Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

BAD FAITH by Paul A. Offit
Released: March 10, 2015

"A thought-provoking discussion of the conflict between society's right to protect all children and the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom."
"Every year, tens of thousands of Americans refuse medical care for their children in the name of God," writes Offit (Vaccinology and Pediatrics/Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, 2013, etc.) in this exposé. Read full book review >
Released: March 7, 2015

"A roundabout historical lesson that employs the classical texts with irony and irreverence."
Georgetown University provost and author O'Donnell (The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History, 2008, etc.) offers a revisionist tour of the reach and purpose of the gods for the Romans, from the height of Rome's temple building by Augustus in 17 B.C. to the Christian incursions of the A.D. fourth century.Read full book review >

Released: March 3, 2015

"A great conversation starter with plenty of room for more research and elaboration.
Boin (Ancient and Late Antique Mediterranean History/Saint Louis Univ.; Ostia in Late Antiquity, 2013) puts forth a different perception of early Roman Christians and their effects on the empire.Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though much of the writing is academically dry, this history is more provocative than readers may suspect."
A history of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an institution that keeps most of its controversies behind closed doors. Read full book review >
BEWILDERMENTS by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A powerful, important textual deconstruction of the mystical fourth book of the Old Testament."
An exploration of the book of Numbers, the penultimate of the Hebrew Bible, a strange and edifying story of the passing of an entire generation while the Israelites wandered toward the Promised Land. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience."
Balanced examination of famed and infamous relics connected to the life of Jesus. Read full book review >
Elisha Forerunner of Jesus Christ by Daniel Arnold
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Stimulating study of the career and ministry of the prophet Elisha in parallel to Jesus Christ."
A thorough, textually grounded study of the Old Testament prophet Elisha and the ways he foreshadowed Jesus Christ of the New Testament. Read full book review >
GRANADA by Steven Nightingale
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A romantic, at times overly sentimental homage to a city 'perfected by catastrophe' and transformed into a place of 'concentrated joy.'"
Poet and novelist Nightingale (The Wings of What You Say, 2013, etc.) makes his nonfiction debut in this rhapsodic paean to the Spanish city, where he, his wife and young daughter now live part of each year.
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Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A useful, provocative spotlight on one of the leading lights of the 20th century."
The many sides of Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A meticulous reading of Scripture that maps out the world's future."
An exhaustive analysis of biblical underpinnings in end-times prophecies. Read full book review >
WANTED by Chris Hoke
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A liberating, transformative chronicle of how spirituality can foster inspiration and hope while emboldening the downtrodden through their darkest days."
A jail chaplain's memoir of a life spent ministering to the prison populations of northwestern Washington. Read full book review >
GOD'S BANKERS by Gerald Posner
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vatican's legendary, enabling secrecy."
A dogged reporter exhaustively pursues the nefarious enrichment of the Vatican, from the Borgias to Pope Francis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >