The Great Reformer, by Austen Ivereigh

Austen Ivereigh's book on Francis has caused some controversy. It's also the most important biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio yet published.

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, by Amy Plantinga Pauw

These two biblical books may be “loose cannons in the canon,” but Pauw makes a case for how they are as relevant now as ever. The sages of Israel demonstrated an openness to learning from the wisdom traditions of their neighbors, an example from which we can learn, given the religious pluralism that marks our time.

All the reform possible

It’s easy to imagine health-care reform that does more than the ACA. It's almost impossible to see it getting enacted, as Steven Brill's book reminds us.

Faith and Wisdom in Science, by Tom McLeish

Why do scientists turn to questions traditionally reserved for the humanities? Tom McLeish argues for a deep kinship between the two spheres.

The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology, by Anthony C. Thiselton

This doorstop of a reference book was written entirely by Thiselton, professor emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham. The single authorship has the advantage of yielding a consistent style, but compared to multiauthor works, it lacks the expertise of specialists on the various topics. Most of the entries are quite short.