Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An intriguing, though perhaps incomplete, look at two cultures colliding and coexisting."
An exploration of the effects of Roman-era culture on Judaism. Read full book review >
JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >

CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Interesting history, inadequate autobiography."
A journalist's memories and musings on religion in America. Read full book review >
ALL THINGS MADE NEW by Diarmaid MacCulloch
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Experts and lay readers alike can pick and choose elements from MacCulloch's vast store of knowledge."
Authoritative essays on the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >

THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER by Kenneth A. Briggs
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A somewhat depressing but knowledgeable account of how the Bible lumbers on in America, not as widely read but still precious to a core of believers."
How the Bible continues a downward slide in use and comprehension in both society and the church. Read full book review >
Grace for Tomorrow by Eva Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"A well-written first novel with complex characters and unexpected twists on old themes."
Two women—a young mother and a teenage Mennonite—confront life's hardships with a renewed faith in God in this debut Christian novel. Read full book review >
ASSIMILATE OR GO HOME by D.L. Mayfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A limp testament to privileged self-discovery."
The author's experiences working with refugees. Read full book review >
The All-Embracing Message of Islam by Sheikh Elnayyal Abu Groon
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly evenhanded look at Islamic theology."
An argument for a more inclusive and merciful interpretation of Muslim religion. Read full book review >
Paul by Gesner Noel
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >
A Search for Truth by Ernest Honigmann
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"An argument for godlessness that's rational but appropriately humble."
A comprehensive examination and defense of a nondogmatic atheism. Read full book review >
Jesus Delayed by J.E. Gulbrandsen
RELIGION
Released: July 25, 2016

"An important contribution to Evangelical thought."
A radical reinterpretation of the Bible and the core of mainstream Evangelical theology. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >