Religion Book Reviews (page 7)

The Devil's Way by Lamees A.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2015

"A protracted, argument-starting debate between the Devil and an advocate for humanity."
A dramatized dialogue on the nature of good and evil, conducted between a young man and the devil himself. Read full book review >
LUTHER’S FORTRESS by James Reston Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An intensive journey inside Luther's thinking as it was forming in opposition to the church."
An engaging study of a short but explosive period in the life of the great reformer and translator of the Bible. Read full book review >

God So Loved... by Steve Ink
RELIGION
Released: May 5, 2015

"A succinct but thorough analysis of the Christian faith that raises thought-provoking questions in a personable voice."
An investigation into the foundations of Christianity through one of its most popular verses. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2015

"A somewhat recondite argument that gently elicits the dignity of human life."
Scholarly examination of what defines personhood in light of contemporary concepts in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2015

"A short, disjointed work of religious speculation that will appeal mainly to readers who already agree with the authors' hypotheses."
A short collection of miscellaneous observations about spiritual matters in various religions. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2015

"A thrilling account of a reporter's duel with a controversial church."
Ortega, in his nonfiction debut, describes a journalist's decadeslong battle against the Church of Scientology. Read full book review >
COMMUNION by Curtis Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2015

"Other good humans may find inspiration in these humanist homilies."
An essayist muses on faith and fatherhood. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 28, 2015

"Great depth and breadth for subject matter that calls for nothing less."
Far-reaching exploration of science, the mind, and the meaning of life. Read full book review >
Tragedy Transformed by Gordon Grose
RELIGION
Released: April 27, 2015

"A pragmatic, uplifting examination of the role that tragedy plays in people's lives."
A debut guide to the redemptive power of suffering, as seen through the prism of the book of Job. Read full book review >
HARMATTAN by Michael Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"A slim but thoughtful rendering of an exotic locale that recalls The Quiet American."
A New Zealand-born philosopher reflects on his years studying an ethnic group in Sierra Leone, weaving in the fictional tale of a young Englishman searching for personal transformation. Read full book review >
THE ROAD HOME by Ethan Nichtern
RELIGION
Released: April 21, 2015

"Not to be confused with Jim Harrison's book of the same name, the product of another bodhisattva, though both are steeped in the same spirit. Thoughtful and helpful alike."
"The pond never stops rippling." Buddhist teacher Nichtern (One City: A Declaration of Interdependence, 2007) offers a wise, humane, and deeply sympathetic introduction to the practice of Buddhism.Read full book review >
The Great Mother Bible by Mare Cromwell
RELIGION
Released: April 9, 2015

"Positive, powerful insights about love, spirituality, the universe, and Mother Earth."
A nature mystic shares her latest series of engaging conversations with Mother Earth in this spiritual guide. 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 >