Spirituality & Religion

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LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, December 2017

A thoughtful Strange Journey for anyone who has ever viewed organized religion as spiritually repressive; a must-read for lovers of world literature and the art of translation; the essential coach’s handbook—Grow Wherever You Work; this upbeat book offers a nonjudgmental and flexible guide to making healthy changes

Philosophy & Ethics, Community & Belief, Church History, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

THIS SEASON’S PICKS start off with different perspectives on philosophy and ethics. John Stackhouse’s latest presents an evangelical Protestant indebted to theological ethicists, while Nicholas Austin offers a solid dialog between medieval theological ethics and virtue theory. Also spotlighted are memoirs in which belief has played an integral part of people’s lives.

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Shida’s book is mindful, challenging knitting at its best; Page’s illustrated resource explores the territory of cuisine beyond the restraints of recipe; excellent in terms of getting the “inside scoop” on the White House and training oneself to deal with all kinds of people; Tong offers a charming book about a second-generation American’s search for his family and himself in contemporary China

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

This valuable and much-needed anthology is highly recommended for readers interested in folklore and African American history; a vital resource for writers and readers seeking a comprehensive exploration of the life cycle of the book; Murad provides a rare glimpse into the rich culture of the Yazidi; terrific new tools for both new and experienced dog owners; an engrossing cautionary tale for lovers of nature and the Great Lakes in particular

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, October 15, 2017

This large-format global selection should fascinate readers with a taste for architecture, landscape architecture, and/or the environment; Ehrman’s lively and thoroughly researched volume is bound to become a standard text on early church history; autumn memoir picks—something to interest anyone; for aficionados of business and technology history, this volume is worth the investment

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

May Morris is an excellent resource for art history students but may be too specific for public libraries; new photography titles explore the essentials of the medium; highly recommended presidential picks; an affecting and personal look into the experiences of minor migrants; chef Waters comes of age in Coming to My Senses

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, September 15, 2017

Bunny Mellon‘s story presents keen insights into the complex fabric of American culture and history; Creating Great Choiceswill improve anyone’s career; this useful guide to Garden Renovation is an excellent resource for the casual or inexperienced gardener and particularly new homeowners

Martin Luther, Secularism, Ancient Christianity, Kahlil Gibran, Faith Journeys | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

Arjana provides a fascinating guide to a vibrant and dynamic tradition; an excellent entry point into Wright’s books on biblical theology; the power of Coles’s book is his honest battle with faith and identity politics; The Unreformed Martin Luther offers an entertaining read with a serious purpose for those interested in the early Protestant Reformation

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, August 2017

A beautiful representation of Dutch painting and Vermeer; top football titles for summer/fall; major poets on the human experience; a Cold War espionage story that seems implausible but is still true; an enchanting book on the Himalayas and Indian culture; a vibrant and dynamic Pilgrimage in Islam; Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned species

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography