Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A well-written, intriguing account of the centuries that set the stage for modern Judaism, the Christianity taught by Paul, and, eventually, Islam as an heir to both."
An exploration of an underrated era and its effect on religious history. Read full book review >
LESSONS IN HOPE by George Weigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner for fans of John Paul II, devotees of papal history, or those who simply enjoy a good and literate personal story."
The story behind the defining biography of John Paul II (1920-2005). Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An exceptional introduction to the Templars."
An up-close look at the legendary band of Crusaders. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2017

"An easily digestible commentary on the life of an inspiring biblical hero, offering hope to those facing their own 'interlopers.'"
Debut author Craig offers a focused look at the life of Joseph from the Book of Genesis and the negative events that helped prepare him for his greater purpose. Read full book review >
COME GO WITH ME by Kathy  Carpenter
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Simple, if nongroundbreaking, reflections on asking for God's help."
As a continuation of Carpenter's debut, Spiritual Soul Train Ride (2016), this collection explores several Christians' experiences with prayer. Read full book review >

THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE by Stephen Greenblatt
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Many fine passages charged with Greenblatt's passion and talent for storytelling can't disguise the fact that he's not quite sure what story he's trying to tell here."
The Pulitzer and National Book Award winner considers the enduring appeal and manifold interpretations of the biblical account of the first humans' expulsion from paradise. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >
THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A worthwhile and understated conclusion closes an unremarkable Reformation history."
To understand our modern world, one must understand the Reformation. Read full book review >
THERE IS A RIVER by Larry A.  Carlson
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Though certainly a mixed bag, this lively book remains a worthy source of traditional teachings of the Christian Scriptures."
A debut author delivers a walk through the Bible, set against an aquatic backdrop. Read full book review >
EXTRAPOLATING THE UNKNOWN by M. V. K.  Mohan
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"An intriguing work that blends scientific theories and New Age spiritualism."
A spiritual debut attempts to deduce the workings of life, God, and the universe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A concise, solid biography of 'the first revolutionary abolitionist,' a diminutive man who was decades ahead of his time."
A biography of a nearly forgotten Quaker whose life still resonates. 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 >