Religion Book Reviews

RELIGION

"A brief but powerful revisionist look at Jesus' early life and times."
A radical reappraisal of the story of Jesus' family before his ministry began. 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 >

EPISODES IN VISIONS by Zebron Ncube
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A useful lay resource in a crowded field of biblical study."
An illuminating journey through the final book of the New Testament. 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 >
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 >

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 BOAT CAPTAIN’S CONUNDRUM by Tom Corbett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"A longtime policy wonk delivers an engrossing look at his work fighting poverty in government and academic environments."
A veteran of poverty research and welfare reform presents a broad retrospective of his career. 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 >
A SILENT CRY by Mike Adams
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 7, 2016

"An endearing but anguished account of grief, faith, and remembrance."
An elegiac remembrance of loved ones lost. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Lyndal Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An engaging, enlightening study of the historical effects of one galvanizing personality."
A substantial new look at the life of Martin Luther (1483-1546), published to coincide with the 500-year anniversary of his revolutionary theses. Read full book review >
Grace and Mercy Are Free, and Hope Is Eternal by Diane Herbert Brownell
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"Well-written and engaging yet also folksy and approachable, especially for readers new to the Christian faith."
A debut book delivers a brief statement of basic Christian concepts. Read full book review >
The All-Embracing Message of Islam by Sheikh Elnayyal Abu Groon
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly evenhanded look at Islamic theology."
An argument for a more inclusive and merciful interpretation of the Muslim religion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >