Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

Life is simple, if you think about it. by Clevon Spencer
RELIGION
Released: June 4, 2014

"A plainspoken, well-conceived manual for uncluttered faith and self-examination."
A step-by-step guide to using Christian faith to achieve life goals here and now.Spencer offers a back-to-basics guide to achieving "peace of mind, God-discovery, self-discovery" in this personal outline of a Christian worldview that ultimately hinges on one key point: Humans can't change God's laws; we can only accept those laws and live in harmony with God or fight against those laws and thereby court "disease, confusion, lack, and chaos." Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 3, 2014

"An enlightening examination of identity and the quest for 'deep freedom' by a largely misunderstood and marginalized group."
The limits of tolerance and why it isn't enough. Read full book review >

PILGRIM by Lee Kravitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"An unsatisfying memoir of the search for meaning."
A New Yorker's wandering spiritual memoir. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S BISHOP by Gustav Niebuhr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"A pleasant surprise for the average history buff."
Enlightening tale of Abraham Lincoln's other war. Read full book review >
Understanding the Spiritual by Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
RELIGION
Released: May 31, 2014

"A hopeful, restorative presentation of basic Christian tenets."
A passionate, comprehensive interpretation of Christian Scripture.Nigerian author Lawrence-Dokpesi's nonfiction debut work of scriptural exegesis revolves around the concept of God's word, both as it's made flesh in Jesus Christ and as it's entwined in each human heart. Read full book review >

CHRONICLES of A SEER by Ramon Santos
RELIGION
Released: May 30, 2014

"For evangelical Christian readers, Santos offers a lively account of being a spiritual force in a darkness-haunted world."
One Christian's account of being a biblical-style seer in the modern day.In 1967, while Santos (Seers in the Kingdom, 2014) was in Japan during an earthquake, he says, he had his first "visible angel encounter," although he'd previously seen the ghostly auras of some of the older boxers at the U.S. Marine Corps boxing camp. Read full book review >
God, Man and the Devil by Aldon S. Morris
RELIGION
Released: May 30, 2014

"Committed to strict biblical interpretations, the book makes for a genuine, if occasionally obtuse, account of one man's Christian message."
An investigation of the intricacies of Scripture and the necessity of leading a holy life in a world of sin. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >