Book Reviews

Icons of Hope

John E. Thiel's theological writing has always combined poise and a sense of urgency, and this intricately argued treatise on eternal life is no exception.

The Arsonist

Sue Miller's new novel reminds us, if we needed reminding, of her remarkable achievement in fiction.

Scalia: A Court of One

A biography of the Supreme Court justice that offers us a better view of Scalia’s press clips than of Scalia himself.

Young Catholic America

The fact is: In this discouraging book, the future looks bad for just about every flavor of Catholic.

The News: A User's Manual

Alain de Botton highlights journalism’s function in shaping how we see and experience the world.

Accepting the Disaster

Almost every poem in Joshua Mehigan's collection contains a striking formal moment, where he uses meter or rhyme or line break to do something surprising.

Strange Glory

A rich and detailed account of Bonhoeffer’s immensely eventful life—the personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey that ended in a Nazi concentration camp.

Jesus the Forgiving Victim

Alison is trying to administer a radical corrective to how the faith is often presented, and he backs it up with a sophistication that usually justify his excesses.

Living with a Wild God

A dedicated religious nonbeliever tries to make sense of recurring, “strange” episodes of altered consciousness in her life, episodes similar to those of believers.

The Pope and Mussolini

David Kertzer traces the church’s relationship to Italian fascism through a series of vivid biographical sketches.

The Eclipse of Equality

Solon Simmons sifts through 'Meet the Press's' archive to show how sharply Washington’s conversation over economic equality has changed over seven decades.

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s 'All Joy and No Fun' is more serious than its playful cover implies. Why do people have children at all now that having them is not a necessity?