Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

TREYF by Elissa Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >
52 QUICK LESSONS ON THE BIBLE by Sandy Hurst
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"A comprehensive and notably crystalline biblical education guide."
A handbook for teaching the Bible to young students. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"A thought-provoking, but imperfect call to a revolution in Christian thinking."
A debut book offers a reinterpretation of Christian theology. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An intriguing, though perhaps incomplete, look at two cultures colliding and coexisting."
An exploration of the effects of Roman-era culture on Judaism. Read full book review >
JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >

CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Interesting history, inadequate autobiography."
A journalist's memories and musings on religion in America. Read full book review >
FULLY RELYING ON GOD by Shirley Veltman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A compelling memoir of pain, loss, and redemption through faith."
A woman tells of getting God's help in weathering abuse, callous parents, familial abandonment, bouts of grinding poverty, medical crises, bad marriages, and bad men in this heartfelt debut autobiography. Read full book review >
A DEED IN YOUR DAY by Scribbler II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"An uneven religious memoir with some uplifting stories about the power of prayer."
A retired schoolteacher reflects on the many answered prayers throughout her life. Read full book review >
ALL THINGS MADE NEW by Diarmaid MacCulloch
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Experts and lay readers alike can pick and choose elements from MacCulloch's vast store of knowledge."
Authoritative essays on the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER by Kenneth A. Briggs
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A somewhat depressing but knowledgeable account of how the Bible lumbers on in America, not as widely read but still precious to a core of believers."
How the Bible continues a downward slide in use and comprehension in both society and the church. Read full book review >
The Redemption of Madelyne by Sheila K. Milam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2016

"Anti-abortion readers should find this dramatic story of sin and redemption moving."
In this polemical novel, two young women become devastated by their abortions; one spirals downward and the other finds healing through Jesus. 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 >