New Arrivals · Religion

December 3, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The soul of shame : retelling the stories we believe about ourselves

December 2, 2016
Thompson, Curt, 1962-
Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity Press, [2015]
206 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : the story that shame is trying to tell -- Our problem with shame -- How shame targets the mind -- Joy, shame, and the brain -- The story of shame you are living -- Shame and the Biblical narrative -- Shame's remedy : vulnerability -- Our healing cloud of witnesses -- Redeeming shame in our nurturing communities -- Renewing vocational creativity.
"Curt Thompson unpacks the soul of shame, revealing its ubiquitous nature and neuro-biological roots. He also provides the theological and practical tools necessary to dismantle shame, based on years of researching its damaging effects and counseling people to overcome those wounds. Thompson's expertise and compassion will help you identify your own pains and struggles and find freedom from the lifelong negative messages that bind you. Rewrite the story of your life and embrace healing and wholeness as you discover and defeat shame's insidious agenda."--Back cover.

A step along the way : models of Christian service

December 2, 2016
Pope, Stephen J., 1955-
Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, [2015]
xxiii, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Part 1. Exemplars. Dorothy Stang, SND -- Dorothy Day -- Mother Teresa -- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Oscar Romero -- Pierre Claverie, OP -- Part 2. Models. Stewardship -- Hospitality -- Compassion -- Advocacy -- Solidarity -- Witness -- Evaluating the models.

Sacred bliss : a spiritual history of cannabis

November 29, 2016
Ferrara, Mark S., author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2016]
x, 184 pages ; 24 cm
Vendānta, Sādhu priests, and the "Lord of Bhang" -- Shamans, Sufis, and the "Green Man" -- Chinese pharmacopoeia and the golden flower -- Dagga cults, Coptic churches, and the Rastafari -- Peak-experiences and the ineffable -- Hashish eaters, hobbits' leaf, and the pantagruelion.
"Sacred Bliss challenges traditional attitudes about cannabis by tracing its essential role in the spiritual and curative traditions in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from prehistory to the present day. In highlighting the continued use of cannabis around the globe, Sacred Bliss offers compelling evidence of cannabis as an entheogen used for thousands of years to evoke peak-experiences, or moments of expanded perception or spiritual awareness. Today, the growing utilization of medical cannabis to alleviate the pain and symptoms of physical illness raises the possibility of using cannabis to treat the mind along with the body. By engaging sacred and secular texts from around the world, Sacred Bliss demonstrates that throughout religious history, cannabis has offered access to increased imagination and creativity, heightened perspective and insight, and deeper levels of thought"--Publisher.

Rhythms of rest : finding the spirit of sabbath in a busy world

November 29, 2016
Miller, Shelly, author.
222 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Sabbath-keeping not only brings physical refreshment, it restores the soul. God commands us to "remember the Sabbath," but is it realistic in today's fast-paced culture? In this warm and helpful book, Shelly Miller dispels legalistic ideas about Sabbath and shows how even busy people can implement a rhythm of rest into their lives--whether for an hour, a morning, or a whole day. With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for having peaceful, close times with God. You will learn simple ways to be intentional about rest, ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in God, and even how meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences. Ultimately, this book is an invitation to those who long for rest but don't know how to make it a reality. Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through.

Falling free : rescued from the life I always wanted

November 29, 2016
Martin, Shannan, 1976- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016]
xxi, 216 pages ; 22 cm
Get risky -- Redefine family -- Have less -- Unplan -- Live small -- Gather -- Open the door -- Grow together -- Commune -- Give more -- A final note on freedom.
"'Falling free' charts [a family's] pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God's more being found in less. Martin's practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life."--Back cover.

American prophets : seven religious radicals and their struggle for social and political justice

November 28, 2016
Raboteau, Albert J., author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016.
xvii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Abraham Joshua Heschel, prophet of divine pathos -- A.J. Muste: the redemptive power of nonviolent suffering -- Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement: doing the works of mercy -- Howard Thurman: in search of common ground -- Thomas Merton: contemplation in a world of action -- Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement: religion in US politics -- "Is this America?" Fannie Lou Hamer and the voices of local people.

Woman thou art healed & whole : a 90 day devotional journey

November 28, 2016
Jakes, T. D., author.
268 pages ; 19 cm
T.D. Jakes shares words of encouragement that will heal your soul and liberate your heart.

The Jonathan effect : helping kids and schools win the battle against poverty

November 22, 2016
Tenbusch, Mike, 1969- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books/InterVarsity Press, 2016.
190 pages ; 21 cm
Meeting Keyvon -- Alone in the wilderness -- Making the commitment -- The Jonathan commitment -- Becoming a dad -- The church awakening -- Graduating -- Starting steps for building church-school partnerships -- Frozen -- How you can change a life -- Fired -- The plan in action -- Making money -- What to watch out for -- Caught -- Pushing through -- Still standing.

Wisdom from above : daily encouragement for life from the Proverbs

November 21, 2016
Stanley, Charles F., author.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2016.
vii, 382 pages ; 24 cm

On the historicity of Jesus : why we might have reason for doubt

November 15, 2016
Carrier, Richard, 1969- author.
xiv, 696 pages ; 24 cm
The Problem -- The Hypothesis of Historicity -- The Hypothesis of Myth -- Background Knowledge (Christianity) -- Background Knowledge (Context) -- The Prior Probability -- Primary Sources -- Extrabiblical Evidence -- The Evidence of Acts -- The Evidence of the Gospels -- The Evidence of the Epistles -- Conclusion.
"The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus. Carrier re-examines the whole question and finds compelling reasons to suspect the more daring assumption is correct. He lays out extensive research on the evidence for Jesus and the origins of Christianity and poses the key questions that must now be answered if the historicity of Jesus is to survive as a dominant paradigm."--Back cover.

People are asking... Is this the end? : signs of God's providence in a disturbing new world

November 14, 2016
Jeremiah, David, 1941- author.
xi, 323 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: Is this the end for America? The age of anything goes (Romans 1:18-32) -- The bleeding of our borders -- The increase of intolerance -- The apathy of America -- The remedy of revival (2 Chronicles 34-36) -- Part II: Is this the end for the world? The isolation of Israel (Genesis 12:1-3) -- The insurgency of ISIS -- The resurrection of Russia (Ezekiel 38-39) -- The rapture of the redeemed (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) -- Translated before the Tribulation -- Leader's guide.
Never have the headlines been this jarring, the cultural changes this rapid, or the moral decay this pronounced. What on earth is happening? After each new occurrence, the most oft-heard questions are, "Will the world ever be the same again?" and "Where is God in all of this?" Turning Point founder Dr. David Jeremiah specializes in topics that deal with biblical application and modern culture. The time has come to accept this new normal, Jeremiah says, and understand how God's hand is still at work on His eternal plan for mankind. No one can afford to ignore these warnings, but all can better understand the greater story and the role we each play in this changing world. From prophetic clues in Scripture to an understanding of the power of Christ in all believers, this book directs us on a clear path forward.

Ruth and Esther

November 11, 2016
Queen Sutherland, Kandy, 1951- author.
Macon : Smyth & Helwys, 2016.
xxiv, 517 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).
Accompanied by a CD-ROM located in back pocket of book.

I believe : the promise of the creed

November 10, 2016
Francis, Pope, 1936- author.
Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, 2016.
xiii, 175 pages ; 22 cm.
First published as: Credo : Was uns das Glaubensbekenntinis verspricht, 2015.

The broken way : a daring path into the abundant life

November 10, 2016
Voskamp, Ann, 1973- author.
286 pages ; 21 cm
What to do with your one broken heart -- Re-membering your broken pieces -- When you want to exchange your brokenness -- How to break time in two -- Becoming the gift the world needs--and you need -- What's even better than a bucket list -- Love is a roof for all our brokenness -- Why love is worth breaking your heart -- The miracle in your pocket that breaks stress -- How to passionately love when your heart's breaking -- Breaking into being real -- Breaking your brokenness -- The inconvenient truth no one tells you -- Breaking the lies in your head -- How to be an Esther and break a thousand gates -- When it comes to wooing God and healing wounds -- How to find the heroes in a suffering world -- Why you don't have to be afraid to be broken.
"New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it's too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? This is the one begging question that's behind every single aspect of our lives--and one that The Broken Way rises up to explore in the most unexpected ways,"

The great good thing : a secular Jew comes to faith in Christ

November 10, 2016
Klavan, Andrew, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016]
xxv, 269 pages ; 22 cm
Great neck Jew -- Addicted to dreams -- Bar Mitzvah boy -- A Christmas carol -- Tough guys -- Reading the Bible -- Experience -- A mental traveler -- Lodestar -- Going crazy -- Five epiphanies -- This thing of darkness -- My conversion -- A new story.

Archaeology of the Bible : the greatest discoveries from Genesis to the Roman era

November 9, 2016
Isbouts, Jean-Pierre, author.
Washington, DC : National Geographic Partners, [2016]
350 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
The archaeology of the Patriarchs -- The archaeology of the Exodus -- The archaeology of the Kingdoms of Israel -- The archaeology of the Second Temple period -- The archaeology of the life of Jesus -- The archaeology of early Christianity -- The Scriptures.

Jesus, the gentle parent : gentle Christian parenting

November 9, 2016
Knost, L. R.
226 pages ; 21 cm
United States : Little Hearts Books, LLC, [2014]

Shaken : discovering your true identity in the midst of life's storms

November 8, 2016
Tebow, Tim, 1987- author.
213 pages ; 24 cm
Cut -- Who am I? -- Facing the giants -- The voices of negativity -- God's got it -- The others -- Who said normal is the goal? -- Stand up -- The power of doing something -- What matters most.
"First, he was a beloved college football champion, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 Draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets. After one season he was cut by New York, next signed by the New England Patriots, then let go after training camp. Tim Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while holding firm to his faith. In Shaken he explains why neither the highs nor the lows of his life can define him--and he reveals how you, too, can find an unshakable identity and purpose. In revealing passages, Tebow pulls back the curtain on his life, sharing the vulnerable moments of his career that have shaken him to his core--while also teaching the biblical principles that will enable you to keep the faith, no matter what comes your way,"--Baker & Taylor.

The divine dance : the Trinity and your transformation

November 2, 2016
Rohr, Richard, author.
220 pages ; 24 cm
"Drawing from Scripture, theology, and the deepest insights of mystics, philosophers, and sages throughout history, the authors present a compelling alternative to aloof and fairytale versions of God: God as Dance"-- Provided by publisher.

The road back to you : an Enneagram journey to self-discovery

October 31, 2016
Cron, Ian Morgan, 1960- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2016]
238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A curious theory of unknown origin -- Finding your type -- Type eight: the challenger -- Type nine: the peacemaker -- Type one: the perfectionist -- Type two: the helper -- Type three: the performer -- Type four: the romantic -- Type five: the investigator -- Type six: the loyalist -- Type seven: the enthusiast -- So now what? The beginning of love.
"In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach - a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God."--Provided by publisher.

Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta : daily meditations

October 31, 2016
Saxton, Heidi Hess, author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Servant, [2016]
xviii, 124 pages ; 17 cm

The soul of Christmas

October 31, 2016
Moore, Thomas, 1940- author.
xiii, 143 pages ; 21 cm
A new day for spiritual practices -- Deepening the meaning of Christmas -- The day the sun stands still -- The birth of the child -- The manger and the animals -- The guiding star -- The Virgin Mother -- The Christmas tree -- Angels in the sky -- The coming of the Magi -- Gift-giving as a way of life -- Santa, the holy one -- The birth of the soul -- A last word -- The spirit of Christmas.

Hope unfolding

October 27, 2016
Thompson, Becky (Rebecca F.), author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
xiii, 209 pages ; 21 cm
In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren't alone. She guides you to encounter the truth of God's presence that not only fuels you with strength but also instills a fresh confidence.
Diamond in the dirt: God hasn't forgotten about you -- Ordinary threads: God's plans are perfect -- A fight for joy: God is good even when life isn't -- Is it just me?: You're not alone -- You can't do it all: Let God be your strength -- Real life looks lived in: You are not your mess -- Don't run her race: Have grace for who you are -- Outside the box: God still performs miracles -- The Father's love for a momms's heart: God loves you just as you are -- The 'good mom" movement: You are enough.

She believes : embracing the life you were created to live

October 26, 2016
Lindell, Debbie, author.
Grand Rapids : Revell, 2016.
257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Bible sticks : an unlikely calling

October 21, 2016
Vance, Ron, author.
54 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Bible Sticks: An Unlikely Calling is a book that illustrates more than a hobby; it describes a ministry. How often does one have the opportunity to take a simple hobby, wood carving, and use it to inspire thousands around the world? Ron has had no training and uses only an X-acto® knife, so it is obvious that God has called him to a very unlikely ministry. These unique carvings started out as modest teaching tools for the young people at his church. Now they are used to motivate others not only by teaching God's Word in a most unique way but also by encouraging the listener to find their own ministry. This book is filled with photos and descriptions of the Bible sticks, telling the story of each one. Each Bible stick takes over a year to carve, so you can understand the detail. Bible Sticks: An Unlikely Calling is intended to teach, challenge, and inspire others to find their own calling from God."--Page 4 of cover.

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