Kenneth Pargament, a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a recipient of the American Psychological Association's William James Award, has written a massive, scholarly, even-handed, level-headed book on religion and coping from a psychological perspective. His book does not compare major religious traditions but, rather, focuses on the pivotal periods where religion meets crisis and people are put to the test. Pargament notes that psychology and religion have become rivals; in place of confession, conversion, sins, and virtues, we have psychotherapy, personal growth, and ethics. Yet, the differences are not irreconcilable. "What psychology can offer are important insights into the footprints left by religion. These insights do not speak to religion's truth, but they do help us understand its manifestation and insights" (p. 10).