Religion Book Reviews (page 9)

Weaving Prayer Into the Tapestry of Life by Martha Graybeal Rowlett
Released: June 26, 2013

"A short but richly pragmatic approach to prayer."
Rowlett (Praying Together, 2002, etc.), a retired Methodist minister and author of four previous books about Christian devotion, offers a helpful, concise guide to prayer. Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 2013

"For true believers only—in atheism, that is. Students of the business of religion will find only occasional pearls."
Middling account of an evangelical's 180, written with the assistance of co-author Brown (Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

Faith, Supernatural Beliefs and Our Symbolic Brain by Herman Kagan
Released: June 20, 2013

"An excellent introduction to the science behind our beliefs."
A cleareyed look at the psychological and biological foundation of supernatural beliefs. Read full book review >
The Ethics of the Faith by Ean W Burchell
Released: June 20, 2013

"Highly readable though not as thorough as other, more in-depth texts."
A skeptical investigation of ethics portrayed in the Old Testament. Read full book review >
CREATION by Adam Rutherford
Released: June 13, 2013

"While it is unlikely that scientists will synthesize a human in the near future, genuinely amazing biology is in the works, and Rutherford delivers a fascinating overview."
The day is nearly here when scientists will create the first purely synthetic life. This prediction turns up regularly, but British science writer and Nature editor Rutherford insists that the time is ripe, and he makes his case with contagious enthusiasm. Read full book review >

WHISPERERS by J.H. Brennan
Released: June 13, 2013

"Certain hokum for skeptics, but the more open-minded will savor this chillingly convincing testimonial."
Prolific Irish author and lecturer Brennan's (Magic & Mysticism in Tibet, 2010, etc.) lifelong fascination with psychic phenomena fuels this comprehensive analysis of potential supernatural influences on history. Read full book review >
MY ISL@M by Amir Ahmad Nasr
Released: June 11, 2013

"A candid, cosmopolitan look at the experience of Islam in the digital age."
Occasionally glib, yet conversational, ultimately endearing account of a Sudanese-born Malaysian youth's reckoning with his inherited Islamic faith through the act of blogging. Read full book review >
SACRED FALL by Jack Weafer
Released: June 10, 2013

A psychotherapist and longtime athlete recounts his spiritual discovery and growth following his traumatic fall into a 50-foot ravine. Read full book review >
GOD REVISED by Galen Guengerich
Released: May 28, 2013

"Guengerich enriches his book with specific human elements drawn from his pastoral career, making it accessible and even evocative. However, he is simply following in the footsteps of thinkers across time who yearned for spirituality but rejected the world of the spirit."
A pastoral look at what "God" means in the face of modernity. Read full book review >
The Sharing by Anne L. Smith
Released: May 23, 2013

"Her admirable humility, along with the advice in her book, will serve as useful guidance for anyone trying to walk a spiritual path."
Messages channeled by Smith provide the basis for this compendium of metaphysical insights and advice for spiritual living. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2013

"A well-intentioned, heartfelt plea for fairness, but one unlikely to change minds."
A lawyer and retired soldier argues that Orthodox Jewish women should be fully included as rabbis, cantors and minyan members. Read full book review >
The Quest For Distinction by Isokari Francis Ololo
Released: May 15, 2013

"Believers may recognize their own Odd or Even behaviors in this succinct portrayal of living a life of faith in the modern world."
In his short guidebook Ololo (The Shepard Leader, 2013), a "Bible-reading, Bible-believing, and Bible-living son of God," offers a concise collection of spiritual wisdom for fellow believers. Read full book review >