Religion Book Reviews (page 2)

MY ADVENTURES WITH GOD by Stephen Tobolowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An uneven Hollywood memoir with a bit of divinity thrown in."
A tale of two Tobolowskys, divided by a positive midlife crisis. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >

THE SOULS OF CHINA by Ian Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Engaging, timely, and humane."
An exploration of the role of faith in contemporary China. Read full book review >
PROTESTANTS by Alec Ryrie
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion."
A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the 16th century to today. Read full book review >
HALLELUJAH ANYWAY by Anne Lamott
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lamott always delivers flashes of wisdom and inspiration that resonate, particularly with her most devoted readers, but the book is a somewhat opaque and redundant exercise that never quite feels grounded."
A meditation on the benefits of discovering and extending mercy. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A nonscholarly work that lay readers will find especially engaging."
A pertinent study of how the Islamic world played quick catch-up to the West over the course of the 19th century. Read full book review >
GOD'S RED SON by Louis S. Warren
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Though it may be too academic for some readers, this is an eye-opening work of American history."
An enlightening scholarly study of American Indian history that gets at the root tensions underlying the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Read full book review >
THE EVANGELICALS by Frances FitzGerald
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Overflowing with historical anecdote and contemporary reportage and essential to interpreting the current political and cultural landscape."
Another superb work by renowned but long-absent political journalist FitzGerald (Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth, 2002, etc.), this one centering on the roiling conflict among American brands of Christianity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"This readable discussion on sin, faith, and salvation offers an inventive, informed take on Eden and the nature of faith."
This exegetical work scrutinizes what happened in the Garden of Eden to better clarify the concepts of sin and redemption. Read full book review >
THE RECRUITS by J.M. Cranford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2017

"Even devoted Christians will likely find the self-assured radicalism of this religious tale discomfiting."
Following a harrowing experience, a military recruiter devotes himself to assembling an army for God in this debut novel. Read full book review >
A VIEW FROM HEAVEN by Carolyn Neary
NON-FICTION
Released: March 29, 2017

"A series of quick, impressionistic affirmations for Christians in a beautifully crafted booklet."
A series of meditations examines the Christian life. Read full book review >
THE FACE OF WATER by Sarah Ruden
NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2017

"No version of the Bible is the last word, as this text for grammarians, seminarians, and savants demonstrates—simultaneously didactic and entertaining, academic and easygoing."
A poet and translator of classical literature tackles the Good Book to find concealed biblical meaning and nuance. 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 >