Religion Book Reviews (page 4)

EXECUTING GRACE by Shane Claiborne
Released: June 7, 2016

"In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic."
Passionate Christian activist Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, 2006, etc.) uses Scripture and societal statistics in an argument for the abolishment of the death penalty. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2016

"Fresh, provocative thinking on the 'Arab problem.'"
Why can't the Islamic world be more secular and liberal like "we" are? Read full book review >

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge by Norman Whaler
Released: June 7, 2016

"A religious sequel to Dickens' holiday classic and an ideal stocking stuffer."
A debut novella and sequel to A Christmas Carol explores the adult life of Tiny Tim.Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 2016

"An excellent treatment of the concept of Israel."
A scholarly attempt to reconcile the long-standing theological divisions between Jews and gentiles. Read full book review >
MAGIC IN ISLAM by Michael Muhammad Knight
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though surely controversial and certainly just the tip of the iceberg, this accessible book provides interesting food for thought."
The mysteries and the esoterica of Islamic history and culture. Read full book review >

ZIONISM by Milton Viorst
Released: May 31, 2016

"A well-written, balanced, and intriguing reference."
An examination of Zionism through its most influential proponents. Read full book review >
A Girl Named Mary by Mary Jo Nickum
Released: May 26, 2016

"A provocative, intelligently constructed historical exercise."
A fictional imagining of the childhood of Jesus' mother, Mary. Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thought-provoking re-examination of a misunderstood heroine of the Bible."
Shining the spotlight on Mary Magdalene. Read full book review >
Trust Without Borders by Pamela J. Alexander
Released: May 23, 2016

"A careful, heartfelt textual deconstruction of Psalm 37 that reassures its readers: 'He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.'"
A nonfiction debut offers an exhaustive explication of one of the most famous psalms of the Bible. Read full book review >
The Grace of the Lord Is Upon Me by Sithabile Dzingayi
Released: May 18, 2016

"A testimony filled with tragedy and hope but whose impact is weakened by confusing, distracting prose."
A Zimbabwean woman finds the strength to overcome health crises and losses through reading Bible verses. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 2016

"An intellectual and provocative perspective challenging Christians and others to reconsider the confines of spiritual interconnection, harmony, and progressive inclusion in modern religion."
In the latest installment of the publisher's enterprising Queer Action/Queer Ideas series, queer Episcopal priest and political strategist Edman brings a fresh approach to the ongoing conundrum between the LGBTQ community and Christianity. Read full book review >
THE MONEY CULT by Chris Lehmann
Released: May 17, 2016

"Lehmann makes an important and timely point, which is that American religion has always been about money."
A lively study of how the prim Puritans of old, "tireless strivers after divine favor and sticklers for political order," became the mega-churchy materialists of today. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >