Religion Book Reviews (page 4)

JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >
CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Interesting history, inadequate autobiography."
A journalist's memories and musings on religion in America. Read full book review >
FULLY RELYING ON GOD by Shirley Veltman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A compelling memoir of pain, loss, and redemption through faith."
A woman tells of getting God's help in weathering abuse, callous parents, familial abandonment, bouts of grinding poverty, medical crises, bad marriages, and bad men in this heartfelt debut autobiography. Read full book review >
A DEED IN YOUR DAY by Scribbler II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"An uneven religious memoir with some uplifting stories about the power of prayer."
A retired schoolteacher reflects on the many answered prayers throughout her life. Read full book review >

ALL THINGS MADE NEW by Diarmaid MacCulloch
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Experts and lay readers alike can pick and choose elements from MacCulloch's vast store of knowledge."
Authoritative essays on the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER by Kenneth A. Briggs
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A somewhat depressing but knowledgeable account of how the Bible lumbers on in America, not as widely read but still precious to a core of believers."
How the Bible continues a downward slide in use and comprehension in both society and the church. Read full book review >
The Redemption of Madelyne by Sheila K. Milam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2016

"Anti-abortion readers should find this dramatic story of sin and redemption moving."
In this polemical novel, two young women become devastated by their abortions; one spirals downward and the other finds healing through Jesus. Read full book review >
It All Makes Sense by Parker Wayland
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 25, 2016

"A brief and rather boilerplate work of Christian apology."
Wayland ponders the universe from a Christian perspective in this spiritual debut. Read full book review >
Grace and Mercy Are Free, and Hope Is Eternal by Diane Herbert Brownell
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"Well-written and engaging yet also folksy and approachable, especially for readers new to the Christian faith."
A debut book delivers a brief statement of basic Christian concepts. Read full book review >
Grace for Tomorrow by Eva Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"A well-written first novel with complex characters and unexpected twists on old themes."
Two women—a young mother and a teenage Mennonite—confront life's hardships with a renewed faith in God in this debut Christian novel. Read full book review >
ASSIMILATE OR GO HOME by D.L. Mayfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A limp testament to privileged self-discovery."
The author's experiences working with refugees. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >