Claire Cox writes a column on religion for the United Press, and has some years of background in doing it. Her book shows two marks of this: 1. Incisive writing and 2. Observation with very little interpretation. It is this spectator view which makes the book valuable to so many while yet being disconcerting to all. One is not always sure that her tongue is not in her cheek as she describes financing by bingo and fellowship by a Church swimming pool. Here is a perky book, which no laymen will find dull, some of the clergy will profit by, and all believers will find slightly caustic. Unbelievers will also find it a mine of information to corroborate ideas held by closed minds, and then will find it astringent to them also as it challenges them to show better faith and works or be silent. Obviously Mrs. Cox knows a great deal about her field, and it would be difficult to find anywhere a better, more intriguing survey of religion in American life.