Religion Book Reviews

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Poems that promise bliss and deliver more often than one might expect."
A breathless, ambitious poetry book about the wonders of this world and the joys that lie beyond it. Read full book review >
DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intimate and powerful book from what is hopefully only the first of many Saudi voices to speak out."
Inside the walls of segregation and oppression dictating the lives of Saudi women. Read full book review >

MIND, WORLD, GOD by Tam Hunt
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"This engrossing work defies the New Age stereotype by offering a lucid and intelligent discussion of humanity's place in the universe."
A book delivers a message of harmony in a world torn between science and faith. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >
PRIESTDADDY by Patricia Lockwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A linguistically dexterous, eloquently satisfying narrative debut."
A noted young poet unexpectedly boomerangs back into her parents' home and transforms the return into a richly textured story of an unconventional family and life. Read full book review >

HAIL JUDEAS CAESAR by Ryan Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 3016

"An inventive and impressively researched alternative account of the influence of Rome on the genesis of Christianity."
A debut revisionist historical novel imagines a political interpretation of Jesus' ministry and the birth of Christianity. Read full book review >
TELL THEM ABOUT MY LOVE by Milly McDaniel
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"A heartfelt series of Christian meditations, heavy on both Scripture and uplift."
A series of emotionally charged personal readings of Christian Scripture. Read full book review >
HIDDEN ONES by Marcia Fine
HISTORY
Released: March 15, 2017

"A superb read about the sufferings of a crypto-Jewish matriarch in the 17th century."
This saga of crypto-Jews (conversos) during the Inquisition in Mexico holds lessons and warnings for all.Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 12, 2016

"A lively, invaluable, and evaluative Bible reference work, for both believers and nonbelievers."
A debut book offers a comprehensive historical analysis of the events of the Old Testament. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >