Religion Book Reviews (page 2)

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fascinating bridge text between Islam and Christianity."
Intriguing exploration of the Muslim understanding of Jesus. Read full book review >
JUDAS SON OF SIMON by Daniel Molyneux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Period particulars augment this multilayered portrayal of Judas."
Molyneux's (Elia's Proverbs, 2015, etc.) novel follows the life of the disciple Judas. Read full book review >

THE FAITHFUL ONE by Michele Chynoweth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A well-constructed, if rather straightforward, modern adaptation of the Book of Job."
Chynoweth (The Runaway Prophet, 2016, etc.) retells the biblical story of Job in this contemporary novel.Read full book review >
MY UTMOST by Macy Halford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A fine core soured by the writer's own story."
An exploration of one of Christianity's great devotional works. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Fascinating, well-told, candid, and tender."
A rare glimpse into the life of one of America's most revered social activists. Read full book review >

A CONVENIENT CHRISTIAN by Dwane C. Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A confused plot undermines this tale of Christian strength."
This soap-operatic tale follows the entangled lives of three people struggling with lost faith. Read full book review >
MIND, WORLD, GOD by Tam Hunt
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"This engrossing work defies the New Age stereotype by offering a lucid and intelligent discussion of humanity's place in the universe."
A book delivers a message of harmony in a world torn between science and faith. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION AND ISLAM by Binimad Al-Ateeqi
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 13, 2017

"A new and lucid introduction of New Age spirituality to practicing Muslims that will likely be of limited interest to readers outside the intersection of those two worlds."
A debut book attempts to combine a popular New Age principle, the law of attraction, with Islam. Read full book review >
SIN BRAVELY by Maggie Rowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An enthusiastic chronicle of how one woman's religious passion almost swallowed her whole."
How an overly zealous religious imagination hampered the author's life. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While Ulrich creates an absorbing history of intimate lives, individuals' religious passions and acceptance of polygamy remain mysterious."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian investigates women's power and agency within the early Mormon community. Read full book review >
THE GENIUS OF JUDAISM by Bernard-Henri Lévy
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A philosophical celebration of Judaism that wanders but ultimately returns to hope and light."
A memoir and philosophical reflection on the renewed urgency to study the Jewish tomes. Read full book review >
RADICALIZATION by Farhad Khosrokhavar
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A timely, systematic breakdown of thee reasons for radicalization."
A French scholar delineates the attractions of violent extremism, specifically jihadi Islam. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >