HOW THE BIBLE BECAME HOLY by Michael L. Satlow
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Regardless of the reader's familiarity with the material, the author's expertise cannot be doubted."
Satlow (Religious and Judaic Studies/Brown Univ.; The Gift in Antiquity, 2013) explores the holy writings of the Bible back more than 10,000 years. Read full book review >
AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY by Stephen Cox
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2014

"An uncomplicated, evenhanded work. From hymns to architecture to personalities, American Christianity is simply "unpredictable.""
An optimistic, nonpolemical snapshot of the plethora of Christian denominations in America. Read full book review >

WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD by Amir D. Aczel
RELIGION
Released: April 15, 2014

"Aczel dislikes atheists and often descends to their derisive debating points (e.g., religions sponsor charities; atheists don't), but he skillfully combines his specialty and good science to support, without actually proving, the existence of a Creator."
Mathematician Aczel (A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians, 2011, etc.) debated atheist Richard Dawkins in 2010. Here, he presents his arguments, and prominent atheists, Dawkins above all, do not come out well. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL MISFIT by Michelle DeRusha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An intermittently rambling book that may nevertheless serve as a potent source of inspiration for the spiritually and religiously inclined."
A slight memoir detailing one soul-searching woman's rekindling of her religious faith. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH A WILD GOD by Barbara Ehrenreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A powerful, honest account of a lifelong attempt to understand that will please neither theists nor atheists."
In 1959, the 16-year-old author had an ineffable vision, which she here contextualizes and attempts to understand. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 8, 2014

"There is a disconnect between the gravitas of the surname Tutu in relationship to what is basically a self-help book. Tutu's No Future Without Forgiveness (1999) is a far weightier and more worthy discussion of the topic."
A practical call for forgiveness from people who learned it the hard way. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 7, 2014

"Solid research with wide appeal."
Intriguing exploration of how the Buddha's story was appropriated across languages and cultures into a legendary Christian saint. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2014

"A best-seller in Canada, where it was published in 2008, and doubtless destined to produce both heat and light on this more orthodox side of the border."
A mildly phrased though decidedly controversial manifesto from Toronto-based pastor Vosper, calling for new practices "to keep the church alive." Read full book review >
EXODUS by Deborah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"An enthralling account of how one Orthodox Jewish woman turned her back on her religion and found genuineness and validity in her new life."
One woman's search to understand herself and her Jewish heritage. Read full book review >
CULTURE AND THE DEATH OF GOD by Terry Eagleton
RELIGION
Released: March 25, 2014

"Now that the West is colliding with a resurgent Islam for which God is very much alive, Eagleton's insights are particularly timely."
"Atheism is by no means as easy as it looks," insists prolific author Eagleton (Literature/Univ. of Lancaster; Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
A CALL TO ACTION by Jimmy Carter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"The overall effect is one of well-meaning but fuzzy prescription, less rigorous than this difficult subject requires."
The former president and indefatigable humanitarian writes again, this time linking worldly woes that "fall disproportionately on women and girls." Read full book review >
THE ARK BEFORE NOAH by Irving Finkel
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Under the tutelage of a clever scholar, a cuneiform tablet brings to life an ancient world and the genesis of a great biblical story."
The ubiquitous tale of the Great Flood was not new to the writers of Genesis. Finkel, the assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and culture at the British Museum, offers some fresh particulars about the source of the biblical story. Read full book review >