Religion Book Reviews

THE BOOK OF SEPARATION by Tova Mirvis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A thoughtful, courageous memoir of family, religion, and self-discovery."
A novelist's account of how she broke away from Orthodox Judaism to make a new life in the secular world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A well-written, intriguing account of the centuries that set the stage for modern Judaism, the Christianity taught by Paul, and, eventually, Islam as an heir to both."
An exploration of an underrated era and its effect on religious history. Read full book review >

LESSONS IN HOPE by George Weigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner for fans of John Paul II, devotees of papal history, or those who simply enjoy a good and literate personal story."
The story behind the defining biography of John Paul II (1920-2005). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An exceptional introduction to the Templars."
An up-close look at the legendary band of Crusaders. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >

THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >
FEELING JEWISH by Devorah  Baum
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An impressive work of intellect and presentation."
Unique theories on how "feeling Jewish" plays out not only among secular Jews, but also among individuals with no Jewish heritage. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A cogent and approachable argument for a personal meditation practice based on secular Buddhist principles."
A bestselling author sets out to improve the world by encouraging mindful meditation. 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 >
SHIN BUDDHISM by Takafumi Hirose
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2017

"A cogent, concise, and personable guide to a transformative faith."
A retired Japanese university professor and Buddhist priest introduces a major religion of his home country. Read full book review >
CHICAGO by Sonya Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2017

"A simple but engaging Christian memoir."
A series of gentle reminiscences about the author's childhood and early adulthood. 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 >
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 >