Religion Book Reviews (page 4)

ONE NATION, UNDER GODS by Peter Manseau
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An eye-opener. After reading Manseau, readers will see the influences he writes about not only dot, but shape, the landscape."
Smithsonian fellow Manseau (Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead, 2009, etc.) unspools a web of gods who have had an impact on the development of the United States.Read full book review >
THE NUNS OF SANT'AMBROGIO by Hubert Wolf
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An eye-opening story of evil in a holy place."
The long-hidden story of the ultimate convent scandal, masterfully retold. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"A field guide of armchair psychological diagnostics to be used within a congregation."
A pastor trained in psychology examines the personality dynamics at work in any diverse congregation. Read full book review >
The Wisdom of Huineng, Chinese Buddhist Philosopher by Chu Dongwei
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"A comprehensive, landmark English translation of a key Buddhist text."
A new, scholarly translation of the Platform Sutra of seventh-century Buddhist philosopher Huineng, among other works. Read full book review >
Wrestling with God by Daniel Arnold
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A comprehensive, intensely readable analysis of the broader significances of a well-known biblical tale."
An exhaustive exegesis of the Book of Jonah. Read full book review >

LIVING THE SECULAR LIFE by Phil Zuckerman
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"As Zuckerman makes clear, without resorting to smugness, secularity is not nothing but rather a way of living that enhances moral virtues and promotes human decency."
Zuckerman (Sociology and Secular Studies/Pitzer Coll.; Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion, 2011, etc.) seeks to sever the association of secularity with nothingness.Read full book review >
CHRISTENDOM DESTROYED by Mark Greengrass
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A tour de force of scholarship that begins with a gradual and accessible buildup and then descends, like the century, into a convulsion of dynastic entanglements."
Greengrass (Emeritus, Early Modern History/Univ. of Sheffield; Living with Religious Diversity in Early Modern Europe, 2009, etc.) reaches deeply behind the early myth of a united Europe.Read full book review >
ENEMIES OF THE GOSPEL by Veronica Ligteringen
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A brief, upbeat endorsement of the Apostles' faith in Christ that should please the firmly faithful."
Ligteringen's debut theological work investigates the messages of the Apostles and the impact on modern Christians. Read full book review >
BEN-GURION by Anita Shapira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A brief but full-color biography of an essential leader."
In her valuable new biography, Shapira (Emerita, Humanities/Tel Aviv Univ.; Israel: A History, 2012) provides a concise appraisal of a founding father of the nation that was once only the dream of generations.Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF ZION by Adam Rovner
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"A conceptually challenging intellectual history of the global search for a Jewish homeland."
Travel down some of the lesser-known roads to Jerusalem with an expert guide. Read full book review >
ARDOR by Roberto Calasso
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"'The whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further,' writes Calasso. He demands no less from his readers."
An alternately illuminating and baffling exploration of the primary texts of Indian philosophy and religion. Read full book review >
CHRIST ACTUALLY by James Carroll
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An in-depth, thought-provoking challenge to two millennia of Christian interpretation."
To understand Jesus today, writes novelist and religion expert Carroll (Warburg in Rome, 2014, etc.), he must first be understood as a Jew.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >