Religion Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Many fine passages charged with Greenblatt's passion and talent for storytelling can't disguise the fact that he's not quite sure what story he's trying to tell here."
The Pulitzer and National Book Award winner considers the enduring appeal and manifold interpretations of the biblical account of the first humans' expulsion from paradise. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >

THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A worthwhile and understated conclusion closes an unremarkable Reformation history."
To understand our modern world, one must understand the Reformation. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A concise, solid biography of 'the first revolutionary abolitionist,' a diminutive man who was decades ahead of his time."
A biography of a nearly forgotten Quaker whose life still resonates. Read full book review >

IF ALL THE SEAS WERE INK by Ilana  Kurshan
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An intriguing, scholarly memoir of being a woman and studying the Talmud that will appeal most to those deeply interested in Judaism."
Gleaning wisdom from the Talmud during a time of personal crisis. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Like-minded readers will find Levy's blend of Old Testament and New Age appealing."
A rabbi offers a program of soul-craft to get us through the "World of Separation," this reality where nothing quite works and nothing quite makes sense. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A brief collection of fair-minded observations about 'individuals that to varying degrees are shaped by, among other things, being Muslim.'"
A concise snapshot of the prevailing military culture regarding Muslims. Read full book review >
GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL by Robert W. Walker
Released: Aug. 28, 2017

"A controversial characterization of God as a being of perfect energy."
An avant-garde guide to spiritual wholeness. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Some nuggets of insight are overwhelmed by a rambling, unavailing narrative."
Women on the fringes of the spiritual world. Read full book review >
FEELING JEWISH by Devorah  Baum
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An impressive work of intellect and presentation."
Unique theories on how "feeling Jewish" plays out not only among secular Jews, but also among individuals with no Jewish heritage. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Unquestionably uneven, but if only 10 percent of the author's claims are true, his report is still quite damning."
A scathing examination of the Roman Catholic Church. 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 >