New Arrivals · Religion

January 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Jesus the King : understanding the life and death of the Son of God

January 30, 2015
Keller, Timothy J., 1950-
New York, N.Y. : Riverhead Books, 2013.
xxii, 262 p. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: King's cross. ; New York : Dutton Redeemer, c2011.
The King. The dance ; The call ; The healing ; The rest ; The power ; The waiting ; The stain ; The approach ; The turn -- The Cross. The mountain ; The trap ; The ransom ; The temple ; The feast ; The cup ; The sword ; The end ; The beginning.
An insightful and revelatory look at the life of Christ by the man Newsweek called "a C.S. Lewis for the 21st century. "Join Keller as he explores the Gospel of Mark; demonstrates how the story of Jesus is cosmic, historical, and personal; and encourages you to re-examine your relationship with God. Previously published as King's Cross.

Wanted : a spiritual pursuit through jail, among outlaws, and across borders

January 30, 2015
Hoke, Chris (Prison chaplain)
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2015]
xii, 367 pages ; 22 cm

Operation Gladio : the unholy alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia

January 29, 2015
Williams, Paul L., 1944- author.
381 pages ; 24 cm.
The stay-behind units -- The lucky break: Negroes and narcotics -- The Vatican alliance -- The drug network -- The secret society -- The rise of Michele Sindona -- False flag terrorism -- Gladio: south of the border -- IL crack Sindona -- High times, new crimes -- A papal problem -- The new network -- The shell game -- The desperate Don -- The pope must die -- The shooting in St. Peter's Square -- A raid and redirection -- Blackfriars Bridge -- Killings and kidnapping -- Works of God -- Death and resurrection -- Gladio triumphant -- Semper eadem.
"This disturbing exposé describes a secret alliance forged at the close of World War II by the CIA, the Sicilian and US mafias, and the Vatican to thwart the possibility of a Communist invasion of Europe. Journalist Paul L. Williams presents evidence suggesting the existence of "stay-behind" units in many European countries consisting of five thousand to fifteen thousand military operatives. According to the author's research, the initial funding for these guerilla armies came from the sale of large stocks of SS morphine that had been smuggled out of Germany and Italy and of bogus British bank notes that had been produced in concentration camps by skilled counterfeiters. As the Cold War intensified, the units were used not only to ward off possible invaders, but also to thwart the rise of left-wing movements in South America and NATO-based countries by terror attacks. Williams argues that Operation Gladio soon gave rise to the toppling of governments, wholesale genocide, the formation of death squads, financial scandals on a grand scale, the creation of the mujahideen, an international narcotics network, and, most recently, the ascendancy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit cleric with strong ties to Operation Condor (an outgrowth of Gladio in Argentina) as Pope Francis I. Sure to be controversial, Operation Gladio connects the dots in ways the mainstream media often overlooks."--Dust jacket flap.

The Bhagavad-Gita : a new translation

January 28, 2015
xvi, 509 pages ; 23 cm.
"With the Sanskrit text, a romanized transliteration, a word-for-word translation, and extensive notes and supporting essays" --Cover.

The stairway to heaven

January 28, 2015
Sitchin, Zecharia.
Santa Fe, N.M. : Bear & Co., 1992.
327 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1980.

Rise : get up and live in God's great story

January 27, 2015
Trip Lee, 1987-
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2015.
xvii, 215 pages ; 21 cm

The grand paradox : the messiness of life, the mystery of God, and the necessity of faith

January 27, 2015
Wytsma, Ken.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2015].
xxi, 210 pages ; 24 cm

Get unstuck, be unstoppable

January 27, 2015
Burton, Valorie, 1973-
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2014]
207 pages ; 22 cm

Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination

January 26, 2015
Garrett, Greg, author.
245 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Entertaining judgment: how we understand the afterlife -- In between: death and the undead -- Denizens of the afterlife: angels, demons, and the devil -- Heaven: the pearly gates -- Hell: the fiery inferno -- Purgatory: working out our salvation -- The dead and the living -- Literary and cultural works consulted.

The Shakers of White Water, Ohio, 1823-1916

January 26, 2015
Clinton, N.Y. : Richard W. Couper Press, 2014.
311 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 26 cm
A history of White Water Shaker Village / by Thomas Sakmyster and James R. Innis, Jr. -- Spiritualism / by Carol Medlicott -- Children / by James R. Innis, Jr. and Thomas Sakmyster -- Women / by Lindy Cummings -- Agriculture and industry / by Thomas Sakmyster and James R. Innis, Jr. -- Music / by Carol Medlicott -- Land / by Beth J. Parker Miller -- Buildings and topography / by Richard B. Spence -- Appendices. Leaders ; Demographics ; Hannah Boggett's book ; Farm products ; Music ; Poetry ; Land maps and transactions ; Village site maps.

Celtic myths : a guide to the ancient gods and legends

January 23, 2015
Aldhouse-Green, Miranda J., (Miranda Jane) author.
New York : Thames & Hudson, 2015.
207 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The perfect introduction for the modern reader to the world of Celtic myth and legend"--Back cover.

Silence : the power of quiet in a world full of noise

January 23, 2015
Nĥát Hạnh, Thích, author.
New York : HarperOne, 2015.
189 pages ; 22 cm

Medieval Christianity : a new history

January 23, 2015
Madigan, Kevin, 1960- author.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2015]
xxiv, 487 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Early Christianity, ca. 150-600 -- Early-Medieval Christianity, ca. 600-1050 -- High-Medieval Christianity, ca. 1050-1300 -- Later-Medieval Christianity, ca. 1300-1500.
"For many, the medieval world seems dark and foreign-a miraculous, brutal, and irrational time of superstition and strange relics. The pursuit of heretics, the Inquisition, the Crusades and the domination of the "Holy Land" come to mind. Yet the medieval world produced much that is part of our world today, including universities, the passion for Roman architecture and the emergence of the gothic style, pilgrimage, the emergence of capitalism, and female saints. This new narrative history of medieval Christianity, spanning from A.D. 500 to 1500, attempts to combine both what is unfamiliar and what is familiar to readers. Elements of novelty in the book include a steady focus on the role of women in Christianity; the relationships among Christians, Jews, and Muslims; the experience of ordinary parishioners; the adventure of asceticism, devotion and worship, and instruction through drama, architecture, and art. Madigan expertly integrates these areas of focus with more traditional themes, such as the evolution and decline of papal power, the nature and repression of heresy, sanctity and pilgrimage, the conciliar movement, and the break between the old Western church and its reformers. Illustrated with more than forty photographs of physical remains, this book promises to become an essential guide to a historical era of profound influence"-- Provided by publisher.

Ostara : rituals, recipes, and lore for the spring equinox

January 23, 2015
Connor, Kerri, 1970-
Woodbury, MN : Llewellyn Publications, 2015.
217 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Old ways -- New ways -- Spells and divination -- Recipes and crafts -- Prayers and invocations -- Rituals of celebration -- Correspondences.

Art & prayer : the beauty of turning to God

January 22, 2015
Verdon, Timothy, author.
Brewster, Massachusetts : Paraclete Press, 2014.
ix, 308 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) 24 cm
"Mount Tabor Books."
Prayer, Life, Art -- Spaces of Prayer -- Liturgical Prayer -- The Prayer of Pleading -- Lectio Divina -- Contemplative Prayer -- In the Hour of Death.
"Prayer is natural for human beings, a spontaneous impulse common in all people. Yet, beyond instinct, there is a kind of prayer that's conscious and articulate, that we have to be taught. There is an "art of prayer," when faith and prayer become creative responses by which creatures made in the image and likeness of the Creator relate to him with help of the imagination. Timothy Verdon explores these essential interactions in this magnificent book. Richly illustrated, Monsignor Verdon explains that images work in believers as tools that teach them how to turn to God. Art and Prayer explores these interactions in detail, demonstrating that prayer can become a fruit of the sanctified imagination - a way of beauty and turning to God. "-- Provided by publisher.

One nation, under gods : a new American history

January 21, 2015
Manseau, Peter.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
469 pages ; 25 cm

How God became Jesus : the real origins of belief in Jesus' divine nature--a response to Bart Ehrman

January 21, 2015
Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2014.
236 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The story of Jesus as the story of God / Michael F. Bird -- Of gods, angels, and men / Michael F. Bird -- Excursus 1: Kings, angels, and holy men -- Did Jesus think he was God? / Michael F. Bird -- Getting the burial traditions and evidence right / Craig A. Evans -- What did the first Christians think about Jesus? / Simon Gathercole -- Problems with Ehrman's interpretive categories / Chris Tilling -- Misreading Paul's Christology: problems with Ehrman's exegesis / Chris Tilling -- An exclusive religion: orthodoxy and heresy, inclusion and exclusion / Charles E. Hill -- Excursus 2: Second-century evidence for Jesus as God: pagan, early orthodox, and gnostic testimony -- Excursus 3: Second-century evidence for Jesus as God: the Nomina Sacra -- Paradox pushers and persecutors? / Charles E. Hill -- Excursus 4: Third-century evidence for Jesus as God: the Alexamenos Graffitio -- Excursus 5: Third-century evidence for Jesus as God: The inscription at Meggido -- Concluding thoughts / Michael F. Bird.

Just one thing : developing a Buddha brain one simple practice at a time

January 21, 2015
Hanson, Rick (Psychologist)
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, ©2011.
viii, 224 pages ; 18 cm
"This book offers simple brain-training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience."--Page 4 of cover.

How "God" Works : a logical inquiry on faith

January 21, 2015
Brain, Marshall, author.
280 pages ; 24 cm.
What happened at Banda Aceh? -- Can we prove that something is imaginary? -- Why do people believe in imaginary things? --Who is God? -- Does God answer prayers? -- What happens if we examine prayer statistically? -- Does God cure babies? -- Why won't God heal amputees? -- Have you thought about the yes/no/wait fallacy? -- What does prayer tell us about God? -- How do we know that Santa Claus is imaginary? -- What is absurdity, and what is a myth? -- If God is imaginary, why is Christianity so common in the United States? -- Is God love? -- Who is the Bible's author? -- If God exists, why don't we ask God to appear? -- Do people hear God's voice? -- What would our world look like if there were no God? -- How could anyone way that God is good or that God is love? -- Do you have a soul? -- Understanding religious super-irrationality -- A brief resource guide for recovering believers.
"Does God exist? Using an intellectually rigorous, scientific approach, Marshall Brain (the founder of and author of the How Stuff Works series) sets out to resolve the eternal debate once and for all. With a compelling sense of curiosity, he breaks down mankind's search for a higher power, tackling such quandaries as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is God doing and why? How does God interact with humanity? And ultimately, how can humans know with certainty whether God is real or imaginary? How God Works is an enlightening journey in critical thinking that challenges readers to boldly approach the subject of personal faith and put aside intuition in favor of objectivity and logic."--Publisher's description.

Portraits of devotion

January 20, 2015
Moore, Beth, 1957-
Nashville, Tenn. : B & H Publishing Group, c2014.
iv, 517 p. ; 19 cm.

Fight back with joy : celebrate more, regret less, stare down your greatest fears

January 20, 2015
Feinberg, Margaret, 1976-
Brentwood, TN : Worthy Publishing, [2015]
211 pages ; 21 cm

American apocalypse : a history of modern evangelicalism

January 16, 2015
Sutton, Matthew Avery, 1975-
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
xiv, 459 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Jesus is coming -- Global war and Christian nationalism -- The birth of fundamentalism -- The culture wars begin -- American education on trial -- Seeking salvation with the GOP -- The rise of the tyrants -- Christ's deal vs. the New Deal -- Reviving American exceptionalism -- Becoming cold warriors for Christ -- Apocalypse now.
The first comprehensive history of modern American evangelicalism to appear in a generation, American Apocalypse shows how a group of radical Protestants, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it. Matthew Avery Sutton draws on extensive archival research to document the ways an initially obscure network of charismatic preachers and their followers reshaped American religion, at home and abroad, for over a century. Perceiving the United States as besieged by Satanic forces -- communism and secularism, family breakdown and government encroachment -- Billy Sunday, Charles Fuller, Billy Graham, and others took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how Biblical end-times prophecy made sense of a world ravaged by global wars, genocide, and the threat of nuclear extinction. Believing Armageddon was nigh, these preachers used what little time was left to warn of the coming Antichrist, save souls, and prepare the nation for God's final judgment. By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans appropriated evangelical ideas to create a morally infused political agenda that challenged the pragmatic tradition of governance through compromise and consensus. Following 9/11, the politics of apocalypse continued to resonate with an anxious populace seeking a roadmap through a world spinning out of control. Premillennialist evangelicals have erected mega-churches, shaped the culture wars, made and destroyed presidential hopefuls, and brought meaning to millions of believers. Narrating the story of modern evangelicalism from the perspective of the faithful, Sutton demonstrates how apocalyptic thinking continues to exert enormous influence over the American mainstream today.

God's power to change your life

January 16, 2015
Warren, Richard, 1954-
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2006.
236 p. ; 19 cm.
Previously published as: The power to change your life.
The power to change your life -- God's part and my part in changing me -- Becoming a more loving person -- The choice to rejoice! -- Peaceful living in an uptight world -- Developing your patience -- Putting on a little kindness -- Living the good life -- The one who can be counted on -- A gentle approach -- Developing self-control -- A productive life.
A guide to personal transformation explains how to accomplish goals, such as developing self-control and patience, by channeling the strength of God.

God's answers to life's difficult questions

January 16, 2015
Warren, Richard, 1954-
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2006.
197 p. ; 19 cm.
Previously titled: Answers to life's most difficult questions.
How can I cope with stress? -- How can I rebound from failure? -- How can I defeat depression? -- How can I live above average? -- How can I have peace of mind? -- How can I handle discouragement? -- How can I overcome my problems? -- How can I be confident in a crisis? -- How can I ever change? -- How did I get myself into this mess? -- How can I overcome loneliness? -- Why is this happening to me?
Provides examples of how biblical figures responded to stressful situations and drew strength from God to provide insight and offer solutions for similar present-day problems.

The Shamanism bible : the definitive guide to shamanic thought and practice

January 16, 2015
Matthews, John, 1948- author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
400 pages : color illustrations ; 17 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Godsfield, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd"--Title page verso.

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