Religion Book Reviews (page 174)

RELIGION
Released: May 3, 1993

"Fishman attempts to examine feminism's impact on too many aspects of Jewish life, and the subsequent lack of focus weakens her thesis—which, in any case, will appeal most strongly to those already committed to both feminism and traditional Judaism."
An uneven analysis by Fishman (a senior research associate at Brandeis), who argues here—only sometimes convincingly—that feminism has brought a 'breath of life' into a faltering American Jewish community. Read full book review >
ACTS by Larry Woiwode
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Pretty shaky as scholarship—but a tough, moving personal testament."
Courageous but flawed attempt by Woiwode (Indian Affairs, 1992, etc.) to examine Christian culture and his own faith in the light of Acts, ``the most overtly narrative book of the New Testament.'' Woiwode's grit lies in his willingness to discuss Christianity despite—as he hammers home—the bias against religion among America's cultural and academic elite. Read full book review >

A WOMAN'S WORTH by Marianne Williamson
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

``In writing this book I have no purpose other than a creative spill of my own guts,'' proclaims Williamson at the start of these seven inspirational essays aimed at resurrecting the sacred feminine in today's women. Read full book review >
ISLAM AND THE WEST by Bernard Lewis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1993

"A learned, forceful analysis that treats Islam with respect, not condescension."
Eleven superb essays on the culture clash between the Islamic nations of the Middle East and the more secularized West, from distinguished Orientalist Lewis (Near Eastern Studies/Princeton; Semites and Anti-Semites, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 28, 1993

"This is one cosmic egg that may be too big to crack."
Goswami (Physics/University of Oregon; coauthor, The Cosmic Dancers, 1983) uses quantum physics to promote monistic idealism- -the theory that both matter and mind have their origin in consciousness. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 7, 1993

"This fire in the soul may warm already converted New Agers, but most others will find it wan comfort indeed."
More well-meaning New Age psychopop from the author of Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson (1990), etc. According to psychologist Borysenko, who tends to gush, her ``soul has burned with the question why''—specifically, why does God allow suffering? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not likely to be favorite bedtime reading for John Paul II—or for anyone who believes in mature debate."
Hotheaded, ill-mannered attack against the Catholic Church, by a disaffected doctor. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1993

"L'Chaim!"
Bestselling Conservative rabbi Kushner (Who Needs God, 1989; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, 1981) on the joys of Judaism. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Valuable for its global perspective and its ability to see things from the viewpoint of the religious nationalists themselves; as such, must reading for the Clinton Administration."
A sensitive survey of religious nationalism around the world, with some gentle advice for Americans bewildered by all the uproar. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A very cloudy crystal ball."
Wuthnow (Social Sciences/Princeton), usually an elegant chronicler of social trends (Acts of Compassion, 1991, etc.), stumbles with this dull look at the future of the church. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1993

Radical ecospiritual memoirs and meditations from a globe- trotting seeker of truth. Read full book review >
SAINTS AND SINNERS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 1993

"Six slick profiles packed with gritty gossip; but as a religious quest, this never leaves base camp."
Wright (In the New World, 1987, etc.) takes a poorly planned but intermittently entertaining journey through the American religious landscape. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >