Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An intriguing, though perhaps incomplete, look at two cultures colliding and coexisting."
An exploration of the effects of Roman-era culture on Judaism. Read full book review >
JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >

CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Interesting history, inadequate autobiography."
A journalist's memories and musings on religion in America. Read full book review >
FULLY RELYING ON GOD by Shirley Veltman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A compelling memoir of pain, loss, and redemption through faith."
A woman tells of getting God's help in weathering abuse, callous parents, familial abandonment, bouts of grinding poverty, medical crises, bad marriages, and bad men in this heartfelt debut autobiography. Read full book review >

A DEED IN YOUR DAY by Scribbler II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"An uneven religious memoir with some uplifting stories about the power of prayer."
A retired schoolteacher reflects on the many answered prayers throughout her life. Read full book review >
ALL THINGS MADE NEW by Diarmaid MacCulloch
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Experts and lay readers alike can pick and choose elements from MacCulloch's vast store of knowledge."
Authoritative essays on the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER by Kenneth A. Briggs
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A somewhat depressing but knowledgeable account of how the Bible lumbers on in America, not as widely read but still precious to a core of believers."
How the Bible continues a downward slide in use and comprehension in both society and the church. Read full book review >
The Redemption of Madelyne by Sheila K. Milam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2016

"Anti-abortion readers should find this dramatic story of sin and redemption moving."
In this polemical novel, two young women become devastated by their abortions; one spirals downward and the other finds healing through Jesus. Read full book review >
It All Makes Sense by Parker Wayland
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 25, 2016

"A brief and rather boilerplate work of Christian apology."
Wayland ponders the universe from a Christian perspective in this spiritual debut. Read full book review >
Grace and Mercy Are Free, and Hope Is Eternal by Diane Herbert Brownell
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"Well-written and engaging yet also folksy and approachable, especially for readers new to the Christian faith."
A debut book delivers a brief statement of basic Christian concepts. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"An earnest but lopsided Christian reading of the birth and growth of Sesame Street."
A revisionary, religious analysis of a beloved children's TV show. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >