New Arrivals · Religion

April 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

W. E. Vine's New Testament word pictures : every verse explained

April 24, 2017
Vine, W. E. (William Edwy), 1873-1949, author.
2 volumes (1256, 1000 pages) ; 25 cm
Matthew to Acts -- Romans to Revelation.

An unseen angel : a mother's story of faith, hope and healing after Sandy Hook

April 21, 2017
Parker, Alissa, author.
Salt Lake City, Utah : Ensign Peak, [2017]
xii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"When Alissa Parker lost her daughter Emilie in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, she started a life-changing journey to answer soul-searching questions about faith, hope, and healing. As she sought for the peace and comfort that could help mend her broken heart, she learned, step by step, how to open her heart to God's grace and will."--Back cover.

I am number 8 : overlooked and undervalued, but not forgotten by God

April 20, 2017
Gray, John W. (Pastor), author.
New York : Faith Words, 2017.
xxiii, 198 pages ; 22 cm
"Foreword by Joel Osteen"--Cover.
Who is a number 8? -- The field of favor -- There's oil in the field -- In search of a hero -- That long walk home -- Sheep, lions, bears, and giants -- Big me, little king -- Dear Dad -- Scavenger hunt -- Hearts and parts -- My turn, God's time -- Blind spots -- Worshipping wounded -- I can't believe I'm here!
Explores the example of the biblical David, the overlooked, undervalued eighth son who became a renowned king, to expose how God helps even his most humble followers cultivate leadership, wisdom, and sacred gifts for future greatness.

Stay the path : navigating the challenges and wonder of life, love, and leadership

April 20, 2017
Houston, Bobbie, author.
New York : Faith Words, 2017.
xiii, 171 pages ; 22 cm

The grace in living : recognize it, trust it, abide in it

April 20, 2017
Singh, Kathleen Dowling, author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom, [2016]
vii, 283 pages ; 23 cm
"Kathleen Dowling Singh invites us to enter into an awakened relationship with our lives by exploring our own spiritual biography. Her thoughtful reflections and exercises guide us through the process, step-by-step, of recognizing the ever-presence of grace in our lives and learning to trust it and live from it. This book also offers accounts from renowned teachers, including Rodney Smith, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, as well as other long-time practitioners. These intimate first-person accounts offer rare glimpses into early spiritual yearnings, struggles, and realizations—and serve as encouragement and inspiration for us to rediscover our own" --Back cover.

The road to Jonestown : Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

April 19, 2017
Guinn, Jeff, author.
ix, 531 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part one. Indiana -- Lynetta and Jim -- Lynn -- Jimmy -- Growing up -- Richmond -- Marceline -- Jim and Marceline -- Beginnings -- A church where you get something now -- Peoples Temple -- Gaining influence -- Father Divine -- "All races together" -- A man to be reckoned with -- Breakdown -- Brazil -- Looking west -- Part two. California -- Redneck Valley -- Dead end -- Resurrection -- Carolyn -- A socialist example -- Money -- Worker bees -- On the road -- Failures -- Drugs -- Sex -- Family -- The planning commission -- Los Angeles -- San Francisco -- Narrow escapes -- Reaching out -- the gang of eight -- Consequences -- The promised land -- Kimo -- City politics -- More money -- Defectors -- "Our year of ascendancy" -- New West -- Part three. Guyana -- Jonestown -- Concerned relatives and the first White Night -- Death will be painless -- Betrayals -- Unraveling -- Final days -- "Some place that hope runs out" -- What happened? -- Aftermath.
A portrait of the cult leader behind the Jonestown massacre examines his personal life, from his extramarital affairs and drug use to his fraudulent faith healing practices and his decision to move his followers to Guyana, sharing new details about the events leading to the 1978 tragedy.

Taking my life back : my story of faith, determination, and surviving the Boston Marathon bombing

April 14, 2017
Gregory, Rebekah, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
230 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bombs and hospitals -- Finding my way -- Hiding from shadows -- The whirlwind -- Running toward a new normal -- Where we landed -- Conclusion: Happy continuations.
On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of terrorists' homemade bombs packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, Rebekah's legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. Eighteen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, her left leg was amputated. Now Gregory shares the story of her personal journey through abuse, mistakes, and pain and into the arms of Jesus. She explores the peace we experience when we learn to trust God with every part of our lives-- the good, the bad, and even the terrifying.

MacArthur Study Bible : New King James Version

April 14, 2017
xxxii, 2073, 125 pages : maps (some color) ; 245 cm
Includes indexes.
"Signature Series"--Jacket cover.
Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, a 200-page topical index, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and placing it within a theological framework.

Killing Mr. Hyde

April 12, 2017
Lassman, Michael
392 pages ; 24 cm.
"In 'Killing Mr. Hyde', a former Wall Street trader descends into the abyss of alcoholism and loses everything valuable in his life. Finding his way back from the gates of insanity and death was not possible without God's help. In this striking narrative, Michael Lassman does a superb job of defining a complex spiritual malady responsible for creating a host of unwelcome character defects that were preventing him from recovering. Over time, Lassman finds himself becoming less and less of the person God intended for him to be and more and more of a dangerous and delusional alcoholic. At the end of his rope, he finally embarks on an introspective journey and process that allowed God to eliminate the deficiencies in his life that were perpetuating his alcoholism and destroying everything dear to him. 'Killing Mr. Hyde' masterfully breaks down and identifies the relational blockage that exists between God and ourselves and offers insightful, practical solutions to eliminating the things in our souls that are keeping us sick. The true and personal stories interwoven throughout this book are carefully crafted, relevant, and will resonate with anyone struggling to fight their own demons. You'll laugh, cry, and be amazed as a seemingly hopeless situation transforms into a redemptive journey back to sanity and a chance at new life" --Back cover.

In God's hands : the spiritual diaries, 1962-2003

April 11, 2017
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xxii, 482 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Offers selections from the private diaries of Pope John Paul II, written between 1962 and 2003, which shed light on his inner spiritual life and devotion to God.

A little book of mystical secrets : Rumi, Shams of Tabriz, and the path of ecstasy

April 11, 2017
Mafi, Maryam, author.
xix, 212 pages ; 18 cm
"There are many books on Rumi, yet most readers are unaware of how Rumi became a mystic. Shams, whose name is an Arabic word that means the sun, was the catalyst who converted the rather resolute and ascetic Rumi into the passionate disciple of the religion of love"-- Provided by publisher.

The Evangelicals : the struggle to shape America

April 11, 2017
FitzGerald, Frances, 1940- author.
ix, 740 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Great Awakenings and the Evangelical empire -- Evangelicals North and South -- Liberals and conservatives in the Post-Civil War North -- The fundamentalist-modernist conflict -- The separatists -- Billy Graham and modern evangelicalism -- Pentecostals and Southern Baptists -- Evangelicals in the 1960s -- The fundamentalist uprising in the South -- Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority -- The political realignment of the South -- The thinkers of the Christian right -- Pat Robertson : politics and miracles -- The Christian Coalition and the Republican Party -- The Christian right and George W. Bush -- The new evangelicals -- The transformation of the Christian right.
Initially a populist rebellion against the established Protestant churches, evagelicalism became the dominant religious force in the country before the Civil War, but the northerners and southerners split over the issue of slavery. After the Civil War, the northern evangelicals split, eventually causing a conflict between fundamentalists and modernists. Only after the Second World War would conservative evangelicalism gain momentum, thanks in large part to Billy Graham's countrywide revivals. FitzGerald shows how the conflict between religious conservatives and others led to national culture wars and a Southern Republican stronghold, and how a new generation of evangelicals is challenging the Christian right by preaching social justice and the common good. FitzGerald suggests that because evangelicals are splintering, America, the most religious of developed nations, will eventually look more like secular Europe. -- adapted from book jacket.

Light across the years

April 11, 2017
Ressler, Martin E. author.
[Willow Street, Pa.], [Byerland Mennonite Congregation], [1974]
139 pages illustrations 23 cm

Hallelujah anyway : rediscovering mercy

April 10, 2017
Lamott, Anne, author.
176 pages ; 21 cm
The mercy workshop -- Life cycles -- Gold leaf -- Destinations -- Impatiens -- Planes -- As is -- Mostly -- The open drawer.
An exploration of mercy, its elusive presence, and why people ignore or embrace it shares advice for forging deeper self-understanding and how to pursue an honest, meaningful life that involves kindness to others.

Protestants : the faith that made the modern world

April 10, 2017
Ryrie, Alec, author.
ix, 513 pages : map ; 24 cm
Central Europe in the mid-sixteenth century -- The Reformation Age. Luther and the fanatics ; Protectors and tyrants ; The failure of Calvinism ; Heretics, martyrs, and witches ; The British maelstrom ; From the waters of Babylon to a City on a Hill -- The modern age. Enthusiasm and its enemies ; Slaves to Christ ; Protestantism's wild West ; The ordeals of liberalism ; Two kingdoms in the Third Reich ; Religious left and religious right -- The global age. Redeeming South Africa ; Korean in adversity and prosperity ; Chinese Protestantism's long march ; Pentecostalism : an old flame -- The Protestant future.
Five hundred years ago, an obscure monk challenged the authority of the pope with a radical new vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he unwittingly set in motion has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In this dazzling global history charting five centuries of innovation and change, Alec Ryrie makes the case that the world we live in was indelibly shaped by Protestants. Protestants introduces us to the men and women who defined this quarrelsome faith. Some turned to their newly accessible Bibles to justify bold acts of political opposition, others to support a new understanding of how they should live. Protestants are conditioned to fight for their beliefs, and if you look at any of the great confrontations of the last five centuries, you will find them defining the debate on both sides: for and against monarchy, colonialism, slavery, fascism, communism, temperance, and war. Protestants are people who love God and take on the world. They have set out for all four corners of the globe, embarking on courageous journeys into the unknown to establish new communities and experiment with radical new systems of government—like the Puritans, Quakers, and Methodists who made their way to our shores. Protestants created America and defined its special brand of entrepreneurial diligence. And today they are making new converts in China, Korea, Africa, and Latin America. This magisterial book by a brilliant scholars of the Reformation makes the case that whether or not you are yourself a Protestant, you live in a world—and are guided by principles and ideas—shaped by Protestants.

The Benedict option : a strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation

April 7, 2017
Dreher, Rod, author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
viii, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: The awakening -- The great flood -- The roots of the crisis -- A rule for living -- A new kind of Christian politics -- A church for all seasons -- The idea of a Christian village -- Education as Christian formation -- Preparing for hard labor -- Eros and the new Christian counterculture -- Man and the machine -- Conclusion: the Benedict decision.
In a radical vision for the future of Christianity, New York Times bestselling author and American Conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. From the inside, American churches are hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo-Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House might have bought a brief reprieve from the state's assault, but it will not stop the West's slide into decadence and dissolution. Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actually the way back -- all the way to St. Benedict of Nursia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome's fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring Christian communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization. Today, a new, post-Christian barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture. This book is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. The Benedict Option is for all mere Christians -- Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox -- who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church and resilient culture, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night. - Publisher.

Liturgy of the ordinary : sacred practices in everyday life

April 7, 2017
Harrison Warren, Tish, 1979- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2016]
182 pages ; 21 cm
Waking: Baptism and learning to be beloved -- Making the bed: liturgy, ritual, and what forms a life -- Brushing teeth: standing, kneeling, bowing, and living in a body -- Losing keys: confession and the truth about ourselves -- Eating leftovers: word, sacrament, and overlooked nourishment -- Fighting with my husband: passing the peace and the everyday work of shalom -- Checking email: blessing and sending -- Sitting in traffic: liturgical time and an unhurried God -- Calling a friend: congregation and community -- Drinking tea: sanctuary and savoring -- Sleeping: sabbath, rest, and the work of God.

Parenting : the 14 gospel principles that can radically change your family

April 7, 2017
Tripp, Paul David, 1950- author.
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway, [2016]
216 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
Calling -- Grace -- Law -- Inability -- Identity -- Process -- Lost -- Authority -- Foolishness -- Character -- False gods -- Control -- Rest -- Mercy.
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything 'right' and raise up 'good' children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas. This book outlines fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel --Adapted from jacket.

Wholly different : why I chose biblical values over Islamic values

April 7, 2017
Darwish, Nonie, author.
xxiv, 325 pages ; 24 cm
My transformation -- The sin factor -- Healing, salvation, and the holy spirit -- The truth will set you free vs. lying is an obligation -- Freedom in the Bible vs. freedom in Islam -- The biblical values that changed me -- The fruits of the spirit vs. the fruits of Islam -- The seven deadly sins -- A rebellion against the Ten Commandments -- Mental health in the Bible vs. mental health in Islam -- Family -- Feminism: Biblical, secular, and Islamic -- "My kingdom is not of this world" vs. Islam and the Caliphate are one -- Islam: a rebellion against the Bible.
"Western countries are ignorant of true Islamic values, says Nonie Darwish. Darwish is an Egyptian-American, former-Muslim human rights activist who is frustrated with mainstream America's talk of tolerance and assimilation. In Wholly Different, Darwish sets non-Muslims straight about tenets of Islam that are incompatible with free society. For the first time, Darwish tells the whole story of her personal break with Islam, starting with the brutal physical violence and rigid class system she witnessed and culminating with the spine-tingling visit she received from President Nasser after her father, fedayeen commander Mustafa Hayez, was assassinated by Israeli Defense Forces. She lays out the "seventh-century values" of Islam that religious extremists are so intent on protecting through global warfare; values that set Islam apart from the other Abrahamic religions." --Publisher's description.

Nothing to fear : principles & prayers to help you thrive in a threatening world

April 6, 2017
Black, Barry C., author.
ix, 245 pages ; 24 cm
Prepare to be sent -- Prepare for some paradoxes -- Prepare for some surprises -- Prepare the soil of your heart -- Do a reality check -- Embrace love -- Prepare to serve -- Choose rescue over ruin -- Thrive in a predatory world -- Punctuate your life with a purposeful prayer -- Break the devil's grip -- Pass life's tests -- Be as wise as a serpent -- Succeed in slippery places -- Find deliverance from distress -- Conquer fear -- Give more with less -- Be as innocent as a dove -- Live without pride -- Live without lust -- Live without sloth -- Live without destructive anger -- Live without greed -- Live without gluttony -- Live without envy -- Concentrate on the task -- Live a less complicated life -- Strive to belong to God's family -- Change your world -- Start a conspiracy of kindness -- Persevere through rejection -- Deal with broken dreams -- Seize life's second chances.
The Chaplain to the United States Senate shows us how to thrive in the midst of today's turbulence and confusion by following seven principles that Jesus gave his disciples prior to sending them out into a dangerous world.

The face of water : a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible

April 4, 2017
Ruden, Sarah, author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
xxxviii, 232 pages ; 24 cm
Opening the tome -- Okay, the Bible -- what about it? -- Impossibilities illustrated : the character of the languages and texts. Legos, not rocks : grammar ; Magic words : vocabulary ; You mean the Bible has style? ; Poetry in the Bible : the living word of everything and nothing ; Authorship or rhetoric or voice or something ; Scripture as the big conversation ; Let your mind alone : comedy -- Possibilities put forward : mainly, the passages retranslated -- An account of the fuller facts : my scholarly resources and methods -- as if.

The Norse myths : a guide to the gods and heroes

March 31, 2017
Larrington, Carolyne, author.
208 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Introduction: Sources and survivals -- The gods and goddesses -- Creating and crafting the world -- Opposing powers -- Fit for Valhöll : human heroes -- Heroes of the Viking world -- End times-- and renewal.

Find your soul's purpose : discover who you are, remember why you are here, live a life you love

March 31, 2017
Conner, Janet, author.
Newburyport, MA : Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2017.
xxiv, 228 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Unlocking the miraculous through faith & prayer

March 29, 2017
Kolenda, Daniel, author.
Orlando, Florida : Christ for all Nations, [2016]
119 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Previously published under 'Your kingdom come'"--Verso title page.
"For the author, the only thing worse than prayer-less-ness is prayer without expectation. Intercession is not a human invention; it is God's idea. He has called us to partner with him in prayer, believing in faith. This book is for those who desire to enter into this divine partnership and join the prayer revolution"--Provided by publisher.

The five invitations : discovering what death can teach us about living fully

March 28, 2017
Ostaseski, Frank, author.
viii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
The First Invitation : Don't Wait -- The Doorway to Possibility -- At Once Here and Disappearing -- The Maturation of Hope -- The Heart of the Matter -- The Second Invitation : Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing -- As Is -- Turn Toward Your Suffering -- Love Heals -- The Third Invitation : Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience -- Don't Be a Role, Be a Soul -- Taming the Inner Critic -- The Raging River -- Hearing the Cries of the World -- The Fourth Invitation : Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things -- The Calm in the Storm -- Mind the Gap -- Courageous Presence -- The Fifth Invitation : Cultivate Don't Know Mind -- The Story of Forgetfulness -- Not Knowing Is Most Intimate -- Surrender to the Sacred.
"Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. [This book is a] meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves ... [Zen Hospice Project cofounder Frank Ostaseski] distills the lessons gleaned over the course of his career, offering ... [a] guide that points to a radical path to transformation"-- adapted from book jacket.

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