Religion Book Reviews (page 7)

1517 by Peter Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Marshall finds a unique niche in a year replete with wider biographies of Luther and histories of the early Reformation."
A concise history of the act that started the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh way to envision the Medieval era."
Overhauling the notion of the Medieval Ages as a time of zealotry and ignorance and examining the nuts and bolts of crusading. Read full book review >
WHAT THE QUR'AN MEANT by Garry Wills
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wills has good reason to share his own reading and study of the Quran with a populace largely ignorant of its contents, but he does so in a vacuum, unattached from the many cultural expressions of this sacred text's adherents."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wills (Emeritus, History/Northwestern Univ.; The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, 2015, etc.) defends the Quran in this layperson's review. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther."
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A well-organized, sometimes-impersonal effort at buoying readers' spirits."
A collection of nightly Christian devotionals. Read full book review >
A WORLD ABLAZE by Craig Harline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"Though far from a complete history and not a source of new material, the book achieves Harline's stated goal of producing an approachable, worthwhile introduction to the beginnings of the Reformation."
Looking back on the birth of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
A GOD-SHAPED WORLD by Steve  Langford
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"A relatively straightforward message for a very specific audience, enriched by its focus on Christian community."
Langford (Why the Bible Is So Hard to Understand, 2015) discusses what he believes is the central focus of Jesus' ministry: the kingdom of God. Read full book review >
DETHRONING GOD by Larry Ivan  Vass
Released: Sept. 28, 2017

"This weighty work, steeped in philosophical language and argument, won't be for everyone, but it does provide substantial food for thought."
A manifesto regarding the sovereign power of God, written for a secularized world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2017

"Despite this study's striking and provocative scholarship, many readers will likely be put off by its bombastic style."
A new interpretation of the Bible challenges both its detractors and apologists. Read full book review >
WISDOM, REFLECTION, AND GRACE by Natasha L.  Martin-Egwuonwu
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"A short, straightforward devotional manual."
A faith memoir that aims to bring Christians closer to God. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"While it remains laudably honest, this book will likely appeal mostly to Christian readers with similar views."
A semiautobiographical collection of opinions examines Christianity and contemporary topics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >