New Arrivals · Religion

March 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

All the places to go . . . how will you know? : God has placed before you an open door. What will you do?

March 25, 2015
Ortberg, John.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2015.
273 pages ; 22 cm
All the places to go ... how will you know? -- Open-door people and closed-door people -- No mo FOMO: overcoming the fear of missing out -- Common myths about doors -- Door #1 or door #2? -- How to cross a threshold -- What open doors will teach you about you -- The Jonah complex -- Thank God for closed doors -- The door in the wall.

It is finished : 365 days of good news

March 25, 2015
Tchividjian, Tullian, author.
Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, 2015.
1 volume unpaged ; 19 cm
Daily reminders of God's good news for you.

Motivate your child : a Christian parent's guide to raising kids who do what they need to do without being told

March 25, 2015
Turansky, Scott, 1957-
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xvii, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Includes indexes.

Change of heart : justice, mercy, and making peace with my sister's killer

March 24, 2015
Bishop, Jeanne, author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2015]
xv, 159 pages ; 23 cm
What comes before. The murders ; The arrest ; The trial ; Learning curve ; Kairos ; The gifts -- What comes after. David ; Change of heart ; The letter ; The visit ; The cost ; Learning from my saints ; Restoration.
"The story of [an] uneven journey to confronting and reconciling with [the teenager who murdered Bishop's sister and brother-in-law, taking] on the larger issues of restorative justice, life sentences, and incarceration in the criminal justice system, ... [acknowledging] the personal cost of advocating for mercy for people convicted of serious crimes"

Stay : lessons my dogs taught me about life, loss, and grace

March 24, 2015
Burchett, Dave.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Puppy love -- Always there -- Be present -- Live in the moment -- Unleashed! -- Good friends -- Run to the master -- Shake off the lies -- Trust, the currency of love -- Live out of who you are -- Gratitude starts with attitude -- Bury the bones of bitterness -- Welcome waggin' -- Only the good die young? -- Good-bye -- Forgetting her name -- The impact of our story -- Sit! Stay! -- Gently leading -- Life interrupted -- The hidden toxicity of forbidden fruit -- O Maggie, where art thou? -- Learning to live.
You'll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park. --Publsiher's description.

Simply good news : why the gospel is news and what makes it good

March 24, 2015
Wright, N. T. (Nicholas Thomas), author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
189 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
What's the news? -- Foolish, scandalous, or good? -- Surprised by King Jesus -- Distorted and competing gospels -- Rethinking heaven -- Wrong future, wrong present -- Surprised by God -- Praying the good news.

The healing light of angels : transforming your past, present, & future with divine energy

March 23, 2015
Keyes, Raven, 1949-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Llewellyn Publications, [2014]
pages cm
Encountering angels -- The reunion with my angel : how I got to where I am -- Angels as guardians and guides -- Angels in reiki -- Angels helping with cancer and surgery -- Special angelic blessings -- Angels healing locations -- Angels healing the past -- Angels healing the healer.

Strong as death is love : the Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel : a translation with commentary

March 23, 2015
Alter, Robert, author.
xvi, 234 pages ; 25 cm
"An award-winning translation brings new immediacy to these beloved books of the Bible. Read them for the first time, again. These five late biblical books offer readers a range of pleasures not usually associated with the Bible. They are artful, entertaining literary works-innovative, even startling. Women often stand center stage. Song of Songs is a celebration of young love, frankly sensuous, with no reference to God or covenant. It offers some of the most beautiful love poems of the ancient world. The story of Queen Esther's shrewd triumph is a secular entertainment that mixes farce with sly sexual comedy. The character of Ruth embodies the virtues of loyalty, love, and charity in a harmonious world. Enigma replaces harmony in Daniel, whose feverish night dreams envision the end of time. And the traditions of prophecy are recast in the tale of a fish that, on God's command, swallows Jonah and imprisons him in its dark wet innards for three days. Alter's translation restores the original power of these popular books"-- Provided by publisher.

You're loved no matter what : freeing your heart from the need to be perfect

March 23, 2015
Gerth, Holley, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
219 pages ; 22 cm
Why you really don't have to be perfect -- Embracing the freedom that's already yours -- Trading guilt for grace -- What your heart really needs is perfect love -- The God who loves you more than you know -- Daring to be who you already are -- Finding healing in your relationships -- A practical plan for beating perfectionism -- A new perspective that will change your life -- The perfect place you're heading one day -- Freeing your heart forever -- Go deeper guide (for individuals and groups).

In God's hands

March 19, 2015
Tutu, Desmond, author.
vi, 151 pages ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014."
In God's Hands is the 2015 Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book. In this little gem of a book, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distils the wisdom forged through a childhood of poverty and apartheid, an adulthood lived in the glare of the world's media, and the long and agonising struggle for truth and reconciliation in South Africa, into the childlike simplicity which Jesus tells us characterises the Kingdom of God. Archbishop Tutu has produced a meditation on the infinite love of God and the infinite value of the human individual. Not only are we in God's hands, he says, our names are engraved on the palms of God's hands. Throughout an often turbulent life, Archbishop Tutu has fought for justice and against oppression and prejudice. As we learn in this book, what has driven him forward is an unshakeable belief that human beings are created in the image of God and are infinitely valuable. Each one of us is a God-carrier, a tabernacle, a sanctuary of the Divine Trinity. God loves us not because we are loveable but because he first loved us. And this turns our values upside down. In this sense the Gospel is the most radical thing imaginable. It is extremely moving that in this book Archbishop Tutu returns to something so simple and so profound after a life in which he has been involved in political, social and ethical issues that have seemed to be so very complex.

The gift of Shamanism : visionary power, Ayahuasca dreams, and journeys to other realms

March 17, 2015
Beery, Itzhak, 1950-
Rochester, Vermont : Destiny Books, [2015]
237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Discover the shamanic powers within each of us"-- Provided by publisher.

At play in creation : Merton's awakening to the feminine Divine

March 16, 2015
Pramuk, Christopher, author.
xii, 138 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Examines the role of Sophia, Divine Wisdom in the writings of Thomas Merton. A more personal and less academic presentation than in "Sophia: the hidden Christ of Thomas Merton," the author's earlier book on this topic.

Gift of the red bird : a spiritual encounter : with a guide for reflection

March 12, 2015
D'Arcy, Paula, 1947-
New York : Crossroad Pub. Co., ©2003.
151 pages ; 20 cm
Subtitle on cover: The story of a divine encounter.
Originally published: New York : Crossroad Publishing Co., 1996. With a new guide for reflection.

Nonviolent action : what Christian ethics demands but most Christians have never really tried

March 11, 2015
Sider, Ronald J., author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
xvi, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Proving it works: from the early beginnings to stunning success -- Early Developments -- Gandhi: defeating the British Empire -- Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhian nonviolence: the battle against American racism -- Nonviolent intervention in guerrilla warfare -- Wheelchairs versus tanks -- Defeating the Soviet Empire -- Solidarity: a trade union and the Pope versus communist dictators -- The revolution of the candles: the nonviolent overthrow of East German communists -- Recent victories of a growing movement -- "Gather the women to pray for peace": Liberian Women Overthrow a Dictator -- Nonviolence in the Arab Spring -- Intervening, accompanying, and reporting: the growth of peacemaker teams -- The time to act -- Truly testing the possibilities of nonviolent action for the first time in Christian history -- The moral equivalent of war.
A noted theologian and bestselling author shows how nonviolent action has been practiced in history and in current social-political situations to promote peace and oppose injustice.

Converts to Judaism : stories from biblical times to today

March 11, 2015
Epstein, Lawrence J. (Lawrence Jeffrey), author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xv, 202 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: welcoming the stranger: the place of converts in Jewish life -- Your people shall be my people: converts in the biblical era -- Over land and sea: the rise of proselytism in the Hellenistic and early Roman period -- A fence around the Torah: converts in the Talmudic era -- The time of religious struggle: converts in the Medieval era -- Leaving the ghetto: converts from the Jewish enlightenment to the present -- The golden land: converts in the United States -- The call of Zion: converts in Israel -- Lessons from the history of conversion to Judaism.
"From the biblical story of Ruth to the star conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the stories of people who have converted to Judaism throughout history. The book introduces readers to origins of Judaism and shares the first conversion stories of the people who helped the early Jewish faith grow. Subsequent chapters trace the trajectory of Judaism through the ages while highlighting the stories of converts--both well-known and lesser-known--and how they shaped the tradition. The book includes not only the story of Warder Cresson, who was put on trial for insanity after converting to Judaism, but also famous celebrities who became Jewish such as Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr."-- Provided by publisher.

Finding Jesus : faith, fact, forgery : six holy objects that tell the remarkable story of the Gospels

March 10, 2015
Gibson, David, 1969- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"As featured in the original series Finding Jesus on CNN"--Jacket.
John the Baptist : rival Messiah, bones of contention -- The James ossuary : the hand of God or the crime of the century? -- Mary Magdalene : prostitute, apostle, saint--or Jesus's wife? -- The Gospel of Judas : Christianity's ultimate whodunit -- The True Cross : enough to fill a ship -- The Shroud and the sudarium : Jesus of history, Jesus of mystery.
Finding Jesus explores six major artifacts, including the Shroud of Turin, pieces of the True Cross, and the bones of John the Baptist, that give us the most direct evidence about the life and world of Jesus.

Pagans : the end of traditional religion and the rise of Christianity

March 10, 2015
O'Donnell, James Joseph, 1950- author.
New York : Ecco, [2015]
x, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Looks at the history of the rise of Christianity as expeirenced by the adherents of the traditional religions of the ancient world who directly experienced the major disruptions brought about by the rise of what they viewed as an upstart cult.

The new encyclopedia of Islam

March 6, 2015
Glassé, Cyril.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2013] ©2013
viii, 736 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Preface -- The New Encyclopedia of Islam -- Notes on the Encyclopedia -- Chronology -- Branches of Islam -- Map of the Islamic world -- Historical Synopsis of the Middle East -- The Quraysh -- The Umayyad Caliphs of Damascus and Córdoba -- ʹAlids.
The essential one-volume work of reference on Islam, fully revised with added articles, including maps of the Islamic world today and through history, a chronology, and genealogical tables of key dynasties of the faith.

The future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

March 5, 2015
Wills, Garry, 1934-
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
xxi, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Garry Wills, the prizewinning historian, argues that changes have been the evidence of life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad consequences, more often with good, good enough to make it endure. In this brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and serious changes that have taken place (or are taking place) within the last century. None of them was effected by the pope all by himself. As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history of the Church that we can understand Pope Francis's and the Church's challenges, and, as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impact only if the Church, the people of God, support them. In reading the Church's history, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. The challenge that Pope Francis offers the Church is its ability to undertake new spiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the example of Jesus.

Bad faith : when religious belief undermines modern medicine

March 5, 2015
Offit, Paul A., author.
New York : Basic Books, [2015]
xv, 253 pages ; 25 cm
The very worst thing -- A fragile magic -- A vengeful God -- The faith healer next door -- The literal and the damned -- Dialogue of the deaf -- Do unto others -- Ungodly acts -- The miracle business -- The peculiar people -- The divine whisper -- Standing up -- Epilogue: the frail web of understanding.
"In Bad Faith, acclaimed physician and author Paul Offit gives readers a never-before-seen look into the minds of those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion. Never afraid of controversy, Offit takes a stark and disturbing look at our surprising capacity to risk the health and safety of children in service of our beliefs. He tells the story of two devoted Christian Scientists who are shocked and heartbroken when their infant dies of a treatable disease; of orthodox Jewish parents who risk infecting their babies with herpes during an unsterile circumcision ritual; and of a man who believes his faith can cure his son's diabetes and, when that tragically fails, tries to raise him from the dead. The tangled relationship between religion and medicine may appear to afflict only certain pockets of America, but this phenomenon reaches much further -- whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers, you'll likely encounter these issues"--Provided by publisher.

What if I'm an atheist? : a teen's guide to exploring a life without religion

March 4, 2015
Seidman, David, 1959-
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
ix, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Who are atheists (and agnostics and other unbelievers)? -- Is atheism a religion? -- Don't you need God for a moral life? -- Are there atheist-friendly religions? -- How do you become an atheist? -- How will becoming an atheist change you? -- What if you were raised as an atheist? -- Should you tell? -- How do you tell your parents? -- How will your parents react? -- How will your friends react? -- How do unbelievers handle hostile teachers, principals, and classmates? -- Can you celebrate Christmas? and other holiday FAQs -- How can you handle arguments against your being an atheist? -- How can you handle arguments against atheism in general? -- How can you handle arguments for religion? -- How can you make arguments for atheism? -- What if you turn from atheist to believer? -- What's your future going to look like?
A guide to atheism and nonbelief shares counsel on the challenges of questioning the views of one's upbringing, establishing beliefs about religion and spirituality, and addressing the practical aspects of managing religious occasions.

The Spirit-filled life : discover the joy of surrendering to the Holy Spirit

March 2, 2015
Stanley, Charles F.
Nashville : Nelson Books, c2014.
xvi, 283 p. 21 cm.
Pt. 1. Looking up -- pt. 2. Looking within -- pt. 3. Looking ahead.

Home is where my people are : the roads that lead us to where we belong

March 2, 2015
Hudson, Sophie, author.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xiv, 239 pages : map ; 22 cm
It's easy to go through life believing that we can satisfy our longing for home with a three-bedroom, two-bath slice of the American dream that we mortgage at 4 percent and pay for over the course of thirty years. But ultimately, in our deepest places, we're really looking to belong and to be known. And what we sometimes miss in our search for the perfect spot to set up camp is that wherever we are on the long and winding road of life, God is at work in the journey, teaching us, shaping us, and refining us, sometimes through the most unlikely people and circumstances.

The Oxford encyclopedia of biblical interpretation

March 2, 2015
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
2 volumes ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Volume 1. African American interpretation-Materialist criticism -- Volume 2. Metaphor theory and biblical texts-Womanist interpretation -- Topical outline of contents -- Directory of contributors -- Index.
"The two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (OEBI) fills a crucial need in the field of biblical studies by providing detailed, comprehensive treatments of the latest approaches to and methods for interpretation of the Bible written by expert practitioners. It will provide a single source for authoritative reference overviews of scholarship on some of the most important topics of study in the field of biblical studies. As with all high quality reference works, it provides a solid foundation that students and scholars can use to orientate themselves before venturing into original research. The Encyclopedia contains nearly 120 entries, ranging in length from 3,000 to 5,000 words. It is organized in an A-to-Z format. Each entry is signed, contains a bibliography for further reading, and is cross-referenced to other useful points of interest within the Encyclopedia. It also features a topical outline of contents and an extensive index." -- Publisher's website.

The handy Islam answer book

March 2, 2015
Renard, John.
Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [2015]
xii, 435 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An overview of Islam -- Islam's growth into a global community -- Politics and contemporary global affairs -- Sacred sources and their interpretation -- Essential beliefs -- Symbols, rituals, and religious observances -- Themes in Islamic spirituality -- Authority, law, and ethics -- Islam and other faiths -- Culture and religion -- Knowledge, scholarship, and the Islamic humanities -- Aesthetics, literature, the visual and spatial Arts.
"Provides detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, leaders, and organization of the world's second largest religion, [explaining] the significance of the Five Pillars, Muhammad, various sects, the Qur'an, Islamic law, and much more"-- Provided by publisher.

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