Religion Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Laced with Western pluralism and liberalism, the author tries to push back the rigid moralism of Islam as he has often known it. Certainly heartfelt, the book is also reserved and largely unemotional."
An appeal to critical thought and broad values for young Muslims. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >