Religion Book Reviews (page 174)

RELIGION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite a tendency to get lost in esoteric byways, an engagingly ambitious tour of Latino culture, notable for its formidable breadth."
Part history and part cultural encyclopedia, a sophisticated- -sometimes too sophisticated—discussion of Latino identity as displayed in art, literature, and popular culture. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A wonderfully erudite debut."
Literary and literate biblical exegesis from Jerusalem- based teacher and lecturer Zornberg. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Meant as a support mechanism for women who leave the church, the volume also provides an intriguing glimpse into their thoughts."
An interesting and largely rewarding volume that discusses the relationship between women and the Roman Catholic Church. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"The evenhanded everything-and-everyone approach may alienate readers committed to one Jewish point of view, and the book has several unproven assumptions stated as facts—yet Ariel provides a remarkably rich and useful one-volume introduction to millennia of Jewish beliefs."
An eclectic exploration of the abiding elements of Jewish belief, covering major ethical, ritual, and theological topics. Read full book review >
SAINT PETER by Michael Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A mostly derivative work in which the author's insights are limited by a naive positivism. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections; History Book Club main selection)"
A prolific classical historian attempts to uncover the ``historical'' Peter from evidence in the New Testament. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A plain history that doesn't take up the social and intellectual issues that drew so many to Theosophy and continue to draw people to its descendant—the New Age movement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With healthy skepticism and heavy-handed irony, Washington chronicles the tortuous history of the Theosophic movement. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"McGinn's clear and beautiful style aptly expresses his serene command of this highly varied material."
From Pope Gregory the Great in the fifth century to the death of Richard of St. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Others will be interested but less engaged."
A generally well-written apologia for evangelical Christianity whose occasionally overheated prose may reflect its origins as a series of lectures. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, Joselit ends her tale too soon."
An alternately nostalgic, entertaining, and annoying portrait of what Joselit sees as the domestication, commercialization, and sentimentalization of American Jewish culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"But again, Erlich's own intellectually hollow polemic isn't it."
The story of the relationship, real and imagined, between the biblical land of Israel and the modern state of Israel, would make a wonderful book—but this extended apology for the perceived faults of modern Jewish nationalism isn't it. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 12, 1995

"What promises to be a powerful analysis appears more and more to reflect Klein's own struggles to reconcile Buddhism and feminism, not accessible to most readers because of its technicality."
A unique though complicated investigation of Buddhism and feminism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 1995

"Though the volume could have benefited from further editing (and some ethnocentric bias is evident in the use of generic, non- tribal specific terms like 'Great Spirit' and 'conjurer'), the book is nonetheless a major contribution to the study of Native American history and religious studies."
This excellent collection of essays probes the responses of one Native American tribe to the forces of Christianity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >