Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Jacoby draws the first detailed maps of a terrain that has been very much in need of intelligent, careful cartography."
In a work blending culture, religion, history, biography, and a bit of memoir (with more than a soupcon of attitude), the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (2013, etc.) returns with a revealing historical analysis of religious conversions.Read full book review >
The Journey of a Spiritual Traveler by Michael Kurtz
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"A set of philosophical but accessible ruminations on Christian life."
A series of meditative essays on the joys and challenges of a spiritual life. Read full book review >

THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An unsentimental yet wholly moving memoir."
A high school Spanish teacher's memoir about a peripatetic, often turbulent childhood and adolescence spent among fundamentalist Mormons. Read full book review >
Christ's 40 Commandments by Renee Valverde Wagenblatt
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A crisp, lucid organizational tool kit for categorizing Jesus' teachings."
A debut collection of the moral and social precepts attributed to Jesus Christ in the Bible. Read full book review >
Hide and Watch by Jill Hicks Lawson
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"An economically written testimony that will appeal to Christians seeking to reconcile their faith with loss."
A Christian testimony about a family that faced years of medical challenges. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Dec. 13, 2015

"The verse sparkles and the visuals shine in this volume that examines Genesis."
A book offers a multimedia celebration of Jewish Scripture. Read full book review >
Meditation Moments by Victor Stobbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A worthy contribution to the afterlife of biblical poetry."
Debut author Stobbe gives modern readers a fresh look at the Psalms in this clever poetic experiment. Read full book review >
His by Jaye Wiegold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A deeply religious meditation on how God's love gives meaning to a woman's life."
A woman explores how different principles of Christianity have enabled her to overcome adversity. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2015

"A well-written, modern version of an ancient Chinese work."
Norup (Life Beyond Time Management, 1997), writing with his daughter Milbrath, offers an interpretation of the I Ching for middle-aged readers.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An illuminating biography of 'an intelligent and thoughtful man.'"
The life and times of a Spanish monarch who invigorated cultural life. Read full book review >
BATTLING THE GODS by Tim Whitmarsh
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"Though not for those seeking a light read, this is a seminal work on the subject, to be studied, reread, and referenced."
Whitmarsh (Greek Culture/Univ. of Cambridge; Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism, 2013, etc.) explores the evolution of atheism from Homer to the Roman Empire.Read full book review >
THE 613 by Archie Rand
Kirkus Star
by Archie Rand, illustrated by Archie Rand
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"As a book, it stands on its own rather than merely evoking a larger wall display, reaching a much wider audience in the process."
A monumental art project is transformed into wildly ambitious graphic literature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >