Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

DEATH TO THE INFIDELS by Mitchell Bard
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"For readers not put off by a one-sided approach, Bard's unapologetic study provides worthwhile historic background and ample anecdotal examples (often bullet pointed for clarity) of violence against Jews."
A well-documented, unabashedly pro-Israeli examination of Muslim anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Overall, a worthwhile and eye-opening study."
An exploration of radical Judaism's treatment of women in Israel. Read full book review >

CAN ISRAEL SURVIVE? by Richard Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A newspaperman's sharp focus and beveled prose lend emotional power to this debate."
A great admirer of Israel's self-realization sees inherent contradiction and impending disaster. Read full book review >
THE PIOUS ONES by Joseph Berger
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Through Berger's solid research and approachable writing, readers will gain a clear, well-rounded understanding of who the Hasidim are, where they came from and where they are going as a people."
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the world of Hasidim. Read full book review >
WAKING UP by Sam Harris
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A demanding, illusion-shattering book certain to receive criticism from both the scientific and the religious camps."
Another challenging work from the founder of Project Reason, this time an attempt to separate spirituality from religion. Read full book review >

DR. JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG AND THE RELIGION OF BIOLOGIC LIVING by Brian C. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"There's much here to interest both adherents to and skeptics of today's alternative and holistic medicines, as well as fans of American history, especially the history of religions."
A well-researched biography that seeks to restore the reputation of the doctor satirized in T.C. Boyle's novel The Road to Wellville (1993) and in the film of the same name. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A wonderful book to confirm the beliefs of the faithful, to strengthen those whose faith begs for more information and to enlighten those who reject the stories of the Bible as mere fiction."
Translator and Jerusalem Post contributor Hoffman (And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning, 2010) explains biblical stories by revealing lost passages, making them more understandable and plausible to modern readers. Read full book review >
IF NUNS RULED THE WORLD by Jo Piazza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Entertaining essays on the inspiring work various sisters are accomplishing in the world."
How a group of sisters is making changes in the world. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR A MORAL COMPASS by Kenan Malik
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An excellent survey for intermediate students of philosophy and a fine course in self-education for general readers."
God is dead, says Nietzsche. Nietzsche is dead, says God. Dead or not, Nietzsche is wrong, writes British neurobiologist and philosopher Malik—and so is sophist Thrasymachus, for that matter. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR PAKISTAN by Ayesha Jalal
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A hard sell for nonacademic readers but an elucidating journey for scholars."
A scholarly, depressing portrait of a country whose allegiance to Islam has not been able to hold it together nor prevent its being convulsed by cycles of violence. Read full book review >
The Father's Business and the Spiritual Cross by Festus Enumah
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 29, 2014

"A careful, well-grounded explication of the Christian Passion narrative."
Enumah (The Innocent Blood and Judas Iscariot, 2002) presents a treatise that focuses on the miracle at the very heart of Christianity: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A vivid history of 'the collaboration and integration of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peoples of the Mediterranean that laid the foundation for the modern world.'"
A dramatic review of Mediterranean history in the Middle Ages. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >