Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
RHAPSODY IN SCHMALTZ by Michael Wex
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 19, 2016

"Informative, merrily entertaining culinary and cultural history."
An enticing tour of Judaism's culinary past. Read full book review >
SIX MEMOS FROM THE LAST MILLENNIUM by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A fresh look at an ancient source."
A deep dive into the mysteries of the Talmud. Read full book review >
This Side of the Whirlwind by Steven R. Harrel
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2016

"A new and urgent reading of Christian Tribulation Scripture."
A debut book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Christian doctrine of the end times. Read full book review >
HOLY LANDS by Nicolas Pelham
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A lively, succinct, nonpolemical study that will offer much thought for discussion."
A sound, accessible argument for why returning to the mixed-faith communities living among each other in the Ottoman model might just save the Middle East. Read full book review >
Probing Our Judeo-Christian Inheritance (for Freethinkers) by Max Burnett
RELIGION
Released: April 12, 2016

"A philosophically challenging attempt to explicate the continuity of the Bible that's hampered by hard-to-read prose."
A radical reconsideration of the historical relationship between the Old and New Testaments and, by extension, the Western theological tradition. Read full book review >
The Forgotten Officer by Joe Kohler
RELIGION
Released: April 11, 2016

"A long-winded work about a radical but well-supported idea that has the potential to reinvigorate Christian churches across the nation."
A unique biblical interpretation of Ephesians 4:11-16 that looks at evangelists' role in the Christian church. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >