New Arrivals · Religion

October 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bible sticks : an unlikely calling

October 21, 2016
Vance, Ron, author.
54 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Bible Sticks: An Unlikely Calling is a book that illustrates more than a hobby; it describes a ministry. How often does one have the opportunity to take a simple hobby, wood carving, and use it to inspire thousands around the world? Ron has had no training and uses only an X-acto® knife, so it is obvious that God has called him to a very unlikely ministry. These unique carvings started out as modest teaching tools for the young people at his church. Now they are used to motivate others not only by teaching God's Word in a most unique way but also by encouraging the listener to find their own ministry. This book is filled with photos and descriptions of the Bible sticks, telling the story of each one. Each Bible stick takes over a year to carve, so you can understand the detail. Bible Sticks: An Unlikely Calling is intended to teach, challenge, and inspire others to find their own calling from God."--Page 4 of cover.

Jesus is born

October 18, 2016
Piper, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Good Books, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Original edition published in England under the title "Jesus is born" by Lion Hudson plc, Oxford, England.

Earth Psalms : reflections on how God speaks through nature

October 18, 2016
Rivers, Francine, 1947- author.
xi, 212 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

Jesus always : embracing joy in His presence

October 18, 2016
Young, Sarah, 1946- author.
xiii, 384 pages ; 16 cm
"Life today is full of difficulties--loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels impossible or out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy. Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from ... Sarah Young, was written as part of [her] exploration of the promises of joy in scripture"

Think better, live better : a victorious life begins in your mind

October 17, 2016
Osteen, Joel, author.
vi, 212 pages ; 22 cm
Reprogram Your Mind -- Remove Negative Labels -- Release the Full You -- Think Yourself to Victory -- Pregnant with Possibility -- The Promise Is in You -- Ask Big -- You Have What You Need -- Keep Your Crown -- Just Remember.
Think Better, Live Better offers a simple yet life-changing strategy for erasing the thoughts that keep you down and reprogramming your mind with positive thinking to reach a new level of victory. When you train yourself to tune out the negativity and tune into your calling, you'll begin to live the wonderful plans God has made for you.

Christian mystics : 108 seers, saints, and sages

October 14, 2016
McColman, Carl, author.
Charlottesville : Hampton Roads Pub., [2016]
xxvi, 257 pages ; 23 cm.
The nine categories -- Visionaries -- Confessors -- Lovers -- Poets -- Saints -- Heretics -- Wisdom keepers -- Soul friends -- Unitives.

Christmas in the crosshairs : two thousand years of denouncing and defending the world's most celebrated holiday

October 14, 2016
Bowler, G. Q., 1948- author.
299 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The inventors -- The revivalists -- The tyrants -- The godly and the godless -- The appropriators -- The discontented -- The privatizers -- A brief epilogue.

Confessions of a secular Jesus follower : finding answers in Jesus for those who don't believe

October 13, 2016
Krattenmaker, Tom, 1960- author.
New York : Convergent, [2016]
viii, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Bad company -- Killer instinct -- Sexploitation -- High anxiety -- Saved from what? -- Secular in the city -- Incarceration nation -- The invisible and forgotten -- Real victory -- Found in translation -- Jesus and humans at Yale.
"What gives a life meaning? What constitutes a life well led? Krattenmaker believes inspiration might best be found in the figure of Jesus-- not only as a good example and teacher, but Jesus as the primary guide for one's life."--Provided by publisher.

Little Bible heroes storybook.

October 13, 2016
Nashville, TN : B & H Kids, 2016.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Children love heroes, and there's no better place to find heroes than in the Bible! This collection offers 16 stories of bravery, faithfulness, and kindness -- straight from the Bible and perfect for little hero-loving hearts!

Buddhism & science : a guide for the perplexed

October 12, 2016
Lopez, Donald S., Jr., 1952-
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010, ©2008.
xiii, 264 pages ; 23 cm.
First there is a mountain -- Buddhism and the science of race -- Two Tibetans -- The science of Buddhism -- The meaning of meditation -- Conclusion: measuring the aura.
"Beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the present day, both practitioners and admirers of Buddhism have proclaimed its compatibility with science. In Buddhism and Science, Donald Lopez explores how and why these two seemingly disparate modes of understanding the inner and outer universe have been so persistently linked."--Cover.

Broken Mary : a journey of hope

October 12, 2016
Matthews, Kevin (Radio personality), author.
North Palm Beach, FL : Beacon, [2016]
ix, 148 pages ; 22 cm
The early years -- Pontiac to Grand Rapids -- State College -- Comedy with a clear mind -- Grand Rapids to Chicago -- Indians -- Grandpa Sana -- Reclaiming the land -- Do you truly believe? -- Chicago to Grand Rapids -- The presence of Mary -- Bad news -- To the doctor -- MS -- Dave Mason -- Go to the cemetery -- Home from the cemetery -- The rosary and the church -- Finding Mary -- Broken Mary -- A circle -- Putting Mary together -- Trust me -- Are you listening? -- Traveling Mary -- The rosary app -- Pilgrim Mary -- Who found whom? -- I love radio -- It's just beginning.

My heart will triumph

October 12, 2016
Dragičević Soldo, Mirjana, 1965-, author.
369 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Mirjana Dragičević Soldo was only sixteen years old when she and five other children saw a mysterious woman on a hillside near the village of Medugorje, ex-Yugoslavia. The woman&#x;who possessed an extraordinary beauty and grace&#x;identified herself as the Virgin Mary. The events that began on that summer afternoon in 1981 dramatically changed Mirjana's life and brought intense suffering at the hands of the communist authorities. The author tells the story of Medugorje through her own eyes&#x;the same eyes that reportedly gaze upon the most revered woman in history.

Arriving at amen : seven Catholic prayers that even I can offer

October 12, 2016
Libresco, Leah.
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2015]
xxxi, 157 pages ; 22 cm
Chasing truth as Javert does -- Petition -- Confession -- Examen -- Rosary -- Divine office -- Lectio divina -- Mass -- Trusting Christ as Peter does.

The esoteric path of marriage : a guide to spiritual enlightenment through relationship

October 11, 2016
Brown, Maha, author.
192 pages ; 21 cm
"Whether this is your first exploration of the inner-Self or you have long been on an inward journey; this book will transform you and your relationship with your partner. Single? It will open up your ability to have more conscious, new paradigm, Enlightened relationships in the future."--Page 4 of cover.

Caravan of no despair : a memoir of loss and transformation

October 11, 2016
Starr, Mirabai.
Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, [2015]
xiii, 277 pages ; 21 cm

Finding your voice : what every woman needs to live her God-given passions out loud

October 11, 2016
Grant, Natalie, 1971- author.
Grand Rapid : Zondervan, 2016.
192 pages ; 22 cm
Learning to listen -- Trusting your potential -- Finding your thrive zone -- Into the wilderness: let the training begin -- Caring for your instrument from the inside out -- Aligning your assets: standing tall, breathing deep, gaining control -- Quality check: it's how you say it -- Working the stage: engage, connect, grow -- Beauty in the breaking -- Finding your song.

A woman's place : a Christian vision for your calling in the office, the home, and the world

October 11, 2016
Beaty, Katelyn, author.
Nashville, TN : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016.
xii, 251 pages ; 23 cm
Let's start at the very beginning -- Made to reign -- Why "learning in" is good-- and not enough -- Our generous worker God -- Women have always worked -- You are female, and it is good -- How she does it all -- A fruitful life -- Embracing ambition -- Where do we go from here : how all of us can equip women for work.

Befriend : create belonging in an age of judgment, isolation, and fear

October 10, 2016
Sauls, Scott, author.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2016]
xiv, 224 pages ; 21 cm
A case for befriending -- Befriend the one in the mirror -- Befriend the other -- Befriend prodigals and Pharisees -- Befriend the wrecked and the restless -- Befriend the shamed and ashamed -- Befriend the ones you can't control -- Befriend true friends and significant others -- Befriend sexual minorities -- Befriend dysfunctional family members -- Befriend the children -- Befriend those grieving and dying -- Befriend the poor and empty-handed -- Befriend the other race -- Befriend the rich and powerful -- Befriend the bullies and perpetrators -- Befriend vulnerable women and humans not yet born -- Befriend strangers and refugees -- Befriend those who vote against you -- Befriend people with disabilities and special needs -- Befriend the God who embraces you.

Years of witness

October 10, 2016
Cooper, John C., 1918-
Elmvale, Ont. : Elmvale Presbyterian Church, 1985.
viii, 286 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 28 cm
Maps on lining papers.

Medical miracles : doctors, saints, and healing in the modern world

October 7, 2016
Duffin, Jacalyn.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
xv, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Making saints : miracles, medicine, and evidence since 1588 -- The supplicants and their saints -- The miracles : diseases, corpses, and other wonders -- The doctors : medical knowledge in the canonization process -- The cure as drama : gestures of invocation and the context of cure -- Conclusion : religion, medicine, and miracles.
"Modern culture tends to separate medicine and miracles, but their histories are closely intertwined. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes saints through canonization based on evidence that they worked miracles, as signs of their proximity to God. Physician and historian Jacalyn Duffin has examined Vatican sources on 1400 miracles from six continents and spanning four centuries. Overwhelmingly the miracles cited in canonizations between 1588 and 1999 are healings, and the majority entail medical care and physician testimony. These remarkable records contain intimate stories of illness, prayer, and treatment, as told by people who rarely leave traces: peasants and illiterates, men and women, old and young ... In this history, medicine and religion emerge as parallel endeavors aimed at deriving meaningful signs from particular instances of human distress -- signs to explain, alleviate, and console in confrontation with suffering and mortality."--Provided by publisher.

The mind of terror : a former Muslim sniper explores what motivates ISIS and other extremist groups (and how best to respond)

October 6, 2016
Saada, Tass, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2016]
231 pages ; 22 cm

Missional motherhood : the everyday ministry of motherhood in the grand plan of God

October 5, 2016
Furman, Gloria, 1980- author.
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway, [2016]
215 pages ; 22 cm
What is this book about? -- Motherhood in the grand plan of God: nurturing life in the face of death -- Mother is a verb, too -- God's pattern revealed and his promises given: a quick overview of the Old Testament -- Motherhood is born: from creation to father Abraham -- The God who delivers: from Egypt to the Promised Land -- Finally, settling down: from comfort to captivity -- Mission rebooted: from exile to return to kingdom -- The everyday ministry of motherhood: go, therefore, and mother disciples -- Christ, the creator of motherhood -- Christ, the redeemer of motherhood -- Christ, every mother's prophet -- Christ, every mother's priest -- Christ, every mother's king -- Christ, the resurrection life for mothers -- Missional motherhood is about a man.
God has designed motherhood as part of his greater plan to draw people to himself. Furman discusses passages from the Scriptures that present God's promises empowering each and every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.

Everything is possible : finding the faith and courage to follow your dreams

September 30, 2016
Bricker, Jen, 1987- author.
Grand Rapids : Baker Books, [2016]
195 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
The baby born without legs -- A bundle of energy -- Can't is a 4-letter word -- Sticks and stones -- Keeping the faith -- Breaking down walls -- Secret sisters -- Sky high -- This heart of mine -- Ordinary heroes -- Endless possibilities -- The me nobody knows: questions, answers, and tidbits.
Uncertain they could care for a baby born without legs, Bricker's biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: "Never say 'can't.'" This is the incredible story of God working out his plan for her life from before day one. From the challenges of growing up different to holding captive audiences numbering in the tens of thousands, readers will discover that Bricker's wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred honesty led the way to purpose and joy.

Inner engineering : a Yogi's guide to joy

September 30, 2016
Vasudev, Jaggi, Sadhguru, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2016.
xii, 271 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The four letter word -- A note to the reader -- When I lost my sense -- The way out is in -- Design your destiny -- No boundary, no burden -- "... and now, yoga" -- A note to the reader -- Body -- Mind -- Energy -- Joy.

The Egyptian book of the dead : the Book of going forth by day : being the Papyrus of Ani (Royal Scribe of the Divine Offerings), written and illustrated circa 1250 B.C.E., by scribes and artists unknown, including the balance of chapters of the books of the dead known as the Theban Recension, compiled from ancient texts, dating back to the roots of Egyptian civilization

September 30, 2016
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2015.
191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 36 cm
"The Complete Papyrus of Ani--featuring integrated text and full-color images"--Cover.
"For millennia, the culture of the ancient Egyptians has fascinated historians and spiritual seekers. The 20th anniversary edition of this seminal work includes all-new material analysing the progress in modern Egyptology. Written some 3,500 years ago, the Papyrus of Ani is the best-preserved example of Egyptian thought. Including full-colour hieroglyphic images paired with an acclaimed translation and two gatefold spreads that showcase the papyrus's elaborately bordered images. This sumptuous edition brings to life one of humanity's finest spiritual treasures."--Provided by publisher.

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