Religion Book Reviews

RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2017

"This readable discussion on sin, faith, and salvation offers an inventive, informed take on Eden and the nature of faith."
This exegetical work scrutinizes what happened in the Garden of Eden to better clarify the concepts of sin and redemption. Read full book review >
PROTESTANTS by Alec Ryrie
HISTORY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion."
A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the 16th century to today. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 4, 2017

"A nonscholarly work that lay readers will find especially engaging."
A pertinent study of how the Islamic world played quick catch-up to the West over the course of the 19th century. Read full book review >
THE EVANGELICALS by Frances FitzGerald
HISTORY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Overflowing with historical anecdote and contemporary reportage and essential to interpreting the current political and cultural landscape."
Another superb work by renowned but long-absent political journalist FitzGerald (Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth, 2002, etc.), this one centering on the roiling conflict among American brands of Christianity. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Though it may be too academic for some readers, this is an eye-opening work of American history."
An enlightening scholarly study of American Indian history that gets at the root tensions underlying the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >
THE SOULS OF CHINA by Ian Johnson
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 2017

"Engaging, timely, and humane."
An exploration of the role of faith in contemporary China. Read full book review >
PRIESTDADDY by Patricia Lockwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A linguistically dexterous, eloquently satisfying narrative debut."
A noted young poet unexpectedly boomerangs back into her parents' home and transforms the return into a richly textured story of an unconventional family and life. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >
DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out."
Inside the walls of segregation and oppression dictating the lives of Saudi women. Read full book review >
HAIL JUDEAS CAESAR by Ryan Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 3016

"An inventive and impressively researched alternative account of the influence of Rome on the genesis of Christianity."
A debut revisionist historical novel imagines a political interpretation of Jesus' ministry and the birth of Christianity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >