Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

One of the country's preeminent theologians offers a probing examination of the dynamics of religious fundamentalism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Scholars in religious studies, seasoned scroll amateurs, and newcomers to this fascinating subject can all benefit from immersion in this welcome volume. (40 photos) (Author tour)"
The most thorough and authoritative of the flood of new books occasioned by the full release of the Dead Sea Scrolls between 1991 and 1993. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The religious right and true believers in Reaganomics, however, will cheer Evans on every step of the way."
Discussion of the role of religion in the formation of the Republic becomes a soapbox for right-wing reimagining of American history by the chairman of the National Journalism Center. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLE GATE by Joseph Patai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A highly romanticized paean to the Jewish tradition of learning."
A didactic account of the author's first year of Talmud study, originally published in Hungarian in 1927 and posthumously translated. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

The author of the bestselling Where Angels Walk (not reviewed) returns to bear testimony about the power of prayer and the existence of miracles. Read full book review >

GOD AND MAMMON IN AMERICA by Robert Wuthnow
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"There is, however, enough to attract the interested layperson as well."
An interesting but inconclusive look at the relationship between religion and money in contemporary America. Read full book review >
JEWISH RENEWAL by Michael Lerner
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Lots of mind-numbing analysis and little inspiration for Jews seeking a religious expression for their political convictions."
Michael Lerner has found God, and he wants other alienated progressive Jews to find God, too. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"This dense, authoritative book demands and deserves an attentive reading and offers rewards few recent historical narratives can match."
An absorbing, challenging work of ``bottom-up'' history that gives a voice to the unlettered and the disempowered. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICS OF IMMORTALITY by Frank J. Tipler
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 5, 1994

"Tipler is wrestling with issues of enormous importance, but in the end his answers seem highly idiosyncratic and unlikely either to convert the skeptics or to satisfy the religious. (20 line drawings) (Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
A scientific argument that foresees the evolution of computer intelligence into an equivalent of God is likely to be greeted with skepticism by the majority of readers, and those who wade through this densely argued text are likely to emerge more puzzled than enlightened. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"A rich assemblage of Jewish history, but with the disconcerting organization of a patchwork quilt. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
A compendium of elegy, emotive description, and thorough research capturing past and present Jewish life in East-Central Europe. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"If the idea of Christianity is to embrace the teachings of Christ, you have an infinite range of choices of how to express that faith,'' the rest of the book will lead readers to believe he doesn't mean it."
This primer on the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church provides useful information for the uninitiated but ultimately falls under the weight of the author's extreme bias in favor of his faith. Read full book review >
THE HISTORICAL FIGURE OF JESUS by E.P. Sanders
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Highly readable, this book will be of interest to scholars and accessible to general readers as well. (History Book Club main selection; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections)"
A valuable contribution to the evaluation of our knowledge about Jesus by a noted bible scholar. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >