Religion Book Reviews (page 4)

RELIGION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though saddled with the burden of tangible proof, Alexander's impassioned report nevertheless forms a buoyant testimonial."
An afterlife proponent expounds upon the existence of heaven. Read full book review >
FIELDS OF BLOOD by Karen Armstrong
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"An intriguing read, useful resource and definitive voice in defense of the divine in human culture."
Comparative religions expert Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, 2010, etc.) provides a comprehensive and erudite study of the history of violence in relation to religion. Read full book review >

Dialogue with an Angel by Friedhelm Hermesmann
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"An often engaging change-of-heart story about an avaricious stockbroker's divinely inspired transformation."
Hermesmann, in his debut, offers a short parable about a wealthy man who has a heavenly encounter on the road. Read full book review >
AT HOME IN EXILE by Alan Wolfe
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A thought-provoking and optimistic look at global Judaism."
In defense of the Jewish diaspora. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Both erudite and intimate, Metaxas invites even the scoffer to wonder."
Biographer and cultural commentator Metaxas (Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, 2013, etc.) addresses the concept of the miraculous in a work both intellectual and personal in approach.Read full book review >

CHRISTIANITY IN STAINED GLASS by Lynne Alcott Kogel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A striking volume of remarkable art and informative commentary."
Kogel documents the extensive stained glass of Michigan's Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in her debut photography book. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A mixed bag. Relating his occasionally amusing adventures in breezy slang, Steinberg seems to be vying for the same audience that has made Broadway's Book of Mormon such a huge hit."
A search for the roots of Mormonism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A pertinent work of history and journalism. As armies again march in the Middle East, these communities are at new risk."
Rare glimpses inside isolated pockets of ancient settlements in the Middle East, revealing fragile yet tenacious religions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Freedman brings impressive research to the biography of a 2,000-year-old text that still excites scholars, inspires controversy and reflects turbulent events in Jewish history."
A history of the Jewish people as reflected in its central text. Read full book review >
HOW I STOPPED BEING A JEW by Shlomo Sand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A very brief book that is sure to raise questions and incite strong reactions."
An Israeli history professor questions the notion of a Jewish identity and the Israeli stance toward their Palestinian neighbors. Read full book review >
SMART MONEY WITH A PURPOSE by Joe R. Kesler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"A theological interpretation of ethical and effective finance."
A faith-based approach to responsible financial behavior. Read full book review >
CATHEDRAL by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A brief, lyrical exploration of the author's construction of a personal sacred space, one stone at a time."
One man's quest to build a small stone cathedral despite the odds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >