Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON by Kate Bowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An inspiring story of finding faith—in God, in family, and in oneself—while walking close to the Valley of the Shadow of Death."
A touching tale of battling cancer set against the backdrop of the prosperity gospel. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Of considerable interest to readers keeping an eye on West Africa."
Anthropological and historical account of the rise and fortunes of Boko Haram. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 31, 2018

"While it delivers some familiar tips, this healing manual provides an uplifting experience."
A debut Christian guide offers advice to women recovering from breast cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A candid and revealing portrait of a man and a nation in turmoil."
The story of an American physician who faced medical, personal, and cultural challenges at a hospital in Jerusalem. Read full book review >
THE MINOR PROPHETS by Beverly A.  Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"Sometimes raises more questions than it answers, but an accessible discussion for young Bible readers."
This children's book introduces three minor biblical prophets—Jonah, Nahum, and Obadiah—in kid-friendly ways. Read full book review >

STALKING GOD by Anjali Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A pleasantly thought-provoking memoir."
After the birth of her first child, a lawyer goes on a spiritual quest to "believe in something bigger than myself." Read full book review >
ADVICE NOT GIVEN by Mark Epstein
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A moderately intriguing book that may cause readers to think twice about their actions—but that may also leave them largely unchanged."
A succinct look at the junction point of psychotherapy and Buddhism. Read full book review >
40 DAY SHIFT  by Infinity  Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2018

"An informative, concise handbook to learning and giving."
Stone's brief nonfiction debut chronicles her 40 days of seeking a more enlightened, more giving life, patterning the 40-day period on the Lent of her Catholic upbringing but broadening the ambit to include the widest possible spectrum of spiritual leanings. Read full book review >
BREAKING WHITE SUPREMACY by Gary Dorrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL AMBITIONS by Tom  Schulte
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"An accessible and compassionate reimagining of ambition in the service of faith."
A manual explores the meaning of success for Christians. Read full book review >
THE HEAVENLY WORSHIP ROOM by Raelynn  Parkin
Released: Jan. 4, 2018

"An examination of worship and biblical ideas that sometimes gets lost in arcane language."
A writer's vision leads her to explore the tabernacles of the Bible. Read full book review >
GRACE REVEALED by Fred Sievert
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An intriguing, narrative-driven examination of how grace can change lives."
A series of uplifting stories explores the healing power of grace. 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 >