Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"To be sent immediately in plain brown wrapping to all freedom fighters—and their foes."
The Book of Job as a guide to modern political dissent: on the face of it, a risky, if not goofy, enterprise that Safire (Language Maven Strikes Again, 1990, etc.) pulls off with wit and moral passion. Read full book review >
JESUS by A.N. Wilson
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A formidable challenge to believers in Jesus' divinity, Wilson's eminently readable book also serves as an excellent introduction to the New Testament."
The prolific novelist (Daughters of Albion, 1991, etc.) and biographer (C.S. Lewis, 1990, etc.) turns his attention to the historical Jesus, a biographical subject out of fashion among contemporary theologians. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"The flowering of American neoconservative religious thought (see also Richard John Neuhaus's Doing Well and Doing Good, below), notorious for its acumen, wit, and cockiness, continues unabated."
Unfocused but frequently brilliant disquisition on Christianity in relation to society. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Nonetheless, an important book, likely to generate intense discussion."
Furious blast at anti-Semitism and the liberals who tolerate it. Read full book review >
RAISED CATHOLIC (CAN YOU TELL?) by Ed Stivender
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"A feast of good feelings: a Catholic Garrison Keillor, with less literary polish but just as much soul."
Warm tales of Catholic childhood by a professional storyteller. Read full book review >

THE ISLAMIC THREAT by John L. Esposito
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A much-needed and highly accessible account of an ancient and widespread culture too often presented only in terms of villainous stereotypes."
Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The delivery is gentle, the message upbeat, the aftereffects nil: fizzy spiritual snacks that evanesce in memory."
In the Robert Fulghum tradition but without the Fulghum bite, 52 little essays on life's little wonders, by a rabbi from Westchester, New York. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Berry, a New Orleans journalist, tips over a religious rock and finds a nest of corruption, deceit, and despair. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"In any case, a moral call to arms, trumpeted with spirit."
A Catholic priest sets out to explain that the union of a free society and a free-market economy is not a shotgun wedding but a marriage made in heaven. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An appealing, if hyped-up, primer for grass-roots social and moral renewal. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
How a community inspired by faith can combat crack use, sexual abuse, and other social woes, by the ``Minister of Liberation'' of San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"It's debatable whether Akenson's concept of resurgent Old Testament behavior is more theory than reality—his idea that Israel will move ever closer to the covenanting pattern seems confounded by the recent elections—but the author's sweep and grasp are impressive."
Bold, often brilliant, but perhaps strained attempt by Akenson (History/Queen's Univ.) to trace how ancient Hebrew scriptures have ``formed the fundamental pattern of mind of the three societies'' of South Africa, Israel, and Northern Ireland. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"The extensive notes and bibliography help document shifting attitudes toward romance and marriage, but a topic like this deserves a little passion."
A scholarly study of Jewish sexuality that is neither sexy nor particularly Jewish. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >