New Arrivals · Religion

January 13, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


January 12, 2017
Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844.
Salt Lake City : The Church Historian's Press, [2013]-
v. : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm.
Planned publication in 12 volumes.
v. 1. July 1828-June 1831 / Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley, volume editors -- v. 2. July 1831-January 1833 / Matthew C. Godfrey, Mark Ashurst-McGee, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley, volume editors -- v. 3. February 1833-March 1834 / Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley, volume editors -- v. 4. April 1834-September 1835 / Matthew C. Godfrey, Brenday W. Rensink, Alex D. Smith, Max H. Parkin, Alexander L. Baugh, volume editors.

Revelations and translations

January 12, 2017
Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844.
Salt Lake City : Church Historian's Press, c2011-
v. : ill. ; 32 cm.
Volumes 1-2 measure 27 cm.
An additional Revelations and translations, Manuscript revelation books volume was published in 2009 in an unnumbered oversized facsim. ed.
v. 1. Manuscript revelation books / Robin Scott Jensen, Robert J. Woodford, Steven C. Harper, volume editors -- v. 2. Published revelations / Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley Jr., Riley M. Lorimer, volume editors-- v. 3 pt. 1. Revelations and translations : Printer's manuscript of the book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 1-Alma 35 / Royal Skousen, Robin Scott Jensen, volume editors -- v. 3 pt. 2. Revelations, and translations : Printer's manuscript of the book of Mormon, Alma 36-Moroni 10 / Royal Skousen, Robin Scott Jensen, volume editors.
Volume 3 pt. 1-2, Joseph Smith and his associates created two manuscripts of the Book of Mormon. The original manuscript was created while the text of the Book of Mormon was actually being dictated. Only roughly 30 percent of this original manuscript survives as a result of extensive water damage. The printer's manuscript, which is almost entirely complete, is a copy of the original that was created to facilitate the publication of the first edition of the Book of Mormon. This volume is a facsimile edition of the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon. The manuscript is presented here with full-color photographs of each page and color-coded transcripts that show which revisions were made by which scribe.

The women of Easter : encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene

January 10, 2017
Higgs, Liz Curtis, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook, 2017.
226 pages ; 22 cm
A season of grace -- Lost in his love -- Mary went to meet the Lord -- I still would choose the better part -- With palms before thee -- O most afflicted! -- Thorns, thine only crown -- At the cross her station keeping -- I know that my Redeemer lives.
"Higg's Bible study focuses on three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Mary of Bethany prepared the way for the Lord's burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty unwavering. Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours and then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection."--Provided by publisher.

Moses : a human life

January 9, 2017
Zornberg, Avivah Gottlieb, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
x, 225 pages ; 22 cm
Identities -- The murmuring deep -- Moses veiled and unveiled -- Moses in the family : mirrors and foils -- "Moses wrote his own book."
An unprecedented portrait of Moses's inner world and perplexing character, by a distinguished biblical scholar.

Bicentennial anniversary, 1798-1998 : Newtown United Methodist Church : celebrating 200 years of worship & ministry.

January 9, 2017
[Newtown, Ohio] : [Newtown United Methodist Church], [1998]
32 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Pages 30-32 are blank pages for notes.
Cover title.
Our current leaders -- Statement of purpose, goals & opportunities -- Old church photo -- Historical sketch -- Stained glass window -- Old sanctuary photo -- 1992 float photo -- Live nativity -- Present sanctuary -- Acknowledgements -- Pastors at our church -- Notes.
Pamphlet covers the history of the Newtown United Methodist Church, from when it was chartered in 1798 through 1998.

The menorah : from the Bible to modern Israel

January 6, 2017
Fine, Steven, author.
xii, 279 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: Standing before the Arch of Titus menorah -- From Titus to Moses-and back -- Flavian Rome to the nineteenth century -- Modernism, Zionism, and the menorah -- Creating a national symbol -- A Jewish holy grail -- The menorah at the Vatican -- Illuminating the path to Armageddon -- Conclusion: New light.
The menorah, the seven-branched candelabrum, has traversed millennia as a living symbol of Judaism and the Jewish people. Naturally, it did not pass through the ages unaltered. The Menorah explores the cultural and intellectual history of the Western world's oldest continuously used religious symbol. This meticulously researched yet deeply personal history explains how the menorah illuminates the great changes and continuities in Jewish culture, from biblical times to modern Israel. Though the golden seven-branched menorahs of Moses and of the Jerusalem Temple are artifacts lost to history, the best known menorah image survives on the Arch of Titus in Rome. Commemorating the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the arch reliefs depict the spoils of the Temple, the menorah chief among them, as they appeared in Titus's great triumphal parade in 71 CE. Steven Fine recounts how, in 2012, his team discovered the original yellow ochre paint that colored the menorah--an event that inspired his search for the history of this rich symbol from ancient Israel through classical history, the Middle Ages, and on to our own tumultuous times. Surveying artifacts and literary sources spanning three thousand years--from the Torah and the ruins of Rome to yesterday's news--Fine presents the menorah as a source of fascination and illumination for Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and even Freemasons. A symbol for the divine, for continuity, emancipation, national liberation, and redemption, the menorah features prominently on Israel's state seal and continues to inspire and challenge in surprising ways. -- Provided by publisher.

The very good gospel : how everything wrong can be made right

January 5, 2017
Harper, Lisa Sharon, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook, [2016]
xiv, 224 pages ; 22 cm
The very good gospel -- A glimpse of Shalom -- Two trees and the fall -- Shalom with God -- Shalom with self -- Shalom between genders -- Shalom and creation -- Shalom for broken families -- Shalom and race -- Shalom between nations -- Shalom and witnessing peace -- Shalom and life ... and death ... and life.

Chicken Soup for the Soul : angels and miracles : 101 inspirational stories about hope, answered prayers, and divine intervention

January 4, 2017
ix, 367 pages ; 22 cm
Angels amont us -- Miracles happen -- Messages from heaven -- Miraculous healing -- Divine intervention -- Dreams and premonitions -- Touched by an angel -- Answered prayers -- Faith in action -- Love that doesn't die.

Radical Dharma : talking race, love, and liberation

January 4, 2017
Williams, Angel Kyodo, author.
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, [2016]
xxxiv, 214 pages ; 21 cm
"Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening."-- Provided by publisher.

This flowing toward me : a story of God arriving in strangers

January 4, 2017
Lacey, Marilyn.
Notre Dame, Ind. : Ave Maria Press, ©2009.
xiii, 207 pages ; 23 cm
Prologue : the memory box -- Awakening -- A new way of loving -- God who weeps -- A knock on the door -- Food you know not of -- Come and see -- The dead do rise -- God does not kill -- Creature discomfort -- This flowing toward me -- Stranger God -- Mercy and justice shall kiss.

Love hurts : Buddhist advice for the heartbroken

December 29, 2016
Rinzler, Lodro, author.
xii, 170 pages ; 17 cm
How to read this book -- If you feel like you don't have time to read this book -- What happened in the heartbreak appointments -- What is heartbreak? -- What is love? -- What is meditation? -- Why your heart breaks -- If you want to hear my heartbreak story -- If you're ready to hear that life is suffering -- Reflecting on impermanence -- If you feel that you might never heal -- Four questions to ask yourself -- The importance of taking care of yourself -- Four ways to take care of yourself -- Not giving up on anybody -- If you feel alone -- If you feel like maybe it's not over -- If you feel betrayed -- If you feel rejected -- If you think you will never love again -- If you feel like a failure -- Journaling exercise for when you feel like a failure -- If you feel like this pain is the worst thing ever and no good can come from it -- If you can't believe this has happened -- If you suspect it's time to cut someone out of your life -- Why? : just why? -- If you feel like you can't eat -- If you feel like you can't sleep -- If you're tempted to go hop in bed with someone -- If you feel ashamed -- If you feel like you might need a good kick in the pants -- If you are feeling angry -- If you want to know how the Buddha handled anger -- If you feel like you are in hell -- If you need to hear a joke -- If you need to hear a less bizarre joke -- If you feel like contacting that person -- If you feel really, really depressed -- If you feel that it's time to forgive -- If you feel relief-guilt -- If you feel like you'll never trust again -- If you feel like you have no right to be heartbroken -- If you wonder what happens when a loved one dies -- If you feel it's time to let them go -- If society has broken your heart -- If you can still offer love -- If you feel acceptance -- A reminder to cherish your life -- A training for future heartbreak.

Making life easy : a simple guide to a divinely inspired life

December 22, 2016
Northrup, Christiane, author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., [2016]
xiii, 251 pages ; 24 cm
You are a divine being temporarily living in a human body -- You are an eternal being whose soul never dies -- Communicating with the divine -- Understanding the universe's messages -- Thoughts and feelings: the basic building blocks of your reality -- The power of giving and receiving -- Keeping the faith -- Blame, guilt, and vulnerability -- Your body, your temple -- Eat well and tend your inner garden -- Tending your vital life force -- The power of community.
"In this joyfully encouraging new book--as useful for men as it is for women--Dr. Northrup explores the essential truth that has guided her ever since medical school: our bodies, minds, and souls are profoundly intertwined. Making life flow with ease, and truly feeling your best, is about far more than physical health; it's also about having a healthy emotional life and a robust spiritual life. When you view your physical well-being in isolation, life can become a constant battle to make your body "behave." When you acknowledge the deep connection between your beliefs and your biology and start to tune in to the Divine part of yourself, it's a whole new ballgame--and the first step in truly making your life easy."

Jump : take the leap of faith to achieve your life of abundance

December 21, 2016
Harvey, Steve, 1956- author.
xxiv, 196 pages ; 22 cm
"Invictus" -- Jump -- Ain't no lesson like a bought lesson -- There are no straight lines in nature -- If you're going through hell, keep going -- Life is a four-letter word -- A man without a vision or a dream shall perish -- Stop existing and start living -- "Don't quit."
"On January 13, 2016, at the close of a taping of Family Feud, Steve Harvey spontaneously began to speak. Not knowing that the cameras were still rolling, the $100 million-dollar host offered his studio audience insights into his own happiness and success. His staff, also moved by Steve's passionate words, shared the six-minute video on social media. The clip immediately went viral, with more than 58 million views worldwide! Harvey now elaborates on those spontaneous remarks. His message is simple: You need to JUMP like your life depends on it -- because it does -- if you truly want a life of peace and abundance."--Provided by publisher.

Katha sagar, ocean of stories : Hindu wisdom for every age

December 20, 2016
Conover, Sarah, author.
Boston : Skinner House Books, [2016]
x, 150 pages : color illustrations ; 19 x 23 cm
The pauranika -- The miracle of the Banyan tree - Brahma and Vishnu -- The egg of the universe -- The dhoti -- Heaven and Hell -- Yudhishthira's wisdom -- Lord Kamadeva, god of love -- The barking dog -- Shankara and the outcaste -- The birth of Ganesha -- The wise girl -- Chaitra and Maitra -- Indra and the ants -- The wise minister -- the story of Goddess Durga -- Ganesha and the mango -- Churning the ocean of milk -- The well digger -- Krishna and the serpent Kaliya -- Maya -- God is in everything.

Western Hills Church of Christ, Cincinnati, Ohio.

December 20, 2016
Galion (Ohio) : United Church Directories, 1981.
28 unnumbered pages : color and black and white illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"December 10, 1981"--Page [23].

The American miracle : divine providence in the rise of the Republic

December 19, 2016
Medved, Michael, author.
New York : Crown Forum, 2016.
viii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The glorious fourth : dedication, death, and fifty years of miracles -- Blown blessedly off course : The Mayflower pilgrims find their place -- Revolutionary revelations : timely rescues from an unseen ally -- Indispensable, indestructible : the illogical survival of George Washington -- "An assembly of demigods" : confrontation, compromise, and a miraculous convention -- Providential purchase : disconnected developments double America's size -- American Agincourt : astonishing victory, answered prayers -- "Big drunk" and Lone Star luck : a broken marriage, an Indian exile, and a scrap that changed history -- Golden timing : defying a president, detaching California, and discovering gold -- The miracle of Lincoln : America's most unlikely President and his supernatural success -- Waiting for a sign : lost orders and found faith -- The messenger and his message : Lincoln's vision, death, and destiny -- "This favored land" : America is no accident.
The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: At moments of crisis, when the odds against success seem overwhelming and disaster looks imminent, fate intervenes to provide deliverance and progress. Historians may categorize these incidents as happy accidents, callous crimes, or the product of brilliant leadership, but the most notable leaders of the past four hundred years have identified this good fortune as something else--a reflection of divine providence. In this book, bestselling author Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America's rise to prosperity and power, from the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness. Among the stirring, illogical episodes described here: a band of desperate religious refugees find themselves blown hopelessly off course, only to be deposited at the one spot on a wild continent best suited for their survival; George Washington's beaten army, surrounded by a ruthless foe and on the verge of annihilation, manages an impossible escape due to a freakish change in the weather; a famous conqueror known for seizing territory, frustrated by a slave rebellion and a frozen harbor, impulsively hands Thomas Jefferson a tract of land that doubles the size of the United States; a weary soldier picks up three cigars left behind in an open field and notices the stogies have been wrapped in a handwritten description of the enemy's secret battle plans--a revelation that gives Lincoln the supernatural sign he's awaited in order to free the slaves. When millions worry over the nation losing its way, Medved's sweeping narrative, bursting with dramatic events and lively portraits of unforgettable, occasionally little-known characters, affirms America as "fortune's favorite," shaped by a distinctive destiny from our beginnings to the present day.--From dust jacket.

The I factor : how building a great relationship with yourself is the key to a happy, successful life

December 19, 2016
Moody, Van, 1975- author.
Nashville : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016]
xxii, 265 pages ; 22 cm
More than meets the eye -- It's time to peel the onion -- The best-kept secret of sustained success -- Your true self is your best self -- Proof of identity -- The journey to significance -- The training ground for greatness -- The biggest favor you can do yourself -- Success is an inside job -- Don't stop now -- Head first -- The power of perspective -- Seven steps to greatness, part 1 -- Seven steps to greatness, part 2 -- A final word.
"Behind all our stumbles, behind each of our missteps, behind every one of our failings lies an inability to handle what Van Moody calls the 'I-Factor.' More than self-worth or self-respect, beyond even character and perception of purpose, the I-Factor is about managing yourself--your whole life--well. In his ... new book, Moody reveals how to get hold of your I-Factor"

Pilgrimage : my search for the real Pope Francis

December 13, 2016
Shriver, Mark K. (Mark Kennedy), 1964- author.
xxvi, 282 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Rosa -- Serenity -- Peronismo -- El Porteño -- The scientific method -- The decision -- Seminary -- Illness -- A novice -- The spiritual exercises -- Colegio Máximo -- Teaching Borges -- Vatican II -- Father Bergoglio -- Novice master -- Provincial -- Rector -- Córdoba -- Sons of Abraham -- Toto, Pepe, and the rabbi -- Cardinal -- The fire -- Cartoneros -- The interview.
"A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio Early in the evening of March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and did something remarkable: Before he imparted his blessing to the crowd, he asked the crowd to bless him, then bowed low to receive this grace. In the days that followed, Mark K. Shriver--along with the rest of the world--was astonished to see a pope who paid his own hotel bill, eschewed limousines, and made his home in a suite of austere rooms in a Vatican guesthouse rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. By setting an example of humility and accessibility, Francis breathed new life into the Catholic Church, attracting the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In Pilgrimage, Shriver retraces Francis's personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style, and explaining how it revitalized Shriver's own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. To help us understand how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Shriver travels to Bergoglio's native Argentina to meet with the people who knew him as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and as a reformist bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to a faith-based life, and takes us inside the humble parish where the future pontiff's pastoral career began: a church created from a converted vegetable shed deep in the villas miserias--or misery slums--of San Miguel. In these impoverished surroundings, Bergoglio answered Christ's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, following the example set by his papal namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. In this deeply reported yet highly personal book, Mark K. Shriver explores how that commitment has struck a chord in the hearts of millions who long to make faith, love, humility, and mercy part of their lives as they go out into the world to serve and learn from the most marginalized."--Dust jacket.

The life and times of St. Maurice

December 9, 2016
Moorman, Jerry.
[Greensburg, Ind.?] : [Church?], [©1982]
51 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Title from cover.
The architect, Louis Pickett, of Cincinnati, also designed Immaculata Catholic Church on Mount Adams.--The author.
Early settlers -- The founding of St. Maurice -- A new church -- Years of growth -- A new beginning -- Church customs--back when -- Priests from the parish -- St. Maurice cemetery -- Businesses -- Picture index.

The atheist Muslim : a journey from religion to reason

December 8, 2016
Rizvi, Ali A., author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
247 pages ; 24 cm
Smoke break -- Root causes -- Letting go (part I): the born-again skeptic -- A tale of two identities -- Choosing atheism -- Islamophobia-phobia and the "regressive left" -- The Quran: misinterpretation, metaphor, and misunderstanding -- Reformation and secularism -- Letting go (part II): the silver lining.
"In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embodiment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents' religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone in his beliefs, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media--the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam--as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas--without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation"-- Provided by publisher.

Muslim girl : a coming of age

December 8, 2016
Al-Khatahtbeh, Amani, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2016]
134 pages ; 22 cm

The power of love : connecting to the oneness

December 7, 2016
Van Praagh, James, author.
Carlsbad, CA : Hay House, Inc., 2016.
xxii, 163 pages ; 19 cm
"James Van Praagh has received hundreds of thousands of messages from the other side of life. And all too often, in many of these messages, the deceased have shared with him that they want the living to know how to utilize the power of love while they are still living life in the physical body ... In nine concise chapters, he reminds you that love knows no limits and can alter a person's life forever"

The murderous history of Bible translations : power, conflict and the quest for meaning

December 7, 2016
Freedman, Harry, author.
248 pages ; 24 cm
Before the violence. The legacy of Alexandria ; A wandering Aramean ; Old words, new tongues ; The sublime Bible -- The violence begins. Medieval conflict ; The murder of Tyndale ; Confound their strife ; King James's Bible -- Enlightenment. A new role ; The early American Bible ; The quest for meaning ; Reworking the Bible ; The future for the translated Bible.
The Bible has been translated far more than any other book. To our minds it is self-evident that believers can read their sacred literature in a language they understand. But the history of Bible translations is far more contentious than reason would suggest. Bible translations underlie an astonishing number of religious conflicts that have plagued the world. Harry Freedman describes brilliantly the passions and strong emotions that arise when deeply held religious convictions are threatened or undermined. He tells of the struggle for authority and orthodoxy in a world where temporal power was always subjugated to the divine, a world in which the idea of a Bible for all was so important that many were willing to give up their time, security, and even their lives. --Publisher's description.

Love, Henri : letters on the spiritual life

December 6, 2016
Nouwen, Henri J. M., author.
xxiv, 351 pages ; 22 cm
December 1973-1985 -- 1986-1989 -- 1990-1996.
Over the course of his life, Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students, and readers of his work all around the world. He corresponded in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, and took great care to store and archive the letters decade after decade. He believed that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone's life. Many people looked to Nouwen as a long distance spiritual advisor. Love, Henri consists of over a hundred letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri's career up through his last 10 years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri's work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ulimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.

Public faith in action : how to think carefully, engage wisely, and vote with integrity

December 6, 2016
Volf, Miroslav, author.
xiii, 240 pages ; 23 cm
Christ the center and norm -- Christ, the spirit, and flourishing -- Reading in contexts -- Wealth -- The environment -- Education -- Work and rest -- Poverty -- Borrowing and lending -- Marriage and family -- New life -- Health and sickness -- Aging life -- Ending life -- Migration -- Policing -- Punishment -- War -- Torture -- Freedom of religion (and irreligion) -- Courage -- Humility -- Justice -- Respect -- Compassion.
Christian citizens have a responsibility to make political and ethical judgments in light of their faith and to participate in the public lives of their communities -- from their local neighborhoods to the national scene. But it can be difficult to discern who to vote for, which policies to support, and how to respond to the social and cultural trends of our time. This nonpartisan handbook offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated public issues and faithfully following Jesus as citizens of their countries. The book focuses on enduring Christian commitments that should guide readers in their judgments and encourages legitimate debate among Christians over how to live out core values. The book also includes lists of resources for further reflection in each chapter and "room for debate" questions to consider.

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