Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A cogent and approachable argument for a personal meditation practice based on secular Buddhist principles."
A bestselling author sets out to improve the world by encouraging mindful meditation. Read full book review >
GOD'S WOLF by Jeffrey Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A vivid narrative that effectively delineates the era's courtly spirit and 'nightmarish barbarity.'"
Elegant biography of a little-known Frankish crusader who is still a thorn in the sides of Islamists. Read full book review >

LIGHT IN THE GARDEN by Robert Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2017

"A thoughtful reflection on spirituality that's too long and personal to attract much attention beyond the author's circles."
Inspired by the example of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Hart kept a journal of daily spiritual exercises. Read full book review >
PTL by John  Wigger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A worthy, clearly written account of a movement and its downfall."
A history professor recounts and updates the scandals revolving around the PTL Club and its guiding lights, evangelical preachers Jim Bakker and his then-wife, Tammy Faye Bakker. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Heinz  Schilling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"An academic achievement with limited appeal for the nonscholarly audience."
A comprehensive biography of the famed reformer. Read full book review >

A LIFE ESTABLISHED BY FAITH AND PATIENCE by Shelly Kauffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2017

"This Christian account remains a quick, easy read and should appeal to religious readers interested in a parent's devotion to her faith."
In this debut memoir, a young mother turns to God to help her through difficult decisions. Read full book review >
DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out."
Inside the walls of segregation and oppression dictating the lives of Saudi women. Read full book review >
SHIN BUDDHISM by Takafumi Hirose
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2017

"A cogent, concise, and personable guide to a transformative faith."
A retired Japanese university professor and Buddhist priest introduces a major religion of his home country. Read full book review >
CHICAGO by Sonya Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2017

"A simple but engaging Christian memoir."
A series of gentle reminiscences about the author's childhood and early adulthood. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A MUSLIM by Haroon Moghul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Studded with some useful observation but fails to properly address the title."
The troubled tale of one man's search for faith and happiness. Read full book review >
THE ORIGIN OF THE JEWS by Steven Weitzman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An accomplishment for the academy. Readers seeking a less theoretical approach would do well to try Jon Entine's Abraham's Children (2007)."
Where did the Jews come from, and what does that question really mean? Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL OF SELF by Terry Heaton
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2017

"Some intriguing, relevant 1980s history couched in too much self-flagellation and cultural criticism."
A memoir from the heyday of Christian broadcasting. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >