Religion Book Reviews (page 7)

Hospice by Ellen J. Windham
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A homey, candid, touching, empathic, and invaluable resource for those dealing with the specifics of a loved one's last days."
A layperson's guide to the end of life. Read full book review >
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A superb account of an increasingly important religious movement."
A debut book offers a concise introduction to Evangelicalism from an informed insider. Read full book review >
Why You Won't Go To Hell by Benjamin Vande Weerdhof Andrews
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"A rational case for the need for humanity to move beyond faith."
A personal attempt at crafting a comprehensive handbook of atheism. Read full book review >
BETWEEN GODS by Alison Pick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A poignant and powerful memoir of family, religion, love, and healing."
An award-winning Canadian writer's account of how learning a family secret led her to embark on a journey of spiritual transformation and religious conversion. Read full book review >

WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"An enchanting and addictive report shedding much-needed light on a spiritualistic community obfuscated by historical misinterpretation and pop-culture derision."
A self-avowed skeptic investigates the shadowy world of modern witchcraft. Read full book review >
The Beauty of Holy Choices by Sarah J. Breese McCoy
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"A short but thought-provoking look at how the choices the faithful make can refine their resemblances to God."
A series of meditations on the beauty of God's grace. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A worthy broadside aimed at revisionist Christian historians that provides a sorely needed counterpoint to the prevailing and largely unquestioned conventional wisdom regarding early Christian history."
Jenkins (History, Institute for the Studies of Religion/Baylor Univ.; The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, 2014, etc.) attacks the current mainstream view of church history, which posits the disappearance of competing Christian literature due to early repression by the established orthodoxy. Read full book review >
THE RELEVANCE OF RELIGION by John Danforth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Well-reasoned advice sure to fall on many deaf ears."
A retired politician advises people of faith on how to influence politics in a civilized manner. Read full book review >
God's Gifts by Diane Herbert Brownell
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"An affirming, concise religious introduction best suited for those new to Bible study."
A brief examination of Bible verses pertaining to love, joy, and peace. Read full book review >
Limitless Love by Devadas T. Chelvam
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intriguing case for the centrality of love in religion."
A book argues for a shared philosophy of love among thinkers of various religions. Read full book review >
ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF TOLERANCE by Sam Harris
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A wider range of viewpoints might have made this discussion even more valuable, but readers with a knee-jerk opinion of Islam will learn a lot."
Can an American atheist who has said that "the West is at war with Islam" and a secular, former Islamist Muslim find common ground? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >