New Arrivals · Religion

October 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Church of the small things : the million little pieces that make up a life

October 20, 2017
Shankle, Melanie, author.
222 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword / by Ree Drummond, the pioneer woman -- Introduction -- Give me a Casual Corner suit and get out of my way -- How Walmart and a Frito Pie made all the difference -- Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Naugahyde sofa -- Se habla Van Halen? -- Why a Trans Am might be overrated -- The dirty truth of a white couch -- Forty is not the new thirty -- Bangs, bangs, you're dead -- So you think you can parent -- Fish, frogs, crabs, and a farm of lies -- True tales of canine delinquents -- The glamorous life of a writer -- To exercise or not to exercise? That's not a real question -- Autocorrect is the Devil -- The leader of the band -- Baby sister -- Dodging a bullet -- When life is a mixture of sweet and sad -- Beyond measure.
The author celebrates, with her trademark stories and humor, the wonder of the many small moments in life that add up to make a big difference and ultimately shape the person we become.

Why I am an atheist who believes in God : how to give love, create beauty and find peace

October 20, 2017
Schaeffer, Frank, author.
xvii, 144 pages ; 23 cm
Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend's death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God--an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts. He writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe.

Boundaries : when to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life

October 18, 2017
Cloud, Henry, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
346 pages ; 24 cm
If you've ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

God has a name

October 17, 2017
Comer, John Mark, 1980- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
281 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"This book is a simple but profound guide to what God says about himself. In his signature conversational style, Comer the reader line by line through Exodus 34v6-8 -what some scholars argue is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible"--Back cover.

Transforming grace

October 13, 2017
Bridges, Jerry.
xi, 353 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a discussion guide (pages 243-345).
Date of publication from publisher's website.

What the Qurʼan meant and why it matters

October 11, 2017
Wills, Garry, 1934- author.
x, 226 pages ; 22 cm
My Qurʼan problem -- Iraq: the cost of ignorance -- Secular ignorance -- Religious ignorance -- Fearful ignorance -- The Qurʼan: searching for knowledge -- A desert book -- Conversing with the cosmos -- The perpetual stream of prophets -- Peace to believers -- Zeal (jihad) -- The right path (shariʻah) -- Commerce -- Women: plural marriage -- Women: fighting back -- Women: the veil -- Envoi: Fairness in reading.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and religious scholar redirects his lifelong focus on Christianity and takes open-minded look at the Qur’an, finding the original meaning of the sacred text and showing numerous parallels between it and the Old and New Testaments. -- Publisher's description.

The Hollywood commandments : a spiritual guide to secular success

October 10, 2017
Franklin, DeVon, author.
248 pages ; 24 cm
Includes Reader's Guide.
What the church doesn't teach you about success -- Your prayers alone aren't enough -- You are the talent -- You have to carry a crown before you can wear one -- You have to know the rules to play the game -- Your gut is hiding God -- You get what you negotiate (not what you're worth) -- You must master the walk of fame -- Your difference is your destiny -- Your amnesia is an asset -- Your world is smaller than you think -- Peace.

Unbinding : athe grace beyond self

October 10, 2017
Singh, Kathleen Dowling, author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, 2017.
ix, 275 pages ; 24 cm

The paradigm

October 9, 2017
Cahn, Jonathan, author.
viii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A word of preparation -- The master blueprint -- Metamorphosis -- Days of the gods -- The King -- The Queen -- King and Queen -- The goddess -- The days of the King -- The nemesis -- The vineyard -- The prophecy -- The end -- The day -- The shadow queen -- The heir -- The hostile kingdom -- Heir and queen -- The assassin -- The war of thrones -- The warrior -- The race -- The overthrow -- The downfall -- The days of the heir -- The holy man -- The days of the queen -- The warrior king -- The temple -- The harbingers of days to come -- The Elijah paradigm -- Conclusions.
Secrets and mysteries that are taking place all around you will be revealed and show you what you never could have imagined. From the ancient Middle East to the modern world, teachings you will never forget and you may never see the world the same way again.

Santa Muerte : the history, rituals, and magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death

October 5, 2017
Rollin, Tracey, 1981- author.
xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introducing Santa Muerte, the skeletal Lady of Mexico -- The Aztec roots of Santa Muerte -- The sainthood of death -- Death's feminine ways -- The seven colors of Santa Muerte -- Preparing your ritual space and tools -- The rosary of Santa Muerte -- The novena of Santa Muerte -- Niña Blanca, Sweet Sister Death -- Niña Violeta, the Royal Queen -- Niña Azul, the Gracious One -- Niña Dorada, Lucky Lady Death -- Niña Roja, the Queen of Passion -- Niña Verde, the Just Judge -- Niña Negra, the Mother of Tears -- A few last words.
"This is a complete ritual guide to working with Santa Muerte, the Mexican folk saint"-- Provided by publisher.

Proof of God : the shocking true answer to the world's most important question

October 4, 2017
Tompkins, Ptolemy.
249 pages ; 21 cm
This unlikely story of how a serious scientist and a broken writer, in a series of conversations stretching over several months, come to understand that the universe—from the smallest sub-atomic particles that make up everything in existence to the farthest reaches of the universe—bears evidence of a creator. In short, God not only exists, but science gives us tools to know this.

Bible nation : the United States of Hobby Lobby

October 4, 2017
Moss, Candida R., author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
x, 223 pages ; 24 cm
The collection -- The Green Scholars Initiative -- Education -- The Museum of the Bible.

The Apocrypha : translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently compared and revised by His Majesty's special command : appointed to be read in churches.

October 3, 2017
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, [2017]
156 pages ; 21 cm
"First printing 1992; This printing, 2017 (February)"--Title page verso.
"Authorized (King James) version."--Cover.
II Esdras (9 chapters) -- II Esdras (16) -- Tobit (14) -- Judith (16) -- The rest of Esther (6) -- The Wisdom of Solomon (51) -- Ecclesiasticus (51) -- Baruch, with the epistle of Jeremiah (6) -- The Song of the Three Holy Children (1) -- The History of Susanna (1) -- Bel and the Dragon (1) -- The Prayer of Manasses (1) -- I Maccabees (16) -- II Maccabees (15).

White awake : an honest look at what it means to be white

October 3, 2017
Hill, Daniel, 1973- author.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2017.
206 pages ; 21 cm
The day I discovered my world was white -- Flying blind -- What is cultural identity? -- Encounter -- Denial -- Disorientation -- Shame -- Self-righteousness -- Awakening -- Active participation.
"Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: 'Daniel, you may be white, but don't let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.' Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity. Today he is an active participant in addressing and confronting racial and systemic injustices. And in this compelling and timely book, he shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It's crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world"--Back cover.

The alphabet of grief : words to help in times of sorrow

October 2, 2017
Raynor, Andrea, author.
xvi, 144 pages ; 19 cm
Absence -- Bereavement -- Crying -- Dinner -- Everyone else -- Forever -- Ghosts -- Home -- Isolation -- Joy -- Kinship -- Loneliness -- Moving on -- Night -- Out of body -- Partings -- Quilt -- Rainbows -- Sayings -- Treasure -- Until -- Violence -- Why -- X's and O's -- Yesterday -- Zzzzz.

Einstein and the rabbi : searching for the soul

October 2, 2017
Levy, Naomi, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, [2017]
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Searching for the soul -- 1. Meeting the soul -- 2. Einstein and the rabbi: reviving souls -- 3. Finding the me within me: locating your inner essence -- 4. Taking a soulfie -- 5. Encountering the three levels of the soul -- Tapping into the life force: the key to vision and action -- Raising the volume of the soul's voice: feeding and awakening the soul -- 6. Giving the soul what it wants -- 7. Meditating in medicine for the soul -- 8. Letting music lift your soul -- 9. Eating to satisfy your soul -- 10. Praying and learning as keys to understanding -- 11. Restoring the soul in nature -- 12. Welcoming the sabbath: reviving your soul with a day of rest -- Assessing the soul's expansive wisdom -- 13. Stepping back to gain a wider perspective -- 14. Moving beyond our narrow thoughts -- 15. Seeing through the "truths" we tell ourselves -- 16. Glimpsing the tapestry: detecting hidden connections -- Discovering the power to act -- 17. Breaking free of old, familiar patterns -- 18. Pregnant forever: finding the courage to complete what you've begun -- Listening to the love force: the key to intimacy and uncovering your calling -- Learning to love deeply -- 19. Turning a heart of stone into a heart of flesh -- 20. Experiencing the healing of forgiveness -- 21. Praying for holy fear: learning to think before you act -- 22. Recognizing the saving power of true friends -- 23. Finding a soulmate -- 24. Entering marriage with five holy qualities -- 25. Discovering the secret to a lasting marriage -- 26. Parenting with soul -- Uncovering your holy calling -- 27. Heeding the call of the soul -- 28. Knowing you are the right man for the job -- 29. Feeling the soul's tug -- 30. Turning your weakness into your strength -- 31. Bringing your soul to work -- 32. Defeating the soul's adversary -- 33. Know who you are: recognizing your true divine power -- Welcoming the eternal force: the key to your higher knowing -- Experiencing unity and a taste of eternity -- 34. Bridging distances and returning home -- 35. Perceiving the forty-two journeys of your soul -- 36. Recognizing how setbacks can lift you higher -- 37. Seeing your world to come -- Gaining a higher understanding of time and eternity -- 38. Treasuring blessings that can never die -- 39. Living on soul time -- 40. Experiencing the oneness -- 41. Giving pleasure to the soul -- 42. Beholding threads of connection -- Coming full circle: The letter.
"A bestselling author and rabbi's profoundly affecting exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi." --

Come and eat : a celebration of love and grace around the everyday table

October 2, 2017
McKoy, Bri, 1984- author.
xiii, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Each chapter concludes with "Prayer for the table," "Questions for the table," and "Recipe for the table."
A lifetime of tables -- A place for us at the table -- Inviting others to the table -- A vision for the table -- Brokenness at the table -- Hospitality at the table -- Peace at the table -- Communion at the table -- Meekness at the table -- Story at the table -- Questions at the table -- Revolution at the table.
"In today's busy and often superficial world, we all crave something deeper and truer. Maybe it's relationships that go beyond the surface or gatherings that allow for joy and pain. Bri McKoy tells us this is within reach! All we need is a table, open hearts, and a simple invitation: come and eat. McKoy invites us to discover how a common dining-room table can be transformed into a place where brokenness falls away to reveal peace and fellowship. Whether the table is laid with bounty or with meager offerings, whether it is surrounded by the Body of Christ or homeless, broken souls, she shows us that healing begins when we say, "Come in. I may not know you, but I know your maker. And so I offer you my heart." For all those who are hungry and craving more of God's kingdom in their homes, Come and Eat offers recipes, tips, and questions to jumpstart conversation, while reminding us that fellowship in God's love is always the most remembered, most cherished nourishment. Because when we make room for others, we make room for God, and our homes become a vibrant source of life, just as he means them to be."--Page 4 of cover.

Spiritual graffiti

September 28, 2017
MC Yogi, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Loving and beloved : tales of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, defender of Israel

September 28, 2017
Raz, Simcha.
New Milford, CT : Menorah Books Ltd., 2016.
xx, 207 pages ; 23 cm

7 lessons from heaven : how dying taught me to live a joy-filled life

September 27, 2017
Neal, Mary C., author.
viii, 274 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide (pages 253-268).
River of death, river of life -- Seeing my life from outside time -- We are both physical and spiritual beings -- Sitting next to Jesus -- Life goes further than science -- Crossing over and coming back -- A guided tour of heaven -- Miracles are always in the making -- Angels walk among us -- God has a plan -- Beauty blossoms from all things -- There is hope in the midst of loss -- How to live with absolute trust -- Step 1, look beyond, forming a hypothesis with an open heart -- Step 2, look around, collecting evidence from the natural world and other people -- Step 3, look within, finding signs of God's presence in personal experiences -- Step 4, form a conclusion, revaluating your hypothesis and making a choice -- The sweetest fruit on earth.
Mary Neal takes readers deeper into her experience, which includes encounters with angels, a journey to a "city of light," and what it was like to meet Jesus face-to-face. Even more, Neal shares how she came back with clarity that the God we hope for - the one who knows us, loves each of us as though we are the only one, and wants us to experience joy in our daily life - is worthy of our absolute trust. She offers practical insights and inspiration for how each of us can experience this God every day and begin living joyfully - without regret, worry, anxiety, or fear.

Crucible of faith : the ancient revolution that made our modern religious world

September 27, 2017
Jenkins, Philip, 1952- author.
xxxi, 303 pages ; 25 cm
The old world: living with radical monotheism -- The years of the Greeks: the Jewish world confronts Greek empires -- Antioch in Jerusalem: the limits of the law -- Enoch the prophet: startling new scriptures remap the spiritual universe -- Tyrants follow tyrants: a century of national agony -- Daniel's revolution: visions of cosmic warfare -- The light and the life: wars of light and darkness -- The powers above: how the universe filled with angels and demons -- The Word was with God: rethinking the world's creation -- Smashing God's house: how apocalyptic and messianic ideas drove political action -- Making faiths: the making of world religions -- Conclusion: Closed histories.
"In The Crucible of Faith, Philip Jenkins argues that much of the Judeo-Christian tradition we know today was born between 250-50 BCE, during a turbulent "Crucible Era." It was during these years that Judaism grappled with Hellenizing forces and produced new religious ideas that reflected and responded to their changing world. By the time of the fall of the Temple in 70 CE, concepts that might once have seemed bizarre became normalized-and thus passed on to Christianity and later Islam. Drawing widely on contemporary sources from outside the canonical Old and New Testaments, Jenkins reveals an era of political violence and social upheaval that ultimately gave birth to entirely new ideas about religion, the afterlife, Creation and the Fall, and the nature of God and Satan."--Amazon.

God is for real : and he longs to answer your most difficult questions

September 27, 2017
Burpo, Todd, author.
vii, 247 pages ; 22 cm
I need a big God -- Getting your attention -- New life in Newtown -- Not perfect, just devoted -- Hide (blame) and seek -- Churchians -- Thinking of me -- The snake still strikes -- The unpopular God -- My greatest unanswered prayer -- The big deal of the cross -- Thriving or dying -- Tiny kingdoms -- Switching sides -- The end...of yourself -- Having God's back on truth -- Withholding the cure -- Made in practice -- Framed God -- God in all people? -- Next steps -- Last words.
Offers clear, down-to-earth answers to the questions people have about the real difficulties of their life and faith, using biblical wisdom to encourage readers to meet God in their daily lives.

The Templars : the rise and spectacular fall of God's holy warriors

September 26, 2017
Jones, Dan, 1981- author.
New York : Viking, [2017]
xvi, 428 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Part I. Pilgrims, c. 1102-1144 -- A golden basin filled with scorpions -- The defense of Jerusalem -- A new knighthood -- Every good gift -- Part II. Soldiers, 1144-1187 -- A tournament between Heaven and Hell -- The mill of war -- The godforsaken tower -- Power and riches -- Troubles in the two lands -- Tears of fire -- Woe to you, Jerusalem! -- Part III. Bankers, 1189-1260 -- The pursuit of fortune -- Nowhere in poverty -- Damietta! -- Animosity and hatred -- Unfurl and raise our banner! -- Part IV. Heretics, 1260-1311 -- A lump in the throat -- The city will fall -- At the Devil's prompting -- Heretical depravity -- God will avenge our death -- Epilogue: the holy grail.
A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy.

Lessons in hope : my unexpected life with St. John Paul II

September 25, 2017
Weigel, George, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
x, 357 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A dinner of consequence -- Coincidence and providence -- Lent in the third grade: Baltimore, 1960 -- First steps in philosophy: Baltimore, 1969-1973 -- Contesting the Council, Toronto, 1973-1975 -- Apprentice wordsmith: Seattle, 1975-1984 -- Front row seat: New York and Baltimore, October 1979 -- In the castle: Washington, 1984-1989 -- Cold War endgame: Washington, 1985-1989 -- EPPC, diplomacy, and Centesimus annus: Washington and Copenhagen, 1989-1991 -- New worlds -- In the belly of the beast: Moscow, October 1990 -- Rookie Vaticanista: Rome, May 1991 and March-April 1992 -- "Do you have some Polish ancestors?": Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, and Tarnów, June 1991 -- Pilsner on tap and martyr-confessors: Prague and Bratislava, October 1991 -- In the Alps: Liechtenstein, July 1992 -- Così Giovane: Rome, November 1992 -- After the revolution: Rome and Poland, 1992-1994 -- The biography that wasn't: Washington and Rome, Spring 1995 -- Parsing freedom: New York and Baltimore, October 1995 -- The witness, from inside -- The Mandatum scribendi: Washington, January 1996 -- "That's obvious...": Rome, March 1996 -- Worse than Solzhenitsyn: Kraków, July 1996 -- "It was always 'them' and 'us'": Rome, September 1996 -- The indispensable man: Rome, 1996-1999 -- Spiral staircase: Rome, December 1996 -- Tutor, translator, librarian, nun: Rome, February-October 1997 -- "Humiliation at the hands of evil" and crypto-Lenin: Rome, January 1997 -- A pride of curialists: Rome, 1996-1999 -- "Something useful for the Universal Church": Rome, March 1997 -- Wojtyła's Poland in depth: Warsaw, Kraków, and Lublin, April 1997 -- Inside the Holy See--Israel negotiations, Austin, May 1997 -- Back in sync in Poland: Kraków, June 1997 -- Camels for daughters?: Lralów and Paris, August 1997 -- Polonia on the Potomac: Washington, 1997-1998 -- Literary architecture: Charleston, September 1997 -- "Who eez Bob DEE-lahn?": Rome, September 1997 -- "Are you proud to be an American?": Rome and Vienna, November-December 1997 -- The island prison: Cuba, January 1998 -- "What are you doing here? You are not from Milwaukee...": Rome, March 1998 -- "Joan or Gwyneth?": Rome, April 1998 -- "He is a source of light": Rome, April 1998 -- "You are getting grey": Poland and Rome, July-December 1998 -- Impeachment intervenes: Washington, July 1998-February 1999 -- Last lap: Washington and Rome, January-June 1999 -- Jubilee pilgrim's progress -- A long embrace: Rome, September 1999 -- On the road: the United States, Canada, and Europe, October 1999-January 2000 -- Wisdom personified: Jerusalem, March 2000 -- Back home in Poland: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław, and Kraków, May 2000 -- Lusitania and Oz: Portugal and Australia, June and October 2000 -- Erasmus, the ethereal Spanish Pyrenees, and a report to the Pope: New York, Pamplona, and Rome, November-December 2000 -- Via crucis -- Under the golden dome: Notre Dame, February 2001 -- Abraham Lincoln in full pontificals: Rome, February-March 2001 -- Chilled Guinness, Michael Jackson, Honorable Members, and unhappy tabletistas: Ireland, England, Scotland, March 2001 -- Ben-Hur and the Pope: Rome, May 2001 -- New world disorder: Rome, October-November 2001 -- the long Lent: Portugal, Toronto, and Germany, 2002 -- The Iraq crisis: Washington and Rome, January-April 2003 -- Dark night and silver jubilee: Rome, October 2003 -- T.S. Eliot and a good story ruined: Rome, December 2003 -- "I proved them wrong": Rome, December 2004 -- Fourteenth station: Rome, March-April 2005 -- Mission continued -- A gold mine of secrets: Poland and Rome, 2007-2008 -- Beatification and a life reconsidered: Rome, 2006-2008 -- A promise kept: Washington and Poland, 2010-2012 -- Lessons in hope.
Describes the author's friendship with St. John Paul II, recounting the end of the Cold War and the commotion caused by post-Vatican II Catholicism.

Katie Luther, first lady of the Reformation : the unconventional life of Katharina von Bora

September 25, 2017
Tucker, Ruth, 1945- author.
208 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: Katharina von Bora for all seasons -- "Jesus cage": incarceration in a cloister -- "Here I stand": religious revolution in Germany -- "A wagon load of vestal virgins": escaping the convent -- "A bitter living": daily life in old Wittenberg -- "Pigtails on the pillow": marriage to Martin Luther -- "Neither wood nor stone": a Reformation husband -- "From Katie, a little heathen": motherhood at the manse -- "Morning star of Wittenberg": at work before dawn -- "Hew an obedient wife out of stone": pushing gender boundaries -- "Stop worrying, let God worry": worrywart of Wittenberg -- "Fifty gulden" Bible reading: undervalued spirituality -- "No words can express my heartbreak": widowhood and final years -- Brand Bora: Concluding thoughts on Katharina.
Katherine Luther, a former nun, was a decisive, assertive partner of Martin Luther, unlike most preacher's wives of her time.

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