Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

BORN BAD by James Boyce
Released: May 12, 2015

"Boyce successfully illustrates the ability of original sin to dominate Western culture for nearly two millennia."
Intriguing study of how the Christian concept of original sin weaves its way through Western history. Read full book review >
Living Fulfilled... by Lisa Thomas-McMillan
Released: May 11, 2015

"A somewhat scattered but ultimately heartwarming story of fighting for justice."
This debut memoir about Thomas-McMillan's campaigns to raise awareness of hunger and abolish the death penalty also serves as a practical guide to volunteerism. Read full book review >

The Devil's Way by Lamees A.
Released: May 6, 2015

"A protracted, argument-starting debate between the Devil and an advocate for humanity."
A dramatized dialogue on the nature of good and evil, conducted between a young man and the devil himself. Read full book review >
LUTHER’S FORTRESS by James Reston Jr.
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intensive journey inside Luther's thinking as it was forming in opposition to the church."
An engaging study of a short but explosive period in the life of the great reformer and translator of the Bible. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2015

"A somewhat recondite argument that gently elicits the dignity of human life."
Scholarly examination of what defines personhood in light of contemporary concepts in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2015

"A short, disjointed work of religious speculation that will appeal mainly to readers who already agree with the authors' hypotheses."
A short collection of miscellaneous observations about spiritual matters in various religions. Read full book review >
COMMUNION by Curtis Smith
Released: April 30, 2015

"Other good humans may find inspiration in these humanist homilies."
An essayist muses on faith and fatherhood. Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 2015

"Great depth and breadth for subject matter that calls for nothing less."
Far-reaching exploration of science, the mind, and the meaning of life. Read full book review >
HARMATTAN by Michael Jackson
Released: April 21, 2015

"A slim but thoughtful rendering of an exotic locale that recalls The Quiet American."
A New Zealand-born philosopher reflects on his years studying an ethnic group in Sierra Leone, weaving in the fictional tale of a young Englishman searching for personal transformation. Read full book review >
THE ROAD HOME by Ethan Nichtern
Released: April 21, 2015

"Not to be confused with Jim Harrison's book of the same name, the product of another bodhisattva, though both are steeped in the same spirit. Thoughtful and helpful alike."
"The pond never stops rippling." Buddhist teacher Nichtern (One City: A Declaration of Interdependence, 2007) offers a wise, humane, and deeply sympathetic introduction to the practice of Buddhism.Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"Intelligent and exceptionally informative."
An award-winning journalist's account of the year she spent probing the meaning of the Quran with a conservative Muslim religious scholar. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"In a book for readers from both parties, Kruse ably demonstrates how the simple ornamental mottoes 'under God' and 'In God We Trust,' as well as the fight to define America as Christian, were parts of a clever business plan."
Kruse (History/Princeton Univ.; White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, 2007, etc.) explains the links between capitalism and Christianity.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >