Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

IF ALL THE SEAS WERE INK by Ilana  Kurshan
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 >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Like-minded readers will find Levy's blend of Old Testament and New Age appealing."
A rabbi offers a program of soul-craft to get us through the "World of Separation," this reality where nothing quite works and nothing quite makes sense. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A brief collection of fair-minded observations about 'individuals that to varying degrees are shaped by, among other things, being Muslim.'"
A concise snapshot of the prevailing military culture regarding Muslims. Read full book review >
GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL by Robert W. Walker
Released: Aug. 28, 2017

"A controversial characterization of God as a being of perfect energy."
An avant-garde guide to spiritual wholeness. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Some nuggets of insight are overwhelmed by a rambling, unavailing narrative."
Women on the fringes of the spiritual world. Read full book review >

FEELING JEWISH by Devorah  Baum
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An impressive work of intellect and presentation."
Unique theories on how "feeling Jewish" plays out not only among secular Jews, but also among individuals with no Jewish heritage. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Unquestionably uneven, but if only 10 percent of the author's claims are true, his report is still quite damning."
A scathing examination of the Roman Catholic Church. Read full book review >
FOR I AM JOHN by Helen   Barton
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A high-reaching work on spirituality that lacks cohesive narration."
Debut author Barton ponders spiritual and philosophical questions from various angles in this esoteric meditation on Christianity, karma, time, space, and other topics. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A cogent and approachable argument for a personal meditation practice based on secular Buddhist principles."
A bestselling author sets out to improve the world by encouraging mindful meditation. Read full book review >
GOD'S WOLF by Jeffrey Lee
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A vivid narrative that effectively delineates the era's courtly spirit and 'nightmarish barbarity.'"
Elegant biography of a little-known Frankish crusader who is still a thorn in the sides of Islamists. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 6, 2017

"A thoughtful reflection on spirituality that's too long and personal to attract much attention beyond the author's circles."
Inspired by the example of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Hart kept a journal of daily spiritual exercises. Read full book review >
PTL by John  Wigger
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A worthy, clearly written account of a movement and its downfall."
A history professor recounts and updates the scandals revolving around the PTL Club and its guiding lights, evangelical preachers Jim Bakker and his then-wife, Tammy Faye Bakker. 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 >