Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Quite readable on the academic scale, but does not push any of the thematic buttons that would indicate a potential for crossing over into a mass market audience."
This mature ethnography of the rural east Indian village of Bisipara in the 1950s captures the spirit of life in a small community isolated from the outside world. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"For all its interdisciplinary breadth and originality, this reads like a beery breeze-shooting session with a college prof. (16 pages of b&w drawings, maps, not seen) (Author tour)"
In the latest leg of an idiosyncratic intellectual journey, Pellegrino looks at the stories of the Old Testament through the lenses of genetics, paleontology, and archaeology. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"It is the account of a group of people determined to make a difference—and of those who made a difference to them."
A poignant, heartfelt account of caring for children dying of AIDS. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 9, 1994

"Vivid, lighthearted, and unself-consciously profound."
An affectionate glimpse at the worlds of Japan and Zen. Read full book review >
HARD TRAVEL TO SACRED PLACES by Rudolph Wurlitzer
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 5, 1994

"Go elsewhere for all four."
A Southeast Asia travelogue that looks for spiritual sustenance but instead finds distraction in spiritual tourism and lengthy quotation. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A rewarding anthology by women who take the Bible seriously and on its own terms, as a literary, ethical, and spiritual expression."
A group of really smart women give astute readings of the Bible that, for the most part, subscribe to neither religious nor feminist orthodoxies. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This is an object lesson in what can happen when a versatile scholar draws on the tools of critical theory too much and reflects on the actual texts—and their authors' premodern contexts—too little."
A ``distant'' (as opposed to ``close'') reading of the Hebrew Bible via a largely unfocused use of gender and other modern and postmodern analytical categories. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

A strange work of travel writing that might well have been entitled International Investment and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A lovingly wrought—but overly lengthy—bit of arcane religious history. (b&w illustrations)"
A scrupulous dissection of the daily lives of a group of cloistered 17th-century Franciscan nuns as seen through the eyes of one blighted sister in their midst. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: July 29, 1994

"Compelling and well presented, this volume deserves to be read by anyone concerned with Christian or political extremism in America."
A fascinating and terrifying account that is at once a work of academic scholarship and a startling exposÇ of a particularly virulent form of religious extremism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 18, 1994

"Purple prose, flowery extended metaphors, and an obvious nostalgic longing for the 1960s mar what aspires to be an important study."
An alternately serious and silly look at the 60s as an era of spiritual change in the United States. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >