Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

HANDBOOK FOR THE SOUL by Richard Carlson
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"Popularized, feel-good wisdom, presented as a bromide instead of an incentive to more serious seeking."
Brief inspirational essays from 30 popular gurus, presented by West Coast therapists Carlson and Shield. Read full book review >
THE VALKYRIES by Paulo Coelho
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"More pap for the spiritually challenged."
A facile New Age story in which the author and his wife are initiated into the cult of angels by a band of women bikers in the Mojave Desert. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Goldberg's erudite passion deserves the ear of the masses."
An eloquent, brave call to Jewish covenantal fidelitybut a jeremiad that may go as unheeded as that of the prophet himself. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An accessible, attractive guide for the returning Jew."
Rabbi Gordis (Univ. of Judaism) leads us through the main areas of Jewish life, rebutting the charge that Judaism does not offer a spiritual path and suggesting answers to the question, Why be Jewish? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A journey along the edge of human comprehension: accessible and even elegant, but a bit overstuffed."
A New York Times science writer contemplates the human compulsion to search for order and purpose in the origin of the universe and the development of life on earth. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Ultimately unconvincing. (Author tour)"
Ordained minister Murray and writer-scholar Ross (Compassionate Capitalism, not reviewed) look back on the circumstances of the Supreme Court decision to abolish school prayer and advocate its reinstitution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"While spiritual seekers may find more questions raised than answered, this book lays down the framework of a consistent moral vision. (Author tour)"
A blueprint for living an ethical and meaningful life, based on the teachings of the late leader of the Lubavitch movement of Hassidic Jewry. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Provocative and challenging, the questions raised here deserve to be answered as the ashes from Waco and Oklahoma City still settle."
A thoroughly absorbing though not entirely credible analysis of the Branch Davidian movement and critique of America's stance toward ``cults.'' Both specialists in religion, Tabor (Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) and Gallagher (Connecticut College) convincingly contend that the tragedy at Waco, Tex., that resulted in the deaths of 4 federal agents and 80 Branch Davidians could easily have been averted. Read full book review >
KONIN by Theo Richmond
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 1995

"This marvelous book revives, just in time, a way of life that, when another generation has passed, will be truly irretrievable. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A stunning recreation of a lost time and placethe Polish shtetl, or village, where Richmond's parents were born, and whose Jewish population was destroyed in the Holocaust. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 4, 1995

"Purely arbitrary interpretations that, when all's said and done, just don't fly."
A bizarre attempt by a legal historian to show that St. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"An extraordinary glimpse into a rich and meaningful mythology. (15 line drawings)"
Through soothing rhythms and repetition, Johnston recreates the ancient storytelling tradition of the Ojibway Indians. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But while her basic premise on physics as theology overstates the case, Wertheim's text has other merits: She brings to light fascinating details of the lives and times of many exceptional women and men who have helped shape our current worldview."
Are physicists a priesthood excluding women on age-old grounds that women can't be ``ordained''? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >