Religion Book Reviews (page 2)

DR. JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG AND THE RELIGION OF BIOLOGIC LIVING by Brian C. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"There's much here to interest both adherents to and skeptics of today's alternative and holistic medicines, as well as fans of American history, especially the history of religions."
A well-researched biography that seeks to restore the reputation of the doctor satirized in T.C. Boyle's novel The Road to Wellville (1993) and in the film of the same name. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A wonderful book to confirm the beliefs of the faithful, to strengthen those whose faith begs for more information and to enlighten those who reject the stories of the Bible as mere fiction."
Translator and Jerusalem Post contributor Hoffman (And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning, 2010) explains biblical stories by revealing lost passages, making them more understandable and plausible to modern readers. Read full book review >

IF NUNS RULED THE WORLD by Jo Piazza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Entertaining essays on the inspiring work various sisters are accomplishing in the world."
How a group of sisters is making changes in the world. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS by Kenan Malik
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An excellent survey for intermediate students of philosophy and a fine course in self-education for general readers."
God is dead, says Nietzsche. Nietzsche is dead, says God. Dead or not, Nietzsche is wrong, writes British neurobiologist and philosopher Malik—and so is sophist Thrasymachus, for that matter. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR PAKISTAN by Ayesha Jalal
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A hard sell for nonacademic readers but an elucidating journey for scholars."
A scholarly, depressing portrait of a country whose allegiance to Islam has not been able to hold it together nor prevent its being convulsed by cycles of violence. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A vivid history of 'the collaboration and integration of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peoples of the Mediterranean that laid the foundation for the modern world.'"
A dramatic review of Mediterranean history in the Middle Ages. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 24, 2014

"Impeccably researched but likely too dense for general readers."
A distinguished Princeton social sciences professor studies the fraught intersection of race, religion and ethnicity in Texas since Reconstruction. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An energetic presentation of our complicated relationship with God, whom we have welcomed with 'open arms, congressional protection, free speech, and tax-exempt status.'"
Turner (Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost, 2010, etc.) surveys the American molding and remolding of God to fit our often curious convictions, a tradition as natively ingrained as "playing baseball, cruising strip mall parking lots, and popping antidepressants." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"An unvarnished, mostly bewildered and touchingly human memoir."
Two years as a Mormon missionary in Belgium. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Slow and steady yet highly readable; an intriguing look at deciphering Scripture."
Debut author Potts offers a guide to understanding the Bible in its original Hebrew. Read full book review >
WILD FLOWERS by Francis William Bessler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 16, 2014

"Readers interested in a unique belief system will enjoy many of this author's musings."
Debut author Bessler offers a collection of essays and songs about life and religion.Born in 1941, this former seminarian, divorcee and avid blogger has a lot of opinions to share. Read full book review >
NATURE'S GOD by Matthew Stewart
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2014

"In affording a fresh perspective on the difficult but exhilarating birth of this country, Stewart shows that the often superficially misunderstood words of the Declaration of Independence are even more profound than they appear."
Stewart (The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting it Wrong, 2009, etc.) delivers a penetrating history of an American Revolution not yet finished and a stirring reassertion of the power of ideas unbound by the shackles of superstition. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >