Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

RADICALIZATION by Farhad Khosrokhavar
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A timely, systematic breakdown of thee reasons for radicalization."
A French scholar delineates the attractions of violent extremism, specifically jihadi Islam. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Laced with Western pluralism and liberalism, the author tries to push back the rigid moralism of Islam as he has often known it. Certainly heartfelt, the book is also reserved and largely unemotional."
An appeal to critical thought and broad values for young Muslims. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A good idea derailed for the sake of entertainment. Readers interested in this topic should turn to Gary Gutting's Talking God: Philosophers on Belief (2016)."
In this 21st-century take on the long-standing tradition of philosophical dialogue, two intellectuals battle it out in the arena of ideas and witticisms. Read full book review >
PILGRIMAGE by Mark K. Shriver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Excerpts from Bergoglio's writings give an even more intimate look at our current pope, although it's unfortunate Shriver was unable to interview him."
The author's personal journey to find out whether the new pope is "the real deal" and thereby get in closer touch with his own Catholicism. Read full book review >
TALKING GOD by Gary Gutting
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An exceptional introduction to the philosophical questions surrounding God and atheism."
Approachable, civilized discussions about the existence of God. Read full book review >

MOSES by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A meaty, worthwhile biography by a great interpreter of Jewish texts."
A unique examination of Moses. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A book remarkable for its depth, breadth, and intellectual daring."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian examines the fanatical secular religion of American exceptionalism and why it is leading government officials and the electorate astray in an increasingly violent world. Read full book review >
THE ATHEIST MUSLIM by Ali A. Rizvi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Rare and intriguing arguments in the debate over Islam."
Leaving Islam and showing others the way out. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICAL BODY, THE SPIRITUAL BODY by Ainsley Chalmers
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"An uneven rhetorical melding of the biochemical and the miraculous."
A biochemist attempts to map the discoveries of his discipline onto traditional beliefs of Christianity. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An interesting read but not an innovative history."
A retelling of the well-studied history of biblical translation. Read full book review >
The Tragedy of Moses by Elliott Kanbar
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A fast-paced and engaging biblical dramatization."
A revisionary look at the story of Moses. Read full book review >
REVELATION THROUGH SCIENCE by James G. Martin
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"A philosophically challenging but accessible argument for comity between reason and faith."
A sweepingly thorough account of the ways in which modern science and religion share common ground. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >