Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A slow-building saga that delivers a powerful final wallop."
A carefully constructed study—featuring a chilling denouement—of the disruptive effects of "civilizing" mission work among indigenous peoples. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN AND THE WHOLE by Charles S. Sherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Deeply moving, extraordinarily thought-provoking and entirely humane."
A meaningful portrayal of how tragedy affected and transformed one family and especially one religious leader. Read full book review >

JESUS by James Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"An intelligent, lively travelogue, well-timed to arrive for the Easter season, and a welcome complement to a direct reading of the Gospels."
A consideration of Christ, human and divine, from an on-native-ground perspective. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An erudite opus demanding substantial patience, intelligence and education from its readers."
Journalist and intellectual historian Watson (The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, 2012, etc.) analyzes what people have done to supplant or supplement religion since Nietzsche declared the death of God in the late 19th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican's shocking actions."
More deeply troubling revelations around Vatican collaboration with evil. Read full book review >

The Book of Extremely Common Prayer by Nathaniel Whitten
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"These jokey prayers are likely to resonate beyond the smiles they produce."
A humorist with an ear for social commentary uses the language of prayer to highlight the absurdity of the modern world. Read full book review >
The First Resurrection of Christ by Sarah Quinter Malone
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 24, 2014

"An invigorating search for the human Jesus."
Malone, in her debut, provocatively maps Jesus Christ's stages of human development, using the Gospels as a guide. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An exciting, thought-provoking new reading of a famously complex biblical text."
A revelatory new examination of the book of Ezekiel. Read full book review >
Trinitarian Wisdom by Paul Pi
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 18, 2014

"An elaborate spiritual handbook that intriguingly builds upon multiple traditions."
A spiritual guidebook based on the principles of the mystic trinity. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 17, 2014

"A philosophically instructive, spiritually uplifting dialogue."
A theologically edifying dialogue between a committed Catholic and an observant Jew about the natures of their faiths and beyond. Read full book review >
BURQAS, BASEBALL, AND APPLE PIE by Ranya Tabari Idliby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A bold, intimate, welcome examination of reconciling one's faith in America."
One woman's personal examination of Muslim and American values. Read full book review >
Meeting the WORD in the World by Glen W. Warner
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 4, 2013

"Affirmations of the natural world in one man's heartfelt Christian beliefs."
A series of reflections on Christianity and nature from debut author Warner. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >