Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

REVOLUTIONARY IRAN by Michael Axworthy
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A wide-ranging, sympathetic presentation that explains much about the country, especially the reasons for its dislike of the United States and U.K."
Lucid exploration of a nation caught between two seemingly contradictory ideals: democracy on one hand and Islamic fundamentalism on the other. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"Frank, engaging discussion of the book of Job's poetic and theological complexities."
A fresh commentary about Job, one of the most puzzling books of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation."
Former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession, 2008) may have felt he would need to achieve immortality in order to write this comprehensive, busy book, which bulges with the results of his reading, interviewing and traveling. Read full book review >
RIDING THE CREST OF THE WAVES by Russell G. Ruffino
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 12, 2013

"A pithy, invigorating discussion of the changes Christianity must make to survive in a post-dogma world."
A radical, back-to-basics approach to Christianity. Read full book review >
SOIL AND SACRAMENT by Fred Bahnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A profound, moving treatise on finding God in gardening."
A soul-searching memoir and travelogue about finding God in the food produced by community agriculture. Read full book review >

My Own Church by Thomas Mates
RELIGION
Released: July 25, 2013

"A readable, enjoyable book that suggests a path for understanding between the faithful and nonbelievers."
A levelheaded look at belief and nonbelief in modern America. Read full book review >
ZEALOT by Reza Aslan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2013

"Why has Christianity taken hold and flourished? This book will give you the answers in the simplest, most straightforward, comprehensible manner."
A well-researched, readable biography of Jesus of Nazareth. Read full book review >
Faith, Supernatural Beliefs and Our Symbolic Brain by Herman Kagan
RELIGION
Released: June 20, 2013

"An excellent introduction to the science behind our beliefs."
A cleareyed look at the psychological and biological foundation of supernatural beliefs. Read full book review >
CREATION by Adam Rutherford
RELIGION
Released: June 13, 2013

"While it is unlikely that scientists will synthesize a human in the near future, genuinely amazing biology is in the works, and Rutherford delivers a fascinating overview."
The day is nearly here when scientists will create the first purely synthetic life. This prediction turns up regularly, but British science writer and Nature editor Rutherford insists that the time is ripe, and he makes his case with contagious enthusiasm. Read full book review >
SACRED FALL by Jack Weafer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2013

"A highly personal story of a physical and spiritual recovery, with sage advice on how to embrace trauma, fear and uncertainty."
A psychotherapist and longtime athlete recounts his spiritual discovery and growth following his traumatic fall into a 50-foot ravine. Read full book review >
The Vatican Third Secret Hoax - Exposed! and the Truth Revealed by Iain Colquhoun
HISTORY
Released: May 30, 2013

"Regardless of whether one agrees or not on religious grounds, fans of 20th-century U.K. history in particular will appreciate this fine example of well-researched, thoughtful historical writing."
What do a prophecy from 1917, Trident nuclear submarines and an interchurch organization have to do with one another? Colquhoun, in his historically astute essay, argues that they may augur troubled times as predicted by Scripture. Read full book review >
The Sharing by Anne L. Smith
RELIGION
Released: May 23, 2013

"Her admirable humility, along with the advice in her book, will serve as useful guidance for anyone trying to walk a spiritual path."
Messages channeled by Smith provide the basis for this compendium of metaphysical insights and advice for spiritual living. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >