Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

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 >
ASTONISHED by Beverly Donofrio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2013

"Honest, engaging and cathartic."
Donofrio (Looking for Mary, 2000, etc.) recounts her survival from rape at age 55 and subsequent spiritual journey. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >