Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

PRONE TO LOVE by Jason Clark
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Fresh, engaging inspirational discussion, likely to challenge Christians young and old."
In this latest inspirational work by Clark (Surrendered and Untamed, 2011), he asserts that a Christian's relationship with God should be motivated by love, and not simply need. Read full book review >
The Engrafted Word of God by P. J. Minchew
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"A book which promises access to salvation, but which may only appeal to the most religiously confident readers."
This winding debut collection, an amalgamation of biblical and post-biblical texts, promises revelation for true believers. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"Dry musings for those who like to deconstruct traditional Christianity."
According to two interfaith pastors, it was a misunderstanding that led Jesus' followers to falsely believe he was the son of God and was resurrected from the dead. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Some tediously detailed sections and an impressionistic structure weaken the overall impact of Hustad's memoir."
A daughter of evangelical missionaries reflects on the complexities of faith. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An intellectually interesting comparison in the same way that comparative histories of revolutions are interesting; there's blood and passion in all that madness, but it doesn't always land on the page."
An atheistic novelist temporarily abandons his fiction to examine the roots and history of belief. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An important discourse that is not always easy to follow due to its abstract nature—will be most useful for an academic audience."
Marsden (Emeritus, History/Univ. of Notre Dame; Jonathan Edwards: A Life, 2003, etc.) employs historical analysis to suggest why the United States is so badly split between secular-oriented intellectuals and religiously doctrinaire church leaders, a split that seems to have harmed the nation's moral character, forged during World War II. Read full book review >
Spirituality 101 by Ivan Figueroa-Otero
Released: Feb. 5, 2014

"A friendly, stimulating Christian guide to combining thought and faith in order to live a more fulfilled life."
A holistic look at the intersection of the spiritual and scientific world, playfully cast as a primer for a final exam. Read full book review >
CITY OF GOD by Sara Miles
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Poignant and passionate look at the city church, inside the walls and out."
Account of an unusual urban Ash Wednesday. Read full book review >
SALAAM, LOVE by Ayesha Mattu
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In the introduction, the editors write, 'There's nothing like a good love story to connect us to one another and also help satisfy our curiosity about the lives of others.' This collection proves the honesty in that assertion."
A companion anthology to Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (2012), this time from a male perspective. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican's shocking actions."
More deeply troubling revelations around Vatican collaboration with evil. Read full book review >
The Book of Extremely Common Prayer by Nathaniel Whitten
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"These jokey prayers are likely to resonate beyond the smiles they produce."
A humorist with an ear for social commentary uses the language of prayer to highlight the absurdity of the modern world. Read full book review >
The First Resurrection of Christ by Sarah Quinter Malone
Released: Jan. 24, 2014

"An invigorating search for the human Jesus."
Malone, in her debut, provocatively maps Jesus Christ's stages of human development, using the Gospels as a guide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >