THE CHURCH OF MERCY by Pope Francis
RELIGION
Released: April 20, 2014

"Refreshingly humane, focusing on people rather than institutions. Admirers of Francis and students of church history alike will find this a useful introduction to the pontiff's thought."
In a collection whose original Italian publication marks the first year of his papacy, Pope Francis gathers homilies, sermons and brief essays that point to his most important concerns. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 22, 2014

"A fascinating history that, while particularly appealing to those interested in religion, is sure to inform a far wider audience."
An account of the Illinois Mormon settlement Nauvoo and the events that precipitated the church's flight to Utah. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"A brief, useful history of the conquerors who came from East and West to build a series of states that continue the fight to this day."
The author of The Real History Behind the Templars (2007) chronicles how the first two crusades helped establish the face of the Middle East. Read full book review >
RADIANT TRUTHS by Jeff Sharlet
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 29, 2014

"The pieces are heterodox enough to have commonality only insofar as they address questions of the great beyond, but readers will find plenty here to sustain questions—and perhaps even a few answers—of their own."
Sharlet (English/Dartmouth Coll.; Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between, 2011, etc.) assembles a highly literate potpourri of writings about religion, faith and other manifestations of "the production of social life." Read full book review >
STRANGE GLORY by Charles Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"There is no doubt Marsh's portrayal will infuse new controversy into discussions about Bonhoeffer for years to come."
A fresh look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), both intimate and theological. Read full book review >

THE GREAT AND HOLY WAR by Philip Jenkins
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2014

"A work of intensely nuanced research."
A painstaking, densely layered study of the many slippery uses of religion in the making of war. Read full book review >
REDEEMER by Randall Balmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A sympathetic account of a president too often overlooked, embedded in a rethinking of the rise of the religious right."
The words "progressive" and "evangelical" may no longer be thought of together, yet in combination, they shaped Jimmy Carter as a man and president. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 13, 2014

"A fascinating and candid analysis of the process of dying."
Insights into what people experience as they die. Read full book review >
JERUSALEM UNBOUND by Michael Dumper
HISTORY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Dumper's partiality toward the Palestinians is obvious, and this book provides a solid counterpoint to Caroline Glick's recent manifesto, The Israeli Solution."
After almost 25 years of studying Jerusalem, Dumper (Middle East Politics/Univ. of Exeter; The Future for Palestinian Refugees, 2007, etc.) lays out a clear picture, with plenty of maps, showing the rat's maze of boundaries in the holy city. Read full book review >
PILGRIM by Lee Kravitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"An unsatisfying memoir of the search for meaning."
A New Yorker's wandering spiritual memoir. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 3, 2014

"An enlightening examination of identity and the quest for "deep freedom" by a largely misunderstood and marginalized group."
The limits of tolerance and why it isn't enough. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 15, 2014

"Fair but uncompromising, counseling us to slough what William Blake called the " ‘mind-forg'd manacles' of organized religion" and practice something universal: science."
British biologist Jones (Darwin's Island, 2009, etc.) has fun examining miraculous biblical tales with the gimlet eye of science. Read full book review >