Book and Film Reviews

Scholars interested in reviewing a book or film can consult our AnthroCyBib – Reviewer Guidelines. The index of reviews below is arranged alphabetically by author’s last name.


Anidjar, Gil. 2014. Blood: A Critique of Christianity. Religion, Culture, and Public Life. New York: Columbia University Press. By: Sonja Luehrmann (Simon Fraser University)

Appadurai, Arjun. 2013. The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition. London, New York: Verso. By: Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh)

Asad, Talal, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, & Saba Mahmood. 2013. Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury & Free Speech. Second Revised Edition. New York: Fordham University Press. By: Brian Howell (Wheaton College)

Ault, James. 2013. African Christianity Rising: Christianity’s Explosive Growth in Africa. Northampton, MA: James Ault Productions. By: Adriaan van Klinken (University of Leeds) 


Barber, Daniel Colucciello. 2011. On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity. Eugene, Or.: Cascade Books. By: Jon Bialecki (University of California, San Diego/University of Edinburgh)

Bialecki, Jon. 2017. A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press. By: Timothy Carroll (University College, London) with Author Response.

Becker, Adam. 2015. Revival and Awakening: American Evangelical Missionaries in Iran and the Origins of Assyrian Nationalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. By: Secil Dagtas (University of Waterloo)

Blanton, Anderson. 2015. Hittin’ the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South. Chapel Hill: UNC Press. By: James S. Bielo (Miami University)

Bowler, Kate.  2013.  Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  By: Martin Lindhardt (University of Southern Denmark)

Boyd, Lydia.  2015. Preaching prevention: born-again Christianity and the moral politics of AIDS in Uganda. Athens: University of Ohio Press. By: Anna Eisenstein (University of Virginia)

Brown, Candy Gunther. 2012. Testing Prayer: Science and Healing. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. By: Anna I. Corwin (UCLA)

Bruner, Jason. 2017. Living Salvation in the East African Revival in Uganda. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. By: Emma Wild-Wood (University of Edinburgh)

Burdick, John. 2013. The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil. New York: NYU Press. By: James S. Bielo (Miami University)


Cahn, Peter S. 2011. Direct Sales and Direct Faith in Latin America. By: Rebecca Bartel (University of Toronto)

Cao, Nanlai. 2011. Constructing China’s Jerusalem: Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou. Stanford: Stanford University Press. By: Steve Hu (University of California, Santa Barbara)


DeRogatis, Amy. 2014. Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. By: Sophie Bjork-James (Vanderbilt University)

Dugan, Katherine. 2019. Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. By: Annie Blazer (College of William and Mary)


Faubion, James D. 2011. An Anthropology of Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. By: Anna Strhan (University of Kent)


Gifford, Paul. 2004. Ghana’s New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy. By: Joel Robbins (University of California, San Diego)

Guadeloupe, Francio. 2009. Chanting Down the New Jerusalem: Calypso, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Caribbean. Berkeley: University of California Press. By: Brian Howell (Wheaton College)


Hackworth, Jason. 2012. Faith Based: Religious Neoliberalism and the Politics of Welfare in the United States. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. By: Amy E. Fisher (University of Toronto)

Halemba, Agnieszka. 2015. Negotiating Marian Apparitions: The Politics of Religion in Transcarpathian Ukraine. Budapest: Central European Press. By: Sonja Luehrmann (Simon Fraser University)

Haynes, Naomi. 2016. Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt. Berkeley: University of California Press. By: Casey Golomski (University of New Hampshire)

Heuser, Andreas, ed. 2015. Pastures of Plenty: Tracing Religio-Scapes of Prosperity Gospel in Africa and Beyond. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. By: Hans Olsson (Lund University)

Howell, Brian. 2012. Short-Term Mission: An Ethnography of Christian Travel Narrative and Experience. Downers Groves, Illinois: IVP Academic Press. By: Joshua Brahinksy (University of California, Santa Cruz)


Johnson, Jessica. 2018. Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Evangelical Empire. Durham: Duke University Press. By: Brendan Jamal Thornton (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)


Kaell, Hillary. 2014. Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage. New York: NYU Press. By: Jackie Feldman (Ben Gurion University)

Kidula, Jean Ngoya. 2013. Music in Kenyan Christianity: Logooli Religious Song. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. By: Katrien Pype (Leuven University, University of Birmingham)


Larsen, Timothy. 2014. The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith. Oxford: Oxford University Press. By: T.M. Luhrmann (Stanford University)

Lauterbach, Karen.  2017.  Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghana.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan. By: Girish Daswani (University of Toronto)

Luhrmann, T.M. 2012. When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. By: Nofit Itzhak (University of California, San Diego)


Mayblin, Maya. 2010. Gender, Catholicism, and Morality in Brazil: Virtuous Husbands, Powerful Wives. New York: MacMillan. By: Astrid Grue (University of Copenhagen)

Meneses, Eloise and David Bronkema, eds. 2017. On Knowing Humanity: Insights from Theology for Anthropology. London and New York: Routledge. By: Leanne Williams Green (University of California, San Diego)

Meyer, Birgit. 2015. Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. By: John Durham Peters and Gavin Feller (University of Iowa)

Mosse, David. 2012. The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India. Berkeley: University of California Press. By: Waqas Butt (University of California, San Diego)


Nongbri, Brent. 2013. Before religion : a history of a modern concept. New Haven : Yale University Press. By: Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh).


Park, Julie J. When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. By: Jerry Park (Baylor University)

Premawardhana, Devaka. 2018. Faith in Flux: Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 


Reid, Jennifer. 2013. Finding Kluskap: A Journey into Mi’kmaw Myth. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. By: Kimberly Jenkins Marshall (University of Oklahoma)


Sanders, Talena. 2013. Liahona. Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources. By: Jon Bialecki (University of Edinburgh)

Scherz, China. 2014. Having People, Having Heart: Charity, Sustainable Development, and Problems of Dependence in Central Uganda. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. By: Andrea Grant (University of Cambridge)

Swartz, David R. 2012. Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in the Age of Conservatism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. By: Rebekka King (Middle Tennessee State University)


Tarango, Angela.  2015.  Choosing the Jesus Way: American Indian Pentecostals and the Fight for the Indigenous Principle.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. By: Aminta Arrington (John Brown University)

Thornton, Brendan Jamal. 2016. Negotiating Respect: Pentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. By: Ruthie Meadows (University of Nevada, Reno)


Vilaça, Aparecida. 2016. Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia, translated by David Rodgers. Oakland: University of California Press. By:  G.E.R. Lloyd (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge UK).


Wariboko, Nimi.  2014.  Nigerian Pentecostalism. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. By: Jörg Haustein (SOAS, University of London).

Webster, Joseph. 2013. The Anthropology of Protestantism: Faith and Crisis among Scottish Fishermen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. By: Matt Tomlinson (Australian National University)

Wolseth, Jon. 2011. Jesus and the Gang: Youth Violence and Christianity in Urban Honduras. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. By: Henri Gooren (Oakland University)