Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

You Can't Un-Ring the Bell by Shirley J. Gilbert
Released: March 14, 2016

"A well-intentioned but meandering meditation on pain and healing."
A seasoned psychologist offers wisdom and experience about facing life's hardships in this compact self-help volume. Read full book review >
Toward the Throne! by John Craig Shaw
Released: March 11, 2016

"An exciting, colorful, if downright surreal tale based on the book of Revelation."
A novel explores the impact of the Christian apocalypse on a small group of survivors. Read full book review >

Thar She Blows by James Ragsdale
Released: March 8, 2016

"A confounding account of the author's life in horse racing."
In this hybrid work of spiritualism, memoir, and nonfiction, debut author Ragsdale takes the reader through his history with the sport of horse racing, from his younger years sneaking away from jobs for a few hours at the track to his later ownership of multiple thoroughbreds. Read full book review >
Who Made God?  by Edgar Andrews
Released: March 2, 2016

"A thoughtful and well-written argument for the existence of God."
Andrews (A Glorious High Throne, 2003, etc.) challenges the assertions of New Atheists in this volume, now in its third edition.Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2016

"The traumatic and illuminating events suffered by a teenage girl who dared to say she was gay in a religious community that doesn't readily accept homosexuality."
A memoir of a lesbian Mormon who stood up for her rights. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2016

"Timely, authoritative, and immensely depressing."
A visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center examines the emergence, growth, and evolution of the Syrian jihad from 2011 to 2015. Read full book review >
WAY OF LOVE by Norman Wirzba
Released: March 1, 2016

"A thoughtful exposition on love and its reverberations throughout creation."
Taking "God is love" seriously. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2016

"An intriguing new angle on the well-worn field of 'historical Jesus' studies."
Understanding the role of memory in the formation of the Christian Gospels. Read full book review >
APOSTLE by Tom Bissell
Released: March 1, 2016

"A rich, contentious, and challenging book."
A deep dive into the heart of the New Testament, crossing continents and cross-referencing texts. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Impressively vast in scope and content, Ostler's work is most accessible to fellow specialists but should intrigue dedicated readers as well."
The effects of religion on language are well-known; what about the effects of language on religion? Read full book review >
Protestants by Alain Marshall
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"Diverting historical stories hampered by garbled prose."
In short, anecdotal chapters, this conversational work profiles mostly lesser-known English separatists from the early 17th century. Read full book review >
PUTTING GOD SECOND by Donniel Hartman
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A stimulating and sure-to-be discussed critique of monotheism."
Why, asks Hartman (The Boundaries of Judaism, 2007, etc.), do so many religious groups and individuals fail to live up to the standards of their faith traditions? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >