Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 18, 2011

"A full-color view of the spectrum of Islam, a religion too often regarded in black-and-white terms."
A Turkish journalist recounts the history and fluctuations of Islam with grace and style. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2011

"The awareness of the firefighter, the mindfulness of the monk, the principles of fire and the spirit of Zen come together in a well-told story about the effort required and the lessons learned from paying close attention."
A former Yoga Journal senior editor's account of five Zen practitioners turned firefighters who saved a beloved California monastery. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: July 5, 2011

"A bizarre and complicated history told with masterful control."
Thoroughly engrossing page-turner on the shape-shifting Church of Scientology and its despotic, possibly criminal hierarchy. Read full book review >
GROWING UP AMISH by Ira Wagler
RELIGION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Boldly goes where many Amish chronicles fear to tread: the exodus of members seeking an unencumbered lifestyle."
An affecting memoir from a former Old Order Amish member who abandoned his structured family life for autonomy in the free world. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 24, 2011

"Surprisingly moving."
An earnest, if sometimes banal, account of one man's struggle to get right with his Christian faith. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 14, 2011

"Exceptional reimagining of Islam."
Manji takes readers outside the boxes of "moderation" and "multi-culturalism" to boldly tackle the problems with modern Islam. Read full book review >
MEDITATION by Ian Gawler
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 2, 2011

"Regardless of religious beliefs or life situations, any reader would benefit from the Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) techniques clearly outlined here."
In a world of overextended schedules and stress-induced headaches, Gawler (You Can Conquer Cancer, 2007, etc.) and Bedson (The Complete Family Guide to Natural Healing, 2005) offer techniques for achieving peace. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 2011

"Exhilarating and profound food for the timeless soul."
Western Buddhist offers transcendent life instructions regarding time, space, peace and love. Read full book review >
Searching for the Truth in the New Testament by Jon Valset
RELIGION
Released: May 16, 2011

"A confident, sure-footed reading of the New Testament that challenges believers."
An incisive, unorthodox investigation of Scripture. Read full book review >
THE CONVERT by Deborah Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2011

"An important, searing, highly readable and timely narrative."
A Pulitzer Prize finalist delves into the fascinating life and letters of a young Jewish woman who converted to radical Islam and moved from suburban New York to Pakistan. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2011

"A clear and informative view of the changing classical virtues."
Guggenheim Fellow Gardner (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; Five Minds for the Future, 2007, etc.) delivers a treatise on how best to define and develop the concepts of truth, beauty and goodness in a digital world. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 5, 2011

"A blend of anthropological study, spiritual quest and travelogue that sheds light on the search for inner peace."
A rare investigation into the spiritual life of Eastern Orthodox Mystics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >