Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

SIN: THE DISEASE AND THE CURE by David K. Tank
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2017

"A compact study of God's close bond with humankind."
A short, intense treatise on the nature of sin and free will. Read full book review >
VERSE BY VERSE by Pete Zenz
NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2017

"An ambitious if uneven effort to update the Torah."
Debut author Zenz offers a poetic rewrite that aims to make Scripture more accessible. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Though replete with engaging vignettes, Erzen's work is too narrowly focused and unrevealing."
Erzen (Religion and Gender Studies/Univ. of Puget Sound; Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love It, 2012, etc.) examines the rise of ministries in some of America's largest prison systems, critiquing their motives and effectiveness. Read full book review >
A COUNTRY BETWEEN by Stephanie Saldaña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A serene memoir in which the author takes valuable time to regard the character of the Palestinian people and their way of life."
Reflections of a young American wife and mother trying to make a home in war-torn Jerusalem. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"Though the narrative is occasionally as dense as a rain forest, it will be rich and rewarding for the determined explorer."
A philosophically and academically rigorous argument that charts one way to political reconciliation in these divisive times. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2017

"A surprisingly relevant and thorough look at why tithing may not be a legitimate choice for churches and for Christians."
A comprehensive refutation of the modern concept of tithing. Read full book review >
PONTIUS PILATE by Aldo Schiavone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A levelheaded, engaging reading of the Gospels and historical account that forms a solid sense of this pivotal personage and his role on the epic stage."
A literary study of the Roman governor of Judaea who condemned the prophet Jesus—reluctantly—to death. Read full book review >
THE FATHER WE NEVER KNEW by Phelim Doherty
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A knowledgeable, forthright call to Christians to embrace their faith—not just their church."
An argument for a purely faith-based definition of Christian salvation. Read full book review >
A PATH OF DIVINE ENCOUNTERS by Kiewiet Meyer
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A passionate Christian work that will likely only resonate with those who share the author's zeal."
A catalog of religious experiences, informed by dogma, constitutes this debut memoir. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An optimistic account of the church's future in the midst of a secular age."
What are American Catholics to do in today's troubled world? Read full book review >
SHANGHAI FAITHFUL by Jennifer Lin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"An useful, interesting book for students of modern Chinese history and of missionary Christianity."
A Christian odyssey through three centuries of Chinese history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fascinating bridge text between Islam and Christianity."
Intriguing exploration of the Muslim understanding of Jesus. 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 >