Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

THOMAS BECKET by John Guy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"Guy exposes Becket's history so well that readers may question how much of a saint he really was."
In this lively new biography of Thomas Becket, Guy (A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His Dearest Meg, 2009, etc.) illustrates his vast knowledge of medieval England. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 29, 2012

"Awesome scholarship to an admirable purpose."
A religious scholar's compendium of essential American texts. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: April 17, 2012

"A refined jeremiad sure to shake up the Christian establishment."
A piercing critique of heresy in a country where "traditional Christian teachings have been warped into justifications for solipsism and anti-intellectualism, jingoism and utopianism, selfishness and greed." Read full book review >
THE CRISIS OF ZIONISM by Peter Beinart
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2012

"Straight talk by a clear-thinking intellectual with his heart in the right place."
An American journalist offers an elegant, deeply honest look at the failure of Jewish liberalism in forging Israel as a democratic state. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 13, 2012

"A cogent rendering of a moral universe of fertile complexity and latent flexibility."
A well-informed tour of contemporary moral psychology. Read full book review >

INDIA by Diana L. Eck
HISTORY
Released: March 6, 2012

"At times a bit dense for the casual reader, but Eck's perseverance illuminates one of the world's most mysterious and multifaceted countries."
A far-reaching exploration of the spiritual geography and sacred spaces of India. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 6, 2012

"Scholarly but widely accessible, the book provides a solid introduction to the one book of the New Testament that claims to be divinely inspired."
Multidimensional reading of "the strangest book in the Bible—and the most controversial." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"A frank, exhaustive, marvelously readable study."
A sharp, clear, deeply researched examination of the consistent application of the founding religious principles to American foreign policy, from the colonists' sense of a Protestant exceptionalism to President Barack Obama's "Good Niebuhr Policy." Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A fascinating, impassioned hybrid of memoir and divine supposition."
Former Guideposts editor Tompkins (The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On, 2010, etc.) plumbs theories on mortality and the prospects of an afterlife. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"The fascinating life story of an impassioned mystical maverick."
A lucid, engrossing memoir from a psychologist and philosopher dedicated to the afterlife. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"A thorough, stimulating rendering of the Mormon past and present."
A comprehensive history of the popular religion bearing distinctly American roots. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2012

"Authoritative, accessible study of Osborn's rare early work by an expert scholar of her writing and time."
A rigorous examination of the unsettling life and writing of a deeply pious woman in mid-18th-century America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >