Religion Book Reviews (page 8)

WHOSE HEAVEN IS IT? by Gurdev Naegeli
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 6, 2014

"Despite a few odd turns, a refreshingly comprehensive inquiry into the hearts of humanity's major faiths."
A broadly scoped synthesis of spirituality in the modern, multicultural world. Read full book review >
WILD FLOWERS by Francis William Bessler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 16, 2014

"Readers interested in a unique belief system will enjoy many of this author's musings."
Debut author Bessler offers a collection of essays and songs about life and religion.Born in 1941, this former seminarian, divorcee and avid blogger has a lot of opinions to share. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2014

"In affording a fresh perspective on the difficult but exhilarating birth of this country, Stewart shows that the often superficially misunderstood words of the Declaration of Independence are even more profound than they appear."
Stewart (The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting it Wrong, 2009, etc.) delivers a penetrating history of an American Revolution not yet finished and a stirring reassertion of the power of ideas unbound by the shackles of superstition. Read full book review >
A SKEPTIC'S GUIDE TO GOD by Larkin Spivey
RELIGION
Released: June 30, 2014

"An impassioned defense of a logical Christianity that meshes with scientific reality."
Spivey (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Korean War, 2013, etc.) blends personal anecdotes, theology and science in this accessible work of Christian apologetics. Read full book review >
Encourage Your Soul: It's Not As Bad As It Seems by Vel Humbert
RELIGION
Released: June 25, 2014

"A quick read that offers advice based on Scripture and personal experience."
Debut author Humbert's collection lists some common problems faced by lapsed Christians. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: June 25, 2014

"A detailed, didactic guide to Scripture for daily study and devotion, sidestepping sanctimony in favor of thoughtful tips and reader-friendly resources."
Approaching religion with an academic sensibility, this autobiographical guide advocates the Bible as a text for intensive study, one to be regularly revisited by the faithful. Read full book review >
A Land Called Pangaea: Revelation 12 by Andrew L. Foster
RELIGION
Released: June 23, 2014

"A vibrant, if sometimes troubling, scriptural interpretation of mankind's beginnings."
A short explication on Christian themes that uses a verse from the Book of Revelation as a springboard. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >