New Arrivals · Religion

April 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Praying scripture for a change : an introduction tolectio divina

April 27, 2015
Gray, Tim (Timothy Michael), 1942-
West Chester, PA : Ascension Press, c2009.
viii, 127 p. ; 22 cm.
Introduction: The problem of prayer -- The secret of the saints -- Lectio divina, stairway to heaven -- Lectio -- Meditatio -- Oratio -- Contemplatio -- Operatio.

Be the best mom you can be : a practical guide to raising whole children in a broken generation

April 24, 2015
Slayton, Marina, 1960- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an Imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xxv, 243 pages ; 22 cm
"Through many years of tested faith, and her close walk with God, Marina Slayton has written this ... book to help guide mothers through today's oftentimes impossible expectations. In her book, Marina will help you to write a life-changing family vision statement, break the cycle of generational sin, and explain why you don't have to measure up to many of the difficult expectations society has created ... In an age when brokenness abounds and cultural voices only add to the confusion, Godly mothers have never been more crucial"--Amazon.com.

The road home : a contemporary exploration of the Buddhist path

April 23, 2015
Nichtern, Ethan, author.
New York : North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015.
xi, 272 pages ; 22 cm
In The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Drawing from contemporary research on meditation and mindfulness and his experience as a Buddhist teacher and practitioner, Nichtern describes in fresh and deeply resonant terms the basic existential experience that gives rise to spiritual seeking--and also to its potentially dangerous counterpart, spiritual materialism. He reveals how our individual quests for self-awareness ripple forward into relationships, communities, and society at large. And he explains exactly how, by turning our awareness to what's happening around us and inside us, we become able to enhance our sense of connection with others and, at the same time, change for the better our individual and collective patterns of greed, apathy, and inattention.

Miracles from Heaven : a little girl, her journey to Heaven, and her amazing story of healing

April 22, 2015
Beam, Christy.
New York ; Boston : Hachette Books, 2015.
209 pages ; 22 cm

Life is -- : God's illogical love will change your existence

April 20, 2015
Smith, Judah.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xx, 217 pages ; 22 cm
Life is to be loved and to love. Love chases ; Illogical love ; Love leads ; Love gives -- Life is to trust God in every moment. Yesterday, today, and forever ; Pillow talk ; Trust grace ; A passerby -- Life is to be at peace with God and yourself. Many things ; God in a manger ; First place ; I am willing -- Life is to enjoy God. Enjoying God ; A whole new world ; True satisfaction ; You complete me.

Richard John Neuhaus : a life in the public square

April 20, 2015
Boyagoda, Randy, 1976- author.
New York : Image, [2015]
xix, 459 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates: illustrations ; 25 cm
From small-town Canada to Concordia Seminary, 1936-1960. A pastor's son, born and baptized on "the Canadian frontier" ; Pembroke's most patriotic pastor, and its youngest and most newsworthy ; An "uneducable" little Lutheran professor enlists in a grand cause ; Boarding school days : prayer and mischief without ceasing ; A jackrabbit-shooting Cisco Kid turns arbiter elegentarium ; Goal, malady, means : a seminary formation in church and church politics -- From Brooklyn to Africa, and many points in between, 1961-1974. A young pastor discovers "the glory and tragedy of life in this city" ; From Brooklyn pastor to national newsmaker ; Missouri's militant instrument of God's peace ; 1968 : passionate diatribes and tumultuous receptions ; A thoroughly radical writer makes a radical run for Congress ; The lonely radical looks elsewhere -- From Hartford to Rome, via the naked public square, 1975-1990. Appealing for right religion, appalling the left ; Books to empower people and pastors alike ; Seeking freedom for his own kind of ministry ; 1984 : the naked public square campaign ; More and more Catholic moments, among many, many others ; The raid -- First things first : a Catholic priest in the public square, 1990-2009. Neuhaus becomes a Catholic ... Neuhaus named Catholic of the Year ; As he lay dying ; The end of democracy? The beginnings of greater influence ; A time of triumph, a time of war, a time of scandal ; "The most influential clergyman in America," aka the "Theocon-in-Chief" ; Meeting God as an American.
Neuhaus's writing, activism, and connections to people of power in religion, politics, and culture secured a place for himself and his ideas at the center of recent American history. His life and ideas placed him at the vanguard of events and debates across the political and cultural spectrum. Boyagoda examines Neuhaus's multi-faceted life and reveals to the public what made him tick and why.

Ten commandments: Still the best moral code

April 17, 2015
Prager, Dennis, 1948- author.
©2015
"Scripture quotations, except where otherwise noted, are author's own translation from the Hebrew." -- title page verso.
The most important words ever written are the Ten Commandments. These words changed the world when they were first presented at Mt. Sinai to Israelites, and they are changing it now. They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization. Given their staggering importance, you would think that all societies, and certainly our educational and religious institutions, would be intent on studying them closely. Sadly, this is not the case. Our schools ignore them and our churches and synagogues take them for granted. But here's a simple test: Who among us can even name all of the Ten Commandments? And even among those who can name them, how many can explain them in a way that makes sense to the modern eye and ear? If you are a person of faith, this book will strengthen it; if you are agnostic it will force you to rethink your doubts; if you're atheist, it will test your convictions. For people who have thought little about the Ten Commandments, as well as for those who have a sophisticated understanding of them, it will be a revelation. That's a lot to ask of a little book, but the only thing that's little here is the length. The ideas are very big.

A second shot of coffee with Jesus

April 16, 2015
Wilkie, David J., 1963-
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2015.
126 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Radio Free Babylon presents . . ."
Introduction -- About radio free Babylon.

Becoming a spiritually healthy family : avoiding the 6 dysfunctional parenting styles

April 14, 2015
Anthony, Michelle.
Colorado Springs : David C. Cook, 2015.
197 pages ; 21 cm.

Spirits rejoice! : jazz and American religion

April 13, 2015
Bivins, Jason.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xvi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First meditations -- Procession of the great ancestry : traditions jazz and religious -- Shadows on a wall : jazz narrates American religions -- Urban magic : jazz communitarianism -- The magic of Juju : improvising ritual -- The Tao of mad Phat : jazz meditation and mysticism -- Other planes of there : jazz cosmologies and metaphysics -- Spirits rejoice! : beyond religion.

How to read the Bible

April 10, 2015
Cox, Harvey, 1929-
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
viii, 257 pages ; 24 cm
"Cox explores three different lenses commonly used to bring the Bible into focus: literary--as narrative stories of family conflict, stirring heroism, and moral dilemmas; history--as classic texts with academic and theological applications; activism--as a source of dialogue and engagement to be shared and applied to our lives. By bringing these together, Cox shows the Bible in all its rich diversity and meaning and offers us a contemporary activist version that wrestles with issues of feminism, war, homosexuality, and race. The result is a living resource that is perpetually evolving as our understanding changes and deepens from generation to generation"-- Provided by publisher.

A book of uncommon prayer : 100 celebrations of the miracle & muddle of the ordinary

April 7, 2015
Doyle, Brian, 1956 November 6-
Notre Dame, Indiana : Sorin Books, [2014]
xviii, 170 pages ; 18 cm

Welcome to the Orthodox Church : an introduction to Eastern Christianity

April 6, 2015
Mathewes-Green, Frederica.
Brewster, Massachusetts : Paraclete Press, 2015.
xviii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"There are other introductory books about Orthodoxy, but they are all somewhat academic. This one comprehensively covers the history, theology, and practice without talking over your head. Mathewes-Green takes the original approach of bringing you into a typical church for a series of visits. That is how Christians learned the faith for most of history, by coming into a community and keeping their eyes and ears open. Designed primarily for newcomers to come to understand Orthodoxy and Orthodox Christians, this guide to the faith is also a non-threatening and accessible introduction to people already "in the pews." Inviting rather than argumentative, Orthodox Christians will be giving this to their friends"-- Provided by publisher.

If the oceans were ink : an unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Quran

April 6, 2015
Power, Carla, author.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
x, 336 pages ; 21 cm
The origins. The Quran in twenty-five words ; An American in the East ; A Muslim in the West ; Road trip to the Indian madrasa ; A migrant's prayer mat -- The home. Pioneer life in Oxford ; Nine-thousand hidden women ; The little rosy one" ; Veiling and unveiling ; Reading "The women" -- The world. A pilgrim's progress ; Jesus, Mary, and the Quran ; Beyond politics ; The pharaoh and his wife ; War stories ; The last lesson.

Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary

April 3, 2015
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2014.
xxxviii, 1224 pages : color maps, color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Tanakh, an owner's manual : authorship, canonization, masoretic text, exegesis, modern scholarship, and pedagogy

April 2, 2015
Sokolow, Moshe, author.
©2015
219 pages ; 24 cm
"Tanakh, An Owner's Manual offers a modern Orthodox approach to the historical and literary frameworks within which the Hebrew Bible should be learned and appreciated. It reflects the author's insights developed over forty years of studying and teaching, and will be of interest to teachers, students, and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Tanakh"-- Provided by publisher.

A God that could be real : spirituality, science, and the future of our planet

March 31, 2015
Abrams, Nancy Ellen, 1948- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
xxxi, 165 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
God evolves -- A God that can't be real -- A God that could be real -- Is there a spiritual world? -- Does God answer prayers? -- Is there an afterlife? -- Renewing God, renewing religion -- Planetary God, planetary morality -- A big picture for our time.

How to read the Bible and still be a Christian : struggling with divine violence from Genesis through Revelation

March 31, 2015
Crossan, John Dominic, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
viii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle in pre-publication: Wrestling with the problem of God and violence.
Challenge -- Civilization -- Covenant -- Community.

The lost world of Adam and Eve : Genesis 2-3 and the human origins debate

March 31, 2015
Walton, John H., 1952- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Academic, [2015]
255 pages ; 21 cm

Heretic : why Islam needs a reformation now

March 31, 2015
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1969-
©2015.
x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: One Islam, three sets of Muslims -- The story of a heretic : my journey away from Islam -- Why has there been no Muslim Reformation? -- Muhammad and the Qur'an : how unquestioning reverence for the Prophet and his book obstructs reform -- Those who love death : Islam's fatal focus on the afterlife -- Shackled by sharia : how Islam's harsh religious code keeps Muslims stuck in the seventh century -- Social control begins at home : how the injunction to command right and forbid wrong keeps Muslims in line -- Jihad : why the call for holy war is a charter for terror -- The twilight of tolerance -- Conclusion: The Muslim Reformation -- Appendix: Muslim dissidents and reformers.
"Ayaan Ali Hirsi makes a powerful case that a religious Reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world"--Publisher.

A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment

March 31, 2015
Carney, Scott, 1978- author.
©2015.
xxi, 277 pages ; 24 cm
"Gotham Books"--Title page.
"An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong. When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for six years, was struck by how Thorson's death echoed other incidents that reflected the little-talked-about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability. Using these tragedies as a springboard, Carney explores how those who go to extremes to achieve divine revelations-and undertake it in illusory ways-can tangle with madness. He also delves into the unorthodox interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism that attracted Thorson and the bizarre teachings of its chief evangelists: Thorson's wife, Lama Christie McNally, and her previous husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the supreme spiritual leader of Diamond Mountain University, where Thorson died."-- Provided by publisher.

Buddha's book of meditation : mindfulness practices for a quieter mind, self-awareness, and healthy living

March 31, 2015
Emet, Joseph, author.
New York : Tarcher, 2015.
xix, 218 pages ; 18 cm
"A journey from "brainfulness" to mindfulness, from self-control to self-regulation, and from indifference to compassion. Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular form of an ancient and powerful technique for reducing stress, elevating one's mental state, and improving the practitioner's overall quality of life. Award-winning author and mindfulness meditation teacher Joseph Emet now takes you down a step-by-step path to integrate this potent form of meditation into your daily life. Offering tips, techniques, and practices from mindfulness meditation-coupled with stories from the author's life as a teacher-Buddha's Book of Meditation guides you to a life teeming with the benefits of regular meditation practice. This volume also includes original music by the author that the reader can access through the web-calming the mind and enhancing the meditation experience."-- Provided by publisher.

The Catholic advantage : why health, happiness, and heaven await the faithful

March 31, 2015
Donohue, William A., 1947- author.
New York : Image, [2015]
xxx, 272 pages ; 25 cm

Soul shifts : transformative wisdom for creating a life of authentic awakening, emotional freedom, and practical spirituality

March 31, 2015
De Angelis, Barbara, author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2015.
xx, 315 pages ; 24 cm
"There are pivotal moments in the lives of all seekers when we realize that we've been traveling on our path of growth toward happiness and fulfillment, but, simply put, we want to go faster. How we have been living, working, and loving just isn't enough or even acceptable anymore. We know we're being called to something more significant and expanded--we can feel it. At these times what's needed is not simply more change or an adjustment in our outer life, but profound transformation. We don't just want to rearrange the pieces of ourselves so that they look better temporarily. We want nothing less than rebirth. We are ready for Soul Shifts"-- Provided by publisher.

Beltane : rituals, recipes, and lore for May day

March 31, 2015
Marquis, Melanie, 1976-
Woodbury : Llewellyn Publications, 2014.
222 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
"Llewellyn's sabbat essentials."
Old ways -- New ways -- Spells and divination -- Recipes and crafts -- Prayers and invocations -- Rituals of celebration.

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