developing countries but long outdated here and treated with donated equipment that may or may not work. All in a day’s work for the American volunteer, Matt.

Niemczura has created a page-turner that any nurse can appreciate and happily share with a friend.

Her review made me howl with delight. (I would have enjoyed it even if it had been negative) I enjoy reading feedback, and I hope you will enjoy reading the book.  If you want to buy the book on Amazon, click here. There is a fan page on FaceBook as well, click here to find it.




About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

These blogs, and my books, and videos are written on the principle that any person embarking on something similar to what I do will gain more preparation than I first had, by reading them. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add to it fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011.
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