New Arrivals · Religion

February 12, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Catholicism : a complete introduction

February 11, 2016
Stanford, Peter
London : Teach Yourself 2015.
276 pages ; 20 cm.
Includes index.

Life's too short to pretend you're not religious

February 10, 2016
Dark, David, 1969-
Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, [2016]
199 pages ; 22 cm
Religion happens -- Crackers and grape juice -- Attention collection -- Choose your ancestors carefully -- I learned it by watching you -- Hurry up and matter! -- The web, the net, and the verse -- The chother -- Policy is liturgy writ large -- Strange negotiations.

The Duck commander devotional for couples

February 9, 2016
Robertson, Alan, 1965-
Nashville, TN : Howard Books, 2016.
xv, 315 pages ; 19 cm

The Queen & the Cross : the story of Saint Helen

February 9, 2016
Bilinsky, Cornelia Mary.
Boston : Pauline Books & Media, [2012]
25 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"Tales and Legends."

I was blind (dating), but now I see : my misadventures in dating, waiting, and stumbling into love

February 9, 2016
Rische, Stephanie.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale Momentum, [2016]
xix, 293 pages ; 21 cm
PART 1: Waiting. Blond date ; In the waiting room ; Tokens of his love ; Spiritual breath holding -- PART 2: Faithfulness. The professor ; Ebenezer ; My own "Dear Abby" ; The summer of weddings ; Thrice a bridesmaid ; For sale by owner ; The anti-loneliness campaign -- PART 3: Community. Uber-fundamentalist boy ; A scattered shower ; Are you my neighbor? ; The theology of huckleberry pie ; Mole checkups and other forms of accountability ; Where would God put his tattoo? -- PART 4: Hope. Mr. Very ; God and the odds ; The red couch ; UnValentine's Day ; Baby-step prayers ; Feathers and axes -- PART 5: Prayer. The linebacker ; Breaking up with church ; Fighting my dragons alone ; The sacred scar ; The promise I thought God broke ; My quest to become annoying -- PART 6: Gratitude. The Connecticut Yankee ; Confessions of an ungrateful heart ; Why God loves a good story ; Forty days of uncloistered life ; Red-light redemption ; Contentment, like it or not -- PART 7: Joy. Mr. Paper-perfect ; A divine canvas ; A family of one ; Full of grace ; When joy comes in camo ; Bone-crushing happiness -- PART 8: Journey. Limo dude ; Sucking out the marrow ; The time Dad pulled a Laban ; Parachute prayers ; In the desert ; The big 3-0 -- Epilogue: Last blind date.

Nobody's cuter than you : a memoir about the beauty of friendship

February 9, 2016
Shankle, Melanie.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xiv, 221, 6 pages ; 21 cm
Examines "the special bond that exists between friends and [celebrates] all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become"

How to love yourself (and sometimes other people) : spiritual advice for modern relationships

February 9, 2016
Rinzler, Lodro.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., [2015]
xxi,177 pages ; 22 cm
"How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) is a smart, hip guide for spiritual seekers who want to experience more love and stability in all forms of relationships. Told from the unique vantage points of authors Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler, this book explores staying anchored in the foundation of self-love as you navigate the natural (and often stormy) cycle of a relationship. Their dual perspectives as teachers and scholars of Christian mysticism and Buddhism make for a rich and fascinating dialogue that covers everything from sex, self-worth, falling in (and out of) love, deep friendships, to breakups--and how to maintain an open heart through it all. At its core, this book is about learning to love yourself no matter what. Meggan and Lodro suggest that you are worthy of love, both self-love and the love of others. They aren't experts on how to get that man or lady to fall in love with you, nor are they experts on how to have "the perfect relationship." They are spiritual teachers who know that relationships have a life of their own, and can speak to the human element of what it means to experience them fully. In the process, they share deeply personal, revealing, honest anecdotes and spiritual practices to assist you with the inevitable ebbs and flow of love in all its manifestations"-- Provided by publisher.

The power of grace : recognizing unexpected gifts on our path

February 9, 2016
Richo, David, 1940-
Boston : Shambhala, 2014.
xviii, 173 pages ; 23 cm
1.What is Grace? -- How do we know it is Grace? ; Grace and Graces ; Three arrivals of Grace ; What is transcendence? ; The more that we are -- 2. How effort fits in. Too much ; Not enough ; Does merit matter? -- 3. Destiny, fate, and luck. Destiny ; Fate ; Luck ; After luck, what? -- 4. The gift of synchronicity. Trusting opportunities ; Choice and chance ; When synchronicity comes as inspiration ; Calling and coincidence -- 5. Grace in the feminine. The materialist questions ; A more inclusive alternative ; Three realities ; The shadow of the feminine -- 6. Graces on the dark paths. Calamity ; Void and chaos ; In the face of evil -- 7. Grace in Religion. Ancient religion ; Other traditions ; A Christian perspective ; Gift, state, and means of transformation ; Patriarchy and limits ; Two helpful images -- 8. Grace in Buddhism. Resources on the Buddhist path ; The pure land tradition ; Power from self, power from other -- 9. Grace in nature. Flow and field ; Time and space ; Comfort in nature ; Our natural-spiritual challenge -- 10. The graces in ourselves. The gift in our inadequacies ; More than self-help ; How transformation happens -- 11. Graces in relationships. Intimate companions ; Discovering the metaphor ; When conflicts arise ; The graces of mature love in a relationship -- 12. Spiritual practices that help us open to Grace. Showing gratitude ; Accepting the givens of life ; Cultivating serenity, courage and wisdom ; Letting go of self-centeredness ; Following the eightfold path. -- Epilogue: The grace in being human.
Richo shows where to look to recognize the Grace that surrounds you: in nature, in religion/spirituality, in relationships, in yourself. He then provides practical exercises for learning how to manifest Grace in your life--to recognize and claim the help the universe is constantly offering you.

Days of healing, days of joy : daily meditations for adult children

February 9, 2016
Larsen, Earnest.
Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, ©1992.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 16 cm
Includes index.

Girl meets change : truths to carry you through life's transitions

February 9, 2016
Strong, Kristen.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2015]
217 pages ; 22 cm
The change and the loss -- Change: up close and personal -- The way change moves -- Don't just get over it -- Accept: God is believable -- Go ahead and give up -- Accepting limitations -- Light in a windowless room -- Handing over the hand-wringing -- Adapt: a heart that thrives -- Because we all need friends in low places -- Asking the right questions to become fit for the right purpose -- Settling in the home where your heart thrives.

Women of the Bible : a one-year devotional study of women in scripture

February 9, 2016
Spangler, Ann.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan 2015.
439 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes indexes.
"Women of the Bible" focuses on the lives of fifty-two prominent and not-so-prominent women in Scripture to help you approach the story of salvation with fresh eyes. The updated and expanded edition of this bestselling book features refinements and new material designed to enhance its usefulness for both personal devotions and group study, including -- a list of all the women of the Bible -- a timeline of the women of the Bible -- a list of women in Jesus' family tree -- a list of women in Jesus' life and ministry. "women of the Bible" offers a unique devotional program, combining five elements: inspiration, background information, Bible study, Bible promises, and prayer. Each week quickly becomes a personal or group retreat focused on the life of a particular woman. Vital and deeply human, the women in this book encourage through their failures as well as their successes. You'll see how God acts in surprising and wonderful ways to draw them--and you--to himself."--back cover.

The urban monk : Eastern wisdom and modern hacks to stop time and find success, happiness, and peace

February 8, 2016
Shojai, Pedram, author.
xiii, 272 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm
Stress : how do I dodge the bullets? -- Drinking from infinity : the art of mastering time -- Energy : why am I always so tired? -- What happened to sleep? -- Stagnant lifestyle -- Weight gain and negative self-image -- No connection with nature or things that are real -- Lonely despite being surrounded by people -- Never enough money -- Living a life with purpose.
"[This work] reveals the secrets to finding an open heart, sharp mind, and grounded sense of well-being, even in the most demanding circumstances"--Front jacket flap.

Raising grateful kids in an entitled world : how one family learned that saying no can lead to life's biggest yes

February 8, 2016
Welch, Kristen.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xix, 243 pages ; 21 cm
From a Christian perspective, Welch "shares the ups and downs in her own family's journey of discovering why it's healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between want and need is the first step in the right direction. With ... tips and anecdotes, she shares how to help kids become hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults"

Seven last words : an invitation to a deeper friendship with Jesus

February 5, 2016
Martin, James, 1960- author.
134 pages ; 19 cm
Introduction: The seven last words -- Jesus understands the challenge of forgiveness -- Jesus understands doubts about the afterlife -- Jesus understands a parent's love -- Jesus understands feelings of abandonment -- Jesus understands physical pain -- Jesus understands disappointment -- Jesus understands self-offering -- Conclusion: The understanding Christ.
Based on his talks at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, theNew York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul. --Publisher.

Victory over the darkness : realize the power of your identity in Christ

February 5, 2016
Anderson, Neil T., 1942- author.
239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index of topical references.
Who are you? -- The whole Gospel -- See yourself for who you really are -- Something old, something new -- Becoming the spiritual person God wants you to be -- The power of believing the truth -- You can't live beyond what you believe -- God's guidelines for the walk of faith -- Winning the battle for your mind -- You must be real to be right -- Healing emotional wounds from your past -- Dealing with rejection in your relationships -- People grow better together.
"Victory Over the Darkness spells out practical and productive ways to experience Christian growth based on Christ's promise. Learn to apply the truths of Scripture as a base from which to renew your mind and become the person Christ has empowered you to be"--Back cover.

The single gal's guide to shopping for a great guy : valuing your worth as a single girl who's living and looking for love in a cheap, sex-selling world

February 4, 2016
Grant, Tiffany Yvonne, author.
131 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A guide to help singles navigate through today's sex-saturated society that says you have to sell yourself cheap, compromise your market value, and display and giveaway your "goods" to catch a great deal (i.e., a great guy). You'll learn how to date, find a mate, be a good friend, and love good men. You'll be reminded that you are valuable to God and that you should be valued by men that you date.

The Catholic Church

February 4, 2016
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
What is the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality? Pope Francis's welcoming of gay people creates many positive opportunities / Francis DeBernardo ; Pope Francis strays from Catholic doctrine by welcoming gay people / Raymond Leo Burke ; The Catholic Church should never recognize same-sex marriages / Thomas J. Paprocki ; Catholics can embrace same-sex marriage without compromising their faith / Larry Donnelly ; Catholic institutions should not be forced to hire gay people / John Zmirak ; Catholic leadership should stop discriminating against gay people / Taboola ; Should the Catholic Church ordain gay priests? / Michael Brown ; The Catholic Church should not discriminate against gay priests / James Martin -- What role does the Catholic Church play in health issues? ObamaCare discriminates against Catholicism and other religions / L. Martin Nussbaum ; Catholics should not use arguments based on moral reasoning against ObamaCare / Thomas Farrell ; Catholics should view abortion as a moral evil / Richard M. Doerflinger ; Pro-choice Catholics play an important role in the abortion debate / Patricia Miller ; Pope Francis's comments on family planning are misguided / Tara Culp-Ressler ; Pope Francis is correct to encourage conservative family planning / Tyler Anderson ; Death with dignity opposes Catholic teaching / Donald Hanson ; Catholics should not oppose death with dignity / Robert Olvera -- What are issues facing the Catholic priesthood? Catholic priests should remain celibate / Stephen Beale ; Catholic priests should be allowed to marry / Dan Delzell ; Women should never be ordained Catholic priests / Dwight Longenecker ; Women should be allowed to become Catholic priests / Jo Piazza ; Catholic Church's stance against clerical abuse not enough / Lauren Carasik ; The Catholic Church is progressing toward clerical abuse reform / Priyanka Boghani -- How should the Catholic Church interact with the secular world? The Catholic Church should participate in politics / Keith Fournier ; How Pope Francis allows politics to distort the Christian faith / Michael Brendan Dougherty ; Pope Francis is correct on new American-Cuban relations / William R. Wineke ; Cuban dissident voices and Pope Francis's deaf ears / Nicholas G. Hahn III ; Pope Francis is wrong to combat climate change / Marc Morano ; Pope Francis displays sound ethics in combating climate change / Rmuse ; Pope Francis is wrong to support big bang and evolution / Ken Ham ; Pope Francis's big bang and evolution support aligns with Catholicism / Thomas Lucente.

Getting to know Jesus : daily encounters with the Lord from His birth to His ascension

February 3, 2016
Kampmann, Eric, author.
New York : Beaufort Books, [2016]
xii, 370 pages ; 21 cm
Getting to Know Jesus provides a great starting point for coming to know the Lordship of Jesus Christ with daily readings selected from the four gospels.

The invention of God

February 3, 2016
Römer, Thomas, 1955- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
ix, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Originally published in French as L'Invention de Dieu, illustrations by Fabian Pfitzmann, © Éditions du Seuil, 2014.
The God of Israel and his name -- The geographic origin of Yhwh -- Moses and the Midianites -- How did Yhwh become the God of Israel? -- The entrance of Yhwh into Jerusalem -- The cult of Yhwh in Israel -- The cult of Yhwh in Judah -- The statue of Yhwh in Judah -- Yhwh and his Asherah -- The fall of Samaria and the rise of Judah -- The reform of Josiah -- From one God to the only God.

Open letter on blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the true enemies of free expression

February 1, 2016
Charbonnier, Stéphane, 1967-2015.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
xiv, 82 pages ; 19 cm
"Originally published in France as Lettre aux escrocs d'Islamophobie qui font le jeu des racistes" --- From title page.
"A posthumous manifesto by the editor in chief of Charlie Hebdo" --Page [1] of jacket.


February 1, 2016
Ajahn Brahm, 1951- author.
viii, 170 pages ; 16 cm
Kindfulness -- Kindful attention -- Kindful loving and letting be -- Working with obstacles to kindfulness -- Going forth kindfully.
"Mindfulness is not enough... When we add kindness to mindfulness we get 'kindfulness,' a new approach to meditation. Kindfulness is the cause of relaxation. It brings ease to the body, to the mind, and to the world. Kindfulness allows healing to happen. So don't just be mindful, be kindful! With his trademark knack for telling engaging stories paired with step-by-step anyone-can-do-it instructions, Brahm brings alive and makes accessible powerful tools transformation. This slim, beautifully designed volume is a Quick Start guide for living a life of joy and compassion."-- Supplied by publisher.

Beautiful now : 90 days of experiencing God's dreams for you

January 28, 2016
Eldredge, Stasi.
Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, 2016.
206 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
Do you sometimes look at your circumstances or the disappointments you have had in life and wonder if your dreams will ever be realized? This gentle devotional takes you deep into the truth that you are whole and beautiful in His eyes. Drawing from the insights she shares in Becoming Myself, Stasi Eldredge offers reflections, Scriptures, and prayers celebrating how God delights in seeing you become who you truly are.

The vow-powered life : a simple method for living with purpose

January 22, 2016
Bays, Jan Chozen, author.
Boston : Shambhala, 2015.
xviii, 174 pages ; 22 cm

The name of God is mercy : a conversation with Andrea Tornielli ; translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky.

January 20, 2016
Francis, Pope, 1936- interviewee.
xx, 151 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A Time for Mercy -- The Gift of Confession -- Looking for the Smallest Opening -- A Sinner, Like Simon Peter -- Too Much Mercy? -- Shepherds, Not Scholars of the Law -- Sinners Yes, Corrupt No -- Mercy and Compassion -- Living the Holy Year of Mercy.
"In his first official book published as Pope, in celebration of his Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here addresses all humanity in an intimate and personal dialogue. At the center of this book is the subject closest to his heart--mercy--which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. These pages resonate with a desire to reach all those souls who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds,"

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