Religion Book Reviews

THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An unsentimental yet wholly moving memoir."
A high school Spanish teacher's memoir about a peripatetic, often turbulent childhood and adolescence spent among fundamentalist Mormons. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An illuminating biography of 'an intelligent and thoughtful man.'"
The life and times of a Spanish monarch who invigorated cultural life. Read full book review >

BATTLING THE GODS by Tim Whitmarsh
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"Though not for those seeking a light read, this is a seminal work on the subject, to be studied, reread, and referenced."
Whitmarsh (Greek Culture/Univ. of Cambridge; Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism, 2013, etc.) explores the evolution of atheism from Homer to the Roman Empire.Read full book review >
THE 613 by Archie Rand
Kirkus Star
by Archie Rand, illustrated by Archie Rand
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"As a book, it stands on its own rather than merely evoking a larger wall display, reaching a much wider audience in the process."
A monumental art project is transformed into wildly ambitious graphic literature. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"A forthright, inspirational account of a businessman's spiritual struggles."
A successful entrepreneur recounts his quest to find happiness and God in this debut book. Read full book review >

AUGUSTINE by Robin Lane Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An erudite and ordered reading of Augustine's Confessions and a worthy addition to any library on early Christianity."
A comprehensive literary biography of the great Christian thinker Augustine (354-430). Read full book review >
Hospice by Ellen J. Windham
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A homey, candid, touching, empathic, and invaluable resource for those dealing with the specifics of a loved one's last days."
A layperson's guide to the end of life. Read full book review >
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
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 >