Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

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. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >