Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

HISTORY
Released: March 7, 2015

"A roundabout historical lesson that employs the classical texts with irony and irreverence."
Georgetown University provost and author O'Donnell (The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History, 2008, etc.) offers a revisionist tour of the reach and purpose of the gods for the Romans, from the height of Rome's temple building by Augustus in 17 B.C. to the Christian incursions of the A.D. fourth century.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 3, 2015

"A great conversation starter with plenty of room for more research and elaboration.
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Boin (Ancient and Late Antique Mediterranean History/Saint Louis Univ.; Ostia in Late Antiquity, 2013) puts forth a different perception of early Roman Christians and their effects on the empire.Read full book review >

THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR by Michael Hicks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though much of the writing is academically dry, this history is more provocative than readers may suspect."
A history of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an institution that keeps most of its controversies behind closed doors. Read full book review >
BEWILDERMENTS by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A powerful, important textual deconstruction of the mystical fourth book of the Old Testament."
An exploration of the book of Numbers, the penultimate of the Hebrew Bible, a strange and edifying story of the passing of an entire generation while the Israelites wandered toward the Promised Land. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience."
Balanced examination of famed and infamous relics connected to the life of Jesus. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"A thought-provoking assertion that humans are hard-wired for worship."
A detailed work that looks at the possible biological basis of spiritual faith. Read full book review >
Elisha Forerunner of Jesus Christ by Daniel Arnold
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Stimulating study of the career and ministry of the prophet Elisha in parallel to Jesus Christ."
A thorough, textually grounded study of the Old Testament prophet Elisha and the ways he foreshadowed Jesus Christ of the New Testament. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An exhaustive look at an intriguing Old Testament figure."
A review of historical, literary, and spiritual understandings of the biblical prophet Elijah. Read full book review >
GRANADA by Steven Nightingale
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A romantic, at times overly sentimental homage to a city 'perfected by catastrophe' and transformed into a place of 'concentrated joy.'"
Poet and novelist Nightingale (The Wings of What You Say, 2013, etc.) makes his nonfiction debut in this rhapsodic paean to the Spanish city, where he, his wife and young daughter now live part of each year.
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RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS by Randy Boyagoda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A useful, provocative spotlight on one of the leading lights of the 20th century."
The many sides of Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009). Read full book review >
THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST by David L. Toney
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A meticulous reading of Scripture that maps out the world's future."
An exhaustive analysis of biblical underpinnings in end-times prophecies. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"A dense and important end-times study that offers serious, credible challenges to long-standing scriptural readings."
An exhaustive depiction of the end times. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >