Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1995

"This story received considerable media attention in 1992; for those who missed it, Watterson tells it in historical and social context—a bit too much so."
A moving, though overlong, account of the triumph of patience and tolerance over bigotry. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >