Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

ARDOR by Roberto Calasso
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"'The whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further,' writes Calasso. He demands no less from his readers."
An alternately illuminating and baffling exploration of the primary texts of Indian philosophy and religion. Read full book review >
CHRIST ACTUALLY by James Carroll
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An in-depth, thought-provoking challenge to two millennia of Christian interpretation."
To understand Jesus today, writes novelist and religion expert Carroll (Warburg in Rome, 2014, etc.), he must first be understood as a Jew.Read full book review >

THE GREAT REFORMER by Austen Ivereigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A quick, efficient job of fairly sketching this extraordinary life."
An admiring defense of the new pope, who is not afraid to shake things up. Read full book review >
Myth and Ideology : Creating History in the Bible by Stuart A. West
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 2014

"A bitter pill for ultra-Orthodox Jews; others will find the intellectual adventure quite thrilling."
A highly detailed textual analysis of the Old Testament. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF THE SWORDS by Chenar Med
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 14, 2014

"Earnest, passionate, and sure to ignite controversy, though it does so with a range of Islamic sources."
From debut author Med, fiery polemic criticizing the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad, and the rise of Islam. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"This intriguing ancient text deserves a solid academic study by serious scholars. Unfortunately, this book is not it."
Exploration of a long-forgotten text. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A brief, digestible investigation of religion and historical topics."
Debut author Jehangir offers a brief look at Christianity and its relationship to other world religions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 2014

"An enjoyable way for moderate or lapsed Christians to learn the history—and possible absurdities—of their faith."
An attorney offers a highly readable debut treatise on the history and contradictions of Christianity and its Gospels. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN CARDINAL by Christina Boyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An enjoyable but less-than-objective biography of 'one of the most prominent Catholics in the world.'"
Biography of the current cardinal from New York. Read full book review >
DARK MIRROR by Sara Lipton
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"With plenty of illustrations to bolster the text, Lipton has assembled remarkably detailed evidence of the growth of the anti-Jewish images found in the expansion of learning at the beginning of the Middle Ages."
Lipton (History/SUNY Stony Brook; Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible moralisée, 1999) sets out to show that negative images of Jews first appeared as early as the 12th century, long before the generally accepted 15th-century beginnings.Read full book review >
PRAYER by Timothy Keller
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Not always riveting reading, but Keller provides a contextually rich guide and companion to prayer."
A popular pastor puts the Bible back in prayer and sets the stage for an informed conversation with God. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though saddled with the burden of tangible proof, Alexander's impassioned report nevertheless forms a buoyant testimonial."
An afterlife proponent expounds upon the existence of heaven. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >