Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

PETER by Jacquie  Hoekstra
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An engaging Peter-focused guidebook to deeper Christian understanding."
An inspirational journey that draws upon the story of a key apostle. Read full book review >
COME GO WITH ME by Kathy  Carpenter
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Simple, if nongroundbreaking, reflections on asking for God's help."
As a continuation of Carpenter's debut, Spiritual Soul Train Ride (2016), this collection explores several Christians' experiences with prayer. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A highly thorough exploration of Jesus' appearance that also aims to guide Christian readers toward a journey of salvation and redemption."
Debut author Anemelu presents a thorough investigation into the physical appearance of the historical Jesus Christ. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE by Stephen Greenblatt
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Many fine passages charged with Greenblatt's passion and talent for storytelling can't disguise the fact that he's not quite sure what story he's trying to tell here."
The Pulitzer and National Book Award winner considers the enduring appeal and manifold interpretations of the biblical account of the first humans' expulsion from paradise. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >

THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A worthwhile and understated conclusion closes an unremarkable Reformation history."
To understand our modern world, one must understand the Reformation. Read full book review >
THERE IS A RIVER by Larry A.  Carlson
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"Though certainly a mixed bag, this lively book remains a worthy source of traditional teachings of the Christian Scriptures."
A debut author delivers a walk through the Bible, set against an aquatic backdrop. Read full book review >
EXTRAPOLATING THE UNKNOWN by M. V. K.  Mohan
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"An intriguing work that blends scientific theories and New Age spiritualism."
A spiritual debut attempts to deduce the workings of life, God, and the universe. Read full book review >
HALLOWED BE THY NAME by Misti  Stevens
Released: Sept. 8, 2017

"A fantastic idea for students of the Bible but one that isn't fully fleshed out."
Debut author Stevens explores the different names of God as found in the book of Psalms. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A concise, solid biography of 'the first revolutionary abolitionist,' a diminutive man who was decades ahead of his time."
A biography of a nearly forgotten Quaker whose life still resonates. Read full book review >
IF ALL THE SEAS WERE INK by Ilana  Kurshan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An intriguing, scholarly memoir of being a woman and studying the Talmud that will appeal most to those deeply interested in Judaism."
Gleaning wisdom from the Talmud during a time of personal crisis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >