Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An incisive sociological lens on a religion in flux, which, though centuries distant, continues to hold relevance for the present day."
How evangelical missionaries, dispatched from New England to the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century, failed spectacularly to convert the Muslim masses but had a lasting impact on the face of American Christianity. Read full book review >
FRANCIS, POPE OF GOOD PROMISE by Jimmy Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sprawling study that, though enlightening, takes readers on more of a journey than they may have bargained for."
A wide-ranging biography of the current pope. Read full book review >

POPE FRANCIS by Paul Vallely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Discovering a pope with a controversial past and a revolutionary style of leadership in the present, Vallely provides a highly worthwhile resource for Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
An exhaustive look at the newest pope. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A heartfelt but narrow prescription for finding a partner and creating a loving heterosexual marriage."
A Christianity-based approach to relationships driven by positive thinking, based on the authors' own courtship and marriage. Read full book review >
Growing Old With Grace by Ramakrishna Michaels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Affecting; seasoned with intellectual maturity as well as spiritual passion."
A chronicle of a life spent at the intersections of Eastern and Western thought. Read full book review >

Islam and the Clash of Civilizations by Panini
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"A passionate free-speech exercise, whether or not one agrees with the author's point of view."
A pseudonymous nonacademic with a self-taught grasp of world history attacks literalist Islam as the gravest threat that humanity has ever faced. Read full book review >
It's Part of Who I Am by Kay Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A short, intellectually lively spiritual biography."
A woman examines her mother's 45-year hunt for religious truth. Read full book review >
FAITH ED by Linda K. Wertheimer
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A worthwhile study marred by bias."
Narrow examination of the teaching of religion in America's public schools. Read full book review >
THE GRAMMAR OF GOD by Aviya Kushner
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A paean, in a way, to the rigors and frustrations—and ultimate joys—of trying to comprehend the unfathomable."
A freelancer debuts with a memoir/disquisition about the Hebrew Bible and the difficulties—linguistic and personal—that translators into English have faced. Read full book review >
How and Why God Evolved by Babar Shah Khan
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"A bracing, comprehensive deconstruction."
A clinical assessment of the human origins of organized religion. Read full book review >
WHY I AM A SALAFI by Michael Muhammad Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vigorous treatment of how the sacred, in all its multifarious forms, continues to exercise power, even if sometimes it just feels like 'we're arguing over what the mystery god intended to say in his address to a mystic in a cave some fifteen centuries ago.'"
Knight (Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing, 2013, etc.) traverses the scenic highways of Islamic history, seeking paths that connect him to Muhammad. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An occasionally repetitive but compelling study."
An impassioned investigative report tracing a deeply religious theme to the spate of civil rights violence from the 1950s until today. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >