Religion Book Reviews (page 7)

RELIGION
Released: Aug. 11, 2014

"A collection of brief, engaging thoughts to complement Christian Bible study."
King (Steps to the Victorious Walk, 2007, etc.), an evangelist pastor, offers an array of short daily devotionals about Bible verses and their applications to daily life. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A sometimes-startling and always thought-provoking new look at the fundamental tenets of Christianity."
A personal, idiosyncratic study of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Read full book review >

WHOSE HEAVEN IS IT? by Gurdev Naegeli
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 6, 2014

"Despite a few odd turns, a refreshingly comprehensive inquiry into the hearts of humanity's major faiths."
A broadly scoped synthesis of spirituality in the modern, multicultural world. Read full book review >
WILD FLOWERS by Francis William Bessler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 16, 2014

"Readers interested in a unique belief system will enjoy many of this author's musings."
Debut author Bessler offers a collection of essays and songs about life and religion.Born in 1941, this former seminarian, divorcee and avid blogger has a lot of opinions to share. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2014

"In affording a fresh perspective on the difficult but exhilarating birth of this country, Stewart shows that the often superficially misunderstood words of the Declaration of Independence are even more profound than they appear."
Stewart (The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting it Wrong, 2009, etc.) delivers a penetrating history of an American Revolution not yet finished and a stirring reassertion of the power of ideas unbound by the shackles of superstition. Read full book review >

A SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO GOD by Larkin Spivey
RELIGION
Released: June 30, 2014

"An impassioned defense of a logical Christianity that meshes with scientific reality."
Spivey (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Korean War, 2013, etc.) blends personal anecdotes, theology and science in this accessible work of Christian apologetics. Read full book review >
Encourage Your Soul: It's Not As Bad As It Seems by Vel Humbert
RELIGION
Released: June 25, 2014

"A quick read that offers advice based on Scripture and personal experience."
Debut author Humbert's collection lists some common problems faced by lapsed Christians. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 25, 2014

"A detailed, didactic guide to Scripture for daily study and devotion, sidestepping sanctimony in favor of thoughtful tips and reader-friendly resources."
Approaching religion with an academic sensibility, this autobiographical guide advocates the Bible as a text for intensive study, one to be regularly revisited by the faithful. Read full book review >
A Land Called Pangaea: Revelation 12 by Andrew L. Foster
RELIGION
Released: June 23, 2014

"A vibrant, if sometimes troubling, scriptural interpretation of mankind's beginnings."
A short explication on Christian themes that uses a verse from the Book of Revelation as a springboard. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 15, 2014

"Fair but uncompromising, counseling us to slough what William Blake called the ' ‘mind-forg'd manacles' of organized religion' and practice something universal: science."
British biologist Jones (Darwin's Island, 2009, etc.) has fun examining miraculous biblical tales with the gimlet eye of science. Read full book review >
RELIGION AND MAN by Leif Guiteau
RELIGION
Released: June 13, 2014

"An accessible introduction to the study of world religions."
This slim debut volume offers brief, easy-to-digest summaries of major religious belief systems. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"An approachable and admiring introduction appropriate for readers interested in modern Jewish thought."
A biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), whose influence on Judaism and the Jewish people is still coming into focus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >