Religion Book Reviews

Released: April 17, 2018

"A fine history that is surely controversial in its view of how victims become victimizers and how professions of love turn to terror."
"The destroyers came from out of the desert": a vigorous account of a vengeful early Christianity that burned temples and books—and dissenters. Read full book review >
FIRST GENERATION by Bev Zachary
Released: March 30, 2018

"A captivating anatomy of religious conversion."
A couple who worked as Christian missionaries in Nepal deliver a debut collection of remembrances. Read full book review >

JESUS AND MUHAMMAD by Louis  St Michael
Released: March 27, 2018

"An exhaustive compilation of immense theological value, especially as a prologue to future study."
A debut book compares the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS MYSTIC by Joel F. Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Extremely well-researched and fluidly written, Harrington's work will serve as a meaningful resource for students of mysticism and of late Medieval Christianity."
Insightful biography of German theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). Read full book review >

FLUNK. START. by Sands Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Frank and edifying information on Scientology from a woman who experienced it firsthand. A good complement to Lawrence Wright's Going Clear (2013)."
A former Scientologist examines why she entered the church and then left it. Read full book review >
ODE TO GRACE by Kathleen Walker Van  Karnes
Released: March 7, 2018

"A highly personal and passionate volume of Christian prayers."
Van Karnes offers prayers for all occasions in this contemporary Christian book. Read full book review >
PAUL by N.T. Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A very human Paul, brought to life by an experienced teacher and pastor—an excellent introduction for general readers."
Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity/University of St. Andrews; The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion, 2016, etc.) draws from a lifetime of study on the figure of Paul to construct this useful biography of the early Christian missionary. Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S WAKE by Kevin Toolis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"From the graveside of an Irish Republican Army execution victim, whose young son cries inconsolably at his loss, to that of the author's own father, Toolis provides a series of intimate, eye-opening visits with the end-of-life process."
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF JUDAISM by Martin Goodman
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Well-written and exhaustively researched, Goodman's work is a masterpiece of pedagogy crafted as a tool for teaching and learning about one of civilization's oldest religions."
An expansive and fascinating history of Judaism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A candid and revealing portrait of a man and a nation in turmoil."
The story of an American physician who faced medical, personal, and cultural challenges at a hospital in Jerusalem. Read full book review >
40 DAY SHIFT  by Infinity  Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2018

"An informative, concise handbook to learning and giving."
Stone's brief nonfiction debut chronicles her 40 days of seeking a more enlightened, more giving life, patterning the 40-day period on the Lent of her Catholic upbringing but broadening the ambit to include the widest possible spectrum of spiritual leanings. 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 >