New Arrivals · Religion

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Blessed in the darkness : how all things are working for your good

December 8, 2017
Osteen, Joel, author.
©2017
vi, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Blessed in the dark places -- Night seasons -- Secret frustrations -- Unconditional trust -- Don't waste your pain -- Blessed by your enemies -- It's all good -- Nothing is wasted -- Trouble is transportation -- Dropped but not forgotten -- Balanced books -- Faith for the middle -- Anchored to hope -- Pushed into your purpose -- Step into the unknown -- I'm still standing -- Remember your dream -- An expected end.
All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human journey. But when we find ourselves in such a place, it's important that we keep a positive perspective. Joel Osteen writes that if we stay in faith and keep a good attitude when we go through challenges, we will not only grow, but we will see how all things work together for our good. Through practical applications and scriptural insight, BLESSED IN THE DARKNESS focuses on how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense. If we will go through the dark place in the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.

God : a human history

December 7, 2017
Aslan, Reza, author.
©2017
xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction : In our image -- The embodied soul -- Adam and Eve in Eden -- The Lord of beasts -- The face in the tree -- The humanized God -- Spears into plows -- Lofty persons -- The high God -- What is God? -- God is one -- God is three -- God is all -- Conclusion : The one.
Explores humanity's attempts to comprehend the divine by giving it human traits and emotions, and calls for a more expansive understanding of God to develop a more universal spirituality.

Holy rascals : advice for spiritual revolutionaries

December 7, 2017
Shapiro, Rami M., author.
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, 2017.
xxiv, 199 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The mind of a rascal: an authorized autobiography -- Religion unveiled: the tao of toto -- Hacking the holy -- Epilogue: There's a God at the end of this book!
To Shapiro, "holy rascals" are those who use humor, play, creativity, and critical thinking to reveal the human origins of religions, and how religions mask their true origins behind the conceit of divine origins. Their task of unmasking unhealthy and harmful religions and religious beliefs is serious-- but their attitudes are not. Here he presents one-of-a-kind inspiration, humor, and practical insights to help you on your mission.

Experiencing the supernatural : how to saturate your life with the power and presence of God

December 6, 2017
Schneider, K. A. (Kirt Allan)
Bloomington, MN : Chosen Books, ©2017.
171 p. ; 22 cm
God is not bound by the laws of the natural world. He is, by definition, supernatural, and He created us in His image. We are supernatural beings. So why do we confine our understanding of Him--and our relationship to Him--within our own physical, finite limitations? Expecting and experiencing the supernatural in our daily lives should not be a rare occurrence, says bestselling author and Messianic Rabbi K. A. Schneider. It should be a regular way of living and relating to God, and in these pages he helps you discover the many facets and ways you can live a supernatural life with God, including how to listen to and trust your intuition, recognize the signs he uses to guide you, experience miracles, hear God through dreams and visions, minister and receive healing and deliverance and more!.God is ready to saturate your life with His supernatural power and presence. Are you ready to let Him?

When the lion roars : understanding the implications of ancient prophecies for our time

December 6, 2017
Gallups, Carl, 1955- author.
Washington, D.C. : WND Books, [2016]
xii, 320 pages ; 22 cm
Understanding the prophetic nature of our times. Is the sky falling? ; Everybody's talking about it! ; When the lion roars ; Oh, and by the way -- The problems of biblical prophecy. Ready or not, here He comes! ; Were they mistaken? -- The profound prophetic markers of our times. Meet George Jetson ; Many will go to and fro ; Am I still human? ; Back to the future ; The solution to everything ; Mystery of the ages ; The tie that binds ; The revenant nation ; Foretold from the beginning ; The blessing ; Jewish believers in the time of the end ; The World War III zeitgeist ; Advancing like a storm ; Pass the turkey, please ; Caliphate rising ; The Damascus dilemma ; Deadly connections ; Hated by all nations ; They're coming to America ; The demonic deluge ; Emissaries of deceit ; Did God really say ...? ; Denizens of darkness ; The Shemitah shaking -- Equipping the saints "for such a time as this." Balance ; Perspective ; The ingathering ; Engage and advance.
"We are living in unprecedented times. Prophetic events are unfolding at lightning speed right before our eyes and, unbeknownst to most of the world, are being reported in the daily news cycle. From the supernatural resurrection of the nation of Israel to the extraordinary advancement of end-time technologies, ours is the first generation to witness the revelation of such amazing prophetic events. But do not fear, there is a balanced, biblical understanding to everything that is occurring in our day"--Back cover.

The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments

December 6, 2017
Cleveland ; New York : The World Publishing Company, [19--?]
[1274] pages : illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Includes geographical index.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection has original black wrappers printed in gold. Inscribed: "Presented to Marjorie L. Hackworth Fisher by Mom & Dad, James & Goldie Hackworth." Family register located between Old and New Testaments has entries.

Own the moment

December 4, 2017
Lentz, Carl, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xxix, 321 pages ; 22 cm
Surprise! What you see is not what you get -- That's just the way it is -- Rearview mirror -- Fear -- Gold in the garbage -- To all the ladies in the place with style and grace -- The deserted island challenge -- Occupy all streets -- Your security is your serenity -- Living the dream -- If Jesus had instagram -- I have no idea where I'm going -- The walking dead -- It's not as bad as you think it is -- That girl is poison -- Being uncool has never been cooler -- You don't have to be good at everything -- I demand something different -- I'm listening but I don't hear you -- The problem called people -- I am in the people business -- Maybe we are not so different after all -- It ain't the dealer's fault -- If you're racist and you know it, clap your hands -- Culture, in three acts -- In a hurry to nowhere -- The lies we love -- You don't need to save the world.
Shares the story of how the author went from an average adolescent to being the stylish leader of a thriving congregation and ministering to celebrities, along with advice for Christians to maintain their faith in an often ungodly world.

Be the gift : let your brokenness be turned into abundance

December 4, 2017
Voskamp, Ann, 1973- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
vi, 218 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Be the Gift, by New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp, will challenge and encourage you to listen to God and look for opportunities to be His gift to others. The idea that even in the depths of our own brokenness God can use each of us to be a gift to someone else is powerful that He makes each of us enough to give to someone else. Just as powerful is the realization that in becoming God's gifts to others, our lives become more abundant: Maybe the only abundant way forward is always to give forward. Ideas this powerful need to be put into action. Live out the messages in Ann's bestselling books, The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts, with Be the Gift, a practical guide that takes you through each day of the year with ways to bless those around you. Featuring selections from The Broken Way and Ann's blog, beautifully designed quotations, inspirational verses, and Ann's signature photography, this gorgeous book will be an incredible gift to any loved one. It also includes pages of perforated gift tags in the back to include with a meal dropped off for an ailing friend or a pie baked for a friendly neighbor or even passed to a friend with a much-loved book. One Thousand Gifts encouraged readers to live a life of thanksgiving and to chronicle the gifts from God in their everyday lives. The Broken Way reminded that freedom is not found beyond fear and pain, but within it. Now Be the Gift will unpack and chronicle the next step to really live in communion, opening ourselves up to givenness in spite of our brokenness.

Prayers for victory in your marriage

November 30, 2017
Evans, Tony, 1949- author.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2017]
136 pages ; 22 cm
Love -- Unity -- Purpose -- Forgiveness -- Encouragement -- Service -- Communication -- Spiritual growth -- Spiritual warfare -- Healing -- Conflict -- Sexual intimacy -- Blessing -- Protection -- Holy spirit.

Becoming a contagious Christian

November 30, 2017
Hybels, Bill.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan Pub. House, ©1994.
221 pages ; 20 cm
"Willow Creek Resources."

Things that join the sea and the sky : field notes on living

November 29, 2017
Nepo, Mark, author.
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, 2017.
xvii, 236 pages ; 23 cm
The what and how -- Stopping the noise -- Unraveling our fear -- Beyond what goes wrong -- The gift of deepening -- The practice of relationship -- What holds us up -- Navigating trouble -- Right-sizing our pain -- Shedding our masks -- The reach of kindness -- The radiance of all things -- Burning off what's unnecessary -- Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary -- Always building and mending -- the strength of our attention -- Letting everything in and through -- How we make our way -- Threading inner and outer: the practice of journaling.
Inspired by his own journal writing across 15 years, this book shares with us some of Marks most personal work. Many passages arise from accounts of his own life eventsmoments of zsinking and being liftedyand the insights they yielded. Through these passages, were encouraged to navigate our own currents of sea and sky, and to discover something fundamental yet elusive: How, simply, to be here.

The man God has for you : 7 traits to help you determine your life partner

November 28, 2017
Labossiere, Stephan, author.
©2017
164 pages ; 21 cm
Preface -- Introduction -- Myth: There aren't enough men -- Trait #1: You will be attracted to him -- Trait #2: His love will uplift you, not break you -- Trait #3: You will not have to make him into a man -- Reminder: don't settle -- Trait #4: He wants a helpmate, not a playmate -- Trait #5: You'll experience a genuine connection, not just chemistry -- How to talk to God: The most popular prayer women pray -- Trait #6: He will love God -- Trait #7: He'll want all your love, not just a piece -- Conclusion.
"YOU DESERVE AN AMAZING MAN! So, where is he? Does he even exist? I can tell you that he does and that he is out there, chosen by God Himself and waiting for you to discover him. But there are things that you will need to do in order to recognize and receive this man, and that's where The Man God Has for You: 7 Traits to Help You Determine Your Life Partner comes in. Inside these pages is a guide not just to help you determine if the man of your interest is the right one, but also to help you get to the underlying issues that may prevent you from recognizing if he is truly the one for you. This guide will tackle 3 key points: - Address the misconception of not enough men - Give 7 essential traits to determine if the man you seek is the one God intended for you - Provide guidance on how to heal from your past and be open to the possibilities of embracing love This is not another "how to get a man" guide. This book goes deeper to remove any excess baggage, as well as assess the ways you've gone about seeking the man who is for you. A compliment to GOD Where's My Boaz, this book will help you prepare and position yourself to receive the man who is waiting to receive you. Don't get caught up with the man God never intended you to be with ... read The Man God Has for You now and start your search for the right one."--Amazon.com.

In the footsteps of Jesus : a chronicle of his life and the origins of Christianity

November 22, 2017
Isbouts, Jean-Pierre, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017]
367 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction. Reconstructing the path of Jesus -- Part I. The world of Jesus -- The Roman world -- The kingdom of Herod the Great -- Life in lower Galilee -- Part II. The life of Jesus -- Mary and Joseph -- The early years of Jesus -- John the Baptist in the Jordan -- Jesus' ministry begins -- The Galilean campaign -- Journey beyond Galilee -- The road to Jerusalem -- The Passover events in Jerusalem -- Trial and crucifixion -- Part III. The legacy of Jesus -- The first Christians -- The growth of the Church -- The triumph of Christianity -- Epilogue. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus.

The impersonal life : the classic of self-realization

November 22, 2017
Benner, Joseph S. (Joseph Sieber), 1872-1941, author.
New York : TarcherPerigee, 2017.
228 pages ; 19 cm
The impersonal life -- The way out -- The way beyond -- Wealth -- The teacher.
"Since it first appeared in 1914, The Impersonal Life has touched hundreds of thousands of readers. Its simple meditative message teaches you, step by step, to realize that your own consciousness is one with all of Creation -- that you are an outlet of Divine will. Once that extraorinary truth is understood, your wishes become one with God, and your life unfolds in a meaningful, exuberant mosiac in which your fondest hopes and highest purposes are realized. Written anonymously by American mystic Joseph S. Benner (1872-1938), The Impersonal Life is one of the modern landmarks of New Thought and mystical spirituality. As a special bonus, this edition includes four of Benner's most powerful essays: The Way Out; The Way Beyond; Wealth; and The Teacher. Here is a complete journey into the work of a spiritual genuis and practical mystic"-- Provided by publisher.

Fundraising for churches : 12 keys to success every church leader should know

November 21, 2017
McNay, Linda Wise, author.
©2017
xix, 113 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
"Fundraising for Churches: 12 Keys to Success Every Church Leader Should Know was written because your church or faith-based organization needs to raise money, including annual operating support as well as capital and endowment funds for building and maintenance. The authors, Linda Wise McNay, PhD and Sarah B. Mathews, CFRE, believe that churches and other faith-based organizations need to become more adept at raising funds, just like any other type of nonprofit. McNay and Mathews explain that no longer can we be idle bystanders and passively wait to see what comes in the collection plate or depend on people to embrace tithing. In this powerful book they show us, step-by-step, that there are things we can do to help the process along. Fundraising for Churches: 12 Keys to Success Every Church Leader Should Know is written with church leaders in mind—whether they are clergy or other staff members, or lay leaders and volunteers. By the time you have finished reading it, you will have a clear understanding of how to raise meaningful dollars. More to the point, you will have the confidence to launch a highly ambitious and successful fundraising campaign."--Provided by publisher.

Daughters of God and sisters of Jesus

November 21, 2017
Morgan-Bell, Pearl, author.
©2017
496 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
A devotional born from a Spirit-filled passion for enlightening ladies about their divine identity, potential, and royal significance in God's eyes. God's princesses can achieve anything they set their minds to, armed with spiritual insight and humble determination, especially if they do so with the chief aim to bring glory to their Father and to bless those around them.

White spirit animals : prophets of change

November 20, 2017
Hieronimus, J. Zohara Meyerhoff, author.
Rochester, Vermont : Bear & Company, 2017.
333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Preface: the convocation -- Introduction: White spirit animals -- Dreaming shamans -- Bear -- Lion -- Elephant -- Wolf -- Buffalo rising -- The signs.
"Combining sacred elder lore, science, and her own telepathic dreams, Zohara Hieronimus looks at the special role played by the White Spirit Animals in spiritual traditions and prophecy around the globe, where they are seen as guardians of animal wisdom, each with a special purpose and gift. She reveals how they have collaborated with humanity since the last ice age, inspiring spiritual transformations that occur during transitional times"--Back cover.

The myth of equality : uncovering the roots of injustice and privilege

November 15, 2017
Wytsma, Ken, author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2017]
216 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
The story of race -- America's white standard: a nation of (European) immigrants -- When the world became racist: color in the western tradition -- Stolen labor -- How our cities got their shape -- Equality and the kingdom of God -- The aristocratic itch -- Does justice belong in our gospel conversation? -- The salvation industrial complex -- A short look at American individualism -- The challenge of privilege -- When racism went underground -- The voice of justice -- Finding ourselves in the other.
It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation's consciousness. Every week yet another incident involving racial tension splashes across headlines and dominates our news feeds. But it's not easy to unpack the origins of these tensions, and perhaps we wonder whether any of these issues really has anything to do with us.Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference, understands these questions. He has gone through his own journey of understanding the underpinnings of inequality and privilege. In this timely, insightful book Wytsma unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today's race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role we are called to play as witnesses of the gospel.Inequality and privilege are real. The Myth of Equality opens our eyes to realities we may have never realized were present in our society and world. And we will be changed for the better as a result. - from publisher.

Why I left, why I stayed : conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son

November 15, 2017
Campolo, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : Harper One, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xv, 158 pages ; 24 cm
An unusual Thanksgiving / Tony Campolo -- How I left : a son's journey through Christianity / Bart Campolo -- How I stay : a father's story of keeping the faith / Tony Campolo -- Can't, not won't : losing faith is not a choice / Bart Campolo -- You reap what you sow : how I see Bart's deconversion / Tony Campolo -- Life on the other side : the happy reality of secular humanism / Bart Campolo -- The heart of the matter : why humanism doesn't work without Jesus / Tony Campolo -- The dark side of grace : why Jesus doesn't work for me / Bart Campolo -- Not so fast : secularists should take another look at the cross / Tony Campolo -- Godless goodness : the foundations of a secular morality / Bart Campolo -- And then what? why secularists can't face death / Tony Campolo -- Part of the Bargain : facing death the secular humanist way / Bart Campolo -- Not from nowhere : why transcendent experiences point to God / Tony Campolo -- It's all in your head : how I became a religious naturalist / Bart Campolo -- A joint conclusion / Bart and Tony Campolo.
"Christian author, activist, and scholar Tony Campolo and his son Bart, an avowed Humanist, debate their spiritual differences and explore similarities involving faith, belief, and hope that they share"--Amazon.com.

The wisdom of Sundays : life-changing insights from Super Soul conversations

November 9, 2017
Winfrey, Oprah, author.
©2017
240 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Awakening -- Intention -- Mindfulness -- Spiritual GPS -- Ego -- Forgiveness -- Broken open -- Grace and gratitude -- Fulfillment -- Love and connection.
Moments of inspiration from the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday. Each chapter represents a powerful step in Oprah's own spiritual journey and is introduced with a personal essay by Oprah herself. Visionaries like Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Shonda Rhimes share their lessons in finding purpose. World-renowned teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and Wayne Dyer explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection. And best-selling writers like Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser explore forgiveness and letting go. Paired with more than 100 beautiful photographs, including many from Oprah's private property in California, where episodes of Super Soul Sunday are filmed.

The New Testament : a translation

November 9, 2017
©2017
xxxv, 577 pages ; 24 cm
"David Bentley Hart undertook this new translation of the New Testament etsi doctrina non daretur, "as if doctrine is not given." Reproducing the texts' often fragmentary formulations without augmentation or correction, he has produced an often pitilessly literal translation of the early Christians' sometimes raw, astonished, and halting prose, one that captures the texts' frequent impenetrability and unfinished quality while awakening readers to an uncanniness that often lies hidden beneath doctrinal layers. This rendering also challenges the idea that the New Testament affirms the kind of people we are. Hart reminds us that the first Christians were a company of extremists, radical in their rejection of the values and priorities of society not only at its most degenerate, but often at its most reasonable and decent. "To live as the New Testament language requires," he writes, "Christians would have to become strangers and sojourners on the earth, to have here no enduring city, to belong to a Kingdom truly not of this world. And we surely cannot do that, can we?""--Jacket flap.

Love that lasts : how we discovered God's better way for love, dating, marriage, and sex

November 6, 2017
Bethke, Jefferson, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2017]
xvi, 249 pages ; 22 cm
Where is the love? -- What makes you beautiful -- Slow dancing in a burning room -- Riding solo -- Fake love -- Lucky -- Call me maybe -- Bleeding love -- We are never ever getting back together -- When I'm 64 -- At last -- Stay with you -- All of me -- Let's get it on -- Let's talk about sex -- Just the way you are -- Unpack your heart -- Now what?

Conversations with Mary : messages of love, healing, hope, and unity for everyone

November 3, 2017
Raimondi, Anna, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
xiv, 182 pages ; 22 cm

Introduction to Islam

November 2, 2017
Ramadan, Tariq, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xxii, 250 pages : map ; 21 cm
Translated from the French.
Introduction -- 1. History -- 2. Fundamental Tenets -- 3. Faith and Practice -- 4. The Way -- 5. Contemporary Challenges -- Conclusion -- Ten Things You Thought You Knew about Islam -- The Months of the Muslim Lundar Calendar.
"Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is-or is not. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is-or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam. In simple, direct language, an Introduction to Islam introduces readers to Islam and to its principles, rituals, diversity, and evolution. In this book, Tariq Ramadan focuses upon the realities of Islam today. Avoiding ideology and idealism, Ramadan brings to life an essence of the true meaning of Islam and its implications today. No prior knowledge of Islam is required; the book makes the complexity of Islam easy to understand by looking closely at its multi-faceted reality as a religion, and at the civilization that arose from it. The book begins with definitions, and basic principles of Islam. It then delves into history: from the beginnings in the prophetic mission and the Sunni-Shiʻa schism, to the rise of legal schools and the construction of the "Islamic sciences," and to its theological, philosophic mainstream, and mystical (Sufi) undercurrents. The six pillars of faith will also be presented, along with the five pillars of practice, as well as Islam's prescribed rights, duties and prohibitions, the principles of Muslim mysticism and the elements of Islamic philosophy and ethics. The two final chapters focus on the modern era, offering a broad overview of the debates and controversies that are shaking Muslim-majority societies, and reshaping the lives of those who live as minorities elsewhere."-- Provided by publisher.

You've already got it! : So quit trying to get it

November 1, 2017
Wommack, Andrew.
Tulsa, Okla. : Harrison House, 2006.
229 pages ; 22 cm

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