Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An erudite opus demanding substantial patience, intelligence and education from its readers."
Journalist and intellectual historian Watson (The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, 2012, etc.) analyzes what people have done to supplant or supplement religion since Nietzsche declared the death of God in the late 19th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Kertzer is unflinching and relentless in his exposure of the Vatican's shocking actions."
More deeply troubling revelations around Vatican collaboration with evil. Read full book review >

The Book of Extremely Common Prayer by Nathaniel Whitten
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"These jokey prayers are likely to resonate beyond the smiles they produce."
A humorist with an ear for social commentary uses the language of prayer to highlight the absurdity of the modern world. Read full book review >
The First Resurrection of Christ by Sarah Quinter Malone
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 24, 2014

"An invigorating search for the human Jesus."
Malone, in her debut, provocatively maps Jesus Christ's stages of human development, using the Gospels as a guide. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An exciting, thought-provoking new reading of a famously complex biblical text."
A revelatory new examination of the book of Ezekiel. Read full book review >

Trinitarian Wisdom by Paul Pi
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 18, 2014

"An elaborate spiritual handbook that intriguingly builds upon multiple traditions."
A spiritual guidebook based on the principles of the mystic trinity. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 17, 2014

"A philosophically instructive, spiritually uplifting dialogue."
A theologically edifying dialogue between a committed Catholic and an observant Jew about the natures of their faiths and beyond. Read full book review >
BURQAS, BASEBALL, AND APPLE PIE by Ranya Tabari Idliby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A bold, intimate, welcome examination of reconciling one's faith in America."
One woman's personal examination of Muslim and American values. Read full book review >
Meeting the WORD in the World by Glen W. Warner
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 4, 2013

"Affirmations of the natural world in one man's heartfelt Christian beliefs."
A series of reflections on Christianity and nature from debut author Warner. Read full book review >
The Celestial Proposal by Jane Catherine Rozek
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"A well-written and welcoming take on the traditional tenets of Western religion."
A passionate rereading of Christianity and the nature of personal faith. Read full book review >
MY PROMISED LAND by Ari Shavit
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Thoughtful, sobering reflections on a seemingly intractable conflict."
Israel has betrayed its best, truest self, argues Haaretz journalist and peace activist Shavit in this wrenching dissection of the nation's past and present. Read full book review >
ROMAN PILGRIMAGE by George Weigel
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Engrossing, expansive pictorial study on a renewed Lenten discipline at the heart of Roman Catholicism."
Lent in Rome, one church at a time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >