Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

RELIGION
Released: June 7, 2016

"A decent resource, but several authors, from Karen Armstrong to Bart Ehrman, have provided better sources for curious readers."
Retelling of modern views and scholarship on the Bible. Read full book review >
GREETINGS FROM UTOPIA PARK by Claire Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"A cleareyed critique that generously accounts for humanity's 'profoundly sincere and motivated' quest for happiness and peace."
Searching for bliss in America's heartland. Read full book review >

EXECUTING GRACE by Shane Claiborne
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic."
Passionate Christian activist Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, 2006, etc.) uses Scripture and societal statistics in an argument for the abolishment of the death penalty. Read full book review >
ISLAMIC EXCEPTIONALISM by Shadi Hamid
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Fresh, provocative thinking on the 'Arab problem.'"
Why can't the Islamic world be more secular and liberal like "we" are? Read full book review >
Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge by Norman Whaler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A religious sequel to Dickens' holiday classic and an ideal stocking stuffer."
A debut novella and sequel to A Christmas Carol explores the adult life of Tiny Tim.Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: June 3, 2016

"An excellent treatment of the concept of Israel."
A scholarly attempt to reconcile the long-standing theological divisions between Jews and gentiles. Read full book review >
MAGIC IN ISLAM by Michael Muhammad Knight
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 2016

"Though surely controversial and certainly just the tip of the iceberg, this accessible book provides interesting food for thought."
The mysteries and the esoterica of Islamic history and culture. Read full book review >
ZIONISM by Milton Viorst
RELIGION
Released: May 31, 2016

"A well-written, balanced, and intriguing reference."
An examination of Zionism through its most influential proponents. Read full book review >
A Girl Named Mary by Mary Jo Nickum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2016

"A provocative, intelligently constructed historical exercise."
A fictional imagining of the childhood of Jesus' mother, Mary. Read full book review >
To Forgive God! by Peter Gasiorowski
RELIGION
Released: May 25, 2016

"A useful Christian work for readers seeking spiritual growth and self-help."
Pastor and teacher Gasiorowski ponders the path to spiritual forgiveness after a tragedy in this short, debut religious tract. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2016

"A sometimes-engaging but unfocused work that delves into inter-religious connections."
An exploration of salvation and symbolism in religion from prehistory to the modern day. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR MARY MAGDALENE by Michael Haag
RELIGION
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thought-provoking re-examination of a misunderstood heroine of the Bible."
Shining the spotlight on Mary Magdalene. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >