Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

STRANGE GLORY by Charles Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"There is no doubt Marsh's portrayal will infuse new controversy into discussions about Bonhoeffer for years to come."
A fresh look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), both intimate and theological. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 22, 2014

"A fascinating history that, while particularly appealing to those interested in religion, is sure to inform a far wider audience."
An account of the Illinois Mormon settlement Nauvoo and the events that precipitated the church's flight to Utah. Read full book review >

THE CHURCH OF MERCY by Pope Francis
RELIGION
Released: April 20, 2014

"Refreshingly humane, focusing on people rather than institutions. Admirers of Francis and students of church history alike will find this a useful introduction to the pontiff's thought."
In a collection whose original Italian publication marks the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis gathers homilies, sermons and brief essays that point to his most important concerns. Read full book review >
HOW THE BIBLE BECAME HOLY by Michael L. Satlow
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Regardless of the reader's familiarity with the material, the author's expertise cannot be doubted."
Satlow (Religious and Judaic Studies/Brown Univ.; The Gift in Antiquity, 2013) explores the holy writings of the Bible back more than 10,000 years. Read full book review >
AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY by Stephen Cox
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2014

"An uncomplicated, evenhanded work. From hymns to architecture to personalities, American Christianity is simply 'unpredictable.'"
An optimistic, nonpolemical snapshot of the plethora of Christian denominations in America. Read full book review >

WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD by Amir D. Aczel
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2014

"Aczel dislikes atheists and often descends to their derisive debating points (e.g., religions sponsor charities; atheists don't), but he skillfully combines his specialty and good science to support, without actually proving, the existence of a Creator."
Mathematician Aczel (A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians, 2011, etc.) debated atheist Richard Dawkins in 2010. Here, he presents his arguments, and prominent atheists, Dawkins above all, do not come out well. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL MISFIT by Michelle DeRusha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An intermittently rambling book that may nevertheless serve as a potent source of inspiration for the spiritually and religiously inclined."
A slight memoir detailing one soul-searching woman's rekindling of her religious faith. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH A WILD GOD by Barbara Ehrenreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A powerful, honest account of a lifelong attempt to understand that will please neither theists nor atheists."
In 1959, the 16-year-old author had an ineffable vision, which she here contextualizes and attempts to understand. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >