Religion Book Reviews (page 6)

THE HISTORICAL DAVID by Joel Baden
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"This unflattering portrait of King David is a hard pill to swallow."
Following the lead of other scholars seeking to recreate history as portrayed in the Bible, Baden (Old Testament/Yale Divinity School; The Promise to the Patriarchs, 2013, etc.) sets out to thoroughly upend the story of King David. Read full book review >
DARLING by Richard Rodriguez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"With compassion and profundity of vision, Rodriguez offers a compelling view of modern spirituality that is as multifaceted as it is provocative."
An acclaimed gay intellectual and journalist's musings on the state of and interrelationship among Christianity, Judaism and Islam in the post-9/11 digital age. Read full book review >

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S QUR'AN by Denise A. Spellberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2013

"Meticulous research and a well-structured text combine in this important study of the early American political leaders and their convictions regarding religious and social tolerance."
The intriguing story of Thomas Jefferson and his reading of the holy book of Islam. Read full book review >
Chillin' With Your Daddy God by Vincent C. Grote
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 2, 2013

"A casual, humorous boost for day-to-day spirituality."
A relaxed, affirming daily devotional for today's Christian readers. Read full book review >
BAND OF ANGELS by Kate Cooper
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Engaging reading for specialists and general readers alike."
A distinguished ancient historian's elegant study of the extraordinary women who helped lay the foundations of the early Christian church. Read full book review >

UNSCROLLED by Roger  Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Sketchy Bible study with a self-indulgent, frisky class."
Some young writers and artists offer, to varying effect, their original takes on traditional study of the Hebrew Bible. Read full book review >
KILLING JESUS by Bill O'Reilly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A pleasing read if you're inclined toward the authors' selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine."
Conservative commentator O'Reilly, working with frequent collaborator Dugard (Killing Kennedy, 2012, etc.), settles on yet another liberal victim of politically motivated killing. Read full book review >
SILENCE by Diarmaid MacCulloch
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"MacCulloch has bitten off more than most readers will want to chew."
MacCulloch (History of the Church/Oxford Univ.; Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, 2011, etc.) takes on the difficult task of discovering the history of silence in the Christian faith. Read full book review >
BUT WHERE IS THE LAMB? by James Goodman
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A well-researched and stirring account of how various communities, scholars and artists interpret the willingness to sacrifice life for God."
Goodman (History and Nonfiction Writing/Rutgers Univ.; Blackout, 2003, etc.) recounts the body of knowledge gleaned from his obsession with the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac (the Akedah). Read full book review >
THE RAINBOROWES by Adrian Tinniswood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An extraordinary glimpse into a pivotal epoch in Western history."
A marvelously rendered tale of how one extended family helped shape, and was shaped by, the England and New England of the 1600s. Read full book review >
THE DARK PATH by David Schickler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"With this memoir, he does just that."
A memoir focusing on the passage from boyhood to manhood and from confusion to understanding.Fiction author Schickler (Sweet and Vicious, 2004, etc.) tackles the truth of his own life and the path he traveled through religion, confusion, depression and women to accomplish his goals. Read full book review >
REVOLUTIONARY IRAN by Michael Axworthy
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A wide-ranging, sympathetic presentation that explains much about the country, especially the reasons for its dislike of the United States and U.K."
Lucid exploration of a nation caught between two seemingly contradictory ideals: democracy on one hand and Islamic fundamentalism on the other. Read full book review >