New Arrivals · Religion

August 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

An oasis in time : how a day of rest can save your life

August 22, 2017
Paul, Marilyn, author.
xi, 260 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Ancient wisdom for modern times -- Part I: Getting started -- Living in overdrive: we're moving too fast -- Stopping work: a lively history and energetic debates -- What is an oasis in time? -- Get traction for change -- Part II: Putting it into practice -- Design your oasis time -- Protect and prepare: planning for oasis time -- Living oasis time -- Don't let anything stop you -- Part III: Taking back your time -- Take stock -- Strengthening boundaries -- Navigating your days: five key practices -- Beyond a haven, an incubator.

Zen master raven : the teachings of a wise old bird

August 22, 2017
Aitken, Robert, 1917-2010, author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, [2017]
xvii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Previously published: 2002.
"A uniquely playful and incisive illustrated collection of Zen teaching stories from one of America's best-known and most-respected Zen masters. A Modern Classic. In the tradition of the great koan collections and the extensive records of ancient masters, Robert Aitken--one of America's best-known and most-respected Zen masters--distills a lifetime of teaching down to its essence. Intriguing, playful, and deceptively easy to read, Zen Master Raven is a brilliant encapsulation of Zen in over a hundred koan-like encounters--featuring curious beginners like Mallard and Mole, to teachers-in-training like Porcupine, to the profound wisdom of masters like Brown Bear, Moose Roshi, and Zen Master Raven himself"-- Provided by publisher.

My Jewish year : 18 holidays, one wondering Jew

August 21, 2017
Pogrebin, Abigail, author.
ix, 326 pages ; 24 cm
How did I get here? -- Prepping Rosh Hashanah : self-flagellation in summer -- Post-Rosh Hashanah : tossing flaws and breadcrumbs -- The Fast of Gedaliah : lessons of a slain governor -- The truth about Hom Kippur : death and more death -- Yom Kippur letdown : maybe next year -- Sukkot in LA : serious Sukkah envy -- Hoshanah Rabbah & Shemini Atzeret : left out, then lingering -- Simchat Torah : the most pit -- Hanukkah reconsidered : a split in the Jewish soul -- Hanukkah at the bedside and the White House : unexpected light -- The Tenth of Tevet : starting the secular year hungry -- Slouching toward Shabbat : the most important holiday of all : Tu B'Shvat : sometimes you feel like a nut -- Tzom Esther & Purim : preparing to fast and spiel -- The Purim report : mirth and melancholy -- Passover : scallions and rare silences -- The feminist Passover : a (third) seder of her own -- Yom HaShoah : "We did more than survive" -- Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha'atzmaut : for the fallen and the free : Israel's Memorial and Independence days -- Lag B'Omer : R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Activist Shabbat : Friday night with the kids -- Sleepless on Shavuot : let my people learn -- 17th of Tammuz : another fast, seriously? -- Tisha B'Av : mourning history, headlines, and hatred -- My Shabbat landing : comforting consistency -- Where did I end up? -- Appendix 1. A Jewish year in bullet points -- Appendix 2. Interviews.
The author describes her research on the holidays of the Jewish calendar and how she came to understand how these celebrations have lasted for thousands of years.


August 18, 2017
Townes, Ashley, author.
v, 153 pages ; 23 cm
"Religion, Christian life, relationships"--Spine.
"Have you ever wondered why do I keep going from relationship to relationship? Why is this new one much like the last one? Is it me? I need something more! I want something meaningful--a true love that will love me without boundaries, restraints or conditions. You know the fairytale love of happily ever after. Well guess what? You are probably looking for love in all the wrong places. Here is my advice: If you are looking for love, look up. If you are looking for a healthy and long-lasting relationship, look up. If you are looking to get past your hurts, again I say, look up. Stop looking at a man or woman to fill this void when only God can. Realize that your worth is not in how much attention you can get or in the sweet words whispered to entice you into the bedroom. Nor is your worth based on broken relationships, abortion, children out of wedlock or even HIV/AIDS. Your worth comes from God alone!"--Back cover.

Just hit send : a journey to freedom

August 18, 2017
Vehr, Jody, author.
©2017, 2015
xvi, 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Right at the start, when Jody is a little girl, and her dear dog Kisher dies. Right then you know that this book is going to be different, unlike anything you have ever read. There is a spiritual dimension to this book that will stun you. And even better, as Jody says in the beginning, the spiritual awakenings that she experienced on her journey out of hell are available to all of us. This book can be a wake-up call to that possibility."--Page vii.

Noble beauty, transcendent holiness : why the modern age needs the Mass of ages

August 17, 2017
Kwasniewski, Peter author.
xxvi, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Why the new evangelization needs the old Mass -- Reverence is not enough: on the importance of tradition -- The spirit of the liturgy in the words and actions of Our Lady -- The new liturgical movement: urgent care for a sick Church -- Different visions, contrary paths -- Formed in the spirit and power of the liturgy -- Laying our foundation on solid rock -- How the usus antiquior elicits superior participation -- A perpetual Feast of All Saints -- The peace of Low Mass and the glory of High Mass -- Home to Our Lady, Queen of the Liturgy -- "Always forward, never back."
"A lively account of the traditional Roman liturgy, which humbles us before the mystery of God, stirs us with its pageantry, carries us into sacred silence, and bears us to a world of invisible realities."--Dust jacket

Apologetics and the Christian imagination : an integrated approach to defending the faith

August 17, 2017
Ordway, Holly, author.
Steubenville : Emmaus Road Pub., 2017.
xi, 195 pages ; 22 cm.
What is imaginative apologetics? -- Creating meaning -- Language and metaphor -- Distortions of meaning -- Recovery -- The Incarnation -- Pain and doubt -- Longing -- Limitations and dangers -- Paradigm shift.

Approaching the Buddhist path

August 16, 2017
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935- author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, 2017.
xxviii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

The dawn of Christianity : people and gods in a time of magic and miracles

August 16, 2017
Knapp, Robert C., author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.
xvi, 303 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Profile Books Ltd."--Title page verso.
The journey -- Polytheists, Jews and the supernatural -- Ordinary Jewish people -- The justice of Yahweh -- Polytheists in their world -- Paths to change -- Charismatics and messiahs -- Christianity in the Jewish and polytheistic world -- Hostility to Christianity -- Christianity's appeal: magicians, miracles and martyrs -- When prophecy fails -- Valedictory.
Ordinary people of antiquity interacted with the supernatural through a mosaic of beliefs and rituals. Exploring everyday life from 200 BCE to the end of the first century CE, Robert Knapp shows that Jews and polytheists lived with the gods in very similar ways. Traditional interactions provided stability even in times of crisis, while changing a relationship risked catastrophe for the individual, his family, and his community. However, people in both traditions did at times leave behind their long-honored rites to try something new. The Dawn of Christianity reveals why some people in Judea and then in the Roman and Greek worlds embraced a new approach to the forces and powers in their daily lives. Knapp traces the emergence of Christianity from its stirrings in the eastern Mediterranean, where Jewish monotheism coexisted with polytheism and prayer mixed with magic. In a time receptive to prophetic messages and supernatural interventions, Jesus of Nazareth convinced people to change their beliefs by showing, through miracles, his direct connection to god-like power. The miracle of the Resurrection solidified Jesus's supernatural credentials. After his death, followers continued to use miracles and magic to spread Jesus's message of reward for the righteous in this life and immortality in the next. Many Jews and polytheists strongly opposed the budding movement but despite major setbacks Christianity proved resilient and adaptable. It survived long enough to be saved by a second miracle, the conversion of Emperor Constantine. Hand in hand with empire, Christianity began its long march through history.-- Provided by publisher

Of mess and moxie : wrangling delight out of this wild and glorious life

August 15, 2017
Hatmaker, Jen, author.
xxi, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Unbranded -- Moms, we're fine -- Beauty, food, fun, and naps -- Grocery store theology -- We live -- Private Baby -- How to (part one) -- It's just paint -- No strings attached -- My soul mate Nexflix -- Makers and dreamers -- Defer and prefer -- How to (part two) -- Sanctuary -- On exercise -- The cabin -- Doldrums -- Identifiable signs of athletic greatness -- Bonus moms -- How to (part three) -- Forgiveness school -- Potato and knife -- Fangirl -- We were sort of medium -- How to (part four) -- String eighteen parties together -- Rewoven -- One more word as you go....
Whether it's the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip or the way she learned to forgive, Hatmaker offers a reminder to those of us who sometimes hide in the car eating crackers that we do have the moxie to get back up and get back out. She uses her own triumphs and tragedies to show that we can choose to live undaunted in the moment, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

PTL : the rise and fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's evangelical empire

August 15, 2017
Wigger, John H., 1959- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
x, 407 pages ; 24 cm
PTL traces the lives of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, from humble beginnings to wealth, fame, and eventual disgrace after revelations of a sex scandal and massive financial mismanagement. -- Adapted from book jacket.

Behind the scenes : sketches from real life

August 15, 2017
Iams, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1830-1892.
219 pages ; 19 cm
Edition statement from page iii.
"December, 1892"--Page iii.

Life lessons : 125 prayers and meditations

August 14, 2017
Cameron, Julia, author.
New York : TarcherPerigee, [2017]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 19 cm
"All too often we yearn for a more spiritual life but tell ourselves it's too difficult. But the smallest prayer is heard and answered. The simplest overture meets with a loving response. Each of the prayers and affirmations in this book is a starting point. Taken collectively, they offer an approach to God that is powerful as well as simple. These prayers not only allow us to reach to God, but they allow God to reach out to us. The book is called Life Lessons because each entry is a corrective to commonly held misconceptions of the divine. Like the postures assumed in hatha yoga, they stretch us gently. Through these prayers, we learn more of ourselves and the divine" --Back cover.

The mind of God : neuroscience, faith, and a search for the soul

August 14, 2017
Lombard, Jay, author.
xxi, 197 pages ; 22 cm
The mind of God -- Does God exist? -- The neuroscience of the soul -- The evolution of faith and reason -- What's the meaning of life? -- Are we free? -- Do good and evil actually exist? -- Immortality: the remembrance of what is.
Is there a God? It's a question billions of people have asked since the dawn of time. You would think by now we'd have a satisfactory, universal answer. No such luck ... Or maybe we do and we just need to look in the right place. For Dr. Jay Lombard that place is the brain, and more importantly the mind, that center of awareness and consciousness that creates reality. In The Mind of God , Dr. Lombard employs case studies from his own behavioral neurology practice to explore the spiritual conundrums that we all ask ourselves: What is the nature of God? Does my life have purpose? What's the meaning of our existence? Are we free? What happens to us when we die? For Lombard, these metaphysical questions are a jumping-off point for exploring the brain in search of the seat of the soul. It is neuroscience, the author contends, and how we and our brains interpret what's going on around us that can lead us to a deeper and more fulfilling faith. Mixing his personal experiences in the medical field (including compelling cases such as the male patient who really thought he was pregnant and a woman who literally scared herself to death) along with his own visionary insight into spiritual experience, Lombard has much to tell us about the nature and power of belief--and what we can do to focus our beliefs in a positive direction. If you want to find more meaning in your life or are searching for a deeper understanding of why we believe what we believe, then this book can lead to an exciting transformation in the way you see and understand the world around you.

On the body of the Lord

August 14, 2017
Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280, author.
Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, [2017]
xv, 461 pages ; 22 cm.

Among the ruins : the decline and fall of the Roman Catholic Church

August 11, 2017
Williams, Paul L., 1944- author.
Amherst : Prometheus Books, 2017.
366 pages ; 24 cm

A family shaped by grace : how to get along with the people who matter most

August 11, 2017
Morland, Gary, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2017]
219 pages ; 22 cm
As a teenager, Gary Morland lived in an unhappy, dysfunctional family characterized by addiction and disharmony. When he started a family of his own, he brought with him those same destructive patterns. Yet he sensed there must be a way to have a family shaped by acceptance and grace, a family that was loving, whole, and at peace with one another. The problem was, he didn't know how. In this life-giving book, Morland shares his journey of discovering the timeless tools of family peace that transformed him and his family. He shows how these tools broke the unhealthy patterns of the family he grew up in and saved his relationship with his wife and two daughters. With refreshing honesty and humility, he helps readers believe that they too can start from where they are right now--no matter how broken--to transform their family culture and their family legacy and to generously offer grace to the people who matter most in their lives.

Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment

August 9, 2017
Wright, Robert, 1957- author.
xii, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Taking the red pill -- Paradoxes of meditation -- When are feelings illusions? -- Bliss, ecstasy, and other reasons to meditate -- The alleged nonexistence of your self -- Your CEO is MIA -- The mental modules that run your life -- How thoughts think themselves -- "Self" control -- Encounters with the formless -- The upside of emptiness -- A weedless world -- Like, wow, everything is one (at most) -- Nirvana in a nutshell -- Is enlightenment enlightening? -- Meditation and the unseen order.
Author Robert Wright shows how Buddhist meditative practice can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and deepen your appreciation of beauty and other people. -- Adapted from book jacket.

Strong for a moment like this : the daily devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton

August 9, 2017
Shillady, William S., author.
xiv, 402 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Presents 365 devotions written for Hillary Rodham Clinton to provide support during her contentious presidential campaign, along with personal notes, portions of her speeches, and headlines that provide context for that days devotion.

Pantheon : the true story of the Egyptian deities

August 8, 2017
Steele, Hamish, author, artist.
London : Nobrow, 2017.
212 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"The most important myth in Ancient Egypt is faithfully retold in glorious colour! Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. Based on elements from various versions of the famous Osiris myth, Hamish Steele has resurrected this fantastic story in all its symbolic and humourous glory. Pantheon contains: incest, decapitation, suspicious salad, fighting hippos, flying cows, a boat race, resurrections, lots of scorpions and a golden willy." -- Provided by publisher.

Surfing with Sartre : an aquatic inquiry into a life of meaning

August 8, 2017
James, Aaron (Aaron J.), author.
New York : Doubleday Books, 2017.
336 pages ; 22 cm
This book is about surfing, and not -- Epistemology in action -- What the surfer knows -- Freedom -- Control -- Metaphysics -- Flow -- Being -- Transcendence -- Political philosophy -- Society -- Nature -- Work -- Under a fortunate sun.
A philosopher and avid surfer discusses his ideas about freedom, being, phenomenology, morality, epistemology, and the values of "leisure capitalism."

The insanity of God : a true story of faith resurrected

August 3, 2017
Ripken, Nik.
Nashville, Tenn. : B & H Publishing Group, 2013.
xxx, 322 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword / David Platt -- Prologue : Ready or not -- Descent into hell -- Growing up country -- The face of evil -- But I wanted to be a veterinarian -- Broken by a smile -- God's gift : Ruth -- "Take my baby!" -- Mosquitoes win -- Why didn't I just keep my mouth shut? -- Just show up -- Bubba sings -- Tears for Somaliland -- Broken and poured out -- Too great a cost -- When your best is not enough -- Death follows me home -- A new path -- Seeking answers in the USSR -- A prison sings -- The genealogy of faith -- Learning to live; learning to die -- Fear or freedom? -- Refusing to be silenced -- Secret rendezvous -- One extra pair of underwear -- The power of prison -- The Chinese road trip -- Preparing for persecution -- Rebuked by God -- Dreams and visions -- The toughest man I ever met -- HeartSongs -- What if he is alive? -- It's all a miracle and the journey begins.
The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place?"--Publisher.

The Mediterranean love plan : seven secrets to lifelong passion in marriage

August 3, 2017
Arterburn, Stephen, 1953- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2017]
199 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Monotonous marriage or a grande amore? -- The seven Mediterranean secrets to passion -- The secret of attunement -- The secret of playfulness -- The secret of savoring food -- The secret of enjoying beauty -- The secret of creativity -- The secret of health and longevity -- The secret of blending the secret and the sexual -- Conclusion: Personal parting thoughts.
How can a couple keep love interesting, fun and romantic? A passionate, long-lasting love requires two people who are sensually in love with life and each other. The Arterburns explain seven activities that prompt passion, then describe how Mediterranean cultures practice these secrets in everyday life. They recommend pursuing your mate's heart the way God passionately pursues us every day of our lives.

Sneezing Jesus : how God redeems our humanity

July 31, 2017
Hardin, Brian, 1967- author.
xii, 148 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a sneak peak of a 365-day devotional journey using the One year Bible (pages 135-148).
Human. God. Two words that jar against each other and yet describe Jesus perfectly. Jesus was fully human and fully divine, which is extraordinary. But He was also ordinary in the most counterintuitive way: His life shows us what normal humanity is supposed to look like. Jesus came to earth to redeem humanity itself, and through Him, that redeemed humanity is available to us all. In Sneezing Jesus, Brian Hardin journeys through vivid Gospel stories, pointing to a revolutionary truth: If Jesus was a normal human living a normal human life, then His death and resurrection didn’t just save our souls―it saves our humanity here and now.

Walking with purpose : seven priorities that make life work

July 28, 2017
Brenninkmeyer, Lisa.
Hebron, KY : Beacon Publishing : The Dynamic Catholic Institute, ©2013.
184 pages ; 22 cm
Priority One, Your relationship with God -- Priority two, Tending to Your Heart -- Priority three, Your Marriage -- Priority four, Reaching Your Child's Heart -- Priority five, Clarity in the Clutter of Your Home -- Priority six, Friendhip -- Priority seven, Outside Activities -- Your True Worth.
Does your life feel out of control? Do you feel that you are doing so many things that you are doing none of them well? Lisa Brenninkmeyer understands how it feels when life is stuck on the spin cycle. As a mother of seven, she knows we don't just need to be told what kind of women we should be. We need some help getting there. Drawing from her own experience of balancing marriage, motherhood, and work inside and outside the home, Lisa helps you uncover the key to living a busy life with inner calm. What's the secret? Identifying key priorities, and doing first what matters most. Once in awhile, things may seem as if they're under control, but we want to walk with purpose regardless of our circumstances. God wants us to daily experience the joy and contentment that comes from knowing we have given our all to what he considers most important. The abundant and purposeful life we were created to live is just around the corner.

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