We’re entering holiday season for adherents of many faiths, which felt like the right moment to consider three new books about religion. On our cover this week, Nicholas Kristof reviews the latest by the religious scholar Karen Armstrong, “The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts.” And the religious historian Elaine Pagels looks at two new books, “Religion as We Know It: An Origin Story,” by Jack Miles, and “Believers: Faith in Human Nature,” by Melvin Konner.
For a dose of cheer, check out this week’s special edition of the podcast, which was recorded live at The Times Center, and covers our 10 Best Books of 2019. My fellow editors and I talked about the 10 excellent books that made our final list as well as some personal favorites that didn’t quite make the cut. That’s democracy, alas.
Editor of The New York Times Book Review