Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

IMPOLITE CONVERSATIONS by Cora Daniels
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Lively discussion, occasionally sloppy prose and refreshing candor from two keen observers."
Two accomplished black professionals alternate outspoken, provocative views that revolve around race relations in America. 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 >

RELIGION
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"A thorough study of prophecy narrowly construed for a fairly thin audience of faithful."
A systematic analysis and exhortation of the prophecies found in the King James Bible, particularly the New Testament. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"A sharply focused, well-written guidebook."
Buckley, who serves as a prophetess in her New Mexico church, shares insights into the biblical gift of prophecy. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"A slim but powerful entry in the long-running debate between science and religion."
A brief work that argues for the synthesis of Christian faith and scientific discovery. Read full book review >

DEATH TO THE INFIDELS by Mitchell Bard
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"For readers not put off by a one-sided approach, Bard's unapologetic study provides worthwhile historic background and ample anecdotal examples (often bullet pointed for clarity) of violence against Jews."
A well-documented, unabashedly pro-Israeli examination of Muslim anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Overall, a worthwhile and eye-opening study."
An exploration of radical Judaism's treatment of women in Israel. Read full book review >
CAN ISRAEL SURVIVE? by Richard Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A newspaperman's sharp focus and beveled prose lend emotional power to this debate."
A great admirer of Israel's self-realization sees inherent contradiction and impending disaster. 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 >
WAKING UP by Sam Harris
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A demanding, illusion-shattering book certain to receive criticism from both the scientific and the religious camps."
Another challenging work from the founder of Project Reason, this time an attempt to separate spirituality from religion. Read full book review >
DR. JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG AND THE RELIGION OF BIOLOGIC LIVING by Brian C. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"There's much here to interest both adherents to and skeptics of today's alternative and holistic medicines, as well as fans of American history, especially the history of religions."
A well-researched biography that seeks to restore the reputation of the doctor satirized in T.C. Boyle's novel The Road to Wellville (1993) and in the film of the same name. 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
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >