Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"An enchanting and addictive report shedding much-needed light on a spiritualistic community obfuscated by historical misinterpretation and pop-culture derision."
A self-avowed skeptic investigates the shadowy world of modern witchcraft. Read full book review >
The Beauty of Holy Choices by Sarah J. Breese McCoy
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"A short but thought-provoking look at how the choices the faithful make can refine their resemblances to God."
A series of meditations on the beauty of God's grace. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A worthy broadside aimed at revisionist Christian historians that provides a sorely needed counterpoint to the prevailing and largely unquestioned conventional wisdom regarding early Christian history."
Jenkins (History, Institute for the Studies of Religion/Baylor Univ.; The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, 2014, etc.) attacks the current mainstream view of church history, which posits the disappearance of competing Christian literature due to early repression by the established orthodoxy. Read full book review >
THE RELEVANCE OF RELIGION by John Danforth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Well-reasoned advice sure to fall on many deaf ears."
A retired politician advises people of faith on how to influence politics in a civilized manner. Read full book review >
God's Gifts by Diane Herbert Brownell
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"An affirming, concise religious introduction best suited for those new to Bible study."
A brief examination of Bible verses pertaining to love, joy, and peace. Read full book review >

Limitless Love by Devadas T. Chelvam
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intriguing case for the centrality of love in religion."
A book argues for a shared philosophy of love among thinkers of various religions. Read full book review >
ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF TOLERANCE by Sam Harris
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A wider range of viewpoints might have made this discussion even more valuable, but readers with a knee-jerk opinion of Islam will learn a lot."
Can an American atheist who has said that "the West is at war with Islam" and a secular, former Islamist Muslim find common ground? Read full book review >
ABRAHAM by Alan M. Dershowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An interesting concept deserving of twice the effort."
The great patriarch as a template for Jewish lawyers across the ages. Read full book review >
NOT IN GOD'S NAME by Jonathan Sacks
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A humane, literate, and sincere book, one with something truly new to say."
A remarkable exploration of the reasons behind religious violence and solutions for stopping it. Read full book review >
The Still Small Voice of Jesus by Maggie Eriksson
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A joyful assertion of the rewards of a one-to-one relationship with Jesus Christ."
A series of reflections on the nature of Christian faith. Read full book review >
CHURCH OF SPIES by Mark Riebling
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Not only a dramatic disclosure of the Vatican's covert actions, but also an absorbing, polished story for all readers of World War II history."
Riebling (Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA, 1994), an expert on secret intelligence, compellingly explores the papacy's involvement in espionage during World War II.Read full book review >
BLACK FLAGS by Joby Warrick
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Warrick stops short of offering policy solutions, but he provides a valuable, readable introduction to a pressing international security threat."
Crisply written, chilling account of the personalities behind the emergence of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >