Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

THE DAWN OF ISLAMIC LITERALISM by Joseph A. Butta Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2013

"An accessible primer to Islamic ideology for the uninitiated."
A meticulous, scholarly introduction to Islamic literalism, specifically designed for a Western readership. Read full book review >
THE THINKING ODYSSEY by Donald Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"A well-crafted reflection on the place of religion in the physical world."
A wide-ranging discussion of the natural world from a dedicated but inquisitive theist. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"Not only provocative, this report is illuminating and fully accessible to members of the faith and doubters alike."
A seasoned reporter on the Vatican beat takes us for an irreverent and revealing visit. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"A forthright, intriguing dissection of the history of a founding religious text."
A literary and historical examination of the Bible's earliest books. Read full book review >
WHY PRIESTS? by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A comprehensive, critical exploration of the origin and meaning of priesthood and a formidable volley lobbed at tradition."
Pulitzer Prize winner Wills (Verdi's Shakespeare, 2011, etc.), a venerable voice on church history, thought and practice, provides a stunning critique of the Roman Catholic priesthood. Read full book review >

ANTI-JUDAISM by David Nirenberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2013

"A bold, impressive study that makes refreshing assertions about our ability to redirect history."
A complicated, ultimately rewarding history tracing how the engagement with "Jewish questions" have shaped 3,000 years of Western thought. Read full book review >
THE FIRST MUSLIM by Lesley Hazleton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2013

"A levelheaded, elegant look at the life of the prophet amid the making of a legend."
A longtime reporter on the Middle East, Hazleton (After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam, 2009, etc.) carefully delineates the great events in the life of the "first Muslim," who, like the Christian prophet Jesus, was chosen as the "translator" of God's message to mankind. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid 'religion' and the faithful held in its sweaty grip."
A devastating history-cum-exposé of the Church of Scientology. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An excellent choice for readers interested in religion, philosophy and the elusive concept of home."
Rather than a simple analysis of where scattered Africans ended up geographically, Raboteau (The Professor's Daughter, 2006) dissects the search for home as a search for belonging. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A brave, cleareyed look at the contemporary flourishing of Islam."
A poignant journey through Muslim lands by a half-Indian, half-Muslim son attempting to find answers to his paternal identity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A profound celebration of the human spirit."
An eminent Polish physician reflects on his lifetime practice of medicine. Read full book review >
The Revelation of Jesus Christ—Comfort or Confusion? by L. Ralph Rohr
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A discerning new take on Revelation that opens up the confounding text."
Rohr presents an accessible, chapter-by-chapter explication of the fascinating symbols that fill the Bible's most challenging book. 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 >