Religion Book Reviews

Tragedy Transformed by Gordon Grose
Released: April 27, 2015

"A pragmatic, uplifting examination of the role that tragedy plays in people's lives."
A debut guide to the redemptive power of suffering, as seen through the prism of the book of Job. Read full book review >
STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Jacoby draws the first detailed maps of a terrain that has been very much in need of intelligent, careful cartography."
In a work blending culture, religion, history, biography, and a bit of memoir (with more than a soupcon of attitude), the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (2013, etc.) returns with a revealing historical analysis of religious conversions.Read full book review >

Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country by Louisa Oakley Green
Released: Sept. 23, 2015

"A compassionate, intelligent survey of supernatural experiences."
The wife of a psychic gathers reports from everyday people who believe they've glimpsed the beyond. Read full book review >
The Great Mother Bible by Mare Cromwell
Released: April 9, 2015

"Positive, powerful insights about love, spirituality, the universe, and Mother Earth."
A nature mystic shares her latest series of engaging conversations with Mother Earth in this spiritual guide. Read full book review >
God So Loved... by Steve Ink
Released: May 5, 2015

"A succinct but thorough analysis of the Christian faith that raises thought-provoking questions in a personable voice."
An investigation into the foundations of Christianity through one of its most popular verses. Read full book review >

Faith, Doubt, Mystery by James J. Tracy
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"A sympathetic but unflinchingly honest testament of indoctrination and embattled faith."
An affecting account of one man's experiences with the Catholic faith. Read full book review >
How and Why God Evolved by Babar Shah Khan
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"A bracing, comprehensive deconstruction."
A clinical assessment of the human origins of organized religion. Read full book review >
Maimonides & Metabolism by Rabbi Yonason Herschlag
Released: June 12, 2015

"Readers looking to understand all the factors in weight-loss management will find this a good supplement to material produced by experts."
A reconsideration of the physiology of weight loss, supported by the writings of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides. Read full book review >
Jesus, One Man, Two Faiths by Ron Messier
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A thoughtful, temperate call for Muslims and Christians to recognize their overlapping religious heritages."
A scholarly analysis of the deeply shared common ground of two faiths. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
NOT IN GOD'S NAME by Jonathan Sacks
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A humane, literate, and sincere book, one with something truly new to say."
A remarkable exploration of the reasons behind religious violence and solutions for stopping it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >