Religion Book Reviews (page 179)

RELIGION
Released: July 1, 1994

"A heavily partisan but still valuable contribution to current debates within the American Catholic Church."
An inside view of the Catholic Church—not the Church of official dogma, but the Church as it lives and breathes daily in America. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 1994

"A highly readable and superbly researched biography of a man whose achievements transformed the decaying Roman Empire and had a lasting impact on Europe. (History Book Club main selection)"
An eminent classical historian (Founders of the Western World, 1991, etc.) skillfully records the turbulent life of the first Christian Roman emperor and founder of Constantinople, Constantine the Great (c. 272337). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"Although there is much of interest here and the pieces appear to be in the words of those interviewed, the fact that Johnson says nothing about her methods in gathering and recording the stories should make readers wary."
An amateur ethnographer's attempt at recording the life stories of various aged Native Americans. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Ignoring the fact that the peoples with which she is dealing are involved in complex cultural and religious systems from which isolated elements cannot be plucked, McLuhan finds a kind of false unity while sometimes steamrolling the beautiful, rich diversity."
This examination of how different cultures and religions view nature tends to flatten differences among various traditions into a kind of spiritual pancake. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"This poignant and provocative book goes beyond its historical setting to get to the heart of why people do or don't identify with ethnic, national, or religious groups."
A dramatic exploration of varying degrees of Jewish identity espoused, concealed, or denied by 15 Holocaust survivors during and after the war. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"The real alchemy here is the magical way academics can turn a simple thesis into a 587-page book and a gold mine of research grants."
A long and quirky look at 1,800 years of minimal Jewish involvement with a pseudoscience, adding little of use either to Jewish history or to the history of science. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"For an academic study of the Middle Ages, remarkably accessible and timely."
A thorough comparative study of the conditions of medieval Jewish life in Christian and Muslim lands. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 17, 1994

"Kenny provides a well-researched and readable biography of a man who helped democratize religion and in the process created a truly American Christianity."
An in-depth look at a little-known American religious radical. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 10, 1994

"Profound ideas, superficially treated. (Author tour)"
Controversial author and TV personality Huffington (Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, 1988) calls on society to acknowledge the drive towards transcendence and wholeness that alone can transform our lives. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 10, 1994

"Rservations aside, a beautifully written and personal story that grapples with questions of identity and tradition that affect us all."
This autobiography vividly describes the author's loss and rediscovery of his cultural and religious heritage. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS by Paul E. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A chilling study in social psychology, this volume explores the dark energies behind leaders such as Jim Jones and David Koresh and the needs they exploit."
Combining rare narrative skills and historical detail, Johnson (History/Univ. of Utah) and Wilentz (History/Princeton) recreate the fascinating tale of a false prophet and his misguided followers in New York in the 1820s and '30s. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Though primarily of interest to religious scholars, there is enough here to entertain interested lay readers as well."
Meyer (The Secret Teachings of Jesus, 1984) and Smith (The Nag Hamadi Library, not reviewed) provide literate and entertaining translations of a variety of early Christian magical incantations. 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 >