Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

THE FLUTE OF TRUTH by KrsnaKnows
RELIGION
Released: May 30, 2014

"A wide-ranging collection of blog posts by an Indian cyberguru that's hampered by syntactical uncertainties and double-entendres."
An Indian Master reveals his insights into following the spiritual path. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Dumper's partiality toward the Palestinians is obvious, and this book provides a solid counterpoint to Caroline Glick's recent manifesto, The Israeli Solution."
After almost 25 years of studying Jerusalem, Dumper (Middle East Politics/Univ. of Exeter; The Future for Palestinian Refugees, 2007, etc.) lays out a clear picture, with plenty of maps, showing the rat's maze of boundaries in the holy city. Read full book review >

LIFE AS IS by Michael Kleenoff
RELIGION
Released: May 22, 2014

"Vast and questioning, the book explores a variety of topics with a concise dedication."
An investigation into religion, science and life from debut author Kleenoff.Writing a book in an attempt to reach his own conclusions to many of the larger questions in life (e.g., What is God?), the author presents a tome of extensive proportions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 16, 2014

"Too specialized for the mainstream but with much to offer a niche readership."
A meticulous history of the early days of Mormonism.Joseph Smith and Brigham Young tend to be the stars of stories about Mormonism's founding, but Mackley's debut focuses instead on one of their lesser-known contemporaries: Wilford Woodruff, an early and influential leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read full book review >
REDEEMER by Randall Balmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A sympathetic account of a president too often overlooked, embedded in a rethinking of the rise of the religious right."
The words "progressive" and "evangelical" may no longer be thought of together, yet in combination, they shaped Jimmy Carter as a man and president. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: May 13, 2014

"A fascinating and candid analysis of the process of dying."
Insights into what people experience as they die. Read full book review >
A MERE CHRISTIAN by Ron Smith
RELIGION
Released: May 7, 2014

"An often engaging book that uses straightforward moments of faith to address much-debated Christian discussion points."
Debut author Smith offers Christians a lively discussion of the core beliefs of their faith.Smith, a physician, pits the laws of science against Scripture, and demonstrates a profound mastery of both. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 7, 2014

"An intriguing, readable memoir aimed squarely at the post-faith modern era."
A faith-oriented autobiography with an unconventional approach."All we have is our stories," writes novelist Schaeffer (Crazy for God, 2008, etc.) in this entertaining, energetic new memoir. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AND HOLY WAR by Philip Jenkins
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"A work of intensely nuanced research."
A painstaking, densely layered study of the many slippery uses of religion in the making of war. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2014

"Thoughtful, clear and informative, if somewhat scattered."
An exploration of what makes Soka Gakkai unique.Strand (How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not, 2008), a religion writer and former Zen monk, delves into the history and mission behind Soka Gakkai, a Buddhist sect perhaps best known for its peace activism and belief in fair wealth distribution among people. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"A brief, useful history of the conquerors who came from East and West to build a series of states that continue the fight to this day."
The author of The Real History Behind the Templars (2007) chronicles how the first two crusades helped establish the face of the Middle East. Read full book review >
RADIANT TRUTHS by Jeff Sharlet
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"The pieces are heterodox enough to have commonality only insofar as they address questions of the great beyond, but readers will find plenty here to sustain questions—and perhaps even a few answers—of their own."
Sharlet (English/Dartmouth Coll.; Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between, 2011, etc.) assembles a highly literate potpourri of writings about religion, faith and other manifestations of "the production of social life." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >