Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs. Her bestselling books include Islam: A Short History; Buddha; A History of God; Through The Narrow Gateand The Spiral Staircase.



There could not be a better guide [to the Bible] than Karen Armstrong... Her great achievement is that, as well as leaving you with a clearer, more historically accurate picture as to what precisely the Bible is (and isn't), she also makes you want to go back and read it again with fresh eyes.

Characteristically wise and searching... Armstrong leads us through the story [of the Bible] at unflagging speed... fascinating.
Sunday Times

A fascinating exploration of the origins of the most widely circulated and influential book in history.Clemency Burton Hill

Armstrong rescues her subject from two-dimensional caricature and helps us see just why generations have needed Paul to "think with", not just about God, but about the possible shapes of human community in the face of unthinking conformism and the powerful stupidity of empires.Rowan Williams
New Statesman

A compelling interpretation of the importance of this most prominent of early Christian figures... Absorbing and informative
Irish Times