Religion Book Reviews (page 4)

RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2014

"'The mind remains, to a tantalizing degree, a realm of secrets and wonder,' writes the author, and so, too, does the world around us, which he entertainingly scours for the possibility of crucial anomalies."
A cerebral ride into the world of the unorthodox. Read full book review >
EXODUS by Deborah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"An enthralling account of how one Orthodox Jewish woman turned her back on her religion and found genuineness and validity in her new life."
One woman's search to understand herself and her Jewish heritage. Read full book review >

THE ARK BEFORE NOAH by Irving Finkel
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Under the tutelage of a clever scholar, a cuneiform tablet brings to life an ancient world and the genesis of a great biblical story."
The ubiquitous tale of the Great Flood was not new to the writers of Genesis. Finkel, the assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and culture at the British Museum, offers some fresh particulars about the source of the biblical story. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian."
Witty, nimble and completely in his element, Schama (History and Art History/Columbia Univ.; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother, 2011, etc.), in a book tie-in to a PBS and BBC series, fashions a long-planned "labor of love" that nicely dovetails the biblical account with the archaeological record. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A slow-building saga that delivers a powerful final wallop."
A carefully constructed study—featuring a chilling denouement—of the disruptive effects of "civilizing" mission work among indigenous peoples. Read full book review >

THE BROKEN AND THE WHOLE by Charles S. Sherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Deeply moving, extraordinarily thought-provoking and entirely humane."
A meaningful portrayal of how tragedy affected and transformed one family and especially one religious leader. Read full book review >
JESUS by James Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"An intelligent, lively travelogue, well-timed to arrive for the Easter season, and a welcome complement to a direct reading of the Gospels."
A consideration of Christ, human and divine, from an on-native-ground perspective. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An erudite opus demanding substantial patience, intelligence and education from its readers."
Journalist and intellectual historian Watson (The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, 2012, etc.) analyzes what people have done to supplant or supplement religion since Nietzsche declared the death of God in the late 19th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican's shocking actions."
More deeply troubling revelations around Vatican collaboration with evil. Read full book review >
The Book of Extremely Common Prayer by Nathaniel Whitten
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"These jokey prayers are likely to resonate beyond the smiles they produce."
A humorist with an ear for social commentary uses the language of prayer to highlight the absurdity of the modern world. Read full book review >
The First Resurrection of Christ by Sarah Quinter Malone
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 24, 2014

"An invigorating search for the human Jesus."
Malone, in her debut, provocatively maps Jesus Christ's stages of human development, using the Gospels as a guide. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An exciting, thought-provoking new reading of a famously complex biblical text."
A revelatory new examination of the book of Ezekiel. 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 >