Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

POPE FRANCIS by Paul Vallely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Discovering a pope with a controversial past and a revolutionary style of leadership in the present, Vallely provides a highly worthwhile resource for Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
An exhaustive look at the newest pope. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A heartfelt but narrow prescription for finding a partner and creating a loving heterosexual marriage."
A Christianity-based approach to relationships driven by positive thinking, based on the authors' own courtship and marriage. Read full book review >

Growing Old With Grace by Ramakrishna Michaels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Affecting; seasoned with intellectual maturity as well as spiritual passion."
A chronicle of a life spent at the intersections of Eastern and Western thought. Read full book review >
Islam and the Clash of Civilizations by Panini
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"A passionate free-speech exercise, whether or not one agrees with the author's point of view."
A pseudonymous nonacademic with a self-taught grasp of world history attacks literalist Islam as the gravest threat that humanity has ever faced. Read full book review >
FAITH ED by Linda K. Wertheimer
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A worthwhile study marred by bias."
Narrow examination of the teaching of religion in America's public schools. Read full book review >

THE GRAMMAR OF GOD by Aviya Kushner
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A paean, in a way, to the rigors and frustrations—and ultimate joys—of trying to comprehend the unfathomable."
A freelancer debuts with a memoir/disquisition about the Hebrew Bible and the difficulties—linguistic and personal—that translators into English have faced. Read full book review >
How and Why God Evolved by Babar Shah Khan
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"A bracing, comprehensive deconstruction."
A clinical assessment of the human origins of organized religion. Read full book review >
WHY I AM A SALAFI by Michael Muhammad Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vigorous treatment of how the sacred, in all its multifarious forms, continues to exercise power, even if sometimes it just feels like 'we're arguing over what the mystery god intended to say in his address to a mystic in a cave some fifteen centuries ago.'"
Knight (Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs, and Writing, 2013, etc.) traverses the scenic highways of Islamic history, seeking paths that connect him to Muhammad. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An occasionally repetitive but compelling study."
An impassioned investigative report tracing a deeply religious theme to the spate of civil rights violence from the 1950s until today. Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE BUILDER by Zev Chafets
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"In 2001, Eckstein self-published a fictionalized autobiography; here, Chafets furthers the rabbi's efforts to publicize and burnish his image."
Celebrating a controversial rabbi's life. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"An impressive and comprehensive study of the book of Esther for Christian scholars."
A Bible commentary embraces literature, history, and theology to better understand the book of Esther. Read full book review >
What the Enemy Thinks by Gail Picco
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 30, 2015

"Overdrawn yet readable portrait of collective advocacy and friendship at work, spearheaded by a valiant, relatable protagonist."
Former women's shelter counselor Picco, in her debut, traces the intertwining business and personal lives of an altruistic media consultancy executive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >