Request to RR Editorial Board for Reviewer SUGGESTIONS, 3/16 - 3/31/2019

Dear Reading Religion Editorial Board Members,

Thanks to all of you for your continued support in recommending qualified reviewers for our books available for review.  Please take a few minutes to look over the new titles received over the last couple of weeks and suggest potential reviewers.  Remember--summer holidays are fast approaching and we'd like to put a title to review in every scholar's hands before they depart.


Do you know of any newly-published titles that we should have in our inventory but don't?  Please drop us an email at and let us know.

Thank you,

Lisa Haygood, Managing Editor


BOOKS RECEIVED, 3/16/2019 to 3/31/2019

African religions

Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou (Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People). By Roberto Strongman (Duke University Press, 3/29/19).



Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture. By Litian Fang (Routledge, 12/6/18).

Prescribing the Dharma: Psychotherapists, Buddhist Traditions, and Defining Religion. By Ira Helderman (University of North Carolina Press, 3/18/19).

Guardians of the Buddha's Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū (Contemporary Buddhism). By Jessica Starling (University of Hawaii Press, 2/28/19).

Morality and Monastic Revival in Post-Mao Tibet (Contemporary Buddhism). By Jane E. Caple (University of Hawaii Press, 3/31/19).

Soka Gakkai's Human Revolution: The Rise of a Mimetic Nation in Modern Japan (Contemporary Buddhism). By Levi McLaughlin (University of Hawaii Press, 12/31/18).

Efficacious Underworld: The Evolution of Ten Kings Paintings in Medieval China and Korea. By Cheeyun Lilian Kwon (University of Hawaii Press, 2/28/19).

Stages of Meditation: The Buddhist Classic on Training the Mind (Core Teachings of Dalai Lama). By Dalai Lama (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated, 2/19/19).


Christianity (mostly), history of

Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion: Vernacular Writing and the Hussite Movement (The Middle Ages Series). By Marcela K. Perett (University of Pennsylvania Press, 10/12/18).

Documents of the English Reformation: Third Edition. By Gerald Bray (ed) (James Clarke Company, Limited, 1/31/19).

Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. By Steve Heinrichs (ed) (Orbis Books, 2/20/19).

Christians in Caesar's Household: The Emperors' Slaves in the Makings of Christianity. By Michael Flexsenhar III (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2/21/19).

An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity, 2nd Ed. (Introduction to Religion). By Delbert Burkett (Cambridge University Press, 1/31/19).

A Christianity As Distinct Practices: A Complicated Relationship (Rethinking Theologies: Constructing Alternatives in History and Doctrine). By Jan-Olav Henriksen (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 1/10/19).

The Beginnings of the Cult of Relics. By Robert Wiśniewski (Oxford University Press, 2/13/19).


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Space, Time and Resurrection (T&T Clark Cornerstones). By Thomas F. Torrance (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 12/13/18).

Children's Bibles in America: A Reception History of the Story of Noah's Ark in US Children's Bibles (Scriptural Texts). By Russell W. Dalton (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 8/23/18).


Christianity, contemporary

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. By Frederic Martel (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2/21/19).

Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World. By Paul M. Gould (Zondervan, 3/12/19).

Encountering the Sacred: Feminist Reflections on Women's Lives. By Rebecca Todd Peters and Grace Yia-Hei Kao (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/27/18).

The Catholic Church in a Changing World: A Vatican II-Inspired Approach. By Dennis M. Doyle (Anselm Academic, 2/1/19).

The Truth Will Make You Free: The New Evangelization in a Secular Age, A Study in Development. By Robert F. Leavitt (Liturgical Press, 11/15/18).

The People's Faith: The Liturgy of the Faithful in Orthodoxy. By Nicholas E. Denysenko (Lexington Books, 10/19/18).


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture). By Catherine Keller (Columbia University Press, 10/30/18).

Addiction and Pastoral Care. By Sonia E. Waters (Eerdmans Publishing, 2/5/19).


Christianity, theology

Preaching Romans: Four Perspectives. By Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica (eds) (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2/19/19).

Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation. By Jerry L. Walls and Kenneth J. Collins (Baker Academic, 10/17/17).

Gospel Witness: Evangelism in Word and Deed. By David M. Gustafson (Eerdmans, 2/14/19).

On Animals: Volume II, Theological Ethics. By David L. Clough (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/27/18).

Sin, Grace and Free Will: A Historical Survey of Christian Thought (Volume 2, From Anselm to the Reformation). By Matthew Knell (James Clarke Company, Limited, 1/24/19).

We Were All in Adam: The Unity of Mankind in Adam in the Teaching of the Church Fathers. By Marta Przyszychowska (De Gruyter GmbH, 9/11/18).

Christianity, theology

Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence. By Natalia Kohn Rivera, Noemi Vega Qui̱ñones and Kristy Garza Robinsonn (InterVarsity Press, 1/15/19).

Intercultural Theology, Volume 2: Theologies of Mission (Missiological Engagements). By Henning Wrogemann (InterVarsity Press, 1/9/18).


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Mediatized Religion in Asia: Studies on Digital Media and Religion (Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia). By Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and Xenia Zeiler (eds) (Routledge, 12/6/18).

Placing Ancient Texts: The Ritual and Rhetorical Use of Space (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism). By Mika Ahuvia and Alexander Kocar (eds) (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 1/1/19).

Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible. By Debbie Blue (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 3/7/19).

World Religions: Western Traditions, 5th Ed.. By Amir Hussain, Roy C. Amore and Willard Oxtoby (eds) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 9/15/18).


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Religious and Philosophical Traditions of Korea. By Kevin Cawley (Routledge, 3/25/19).

World Religions: Eastern Traditions, 5th Ed.. By Roy C. Amore, Amir Hussain and Willard Oxtoby (eds) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 9/17/18).


Indigenous Religions

Vodún: Secrecy and the Search for Divine Power (Contemporary Ethnography). By Timothy R. Landry (University of Pennsylvania Press, 11/23/18).



Moving in and Out of Islam. By Karin van Nieuwkerk (ed) (University of Texas Press, 12/5/18).

Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East). By Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid (eds) (Syracuse University Press, 2/11/19).

175 Years of Persecution: A History of the Babis and Baha'is of Iran. By Fereydun Vahman (Oneworld Publications, 2/21/19).

The Shias of Pakistan: An Assertive and Beleaguered Minority. By Andreas Rieck (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/1/19).



Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century. By Alexandra Popoff (Yale University Press, 3/26/19).

Gastronomic Judaism as Culinary Midrash. By Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus (Lexington Books, 10/29/18).

Jews in Arab Countries: The Great Uprooting (Studies in Antisemitism). By Georges Bensoussan (Indiana University Press, 3/4/19).

Arabs and Jews in Ottoman Palestine: Two Worlds Collide (Perspectives on Israel Studies). By Alan Dowty (Indiana University Press, 2/1/19).


Philosophy of Religion

The Dialectical Self: Kierkegaard, Marx, and the Making of the Modern Subject. By Jamie Aroosi (University of Pennsylvania Press, 10/12/18).

Reason Turned into Sense: John Smith on Spiritual Sensation (Studies in Philosophical Theology). By Derek Michaud (ISD Distributor of Scholarly Books, 6/15/17).

Nietzsche and Other Buddhas: Philosophy after Comparative Philosophy (World Philosophies). By Jason M. Wirth (Indiana University Press, 3/4/19).


Religion & Literature

Journeys to the Underworld and Heavenly Realm in Ancient and Medieval Literature. By John C. Stephens (McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers, 2/8/19).


Religion & Politics

Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom (Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society). By Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama (Cambridge University Press, 2/28/19).

The Lions' Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky. By Susie Linfield (Yale University Press, 3/26/19).


Religion & Science

Unnatural Theology: Religion, Art and Media after the Death of God (Political Theologies). By Charlie Gere (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/13/18).

Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences (Religion and the University). By Zöe Lehmann Imfeld and Andreas Losch (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 12/27/18).

The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies (Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation). By D. Jason Slone and William W. McCorkle, Jr. (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic, 1/10/19).


Religion in North America

A Saint of Our Own: How a Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American. By Kathleen Sprows Cummings (University of North Carolina Press, 4/8/19).

Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali. By Randal Maurice Jelks (Bloomsbury Academic, 1/10/19).


Religion, Art, & Music

Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Routledge Research in Art and Religion). By Susan L. Green (Routledge, 10/1/18).

Imagery, Ritual, and Birth: Ontology between the Sacred and the Secular. By Anna Hennessey (Lexington Books, 12/11/18).

The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape (Routledge Studies in Religion). By Darryl Caterine and John Morehead (eds) (Routledge, 3/4/19).

The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater (Jews in Eastern Europe). By Alyssa Quint (Indiana University Press, 1/24/19).

Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America: Restoring the Synagogue Soundtrack. By Judah M. Cohen (Indiana University Press, 2/14/19).

Jewish Difference and the Arts in Vienna: Composing Compassion in Music and Biblical Theater (German Jewish Cultures). By Caroline A. Kita (Indiana University Press, 2/14/19).


BOOKS REVIEWED, 3/16/2019 to 3/31/2019


Repentance Ritual of the Emperor of Liang. By Buddhist Text Translation Society (Buddhist Text Translation Society, 11/1/16). Reviewed by John L. Thompson.


Christianity (mostly), history of

City of Saints: Rebuilding Rome in the Early Middle Ages (The Middle Ages Series). By Maya Maskarinec (University of Pennsylvania Press, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Michele Salzman.

Methodist Worship: Mediating the Wesleyan Liturgical Heritage (Routledge Methodist Studies Series). By R. Matthew Sigler (Routledge, 6/27/18). Reviewed by Martin V. Clarke.

Luther, Conflict, and Christendom: Reformation Europe and Christianity in the West. By Christopher Ocker (Cambridge University Press, 8/31/18). Reviewed by Jarrett A. Carty.

Jesus: A Very Brief History (Very Brief Histories). By Helen K. Bond (Society for Promoting Christian, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Julius-Kei Kato.


Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

New Creation: A Primer on Living in the Time Between the Times. By Rodney Clapp (Cascade Books, 8/15/18). Reviewed by Daniel M. Bell.

Reading Mark's Christology under Caesar: Jesus the Messiah and Roman Imperial Ideology. By Adam Winn (InterVarsity Press, 9/18/18). Reviewed by Daniel B. Glover.

American Slavery and the Immediate Duty of Southern Slaveholders: A Transcription of Eli Washington Caruthers’s Unpublished Manuscript against Slavery . By Jack R. Davidson (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 7/11/18). Reviewed by Stephen R. Haynes.


Christianity, contemporary

Latino Protestants in America: Growing and Diverse. By Mark T. Mulder, Aida I. Ramos, and Gerardo Marti (eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, 3/9/17). Reviewed by Jonathan Calvillo.

Evangelical Scholarship, Retrospects and Prospects: Essays in Honor of Stanley N. Gundry. By Verlyn Verbrugge (Zondervan, 12/12/17). Reviewed by Daniel Roeber.

This Is Our Message: Women's Leadership in the New Christian Right. By Emily S. Johnson (Oxford University Press, 1/4/19). Reviewed by L. Benji Rolsky.

Still Evangelical?: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning. By Mark Labberton (ed) (IVP Books, 1/23/18). Reviewed by Michael Laffin.


Christianity, ethics and social justice

Gay on God's Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities. By Jonathan S. Coley (University of North Carolina Press, 3/5/18). Reviewed by Philip Francis.

Scripture and Social Justice: Catholic and Ecumenical Essays. By Anathea E. Portier-Young and Gregory E. Sterling (eds) (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 8/10/18). Reviewed by Taylor Kerby.

Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Ricon Pentecostal Drug Ministries. By Helena Hansen (University of California Press, 4/24/18). Reviewed by Alejandro Stephano Escalante.

One in Christ: Chicago Catholics and the Quest for Interracial Justice. By Karen J. Johnson (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Cecilia Moore.


Christianity, theology

Pentecostalism: Insights from Africa and the African Diaspora. By Clifton R. Clarke (Cascade Books, 5/24/18). Reviewed by Katerina Hatzikidi.

Redeeming Relationship, Relationships That Redeem: Free Sociability and the Completion of Humanity in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher (Religion in Philosophy and Theology). By Matthew Ryan Robinson (Mohr Siebek, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Andrew Dole.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Postsecular Feminisms: Religion and Gender in Transnational Context . By Nandini Deo (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 7/26/18). Reviewed by Simi K. Salim.

Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World Religions. By Irfan A. Omar and Michael K. Duffey (eds) (Wiley-Blackwell, 6/22/15). Reviewed by Pamela Couture.

Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time. By Sophie Seebach and Rane Willerslev (eds) (Berghahn Books, Incorporated, 7/1/18). Reviewed by Cynthia Hogan.


Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison. By Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2/14/18). Reviewed by Shifa Noor.

Friendship across Religions: Theological Perspectives on Interreligious Friendship (Interreligious Reflections). By Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.) (Wipf and Stock, 8/8/18). Reviewed by Rachel Rupprecht.


East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Philosophers of the Warring States: A Sourcebook of Chinese Philosophy. By Kurtis Hagen and Steve Coutinho (eds) (Broadview Press, 10/5/18). Reviewed by Jiangxue Han.

A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital (Bloomsbury Shinto Studies). By Mark Teeuwen and John Breen (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/9/17). Reviewed by Alexander Sogo.


Indigenous Religions

Restoring the Chain of Memory: T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge. By James L. Cox (Equinox Publishing Limited, 2/1/18). Reviewed by Liam T. Sutherland.



Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. By Omid Safi (Yale University Press, 5/22/2018). Reviewed by Ilma Qureshi.



Pennies for Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life). By Daniel Judson (Brandeis University Press, 6/1/2018). Reviewed by Matthew Brittingham.

Modernism Without Jews? German-Jewish Subjects and Histories (German Jewish Cultures). By Scott Spector (Indiana University Press, 9/25/17). Reviewed by Bruce Rosenstock.

Medical Imperialism in French North Africa: Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis (France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization Series). By Richard C. Parks (University of Nebraska Press, 10/1/17). Reviewed by Aimée Israel-Pelletier.

Homelands and Diasporas: Perspectives on Jewish Culture in the Mediterranean. By Dario Miccoli, Marcella Simoni and Giorgia Foscarini (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Aimée Israel-Pelletier.

Daughters in the Hebrew Bible. By Kimberly D. Russaw (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 3/15/2018). Reviewed by Cynthia Cameron.

Early Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship (Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century). By Frederick E. Greenspahn (ed) (New York University Press, 7/17/18). Reviewed by Nathalie LaCoste.

Turning Points in Jewish History. By Marc J. Rosenstein (The Jewish Publication Society, 7/1/18). Reviewed by Marie Nuar.


Philosophy of Religion

Hegel's Interpretation of the Religions of the World: The Logic of the Gods. By Jon Stewart (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 11/20/18). Reviewed by Nickolas Roubekas.

What Is Ethically Demanded? K. E. Løgstrup's Philosophy of Moral Life. By Hans Fink and Robert Stern (eds.) (University of Notre Dame Press, 6/15/17). Reviewed by Marcia C. Robinson.

Atheism and Agnosticism (Elements in the Philosophy of Religion). By Graham Oppy (Cambridge University Press, 5/17/18). Reviewed by Dan Baras.


Religion & Literature

Ellipsis...The Collected Writings of Charles H. Long. By Charles H. Long (ed) (Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2/22/18). Reviewed by L. Benji Rolsky.


Religion & Politics

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage. By Stephen Prothero (HarperOne, 1/19/16). Reviewed by Aaron W. Sizer.


Religion & Science

Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life . By Ted Peters, Martinez Hewlett, Joshua M. Moritz and Robert John Russell (eds) (Cascade Books, 7/12/18). Reviewed by Andreas Losch.

Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture (Routledge Studies in Religion and Digital Culture). By Amanda Lagerkvist (ed) (Routledge, 7/30/18). Reviewed by Randall W. Reed.


Religion in North America

Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. By Sylvia Chan-Malik (New York University Press, 6/26/18). Reviewed by Iman AbdoulKarim.

North American Churches and the Cold War. By Paul B. Mojzes (Editor) (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Lauren Turek.


Religion, Art, & Music

Jonathan's Loves, David's Laments: Gay Theology, Musical Desires, and Historical Difference. By Dirk von der Horst (Pickwick Publishers, 3/24/17). Reviewed by Jennifer Rycenga.