Religion Book Reviews

HOLY LANDS by Nicolas Pelham
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A lively, succinct, nonpolemical study that will offer much thought for discussion."
A sound, accessible argument for why returning to the mixed-faith communities living among each other in the Ottoman model might just save the Middle East. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An exhaustive look at an intriguing Old Testament figure."
A review of historical, literary, and spiritual understandings of the biblical prophet Elijah. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"An impressive and comprehensive study of the book of Esther for Christian scholars."
A Bible commentary embraces literature, history, and theology to better understand the book of Esther. Read full book review >
RHAPSODY IN SCHMALTZ by Michael Wex
FOOD & COOKING
Released: April 19, 2016

"Informative, merrily entertaining culinary and cultural history."
An enticing tour of Judaism's culinary past. Read full book review >
APOSTLE by Tom Bissell
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2016

"A rich, contentious, and challenging book."
A deep dive into the heart of the New Testament, crossing continents and cross-referencing texts. Read full book review >

RELIGION

"Eye-opening in terms of the parity between the Abrahamic faiths, this fine model of scriptural analysis merits study by mystics of any faith."
A thorough examination of Chapter 18 of the Quran exemplifies allegorical interpretation and reconciles common dichotomies like heart and mind, science and religion. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A superb account of an increasingly important religious movement."
A debut book offers a concise introduction to Evangelicalism from an informed insider. Read full book review >
TILL WE HAVE BUILT JERUSALEM by Adina Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Lovers of Jerusalem will feel right at home as Hoffman brings a small bit of its history to life."
Hoffman (My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, 2009, etc.) studies three very different architects responsible for the look of Jerusalem.Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2015

"A thrilling account of a reporter's duel with a controversial church."
Ortega, in his nonfiction debut, describes a journalist's decadeslong battle against the Church of Scientology. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"A forthright, inspirational account of a businessman's spiritual struggles."
A successful entrepreneur recounts his quest to find happiness and God in this debut book. Read full book review >
Hospice by Ellen J. Windham
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A homey, candid, touching, empathic, and invaluable resource for those dealing with the specifics of a loved one's last days."
A layperson's guide to the end of life. Read full book review >
The Beauty of Holy Choices by Sarah J. Breese McCoy
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"A short but thought-provoking look at how the choices the faithful make can refine their resemblances to God."
A series of meditations on the beauty of God's grace. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >