New Arrivals · Religion

May 22, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The allure of gentleness : defending the faith in the manner of Jesus

May 21, 2015
Willard, Dallas, 1935-2013.
New York : HarperOne, and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
xiii, 191 pages ; 22 cm
"The revered Christian author whose bestselling classics include The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines provides a new model for how we can present the Christian faith to others.When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective. A better approach to spread Christ's word, Dallas Willard suggests, is to use the example of our own lives. To demonstrate Jesus's message, we must be transformed people living out a life reflective of Jesus himself, a life of love, humility, and gentleness.This beautiful model of life--this allure of gentleness--Willard argues, is the foundation for making the most compelling argument for Christianity, one that will convince others that there is something special about Christianity and the Jesus we follow"-- Provided by publisher.

Now what? : a guide for new (and not-so-new) Catholics

May 21, 2015
Madrid, Patrick, 1960- author.
©2015
148 pages ; 22 cm
The big picture: understand what it means to be Catholic -- Feast or famine: get the most out of the mass and the sacraments -- Friends of distinction: get to know our Lady and the saints -- Smells and bells: become familiar with Catholic piety, calendars, customs, and quirks -- When in doubt: learn the rules of Catholic etiquette -- When storms arise: have faith in the church -- Teach a man to fish: living and learning the Catholic faith for life.

Death row chaplain : unbelievable true stories from America's most notorious prison

May 20, 2015
Smith, Earl A., 1956-
New York : Howard Books, [2015]
xiv, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
From a former criminal and now chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors, comes a riveting, behind-the-bars look at one of America's most feared prisons: San Quentin. Reverend Earl Smith shares the most important lessons he's learned from years of helping inmates discover God's plan for them.

Waking up to the dark : ancient wisdom for a sleepless age

May 20, 2015
Strand, Clark, 1957-
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
xiv, 140 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The hour of the wolf -- The dark manifesto -- The Black Madonna -- The gospel according to the dark.
A modern gospel that is an investigation of the relationship between darkness and the soul. The darkness Clark Strand is talking about here is literal: the darkness of the nighttime, of a world before electricity, when there was a rhythm to life that followed the sun's rising and setting. Strand here offers penetrating insight into the spiritual enrichment that can be found when we pull the plug on our billion-watt culture. He argues that the insomnia so many of us experience as "the Hour of the Wolf" is really "the Hour of God"--a wellspring of rest and renewal, and an ancient reservoir of ancestral wisdom and inspiration.

Make peace before the sun goes down : the long encounter of Thomas Merton and his abbot, James Fox

May 19, 2015
Lipsey, Roger, 1942-
Boston : Shambhala, 2015.
xiv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A fascinating account of Thomas Merton's conflicted relationship with his abbot, Dom James Fox--by an esteemed modern Merton scholar. In the 1950s and '60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century--including the mega-best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a rock star for a cloistered monk, and from his monastic cell he enjoyed a wide and lively correspondence with people from the worlds of religion, literature, and politics. During that period he also explored and wrote extensively on Buddhism, Sufism, art, and social action. The man to whom he owed obedience in the cloistered life was a much more traditional Catholic, his abbot, Dom James Fox. To say that these two men had a conflicted relationship would be an understatement, but the tension their differences in orientation brought actually led to creative results on both sides and to a kind of hard-won respect and love. Roger Lipsey's portrait of this unusual relationship is compelling and moving; it shows Merton in the years his imagination was taking him far beyond the walls of the monastery, and eventually, literally to Asia"-- Provided by publisher.

Enter Assisi : an invitation to Franciscan spirituality

May 19, 2015
Bodo, Murray, author.
©2015
xvii, 122 pages ; 22 cm
"Fr. Murray Bodo takes you on a journey through the gates of Assisi, where you will discover in your own life the way to follow Jesus as St. Francis did" -- Back cover.

Finding true happiness : satisfying our restless hearts

May 19, 2015
Spitzer, Robert J., 1952-
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, 2015.
312 pages ; 23 cm
"Volume One of the Quartet: Happiness, Suffering and Transcendence."-- (t.p.)

Hymns on faith

May 19, 2015
Ephraem, Syrus, Saint, 303-373, author.
©2015
xxi, 424 pages ; 22 cm.

Savor : 365 devotions

May 18, 2015
Niequist, Shauna, author.
©2015
vii, 392 pages ; 21 cm
"In this daily devotional, Shauna Niequist becomes a friend across the pages, sharing her heart with yours, keeping you company, and inviting you into the abundant life God offers. And there are recipes, too, because spiritual living happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and breakfasts and late-night snacks. These recipes are Shauna's staples, and each one should be enjoyed around a table with people you love." --Back Cover

Increasing wholeness : Jewish wisdom & guided meditations to strengthen & calm body, heart, mind & spirit

May 18, 2015
Spitz, Elie Kaplan, 1954- author.
©2015
xix, 177 pages ; 23 cm

The Francis miracle : inside the transformation of the Pope and the Church

May 18, 2015
Allen, John L., Jr., 1965-
Des Moines, Iowa : Time Books, [2015]
276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Bergoglio's roots -- Moderate to an extreme -- Dialogue and peace -- God and Mammon -- Women and the Church -- The social gospel -- The abuse scandals -- The paradox of power -- Backlash -- Will it last?
There is no other organization whose inner workings are more secretive than the Vatican. Now, with a dynamic new leader in Pope Francis, all eyes are upon him as he seeks to bring the church back from the right to center, blurring the lines between politics, religion and culture. Allen reveals the inner workings of the Vatican to display the vast machinery of the Catholic Church, and an examination of the man at the helm.

Searching for Sunday : loving, leaving, and finding the Church

May 15, 2015
Evans, Rachel Held, 1981-
Nashville : Thomas Nelson Inc ; [2015]
xviii, 269 pages ; 22 cm
Baptism. Water ; Believer's baptism ; Naked on Easter ; Chubby bunny ; Enough ; Rivers -- Confession. Ash ; Vote yes on one ; Dirty laundry ; What we have done ; Meet the press ; Dust -- Holy Orders. Hands ; The mission ; Epic fail ; Feet -- Communion. Bread ; The meal ; Methodist dance party ; Open hands ; Open table ; Wine -- Confirmation. Breath ; Wayside shrines ; Trembling giant ; Easter doubt ; With God's help ; Wind -- Anointing of the sick. Oil ; Healing ; Evangelical acedia ; This whole business wtih the hearse ; Perfume -- Marriage. Crowns ; Mystery ; Body ; Kingdom -- Epilogue: dark.
"For a generation that has largely said, "count me out," church represents a complicated relationship of both longing and apathy. There's a history there- a past full of confusion and hurt, but a past that often is impossible to abandon. In Searching for Sunday, Rachel Evans exposes her own thorny relationship with the church, articulating the concerns, frustration, and hopes of many of her peers."-- back cover

Coming out Christian in the Roman world : how the followers of Jesus made a place in Caesar's empire

May 15, 2015
Boin, Douglas, author.
©2015
206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Preface: "Who am I to judge?" -- A bewitching sibyl -- The quieter ones -- The new neighbors who moved in next door -- A safe space--for being Jewish -- What goes on behind closed doors -- At the threshold of the palace -- "Soldiers" in God's heavenly army -- The moment of the eruption -- Afterword: Keeping an open mind.

The calm center : reflections and meditations for spiritual awakening

May 15, 2015
Taylor, Steve, 1967-
Novato, California : New World Library, [2015]
111 pages ; 21 cm.
"An Eckhart Tolle edition."
"These stirring meditations and poetic reflections comfort, inspire, and gently bring readers out of the harried, hectic day-to-day and back to the bedrock of peace, and even joy, of our true, essential, and authentic selves. The Calm Center is a guide to spiritual awakening, touching into some of the deepest and highest areas of human experience, and showing us the obstacles and landmarks which appear on the journey. All together, these pieces constitute a profound modern spiritual text that has the power to transmit awakening to the reader. As Taylor writes at the book's beginning: When the future is full of dread and the past full of regret, where can you take refuge except the present? When maelstroms of tormenting thoughts push back the barricades of your sanity, the present is the calm center where you can rest. And slowly, as you rest there the niggling thoughts and fears dissolve like shadows shrinking under the midday sun until you don't need refuge any more. The present is the only place where there is no thought-created pain. The present is the only place. "-- Provided by publisher.

Wearing God : clothing, laughter, fire, and other overlooked ways of meeting God

May 14, 2015
Winner, Lauren F., author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 286 pages ; 22 cm
The God who runs after your friendship -- A short note on gender and language for God -- Clothing -- Smell -- Bread and vine -- Laboring woman -- Laughter -- Flame -- In this poverty of expression, thou findest that He is all.
"There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In [this book], Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives"--Amazon.com.

Comeback & beyond

May 12, 2015
Storey, Tim, 1960-
Tulsa, OK : Harrison House, c2010.
230 p. ; 24 cm.

A faithful farewell : living your last chapter with love

May 12, 2015
McEntyre, Marilyn Chandler, 1949-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
xii, 143 pages ; 22 cm

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory : rethinking the things that matter most

May 12, 2015
Walls, Jerry L.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, [2015]
235 pages ; 22 cm
Heaven, Trinity, and the meaning of life -- Consolation measures when the dream has died -- If God is love, why is there a hell? -- If we are saved by grace, why do we need purgatory? -- Saving souls and/or bodies: personal identity in the afterlife -- Wiping away every tear?: the afterlife and the problem of evil -- Ultimate motivation: heaven, hell, and the ground of morality -- His mercy endures forever-even beyond the grave? -- Conclusion: "Can you believe it?"
Will heaven be boring? How can a good and loving God send people to hell? Is there such a place as purgatory? If so, why is it necessary, if we're saved by grace? Questions about the afterlife abound. Given what is at stake, they are the most important questions we will ever consider. Recent years have seen a surge of Christian books written by people claiming to have received a glimpse of the afterlife, and numerous books, films, and TV shows have apocalyptic or postapocalyptic themes. Jerry Walls, a dynamic writer and expert on the afterlife, distills his academic writing on heaven, hell, and purgatory to offer clear biblical, theological, and philosophical grounding for thinking about these issues. He provides an ecumenical account of purgatory that is compatible with Protestant theology and defends the doctrine of eternal hell. Walls shows that the Christian vision of the afterlife illumines the deepest and most important issues of our lives, changing the way we think about happiness, personal identity, morality, and the very meaning of life.

Bewilderments : reflections on the Book of Numbers

May 12, 2015
Zornberg, Avivah Gottlieb, author.
New York : Schocken Books, [2015]
xxxv, 359 pages ; 25 cm
Flags in the wilderness -- Madness and civilization -- Desire in the wilderness -- "Sing--now!--to God": Miriam and Moses -- Bewilderments -- Black sun: Moses and Job -- "From another shore": Moses and Korach -- Heart of stone, heart of flesh -- "Wherefore could not I pronounce 'Amen'?": Balaam and Moses -- To be or not to be: a tale of five sisters -- "Let me see that good land": the story of a human life.
"From one of the most acclaimed biblical commentators at work today, the third book in her award-winning series of commentaries on the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the spies, the narrative centers on the people's desire to return to Egypt, to undo the miraculous work of the Exodus. This view of the wilderness history invites us to a different kind of listening to the many cries of distrust, lament, resentment that issue from the Israelites throughout the Book of Numbers. Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? The question touches not only on the language the Israelites speak but also on the very nature of human utterance. Who are these people? Who are we who listen to them? What effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, the miracles of Exodus, the revelation at Sinai have on a nation that is beginning to speak? In Bewilderments, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg posits fascinating answers to these questions through the magnificent literary, scholarly, and psychological analysis of the text that is her trademark"-- Provided by publisher.

Wisdom from women in the Bible : giants of the faith speak into our lives

May 12, 2015
Maxwell, John C., 1947-
New York : Faith Words, 2015.
xvii, 154 pages ; 18 cm
Ruth ...for when you must make a decision but don't know what to do -- Sarah ...for when you can't understand God and impatience threatens to overwhelm you -- Rahab ...for when you're feeling jaded or disappointed with your life -- Hannah ...for when you don't want to do something you know you should -- Abigail ...for when you've been put in a difficult situation -- Miriam ...for when you're discouraged because others seem more successful than you -- Mary ...for when God asks you to do something outside of your comfort zone -- Martha ...for those times when you sense God's presence -- The Samaritan Woman ...for when you're feeling unworthy or unloved.

The miracles in you : recognizing God's amazing work in you and through you

May 12, 2015
Hansen, Mark Victor, author.
©2015
xiii, 207 pages ; 22 cm

How to love your neighbor without being weird

May 11, 2015
Lively, Amy.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2015.
215 pages ; 22 cm
The view from my window -- Welcome to your neighborhood -- Home sweet home -- Don't be weird -- Fears and excuses -- It's all spiritual -- Unwrapping your gifts -- Say what? -- Martha unleashed -- Your neighborhood strategy -- A word of warning and a message of hope.
"Encouragement and hands-on ideas for Christian women who want to meet their neighbors and build relationships within their communities"-- Provided by publisher.

Get your hopes up! : expect something good to happen to you every day

May 11, 2015
Meyer, Joyce, 1943- author.
New York : Faith Words, 2015.
xiv, 186 pages ; 24 cm
Raise your level of expectation -- Follow the leader -- Identify and eliminate every "can't" -- The energy of hope -- Getting to know the new you -- Look up -- Count your blessings instead of your problems -- Words of hope -- Keep moving -- Look for the good in everything -- Prisoners of hope -- Be an answer to someone's prayer -- Hope is our anchor -- Don't wait for tomorrow -- Get God's perspective -- The choice is yours -- Let hope overflow.
"One of the most powerful forces in the universe is hope--the happy and confident anticipation that something good is going to happen. Regardless of where one is in life, it is impossible to live successfully and to the fullest without hope. With [this book], Joyce will help readers achieve a lasting sense of hope, built on their faith in God"--Amazon.com.

The heart of unconditional love : a powerful new approach to loving-kindness meditation

May 11, 2015
Thondup, Tulku, author.
Boston : Shambhala, 2015.
xiv, 278 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"A new, four-stage approach to the popular Buddhist practice known as loving-kindness meditation, with the aim of finding unconditional love in our own hearts, in our relationships, and in our perception of the world around us. The unconditional love that we all long for--in our own lives and in the world around us--can be awakened effectively with this unique approach to the Tibetan Buddhist practice of loving-kindness meditation. Tulku Thondup gives detailed guidance for meditation, prayers, and visualization in four simple stages that can be practiced in as little as thirty minutes a session. The four-stage format is a brand-new approach being presented for the first time in English, distilled from the author's lifelong study and practice of authentic, traditional teachings. What if we could experience not only our own body, mind, and heart as a boundless source of loving-kindness, but every particle of the world around us as a beautiful realm filled with the blessing energies of the Buddhas and their celestial abodes? The whole environment would become a miraculous display of unconditional love, wisdom, and power, accompanied by the sweet music of holy prayers and inspirational teachings. This is not just a dream or a fantasy but an effective meditation practice that can bring relief from stress, healing to mind and body, healthier relationships, and a positive new outlook on the world around you. Loving-kindness meditations are a highly effective way to generate positive causation, bring true peace and love into our lives, and release ourselves from habitual suffering. When we train ourselves to desire the happiness and well-being of others, with the unconditional love of a mother who cares wholeheartedly for her little ones, we find our whole world pervaded by the positive qualities of joy, peace, and beauty. The training can be compared to sunbathing. As our body absorbs the sun's heat, it becomes warm and gradually emanates that warmth into our surroundings. In the same way, through devotion and trust in the Buddha of Loving-Kindness, we immerse our mind in his unconditional love, which we then radiate to those around us. The Heart of Unconditional Love presents this meditation in a new, four-stage format distilled from the author's lifelong study and practice of authentic, traditional teachings. The meditation can be practiced in as little as thirty minutes a session: In the Outer Buddha Stage, we open our heart with trust and devotion to the Buddha of Loving-Kindness and enjoy his unconditional love. In the Inner Buddha Stage, we experience the Buddha's unconditional love within and for ourselves. In the Universal Buddha Stage, we learn to see, hear, and feel the world around us as a blessed realm of unconditional love. In the Ultimate Buddha Stage, we rest in the awareness of unconditional love free from conceptual thinking. Designed to be accessible to newcomers as well as experienced meditators, this presentation is a brand-new approach to loving-kindness meditation, being published in English for the first time"-- Provided by publisher.

The bondage of the will

May 8, 2015
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, 2012.
322 p. ; 22 cm.
A translation of De servo arbitrio (1525), Martin Luther's reply to Erasmus of Rotterdam.
Introduction (W.A. 600-602) -- Review of Erasmus' preface (W.A. 603-639) -- Review of Erasmus' introduction (W.A. 639-661) -- Review of Erasmus' arguments for 'free will' (W.A. 661-699) -- Review of Erasmus' treatment of texts that deny 'free will'- I (W.A. 699-733) -- Review of Erasmus' treatment of texts that deny 'free will'- II (W.A. 733-756) -- The Bible doctrine of the bondage of the will (W.A. 756-786) -- Conclusion (W.A. 786-787).
The Bondage of the Will is fundamental to an understanding of the primary doctrines of the Reformation. In these pages, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel. Free will was no academic question to Luther; the whole gospel of the grace of God, he believed, was bound up with it and stood or fell according to the way one decided it. Luther affirms our total inability to save ourselves and the sovereignty of divine grace in our salvation. He upholds the doctrine of justification by faith and defends predestination as determined by the foreknowledge of God. - Back cover.

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