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  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, July 9, 2014

    Alejandro Jodorowsky's film 'The Dance of Reality' is based on his unorthodox autobiography; Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham offer imperfectly wise stories and parables

  • PW Talks with Gustav Niebuhr: The Story of an Unknown Hero

    In 'Lincoln's Bishop,' Gustav Niebuhr tells the compelling story of Henry Benjamin Whipple, who spoke out against injustice toward Native Americans during the 19th century.

  • Religion Update Fall 2014: The Good, the Alien, the Secular

    Fall religion, in not so many words: still too many pastors; religion is still bad for you and the world (Christopher Hitchens has even come back from the dead, via previously unpublished essays, to remind us of this); Pope Francis still looks promising.

  • Driscoll Rift Stories Not True, Tyndale Says

    In spite of news stories citing a rift between Tyndale House Publishers and controversial pastor Mark Driscoll, the publisher stated on Tuesday that the relationship is still intact.

  • Christian Retail Show Flat; Reinvention on the Table

    The International Christian Retail Show met June 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga., and the CBA is reporting that total attendance at the event was flat. Although many exhibitors had downsized their presence on the floor, others cited good traffic and the importance of the show for conducting their international rights business.

  • Fiction at ICRS: Awards to Celebrate while Publishers Trim Efforts

    Even while publishers at the International Christian Retail Show celebrated top books in Christian fiction, publishing programs are being cut back in this crowded category.

  • Terry Eagleton: A Late-Life Return to Religion

    Terry Eagleton is a bookseller's nightmare. "They simply don't know where to put me," he says. With good reason: the pre-eminent cultural critic and distinguished professor has written on cultural theory, politics, and history, as well as a memoir and a novel. In recent years, his attention has returned to religion.

  • Direct-to-Digital Christian Fiction Picks Up Steam

    Christian publishers are experimenting with digital publishing, trying out serializations, separate digital-first lists, and more. The key, publishers have found, is flexibility.

  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, June 25, 2014

    An Amish weekend; Catholic Press Association selects best books; awards and honors.

  • PW Talks with Don Piper: '90 Minutes in Heaven' Celebrates 10 Years

    Don Piper’s car was hit by a truck in 1989, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Piper wrote about what happened next in the bestselling "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life," which paved the way for other recent bestsellers recounting glimpses of the afterlife.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, June 25, 2014

    Beyonce's pastor writes about love; liberation theologian Leonardo Boff assesses Pope Francis.

  • Minka Disbrow, Mother Who Never Gave Up, Dies at 102

    Minka Disbrow, the mother separated from her daughter by adoption who spent nearly 80 years searching for her, has died at the age of 102. Disbrow’s story was told in a May 2014 book, 'The Waiting: A True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up,' by her granddaughter, Cathy LaGrow.

  • Dan Brown Interviewed by NPR at Mark Twain House Benefit

    Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code” and current bestseller “Inferno,” was interviewed June 7 by NPR's John Dankosky at a benefit for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn. The conversation turned to religion and science, topics Brown has dealt with in his novels.

  • Family Christian Stores Names New CEO

    Family Christian Stores, the largest Christian retail chain in the U.S., has appointed Charles Bengochea as president and CEO, succeeding Cliff Bartow, who is retiring after 11 years at the helm.

  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, June 11, 2014

    Bruderhof magazine back in print; a signal anniversary for women in ministry; readers join authors online and on the water; publishing seminar offered; awards and honors.

  • Jon Sweeney: A Life in Books and On the Move

    Jon Sweeney's religious evolution has been as peripatetic as his writing and publishing careers. From evangelical to Episcopal to Catholic (and married to a rabbi); from bookseller to publisher to author, his love of religions and thirst for learning have kept him on the move.

  • Religion On-Sale Calendar: June 2014

    Significant religion books publishing in June.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, June 11, 2014

    Starred review for a historian's thoughtful, humorous memoir of his Mormon missionary youth; Christian pastor Bill Hybels offers strategies for simplifying life.

  • PW Talks with Joseph Telushkin: Legacy of the Rebbe

    In his new biography of Menachem M. Schneerson, Joseph Telushkin offers admiring but clear-eyed insight into the life and legacy of the 7th Rebbe of the Lubavitch Chabad movement and explains why the Rebbe is still such a presence in the Chasidic world, 20 years after his death.

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