Religion Book Reviews

This Side of the Whirlwind by Steven R. Harrel
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2016

"A new and urgent reading of Christian Tribulation Scripture."
A debut book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Christian doctrine of the end times. Read full book review >
Who Made God? (Third edition) by Edgar Andrews
RELIGION
Released: March 2, 2016

"A thoughtful and well-written argument for the existence of God."
Andrews (A Glorious High Throne, 2003, etc.) challenges the assertions of New Atheists in this volume, now in its third edition.Read full book review >

AM I ALONE HERE? by Peter Orner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Refreshing, finely turned gems of wit and wisdom from an author who has asked his family to bury him with a 'decent library.'"
A collection of literary tapas. Read full book review >
A Search for Truth by Ernest Honigmann
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"An argument for godlessness that's rational but appropriately humble."
A comprehensive examination and defense of a nondogmatic atheism. Read full book review >
Knife to a Gunfight by Shawn McCraney
RELIGION

"A welcome and fresh contribution to biblical studies."
A debut book presents a provocative reconsideration of the New Testament and institutionalized religion. Read full book review >

A Girl Named Mary by Mary Jo Nickum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2016

"A provocative, intelligently constructed historical exercise."
A fictional imagining of the childhood of Jesus' mother, Mary. Read full book review >
CALIPHATE by Hugh Kennedy
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Enlisting significant Arab-language scholarship, Kennedy provides a carefully calibrated, timely chronicle for nonacademic readers."
A mostly nonpolemical survey of the history of caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intriguing, eye-opening spiritual biography."
Even history's most famous conqueror had a soft side. Read full book review >
Wrestling with God by Barbara Falconer Newhall
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 19, 2015

"A thoughtful, well-written sampling of religious uncertainty."
Newhall explores the porous boundary between skepticism and belief in this debut work of nonfiction. Read full book review >
Looking Forward to Christmas by Karen Meyer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 30, 2015

"Accessible holiday poetry for the younger set."
It's never too early to get ready for Christmas, according to this brisk collection of devotional verse for children. Read full book review >
It's Part of Who I Am by Kay Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A short, intellectually lively spiritual biography."
A woman examines her mother's 45-year hunt for religious truth. Read full book review >
TALKING GOD by Gary Gutting
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An exceptional introduction to the philosophical questions surrounding God and atheism."
Approachable, civilized discussions about the existence of God. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >