Religion Book Reviews (page 2)

THE QUEST FOR MARY MAGDALENE by Michael Haag
RELIGION
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thought-provoking re-examination of a misunderstood heroine of the Bible."
Shining the spotlight on Mary Magdalene. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 17, 2016

"An intellectual and provocative perspective challenging Christians and others to reconsider the confines of spiritual interconnection, harmony, and progressive inclusion in modern religion."
In the latest installment of the publisher's enterprising Queer Action/Queer Ideas series, queer Episcopal priest and political strategist Edman brings a fresh approach to the ongoing conundrum between the LGBTQ community and Christianity. Read full book review >

THE MONEY CULT by Chris Lehmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Lehmann makes an important and timely point, which is that American religion has always been about money."
A lively study of how the prim Puritans of old, "tireless strivers after divine favor and sticklers for political order," became the mega-churchy materialists of today. Read full book review >
Revising Genesis by James Quatro
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2016

"An accessible, but serious new contribution to biblical studies."
A debut volume delivers a provocative reconsideration of the book of Genesis in light of modern science. Read full book review >
BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An engaging memoir that will inevitably make readers long for a more equal future."
In a sharp and shocking debut memoir, Conley digs deep into the ex-gay therapy system. Read full book review >

THE LAST SUPPER by Klaus Wivel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A flawed yet urgent and passionate epistle to the West to see an ongoing disaster."
A Danish journalist takes perilous excursions in the Middle East to assess the plight of Christians and finds them in a grievous state. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 6, 2016

"A highly readable reminder to Christians about where their true priorities should lie."
A handbook for devout Christians invokes diverse pop-culture references. Read full book review >
ONEIDA by Ellen Wayland-Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A smartly contextualized tale of 'the tension between radical social critique and unapologetic accommodation...between communal harmony and individual striving.'"
A study of the unlikely origins of one of America's most recognizable brands. Read full book review >
RUTHLESS by Ron Miscavige
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sad and painful but bravely told story. Acknowledging his son's mistakes and hoping things will change, the author concludes, 'David, I forgive you.'"
A father's nightmarish account of the Church of Scientology's transformation into a "coercive" cult under the authoritarian leadership of his son, David Miscavige. Read full book review >
TROUBLE IN THE TRIBE by Dov Waxman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2016

"A meticulous, precise, well-organized survey that takes into account the many different views and will certainly facilitate the heated conversation."
An examination of how American Jews' relationship with Israel has moved from unconditional support to critical engagement. Read full book review >
Be YourSelf by Akshya Vasudev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2016

"Thought-provoking, Hindu-focused mental health commentary."
A psychiatrist discusses his midlife embrace of Vedanta philosophy and related insights on depression, anxiety, and other subjects in this debut memoir and self-help guide. Read full book review >
KOSHER USA by Roger Horowitz
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 19, 2016

"A thoughtful look at the convergence of faith, ethnicity, and the business of food."
In this informative history, the author shows how Jewish dietary laws challenge food producers and consumers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >