Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 8, 2014

"There is a disconnect between the gravitas of the surname Tutu in relationship to what is basically a self-help book. Tutu's No Future Without Forgiveness (1999) is a far weightier and more worthy discussion of the topic."
A practical call for forgiveness from people who learned it the hard way. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 7, 2014

"Solid research with wide appeal."
Intriguing exploration of how the Buddha's story was appropriated across languages and cultures into a legendary Christian saint. Read full book review >

Damned Fools by Joshua Holland
RELIGION
Released: April 4, 2014

"A powerful, personal account of how the Christian church's true message has become disfigured in modern times."
A spirited critique of contemporary Christianity that demands it become both more intellectually rigorous and inclusive.Holland's first book takes modern Christianity to task for philosophical and moral complacency. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2014

"A best-seller in Canada, where it was published in 2008, and doubtless destined to produce both heat and light on this more orthodox side of the border."
A mildly phrased though decidedly controversial manifesto from Toronto-based pastor Vosper, calling for new practices "to keep the church alive." Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2014

"'The mind remains, to a tantalizing degree, a realm of secrets and wonder,' writes the author, and so, too, does the world around us, which he entertainingly scours for the possibility of crucial anomalies."
A cerebral ride into the world of the unorthodox. Read full book review >

LYING BELIEFS by Maurice D. Johnson
RELIGION
Released: March 29, 2014

"Though theoretically written for and aimed at, well, everyone, this book is more likely to find an appreciative audience among the popular philosophy and self-help crowds."
A proposed alternative to traditional religious ideologies, focusing on the inherent godliness of every human being. Read full book review >
EXODUS by Deborah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"An enthralling account of how one Orthodox Jewish woman turned her back on her religion and found genuineness and validity in her new life."
One woman's search to understand herself and her Jewish heritage. Read full book review >
CULTURE AND THE DEATH OF GOD by Terry Eagleton
RELIGION
Released: March 25, 2014

"Now that the West is colliding with a resurgent Islam for which God is very much alive, Eagleton's insights are particularly timely."
"Atheism is by no means as easy as it looks," insists prolific author Eagleton (Literature/Univ. of Lancaster; Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
A CALL TO ACTION by Jimmy Carter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"The overall effect is one of well-meaning but fuzzy prescription, less rigorous than this difficult subject requires."
The former president and indefatigable humanitarian writes again, this time linking worldly woes that "fall disproportionately on women and girls." Read full book review >
THE ARK BEFORE NOAH by Irving Finkel
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Under the tutelage of a clever scholar, a cuneiform tablet brings to life an ancient world and the genesis of a great biblical story."
The ubiquitous tale of the Great Flood was not new to the writers of Genesis. Finkel, the assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and culture at the British Museum, offers some fresh particulars about the source of the biblical story. Read full book review >
Beyond Discipleship to Relationship by Barbara A.F. Brehon
RELIGION
Released: March 20, 2014

"Useful advice for Christians seeking to develop their own personal relationships with Christ while encouraging others to do the same."
From author Brehon (Reach Me with SMILES, 2014) comes a guide for developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and helping others do the same.How does one go from accepting Jesus Christ as savior to having a more intimate relationship with the son of God? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian."
Witty, nimble and completely in his element, Schama (History and Art History/Columbia Univ.; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother, 2011, etc.), in a book tie-in to a PBS and BBC series, fashions a long-planned "labor of love" that nicely dovetails the biblical account with the archaeological record. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >