Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

IN THE SHADOW OF ZION by Adam Rovner
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"A conceptually challenging intellectual history of the global search for a Jewish homeland."
Travel down some of the lesser-known roads to Jerusalem with an expert guide. Read full book review >
ARDOR by Roberto Calasso
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"'The whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further,' writes Calasso. He demands no less from his readers."
An alternately illuminating and baffling exploration of the primary texts of Indian philosophy and religion. Read full book review >

CHRIST ACTUALLY by James Carroll
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An in-depth, thought-provoking challenge to two millennia of Christian interpretation."
To understand Jesus today, writes novelist and religion expert Carroll (Warburg in Rome, 2014, etc.), he must first be understood as a Jew.Read full book review >
THE GREAT REFORMER by Austen Ivereigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A quick, efficient job of fairly sketching this extraordinary life."
An admiring defense of the new pope, who is not afraid to shake things up. Read full book review >
Myth and Ideology : Creating History in the Bible by Stuart A. West
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 2014

"A bitter pill for ultra-Orthodox Jews; others will find the intellectual adventure quite thrilling."
A highly detailed textual analysis of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW OF THE SWORDS by Chenar Med
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 14, 2014

"Earnest, passionate, and sure to ignite controversy, though it does so with a range of Islamic sources."
From debut author Med, fiery polemic criticizing the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad, and the rise of Islam. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"This intriguing ancient text deserves a solid academic study by serious scholars. Unfortunately, this book is not it."
Exploration of a long-forgotten text. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A brief, digestible investigation of religion and historical topics."
Debut author Jehangir offers a brief look at Christianity and its relationship to other world religions.How is one to understand the Holy Trinity? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 2014

"An enjoyable way for moderate or lapsed Christians to learn the history—and possible absurdities—of their faith."
An attorney offers a highly readable debut treatise on the history and contradictions of Christianity and its Gospels. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN CARDINAL by Christina Boyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An enjoyable but less-than-objective biography of 'one of the most prominent Catholics in the world.'"
Biography of the current cardinal from New York. Read full book review >
DARK MIRROR by Sara Lipton
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"With plenty of illustrations to bolster the text, Lipton has assembled remarkably detailed evidence of the growth of the anti-Jewish images found in the expansion of learning at the beginning of the Middle Ages."
Lipton (History/SUNY Stony Brook; Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible moralisée, 1999) sets out to show that negative images of Jews first appeared as early as the 12th century, long before the generally accepted 15th-century beginnings.Read full book review >
PRAYER by Timothy Keller
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Not always riveting reading, but Keller provides a contextually rich guide and companion to prayer."
A popular pastor puts the Bible back in prayer and sets the stage for an informed conversation with God. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >