Charles Kniker’s newest book: Spirituality That Makes a Difference – 20 years in the making

July 12, 2022 | News Releases | Reading Time 3:00 Minutes

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AMES, IA – July 12, 2022 – What began 20 years ago has turned into a wonderful reality for Charles Kniker, Green Hills Resident. Spirituality That Makes a Difference has been the ordained pastor and retired Iowa State University education professor’s main priority for the past two and a half years. “Yes, I wrote a book, and yes it may have taken me 20 years to do, but the bottom line is this is a thank you to many more than those names in the acknowledgement section”.

This book is an extraordinary guide to pursuing ways to make your life more meaningful. Real-life experiences, questions, and solutions are written in support of our ever-changing world. It is written for individuals during all stages of life who are searching for guidance to grow. “With tomorrow’s climate changes, pandemics, political extremism, and battered moral boundaries, we need a transformational spirituality, a spirituality deeper than a few dusty rituals, more reliable than snappy slogans from a smart phone.”

Charles states, “Most of you know me and know I tell jokes and pass on stories about others; a lot of my stories come from conversations on airlines. One which provides a lesson to us all is about a minister (I resemble that!) who was asked by the person in the next seat, what is your occupation? After the minister identified the profession, the unimpressed traveler offered a put-down remark, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” The minister then asked, “What is your job?” The answer: “I’m a physicist and astronomer.” To which the minister retorted, “Twinkle, twinkle little star.”

He wanted to extend his thanks to his Green Hills Neighbors, family members, Green Hills Employees, and many more by hosting a book signing event and social. The room was filled with laughter you could hear up and down the building and the pastor’s favorite music! Attendees gathered in-person at Green Hills, and it was open through Zoom for his friends to join all around the world, even reaching friends on other continents. During the event pre-orders were available for purchase and a portion of the sales were donated to The Eleanor L. Kniker Scholarship, or Eleanor’s Fund, which helps the nursing students working at the Green Hills Health Care Center cover their tuition and books in honor of the memory of his late wife.

If you are interested in purchasing Spirituality That Makes a Difference it is available on the publisher’s website,, Amazon, or Kindle.

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 Charles Kniker