Religion Book Reviews (page 10)

A RELIGIOUS CURSE: JUDEO-CHRISTIAN HISTORY by Boyd Gutbrod
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"A well-researched biblical exegesis that should equally interest the novice and the expert."
A scholarly study of Judeo-Christian heritage examines the roots of anti-Jewish sentiment. Read full book review >
RADICALIZATION by Farhad Khosrokhavar
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A timely, systematic breakdown of thee reasons for radicalization."
A French scholar delineates the attractions of violent extremism, specifically jihadi Islam. Read full book review >

LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Laced with Western pluralism and liberalism, the author tries to push back the rigid moralism of Islam as he has often known it. Certainly heartfelt, the book is also reserved and largely unemotional."
An appeal to critical thought and broad values for young Muslims. Read full book review >
RESTORED BY GRACE by Vitus Chak
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A religious treatise thinly disguised as a two-character play that might have been more effective without the fictional elements"
A dialogue that dramatizes the contest between faith and reason and discusses possibilities for Christian healing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An admirable guide for those seeking a greater depth of belief in God."
A debut book offers a pastoral exploration of the meaning of Christian faith. Read full book review >

BREWING REASON by Edward W. Grey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 22, 2016

"An intriguing brief against religion set in a stiff and uninvolving romance."
Sparks fly when a fundamentalist Christian boy and a militant atheist girl fall in love in this debut novel of free-thinking ideas. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 19, 2016

"A thoughtful assessment that may interest readers of all religious persuasions."
A reconsideration of Jesus' spiritual mission as he may have understood it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"A rigorous textual juxtaposition of two faiths, marred by uneven writing."
A comparative study of Christianity and Islam that seeks to spell out terms of reconciliation between the two religions. Read full book review >
THE SIGN OF THE END OF THE AGE by Paul Kalbach
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A searching, rigorous, and comprehensive study of how Jesus described the end of the world."
A debut book offers an examination of a key passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A good idea derailed for the sake of entertainment. Readers interested in this topic should turn to Gary Gutting's Talking God: Philosophers on Belief (2016)."
In this 21st-century take on the long-standing tradition of philosophical dialogue, two intellectuals battle it out in the arena of ideas and witticisms. Read full book review >
FAITH, GRACE, AND CANCER by Stephanie Hoff Rodrigue
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A firsthand account of dealing with cancer that would benefit from a tighter focus but remains touching in its positivity."
This debut book chronicles a woman's 11-year battle with cancer, told through emails to her prayer circle. Read full book review >
PILGRIMAGE by Mark K. Shriver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Excerpts from Bergoglio's writings give an even more intimate look at our current pope, although it's unfortunate Shriver was unable to interview him."
The author's personal journey to find out whether the new pope is "the real deal" and thereby get in closer touch with his own Catholicism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >