Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A superb account of an increasingly important religious movement."
A debut book offers a concise introduction to Evangelicalism from an informed insider. Read full book review >
Why You Won't Go To Hell by Benjamin Vande Weerdhof Andrews
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"A rational case for the need for humanity to move beyond faith."
A personal attempt at crafting a comprehensive handbook of atheism. Read full book review >

BETWEEN GODS by Alison Pick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A poignant and powerful memoir of family, religion, love, and healing."
An award-winning Canadian writer's account of how learning a family secret led her to embark on a journey of spiritual transformation and religious conversion. Read full book review >
WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"An enchanting and addictive report shedding much-needed light on a spiritualistic community obfuscated by historical misinterpretation and pop-culture derision."
A self-avowed skeptic investigates the shadowy world of modern witchcraft. Read full book review >
The Beauty of Holy Choices by Sarah J. Breese McCoy
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"A short but thought-provoking look at how the choices the faithful make can refine their resemblances to God."
A series of meditations on the beauty of God's grace. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A worthy broadside aimed at revisionist Christian historians that provides a sorely needed counterpoint to the prevailing and largely unquestioned conventional wisdom regarding early Christian history."
Jenkins (History, Institute for the Studies of Religion/Baylor Univ.; The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade, 2014, etc.) attacks the current mainstream view of church history, which posits the disappearance of competing Christian literature due to early repression by the established orthodoxy. Read full book review >
THE RELEVANCE OF RELIGION by John Danforth
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Well-reasoned advice sure to fall on many deaf ears."
A retired politician advises people of faith on how to influence politics in a civilized manner. Read full book review >
God's Gifts by Diane Herbert Brownell
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"An affirming, concise religious introduction best suited for those new to Bible study."
A brief examination of Bible verses pertaining to love, joy, and peace. Read full book review >
Limitless Love by Devadas T. Chelvam
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An intriguing case for the centrality of love in religion."
A book argues for a shared philosophy of love among thinkers of various religions. Read full book review >
ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF TOLERANCE by Sam Harris
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A wider range of viewpoints might have made this discussion even more valuable, but readers with a knee-jerk opinion of Islam will learn a lot."
Can an American atheist who has said that "the West is at war with Islam" and a secular, former Islamist Muslim find common ground? Read full book review >
ABRAHAM by Alan M. Dershowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An interesting concept deserving of twice the effort."
The great patriarch as a template for Jewish lawyers across the ages. Read full book review >
NOT IN GOD'S NAME by Jonathan Sacks
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A humane, literate, and sincere book, one with something truly new to say."
A remarkable exploration of the reasons behind religious violence and solutions for stopping it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >