New Arrivals · Religion

October 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Jesuits : a history from Ignatius to the present

October 24, 2014
O'Malley, John W.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
x, 139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A Sheed & Ward Book."
Chronicles the history of the Jesuit order from the time of Ignatius of Loyola to the present Pope Francis.

Demystifying Islam : tackling the tough questions

October 24, 2014
Zafar, Harris, 1979-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefied, [2014]
xiii, 204 pages : map ; 24 cm
1. Begin with the basics : before we can demystify -- 2. Demystifying the origins of Islam -- 3. Demystifying jihad -- 4. Demystifying Shariah -- 5. Demystifying Islam's view of religious freedom -- 6. Demystifying Islam's view of free speech -- 7. Demystifying women's rights in Islam -- 8. Demystifying Islam's view of Jesus Christ -- 9. Demystifying the sects of Islam.
Despite heightened interest in the study of the Muslim faith, for many people Islam remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. What really is Shariah law? How is a Muslim to understand Jihad? Does Islam oppose Western values such as free speech or freedom of religion? What place do women have according to Islam? Understanding that this confusion has as much to do with the behavior and words of Muslims as it does with allegations made by anti-Islam activists, Demystifying Islam offers refreshingly bold answers to provocative questions about Islam today. Author Harris Zafar -- lecturer, writer, teacher and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA -- is forthright about issues where Muslims disagree, and he digs into history through vast research and scholarship to track the origins of differing beliefs. From the burqa to the role of Jesus in Islam, Demystifying Islam is an essential resource and concise guide to understanding the fastest growing religion in the world.

Trust : in Saint Faustina's footsteps

October 23, 2014
Górny, Grzegorz, author.
©2014
325 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Translation of: UFAM. Śladami Św. Siostry Faustyny.

Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence

October 23, 2014
Armstrong, Karen, 1944-
New York : Knopf, 2014.
512 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic references, notes (pgs. 405-488) and index.
"From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions.

The zimzum of love : a new way of understanding marriage

October 23, 2014
Bell, Rob.
San Francisco : HarperOne, 2014.
viii, 142 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"As he revolutionized traditional teaching on hell in the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Love Wins, Rob Bell now transforms how we understand and practice marriage in The Zimzum of Love, co-written with his wife, Kristen.Despite the divorce statistics, people are still committing to each other, instinctively believing and hoping that theirs is a sacred union that will last forever. Yet when these couples encounter problems, they often lack the resources that keep them connected to this greater mystery surrounding marriage.Rob and Kristin Bell introduce a startling new way of looking at marriage, The Zimzum of Love. Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. Mastering this field, this give and take of energy, is the secret to what makes marriage flourish.Rob and Kristin Bell are brutally honest about their own struggles, their ups and downs, as together they pass along what matters most for couples. In this wise book, they explore the secret of what makes a happy union--probing the mystery at the heart of the extraordinary emotional connection that binds two people. With his down-to-earth charm, a dose of whimsy, and memorable stories, Rob, writing with his wife Kristen, changes how we consider marriage, providing insight that can help all of us create satisfying and sacred unions of our own"-- Provided by publisher.

Fearless : stories of the American saints

October 23, 2014
Camille, Alice L.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, 2014.
207 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The lost Book of Mormon : a journey through the mythic lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri

October 17, 2014
Steinberg, Avi, author.
©2014.
265 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
A witty and probing travelogue through the landscapes associated with The Book of Mormon, it argues for taking The Book of Mormon seriously as work of American storytelling.

Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East

October 15, 2014
Russell, Gerard, author.
©2014.
xxix, 320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Mandaeans -- Yazidis -- Zoroastrians -- Druze -- Samaritans -- Copts -- Kalasha -- Detroit.

Killing history : Jesus in the no-spin zone

October 13, 2014
Price, Robert M., 1954-
Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 2014.
287 pages ; 23 cm
Historical background or historical ballast? -- Bird man of Nazareth -- How not to behave in church -- Fishermen, prostitutes, and pharisees -- The amazing Jesus -- Theology hidden in plain sight -- Liar, pinhead, or lord -- Temple tantrum -- Messiahs and matchstick men -- The imp act segment -- Check, please -- Trial and error -- Cross examined.
Killing Jesus, the bestselling blockbuster by Bill O'Reilly, claims to be a purely historical account of the events in the life of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion. Price makes it clear that O'Reilly's book is more historical novel than a work of serious history. He goes through the key events of Jesus' later life as described in the gospels and painstakingly shows how O'Reilly and Dugard have cobbled together the four gospel stories, ignored the contradictions, and added quasi-historical background embellishments.

National Catholic reporter at fifty : the story of the pioneering paper and its editors

October 10, 2014
Jones, Arthur, 1936- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xiii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
1966: Bob Hoyt -- NCR's labored birth -- NCR: "religious yet worldly" -- 1971: Donald J. Thorman -- Circulation woes: DJT initiatives -- 1974: Arthur "who?" -- Finally, a reporter's Reporter -- 1980: Tom Fox -- An era of violence -- "The big chill": John Paul II -- 1997: Michael J. Farrell -- 2000: Tom Roberts -- America invaded: September 11, 2001 -- 2005: a woman at the top -- Changes and departures -- The news flow: 2007-2010 -- 2010: Joe Feuerherd -- 2012: Dennis Coday -- Rome's war on the nuns -- NCR: online and global -- Exit Benedict; enter Francis I -- Vatican: male supremacy endures.

I need some help here! : hope for when your kids don't go according to plan

October 9, 2014
Lipp, Kathi, 1967-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
171 pages ; 22 cm

Encyclopedia of witchcraft : the complete a-z for the entire magical world

October 7, 2014
Illes, Judika, author.
©2005
vii, 887 pages ; 26 cm.
"Folklore expert Judika Illes introduces readers to mythic witches, modern witches, sacred goddess witches, even demon witches, male and female witches, witches from all over the globe. She takes readers on an enchanting tour through witchcraft's history, mythology, and folklore, where they will discover a miscellany of facts including magic spells, rituals, potions, recipes, celebrations, traditions, and much more."--Publisher's description.

Finding the true self : talks of the Scon mountain monk

October 6, 2014
Jinje, 1934-
Chicago : Lotus Lantern Books, c2014. ©2014.
200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Collected teachings of Jinje Beopwon Sunim, Head of the Korean Jogye Order."

A diary of private prayer

October 2, 2014
Baillie, John, 1886-1960, author.
©1977
133 pages ; 22 cm
"A devotional classic"--Cover.

Eager to love : the alternative way of Francis of Assisi

October 2, 2014
Rohr, Richard, author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, [2014]
xxii, 294 pages ; 20 cm
Something old and something new -- What do we mean by "mysticism"? -- A happy run downward: the inner authority of those who have suffered -- Living on the edge of the inside: simplicity and justice -- Home base: nature and the road -- Contemplation: a different way of knowing -- An alternative orthodoxy: paying attention to different things -- The Franciscan genius: the integration of the negative -- Lightness of heart and firmness of foot: the integration of feminine and masculine -- The legacy of Clare: living the life at depth -- Entering the world of another: Francis and the Sultan of Egypt -- Bonaventure: to yield to love is to return to the source -- John Duns Scotus: anything but a dunce -- Francis: a natural spiritual genius -- Appendix I. A dynamic unity between Jesus of Nazareth and the cosmic Christ -- Appendix II. Is God a person? The Franciscan view of the nature of the divine -- Appendix III. How are things "caused"?

Before amen : the power of a simple prayer

September 30, 2014
Lucado, Max, author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
xviii, 163 pages ; 22 cm
"Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child"--Amazon.

Slowing time : seeing the sacred outside your kitchen door

September 30, 2014
Mahany, Barbara.
Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press, 2014.
208 pages ; 22 cm

Trinity United Church of Christ, one hundred and fifty years

September 30, 2014
Schmolinsky, Dale E.
Miamisburg, Ohio : Trinity United Church of Christ, 1971
28 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
"1821-1971."

David : the divided heart

September 29, 2014
Wolpe, David, author.
New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2014]
xvii, 153 pages ; 22 cm.
Young David -- Lover and husband -- Fugitive -- The king -- The sinner -- Father -- Caretaker -- Death of a king -- The once and future king.

The Feasts : how the church year forms us as Catholics

September 29, 2014
Wuerl, Donald W., author.
©2014
xvi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Every day is a holiday in the Catholic Church. In their latest collaboration, Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels."--Publisher's web site

Push : persevere until success happens through prayer

September 29, 2014
Trimm, Cindy.
©2014
233 pages ; 23 cm
Today's world knows little about perseverance. This is why so few people become innovators, entrepreneurs, and world-changers. Success is bypassed, not due to a lack of opportunity, but because we don't know how to maximize the opportunities in front of us and PUSH - persevere until success happens. In her encouraging and dynamic style, Dr. Cindy Trimm inspires you to go for it. It is one thing to read about the lives of great achievers--it is another thing to join their ranks. Learn how to: Carry your dreams, visions, and goals "full term" and to complete fulfillment; Exercise the power of faith to overcome the impossible and release God's supernatural purposes into your life; Resist the temptation to 'cave' under pressure and press on even when you don't feel like it anymore; Empower others to fulfill their divine destinies through co-laboring with them.--Publisher's description.

When power meets potential : unlocking god's purpose in your life

September 29, 2014
Jakes, T. D., author.
©2014
167, 35 pages ; 22 cm
Second paging starts with page 15.
Introduction -- Know your purpose. You are on purpose ; Get ready for your moment ; Experience the god of purpose ; Elevate your understanding of purpose ; Find your place of deposit ; Identifying unrealized potential -- When power meets potential. Unwrap the gift of exposure ; Recognize your moment ; Respond to your moment ; Seize your moment ; No return to the ordinary ; Make firewood ; Live on a new level ; The final tests.
When your potential meets God's power, you are on the way to fulfilling your purpose. It's time to stop looking for purpose and start using the divinely placed purpose inside of you. Your destiny is not waiting to be found, it's waiting to be released! Jakes shares the key to fulfilling your purpose and releasing your potential: Power ... God's power with your potential!

90 minutes in heaven : a true story of life & death

September 29, 2014
Piper, Don, 1950-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 22 cm
Recounts the experience of Baptist minister Don Piper, who was pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident and experienced the glories of heaven for ninety minutes, but who miraculously came back to life, where he endured a long and painful recovery.

The map of heaven : how science, religion, and ordinary people are proving the afterlife

September 26, 2014
Alexander, Eben.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xxxv, 165 pages ; 23 cm
The gift of knowledge -- The gift of meaning -- The gift of vision -- The gift of strength -- The gift of belonging -- The gift of joy -- The gift of hope -- The answers lie within us all.
The author of Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings.

You can, you will : 8 undeniable qualities of a winner

September 26, 2014
Osteen, Joel, author.
©2014
x, 171 pages ; 22 cm
Keep your vision in front of you -- Run your race -- Expect good things -- Have a positive mind-set -- Commit to excellence -- Keep growing -- Serve others -- Stay passionate.
Joel Osteen shares eight undeniable qualities of winners that can help you to reach your potential and achieve new levels of success in your life. You are created to be a winner. Get these eight principles deep down on the inside and boldly go in the direction of your destiny. Keep Your Vision in Front of You - Dare to dream big dreams. Run Your Race - Focus on your unique course and goals. Expect Good Things - Anticipate great opportunities. Have a Positive Mind-set - Take control of your thoughts and attitudes. Commit to Excellence - Do your best and maintain high standards. Keep Growing - Be proactive, be intentional, build on your gifts, and continually improve. Serve Others - Invest yourself in others. Stay Passionate - Light the fire within and approach life with enthusiasm.--Dust jacket flap.

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