New Arrivals · Religion

March 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

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

Bad faith : when religious belief undermines modern medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Oxford encyclopedia of biblical interpretation

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

The handy Islam answer book

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

Rejoicing in lament : wrestling with incurable cancer & life in Christ

February 27, 2015
Billings, J. Todd, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, [2015]
xv, 201 pages ; 23 cm

The spirit of Saint Francis : inspiring words from Pope Francis

February 26, 2015
Francis, Pope, 1936-
xi, 178 pages ; 20 cm
We are infinitely loved -- God never tires of forgiving us -- Entrust yourself to God's mercy -- Dive into prayer -- Discover true joy -- Choose simplicity and humility -- Do not forget the poor! -- Preach the gospel at all times -- Be instruments of peace and pardon -- Respect and protect creation.

Finding God in the verbs : crafting a fresh language of prayer

February 26, 2015
Isbell, Jennifer L.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2015.
186 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

Friends past and present : the bicentennial history of Cincinnati Friends meeting (1815-2015)

February 25, 2015
Darnowsky, Sabrina, author.
xvii, 334 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Simple beginnings: 1815-1828 -- Separation and social reform: 1828-1869 -- A less peculiar people: 1869-1930 -- Becoming semi-programmed: 1930-1963 -- Weathering the culture wars: 1963-1999 -- Friends in the twenty-first century: 1999-2015 -- Appendix A: Anthony Family Tree -- Appendix B: Ministers of Cincinnati Monthly Meeting.
"It began simply. Just a few Quaker families, settlers in a remote frontier town. As early as 1811, they began gathering in one another's homes, silently awaiting the leading of the Spirit. They could not have known that they were starting a faith community that would touch the lives of people around the world. This book provides an in-depth look at Cincinnati Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, how it has changed over the past two centuries, and how it fits into broader trends in Quaker history, Cincinnati history, and American history. From opposing slavery, to founding such local institutions as The Children's Home, to advocating for peace and civil rights, the members of this meeting have made an impact that continues to be felt. May it be ever so."--Back cover.

From tablet to table : where community is found and identity is formed

February 24, 2015
Sweet, Leonard I.
Colorado Springs, CO : NavPress, c2014.
xiii, 173 pages ; 19 cm.
"The story of God is full of references to food. From the Garden of Eden to the Last Supper to the wedding feast of the Lamb, God sets a table before us and invites us to join Him there. Contrast this rich and filling good news with the thin and meager fare to which we've become accustomed in our relationships, in our churches, or even in our families. We consume fast food in front of our smartphones, never facing each other, barely acknowledging the existence of one another. We consume bite-size Scriptures and reduce our world so that we can move through it quickly without being distracted by the activities that surround us. It's time to look up from our tablets and notice our neighbors, our loved ones, our Lord. Rediscover the gift of fellowship, story-based faith, and the fullness of life as God intends it"--Cover, page 4.

The great evangelical recession : 6 factors that will crash the American church-- and how to prepare

February 24, 2015
Dickerson, John S.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, ©2013.
247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction : The great recession -- pt. 1. Six trends of decline. Inflated -- Hated -- Dividing -- Bankrupt -- Bleeding -- Sputtering -- pt. 2. Six solutions for recovery. Re-valuing -- Good -- Uniting -- Solvent -- Healing -- Re-igniting -- Conclusion : The moment of decision -- Appendices : "Is the author's church declining? Maybe that's why he's pessimistic ; "Aren't there positive things happening in evangelicalism, too?" ; Defining "evangelical."
"In 2006, few Americans were expecting the economy to collapse. Today the American church is in a similar position, on the precipice of a great spiritual recession. While we focus on a few large churches and dynamic leaders that are successful, the church's overall membership is shrinking. Young Christians are fleeing. Our donations are drying up. Political fervor is dividing us. Even as these crises eat at the church internally, our once friendly host culture is quickly turning hostile and antagonistic. How can we avoid a devastating collapse? In 'The Great Evangelical Recession, ' award-winning journalist and pastor John Dickerson [a recent Phoenix Seminary Graduate] identifies six factors that are radically eroding the American church and offers biblical solutions to prepare evangelicals for spiritual success, even in the face of alarming trends. This book is a heartfelt plea and call to the American church combining quality research, genuine hope, and practical application with the purpose of igniting the church toward a better future."--Publisher description.

Jesus through Middle Eastern eyes : cultural studies in the Gospels

February 24, 2015
Bailey, Kenneth E.
Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Academic, ©2008.
443 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The birth of Jesus. The story of Jesus' birth : Luke 2:1-20 ; The genealogy and Joseph the Just : Matthew 1:1-21 ; The Savior, the wise men and the vision of Isaiah : Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-7 ; Herod's atrocities, Simeon and Anna : Matthew 2:13-18, Luke 2:22-36 -- The Beatitudes. The Beatitudes 1 : Matthew 5:1-5 ; The Beatitudes 2 : Matthew 5:6-12 -- The Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer : God our Father : Matthew 6:5-9 ; The Lord's Prayer : God's holiness : Matthew 6:9 ; The Lord's Prayer : God's kingdom and our bread : Matthew 6:10-11 ; The Lord's Prayer : our sins and evil : Matthew 6:12-13 -- Dramatic actions of Jesus. The call of Peter : Luke 5:1-11 ; The inauguration of Jesus' ministry : Luke 4:16-31 ; The blind man and Zacchaeus : Luke 18:35-19:11 -- Jesus and women. Jesus and women, an introduction ; The woman at the well : John 4:1-42 ; The Syro-Phoenician woman : Matthew 15:21-28 ; The lady is not for stoning : John 7:53-8:11 ; The woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee : Luke 7:36-50 ; The parable of the widow and the judge : Luke 18:1-8 ; The parable of the wise and foolish young women : Matthew 25:1-13 -- Parables of Jesus. Introduction to the parables ; The parable of the Good Samaritan : Luke 10:25-37 ; The parable of the rich fool : Luke 12:13-21 ; The parable of the great banquet : Luke 14:15-24 ; The parable of the two builders : Luke 6:46-49 ; The parable of the unjust steward : Luke 16:1-8 ; The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector : Luke 18:9-14 ; The parable of the compassionate employer : Matthew 20:1-16 ; The parable of the serving master : Luke 12:35-38 ; The parable of Lazarus and the rich man : Luke 16:19-30 ; The parable of the pounds : Luke 19:11-27 ; The parable of the noble vineyard owner and his son : Luke 20:9-18.

Jacob & the prodigal : how Jesus retold Israel's story

February 24, 2015
Bailey, Kenneth E.
Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2003.
232 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction : what does it mean to call Jesus a theologian? -- Jesus as a metaphorical theologian and the rabbinic world -- The Jesus tradition and the question of authenticity -- The importance of Middle Eastern culture for New Testament interpretation -- The parable of the prodigal son and the "travel narrative" in Luke -- The one and the many in parabolic interpretation -- Three stories, one parable : seeing the three stories of Luke 15 as a unity -- The parable of the lost sheep : the first warm-up story (Lk 15:3-7) -- The lost coin--and also some women (Lk 15:8-10) -- To find the lost : the parable of the two lost sons (Lk 15:11-32) -- Jacob revisited : the Jacob story in early Jewish tradition and in the mind of Jesus -- The great rebellion : the family before the prodigal leaves home (Lk 15:11-13) -- The exile : the prodigal in the far country (Lk 15:13-19) -- Peace for the one who is far off : the father finds the prodigal (Lk 15:20-24) -- Peace for the one who is near : the father's search for the older son (Lk 15:25-32) -- Two dancers in a single dance : reflections on N.T. Wright's interpretation of the parable of the prodigal son -- A summary of the significance of the comparisons between Jacob and the prodigal for aspects of Jesus' theology.

The case for grace : a journalist explores the evidence of transformed lives

February 19, 2015
Strobel, Lee, 1952- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, Willow Creek Resources, [2015]
230 pages ; 23 cm

Faith : essays from believers, agnostics, and atheists

February 19, 2015
Hillsboro, Oregon : Beyond Words, 2015.
xi, 275 pages ; 22 cm

America's providential history : including Biblical principles of education, government, politics, economics, and family life

February 16, 2015
Beliles, Mark A.
Charlottesville, Va. : Providence Foundation, 2010.
viii, 294 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

Prayer : experiencing awe and intimacy with God

February 16, 2015
Keller, Timothy J., 1950-
New York : Dutton, Penguin Group USA, [2014]
viii, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Desiring prayer -- Understanding prayer -- Learning prayer -- Deepening prayer -- Doing prayer.
Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act. Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.

Buddhism : one teacher, many traditions

February 16, 2015
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935- author.
Boston : Wisdom Publications, 2014.
xxiv, 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

The mingling of souls : God's design for love, marriage, sex & redemption

February 12, 2015
Chandler, Matt, 1974- author.
Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, 2015.
221 pages ; 21 cm.
"The Song of Solomon offers strickingly candid, and timeless, insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need to heed Solomon's words!"--Back cover.

This is my body : from obesity to Ironman, my journey into the true meaning of flesh, spirit, and deeper faith

February 12, 2015
Sutterfield, Ragan, author.
New York, NY : Convergent Books, 2015.
x, 227 pages ; 22 cm
"Sutterfield brings us back to a biblical perspective--a freeing, corrective viewpoint that reminds us of the connection between spirit, mind, and body. Along the way, he shares his journey from overweight addict to Ironman competitor. He counts his success, though, not in his decreased clothing size but in his increased understanding of how much God loves the body and what it means to take care of his whole being"

Flunking sainthood every day : a daily devotional for the rest of us

February 11, 2015
Riess, Jana.
Brewster MA : Paraclete Press Inc., 2014.
viii, 328 pages ; 18 cm
January, the spiritual journey -- February, fasting -- March, daily work -- April, lectio divina -- May, simplicity -- June, centering prayer and the Jesus prayer -- July, sabbath -- August, gratitude -- September, hospitality -- October, compassionate eating and creation care -- November, fixed-hour prayer -- December, generosity.

The seer of Bayside : Veronica Lueken and the struggle to define Catholicism

February 11, 2015
Laycock, Joseph, 1980-
New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
xii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Who speaks for Mary? -- How the anomalous is interpreted -- The Battle of Bayside -- Baysiders as Homo Faber -- The consequences of growth -- After Veronica -- Religious history as a dance of deference and defiance.

Selling water by the river : a book about the life Jesus promised and the religion that gets in the way

February 11, 2015
Hipps, Shane, 1956-
New York : Jericho Books, c2012.
212 p. ; 22 cm.
Dust from strings -- Our most basic quest -- Bending light -- Lenses we look through -- Wind and the sails -- What Jesus reveals about religion -- Map in the wilderness -- Gift of belief -- Shedding the swaddle -- Limits of belief -- Touching the stove -- Role of fear in growth -- Outside the boat -- Just beyond fear -- Constant gardener -- Good news that gets better -- Hidden treasure -- We already have what we seek -- Wine connoisseur -- Power of thirst -- Waves on the ocean -- Kinds of life -- Dune is heavy -- One who lightens the load -- 25,550 Days -- Urgent invitation -- Dolls of dirt -- Forgotten miracle -- Gratitudes.
Shane Hipps gives an interpretation of Jesus and an argument that we already have what we are looking for.

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