Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

AMERICAN SAINT by Joan Barthel
Released: March 4, 2014

"Barthel sets Seton's life against the roiling political context of the American Revolution and its aftermath, offering a rounded portrait of an ambitious woman who struggled mightily to fulfill the tenets of her faith: to be obedient, merciful and good."
A biography of the first American saint, who described herself as "the Mad Enthusiast." Read full book review >
REBEL MUSIC by Hisham D. Aidi
Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >

Released: March 4, 2014

"It's an artifice, sure, but compared to nonsense like The Secret, indie spiritualism has a lot going for it—maybe even some actual sincerity."
In a mixed bag of introspective insights and navel-gazing, Grosso tells the story of how he finally entered recovery after years of drug and alcohol abuse, which set him on the path of investigating his spiritual side far outside of organized religion. Read full book review >
THE DARK BOX by John Cornwell
Released: March 4, 2014

"Enlisting a legion of voices attesting to their 'soul murder' by confessional priests, Cornwell offers another strong indictment of the church."
A haunting study, both scholarly and personal, that situates the practice of confession as the source of the Catholic Church's clerical abuse. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2014

"A text that will appeal to philosophers and Kierkegaard-ians but will leave readers with more general interests feeling…anxious."
Noted Kierkegaard scholar, translator and biographer Hannay (Emeritus, Philosophy/Univ. of Oslo; Kierkegaard: A Biography, 2001) offers a new translation of a little-known but significant work (1944) about the relationship between sin and anxiety. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A text sure to give atheists some data and believers another annoyance."
How and why atheism, which has a long and little-known history, has contributed substantially to many of the more humane and enjoyable aspects of the modern world. Read full book review >
JOY STORIES by Ann Marie Turner
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"Devout Christians will relish these journallike passages of religious fervor coupled with relevant biblical passages and snippets of joyful mantras."
A quiet book of personal reflections on the joys of Christianity. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An erudite opus demanding substantial patience, intelligence and education from its readers."
Journalist and intellectual historian Watson (The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, 2012, etc.) analyzes what people have done to supplant or supplement religion since Nietzsche declared the death of God in the late 19th century. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >