Religion Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
WHIRLWIND by Milton P. Horne
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"Frank, engaging discussion of the book of Job's poetic and theological complexities."
A fresh commentary about Job, one of the most puzzling books of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"Bennoune, and those she profiles, bravely meets the tide of extremism with a sense of shared community and nonviolent purpose."
A human rights lawyer scours the global hotspots for stories of Muslim push back to fundamentalism. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"A strange, unsettling account of the supernatural events in a Christian visionary's life."
In Huntte's first memoir in a planned series of six volumes, a Christian from Virginia tells how she was covenanted—i.e., chosen and spoken to by God. Read full book review >
FORGET THE CORSAGE by Ginger Ciminello
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"A reflective, persuasive look at spiritual development for young Christian women, told by someone who's been there."
In her debut nonfiction work, Ciminello offers wisdom for teenage girls and young women based on Christian spirituality. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation."
Former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession, 2008) may have felt he would need to achieve immortality in order to write this comprehensive, busy book, which bulges with the results of his reading, interviewing and traveling. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A LATTER-DAY VIRGIN by Nicole Hardy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A searching, sensual celebration of one woman's struggle for identity and autonomy."
A poet and essayist's candid account of how she came to painful terms with her sexuality and her Mormon faith. Read full book review >
THE TRAGEDY OF THE TEMPLARS by Michael Haag
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A solid picture of the Templars but a difficult read, with enemies coming from all directions. Be prepared to read it twice and take notes."
A long, complicated history of the Knights Templars in the Middle East. Read full book review >
THE HAPPY ATHEIST by PZ Myers
RELIGION
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Unlikely to change a single mind or cause even the slightest shift in perspective."
This series of scattershot attacks on all varieties of religion suggests that it's as pointless to argue with a true nonbeliever as it is with a true believer. Read full book review >