Boswell’s Enlightenment, by Robert Zaretsky

James Boswell, best known as Samuel Johnson’s biographer, was a lifelong seeker of truth. He struggled to put together his Calvinist religious heritage with the insights and perspectives of the Enlightenment. From 1763 to 1765 he toured Europe not just to see the historic sites but to encounter some of its greatest living thinkers, among them Rous­seau and Voltaire.

Unjustifiable acts

More religious people support torture under Obama than they did under Bush. In this context, Rebecca Gordon's book is required reading.

The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

Brian Steensland and Philip Goff's valuable anthology addresses a topic that usually flies under the media's radar: "new" evangelicals' progressive social engagement.

Feasting on the Word, by David L. Bartlett and Carol Bartlett

The Bartletts view the children’s sermon as an integral part of worship, not just an add-on to entertain the children briefly.

Latino Pentecostals in America, by Gastón Espinosa

Histories of U.S. Pentecostalism have long focused on two narratives: black and white. Gastón Espinosa looks instead at Latino Pentecostals.