True and Holy, by Leo D. Lefebure

Engagement in serious, respectful conversation with other religious traditions is important and urgent. Leo Lefebure details why it’s also difficult.

Doctrine’s many lives

Christine Helmer’s important new book has an unusual literary feature: its titular character is killed off not once, but twice.

Narcissism is normal

David McCullough Jr.’s view of narcissism is a familiar one among the professional classes. As an angle on our age, Elizabeth Lunbeck finds it blinding.

Gabriel: A Poem, by Edward Hirsch

Hirsch writes a book-length lament in verse for his son, who died at age 22 from a drug overdose. Gabriel was diagnosed with one mental disorder after another. One doctor told Hirsch, “Think of the brain as a switchboard. . . .