Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST by David L. Toney
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A meticulous reading of Scripture that maps out the world's future."
An exhaustive analysis of biblical underpinnings in end-times prophecies. Read full book review >
The Wisdom of Huineng, Chinese Buddhist Philosopher by Chu Dongwei
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"A comprehensive, landmark English translation of a key Buddhist text."
A new, scholarly translation of the Platform Sutra of seventh-century Buddhist philosopher Huineng, among other works. Read full book review >

Wrestling with God by Daniel Arnold
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A comprehensive, intensely readable analysis of the broader significances of a well-known biblical tale."
An exhaustive exegesis of the Book of Jonah. Read full book review >
LIVING THE SECULAR LIFE by Phil Zuckerman
RELIGION
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"As Zuckerman makes clear, without resorting to smugness, secularity is not nothing but rather a way of living that enhances moral virtues and promotes human decency."
Zuckerman (Sociology and Secular Studies/Pitzer Coll.; Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion, 2011, etc.) seeks to sever the association of secularity with nothingness.Read full book review >
Myth and Ideology : Creating History in the Bible by Stuart A. West
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 2014

"A bitter pill for ultra-Orthodox Jews; others will find the intellectual adventure quite thrilling."
A highly detailed textual analysis of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

THE SHADOW OF THE SWORDS by Chenar Med
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 14, 2014

"Earnest, passionate, and sure to ignite controversy, though it does so with a range of Islamic sources."
From debut author Med, fiery polemic criticizing the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad, and the rise of Islam. Read full book review >
FIELDS OF BLOOD by Karen Armstrong
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"An intriguing read, useful resource and definitive voice in defense of the divine in human culture."
Comparative religions expert Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, 2010, etc.) provides a comprehensive and erudite study of the history of violence in relation to religion. Read full book review >
CHRISTIANITY IN STAINED GLASS by Lynne Alcott Kogel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A striking volume of remarkable art and informative commentary."
Kogel documents the extensive stained glass of Michigan's Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in her debut photography book. Read full book review >
Lenten Reflections by Milton E. Lopes
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"A scholarly yet intensely personal evaluation of Christian salvation."
A scholarly treatise on Lent and the nature of Christian redemption. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S PASTOR by Grant Wacker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Some readers may tire of the uniform patterns of the chapters and the author's dispassionate voice, but vast research composes the foundation of a very sturdy structure."
A scholarly, analytical and sympathetic biography of the evangelist Billy Graham (b. 1918), who for decades was what the title proclaims. 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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >