Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

DARLING by Richard Rodriguez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"With compassion and profundity of vision, Rodriguez offers a compelling view of modern spirituality that is as multifaceted as it is provocative."
An acclaimed gay intellectual and journalist's musings on the state of and interrelationship among Christianity, Judaism and Islam in the post-9/11 digital age. Read full book review >
THOMAS JEFFERSON'S QUR'AN by Denise A. Spellberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2013

"Meticulous research and a well-structured text combine in this important study of the early American political leaders and their convictions regarding religious and social tolerance."
The intriguing story of Thomas Jefferson and his reading of the holy book of Islam. Read full book review >

THE RAINBOROWES by Adrian Tinniswood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An extraordinary glimpse into a pivotal epoch in Western history."
A marvelously rendered tale of how one extended family helped shape, and was shaped by, the England and New England of the 1600s. Read full book review >
THE DARK PATH by David Schickler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"With this memoir, he does just that."
A memoir focusing on the passage from boyhood to manhood and from confusion to understanding.Fiction author Schickler (Sweet and Vicious, 2004, etc.) tackles the truth of his own life and the path he traveled through religion, confusion, depression and women to accomplish his goals. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >