Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

RELIGION
Released: June 15, 2014

"Fair but uncompromising, counseling us to slough what William Blake called the ' ‘mind-forg'd manacles' of organized religion' and practice something universal: science."
British biologist Jones (Darwin's Island, 2009, etc.) has fun examining miraculous biblical tales with the gimlet eye of science. Read full book review >
RELIGION AND MAN by Leif Guiteau
RELIGION
Released: June 13, 2014

"An accessible introduction to the study of world religions."
This slim debut volume offers brief, easy-to-digest summaries of major religious belief systems. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"An approachable and admiring introduction appropriate for readers interested in modern Jewish thought."
A biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), whose influence on Judaism and the Jewish people is still coming into focus. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >