Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

My Own Church by Thomas Mates
NON-FICTION
Released: July 25, 2013

"A readable, enjoyable book that suggests a path for understanding between the faithful and nonbelievers."
A levelheaded look at belief and nonbelief in modern America. Read full book review >
ZEALOT by Reza Aslan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2013

"Why has Christianity taken hold and flourished? This book will give you the answers in the simplest, most straightforward, comprehensible manner."
A well-researched, readable biography of Jesus of Nazareth. Read full book review >

Faith, Supernatural Beliefs and Our Symbolic Brain by Herman Kagan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2013

"An excellent introduction to the science behind our beliefs."
A cleareyed look at the psychological and biological foundation of supernatural beliefs. Read full book review >
CREATION by Adam Rutherford
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2013

"While it is unlikely that scientists will synthesize a human in the near future, genuinely amazing biology is in the works, and Rutherford delivers a fascinating overview."
The day is nearly here when scientists will create the first purely synthetic life. This prediction turns up regularly, but British science writer and Nature editor Rutherford insists that the time is ripe, and he makes his case with contagious enthusiasm. Read full book review >
SACRED FALL by Jack Weafer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2013

"A highly personal story of a physical and spiritual recovery, with sage advice on how to embrace trauma, fear and uncertainty."
A psychotherapist and longtime athlete recounts his spiritual discovery and growth following his traumatic fall into a 50-foot ravine. Read full book review >

The Vatican Third Secret Hoax - Exposed! and the Truth Revealed by Iain Colquhoun
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2013

"Regardless of whether one agrees or not on religious grounds, fans of 20th-century U.K. history in particular will appreciate this fine example of well-researched, thoughtful historical writing."
What do a prophecy from 1917, Trident nuclear submarines and an interchurch organization have to do with one another? Colquhoun, in his historically astute essay, argues that they may augur troubled times as predicted by Scripture. Read full book review >
The Sharing by Anne L. Smith
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2013

"Her admirable humility, along with the advice in her book, will serve as useful guidance for anyone trying to walk a spiritual path."
Messages channeled by Smith provide the basis for this compendium of metaphysical insights and advice for spiritual living. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"An incendiary piece of work that will hopefully encourage other victims to escape the IFB's web."
A damning memoir of life under the thumb of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, from former member Zichterman. Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW by Carol Walker
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2013

"A careful, thoroughly enjoyable guide to the most entertaining of the Synoptic Gospels."
A comprehensive study guide to the biblical book of Matthew. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2013

"A generally persuasive, impassioned book-length essay. While his conclusions (and language) sometimes grow repetitive, they nonetheless serve to underscore at every turn an incisive argument buttressed by millennia of evidence."
Historian and editor Cannadine (History/Princeton Univ.; Mellon, 2006, etc.) constructs a stirring critique of history that questions conventional approaches to narrating the human chronicle. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2013

"Resonant testimonies and practical techniques on gaining profound spiritual insight."
A leading authority in shamanism shares collected accounts of modern-day journeying plus guiding techniques in this sequel to his 1980 seminal classic. Read full book review >
Heaven's Gold by David McMurtry
NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 2013

"A sincere, well-written study of why youth leave religion and how to lure them back."
An accessible, relatable guide for bringing young adults back into the church. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >