Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

Myth and Ideology : Creating History in the Bible by Stuart A. West
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 2014

"A bitter pill for ultra-Orthodox Jews; others will find the intellectual adventure quite thrilling."
A highly detailed textual analysis of the Old Testament. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF THE SWORDS by Chenar Med
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 14, 2014

"Earnest, passionate, and sure to ignite controversy, though it does so with a range of Islamic sources."
From debut author Med, fiery polemic criticizing the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad, and the rise of Islam. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"This intriguing ancient text deserves a solid academic study by serious scholars. Unfortunately, this book is not it."
Exploration of a long-forgotten text. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A brief, digestible investigation of religion and historical topics."
Debut author Jehangir offers a brief look at Christianity and its relationship to other world religions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 2014

"An enjoyable way for moderate or lapsed Christians to learn the history—and possible absurdities—of their faith."
An attorney offers a highly readable debut treatise on the history and contradictions of Christianity and its Gospels. Read full book review >

AN AMERICAN CARDINAL by Christina Boyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An enjoyable but less-than-objective biography of 'one of the most prominent Catholics in the world.'"
Biography of the current cardinal from New York. Read full book review >
DARK MIRROR by Sara Lipton
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"With plenty of illustrations to bolster the text, Lipton has assembled remarkably detailed evidence of the growth of the anti-Jewish images found in the expansion of learning at the beginning of the Middle Ages."
Lipton (History/SUNY Stony Brook; Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible moralisée, 1999) sets out to show that negative images of Jews first appeared as early as the 12th century, long before the generally accepted 15th-century beginnings.Read full book review >
PRAYER by Timothy Keller
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Not always riveting reading, but Keller provides a contextually rich guide and companion to prayer."
A popular pastor puts the Bible back in prayer and sets the stage for an informed conversation with God. Read full book review >
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 >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"A good, undemanding collection for those seeking to understand and commune with God."
Case provides a slim but thoughtful volume of prayers, based upon Christian Scripture but far from orthodox or didactic in character. Read full book review >
Twelve Weeks in Spring by James Montgomery
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Eloquent meditations on the healing power of Christian community, offered in the sobering aftermath of a church community's dissolution."
A series of hopeful messages for a church in crisis. 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 >
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 >