Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"A bright light within a dark, deeply distressing time in history."
Zuccotti (Holocaust Odysseys: The Jews of Saint-Martin-Vesubie and Their Flight through France and Italy, 2007, etc.) pursues the undercover work by a French priest in aiding the Jews in Marseille and then Rome elude capture and death by the Nazis during World War II. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2013

"An admirable, worthy message that could be contained on a bumper sticker."
A manifesto for the common good, long on sense, short on inspiration. Read full book review >

ON THE MUSLIM QUESTION by Anne Norton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 28, 2013

"Is there a clash of civilizations, as Samuel Huntington maintained, between the Muslim world and the West? Norton's response will be of interest to students of geopolitics and Islamic studies."
What to do about the Muslims? It's a question, writes Norton (Political Science/Univ. of Pennsylvania; Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire, 2004, etc.), that non-Muslims have been asking, and the answers have been few. Read full book review >
THE GOD ARGUMENT by A.C. Grayling
RELIGION
Released: March 26, 2013

"Mild though the rebuke is, a readable and persuasive argument—if, of course, an exercise in preaching to the choir."
A spirited repudiation of pies and deities in the sky in favor of an ethic that "is about this world." Read full book review >
Heaven's Gold by David McMurtry
RELIGION
Released: March 26, 2013

"A sincere, well-written study of why youth leave religion and how to lure them back."
An accessible, relatable guide for bringing young adults back into the church. Read full book review >

Genius of the Tarot by Vincent Pitisci
RELIGION
Released: March 24, 2013

"A worthy addition to any Tarot library, likely to teach new tricks to even the most experienced readers."
A thought-provoking guide to the Tarot with insights for pros and neophytes alike. Read full book review >
C.S. LEWIS: A LIFE by Alister McGrath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2013

"Dense for general readers but an excellent scholarly read encompassing new ideas for Lewis devotees or those interested in religious argument."
Christian theologian McGrath (Theology and Ministry/King's College London; Mere Apologetics, 2012, etc.) dissects the life of C.S. Lewis 50 years after the author's death, focusing on how his life was impacted by theology and vice versa. Read full book review >
FAST TIMES IN PALESTINE by Pamela J. Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"Where paradox is as common as breathing, Olson discovers a kind of freedom amid the barbed wire. An empathetic, intriguing memoir."
A moving memoir of a young woman's political awakening under occupation. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2013

"A succinct, polemical debate urging the neutralization of the power of this religious minority for the good of Israeli society."
Two engaged journalists offer an anxious look at how the "ultras" gained their troubling political supremacy over a secular state. Read full book review >
ASTONISHED by Beverly Donofrio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2013

"Honest, engaging and cathartic."
Donofrio (Looking for Mary, 2000, etc.) recounts her survival from rape at age 55 and subsequent spiritual journey. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 5, 2013

"A strongly worded polemic on the dangers of defensive exceptionalism."
A prickly, uneven survey of Christian persecution that delves into modern-day fundamentalist intolerance. Read full book review >
BANISHED by Lauren Drain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2013

"A chilling but illuminating account of the inner workings of a hate group and Drain's ultimately successful struggle to free herself."
The inside story of a small hate group that captured big headlines. Read full book review >