Religion Book Reviews (page 6)

Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A flawed but compelling discourse chronicling the "dual dictates of devotion and desire.""
The chance bonding of an outspoken NPR correspondent and a gay priest bridges the gap between faith and sexuality. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A powerful tale of religious beliefs gone awry."
A journalist's engrossing, at times gruesome account of faith-healing abuses within a little-known Christian fundamentalist church. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"A fact-filled, mostly interesting account of Hanukkah's development in the United States."
An American Jewish History editor details the modern development of Hanukkah's rituals and traditions Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A levelheaded work by an author determined to hold the church to its humanitarian ideals."
A wide-ranging survey with many touching stories of the work the Catholic Church has achieved in the developing world: much good, some bad. Read full book review >
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
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 >
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
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 >
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
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
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
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 >