Religion Book Reviews

Women Who Knew Jesus by Bonnie Ring
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 17, 2015

"An important contribution to the scholarly literature on Jesus, both feminist and otherwise."
A debut book offers a reconsideration of the role of women in Jesus' life and ministry. Read full book review >
His by Jaye Wiegold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A deeply religious meditation on how God's love gives meaning to a woman's life."
A woman explores how different principles of Christianity have enabled her to overcome adversity. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: March 18, 2016

"An exceptional addition to the science/faith genre."
A debut book offers a faithful exploration of the creation story in light of the scientific age. Read full book review >
Not That God by Ryan Andrew Smith
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 7, 2015

"A lucid and approachable guide to re-evaluating conventional ideas about Jesus."
A debut book advocates refocusing on Jesus through biblically informed insights. Read full book review >
BEAUTY IN THE BROKENNESS by Sheila Mills
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A thoughtful, accessible, and useful religious study guide."
A study guide about the famous biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Read full book review >

RUTHLESS by Ron Miscavige
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sad and painful but bravely told story. Acknowledging his son's mistakes and hoping things will change, the author concludes, 'David, I forgive you.'"
A father's nightmarish account of the Church of Scientology's transformation into a "coercive" cult under the authoritarian leadership of his son, David Miscavige. Read full book review >
The Journey of a Spiritual Traveler by Michael Kurtz
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"A set of philosophical but accessible ruminations on Christian life."
A series of meditative essays on the joys and challenges of a spiritual life. Read full book review >
All But Normal by Shawn Thornton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A religious debut memoir that carefully brings an engaging, complex family to life."
A pastor examines his childhood living with a disabled parent. Read full book review >
THE QUEST FOR MARY MAGDALENE by Michael Haag
RELIGION
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thought-provoking re-examination of a misunderstood heroine of the Bible."
Shining the spotlight on Mary Magdalene. Read full book review >
GREETINGS FROM UTOPIA PARK by Claire Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"A cleareyed critique that generously accounts for humanity's 'profoundly sincere and motivated' quest for happiness and peace."
Searching for bliss in America's heartland. Read full book review >
How I Found Myself in Egypt by Subhanah Wahhaj
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2016

"A thought-provoking read, especially for those with a limited knowledge of Islam.

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A Muslim woman discusses the challenges of her faith, and her spiritual awakening, in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
ONEIDA by Ellen Wayland-Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A smartly contextualized tale of 'the tension between radical social critique and unapologetic accommodation...between communal harmony and individual striving.'"
A study of the unlikely origins of one of America's most recognizable brands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >