These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
September 30, 2016
Bricker, Jen, 1987- author.
Grand Rapids : Baker Books, 
195 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
The baby born without legs -- A bundle of energy -- Can't is a 4-letter word -- Sticks and stones -- Keeping the faith -- Breaking down walls -- Secret sisters -- Sky high -- This heart of mine -- Ordinary heroes -- Endless possibilities -- The me nobody knows: questions, answers, and tidbits.
Uncertain they could care for a baby born without legs, Bricker's biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: "Never say 'can't.'" This is the incredible story of God working out his plan for her life from before day one. From the challenges of growing up different to holding captive audiences numbering in the tens of thousands, readers will discover that Bricker's wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred honesty led the way to purpose and joy.
September 30, 2016
Vasudev, Jaggi, Sadhguru, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2016.
xii, 271 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The four letter word -- A note to the reader -- When I lost my sense -- The way out is in -- Design your destiny -- No boundary, no burden -- "... and now, yoga" -- A note to the reader -- Body -- Mind -- Energy -- Joy.
September 30, 2016
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2015.
191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 36 cm
"The Complete Papyrus of Ani--featuring integrated text and full-color images"--Cover.
"For millennia, the culture of the ancient Egyptians has fascinated historians and spiritual seekers. The 20th anniversary edition of this seminal work includes all-new material analysing the progress in modern Egyptology. Written some 3,500 years ago, the Papyrus of Ani is the best-preserved example of Egyptian thought. Including full-colour hieroglyphic images paired with an acclaimed translation and two gatefold spreads that showcase the papyrus's elaborately bordered images. This sumptuous edition brings to life one of humanity's finest spiritual treasures."--Provided by publisher.
September 30, 2016
Halkin, Hillel, 1939- author.
226 pages ; 23 cm.
September 30, 2016
Shaw, Russell B., author.
San Francisco, CA : Ignatius Press, 
141 pages ; 21 cm.
Archbishop John Carroll (1735-1815) : equal rights of citizenship -- Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) : love says let it be -- Archbishop John Hughes (1797-1864 : become merged in the country of your adoption -- Orestes Brownson (1803-1876) : an American ultramontanist -- Father Isaac Hecker (1819-1888) : God's providence was preparing me for a great work -- Father Michael McGivney (1852-1890) : the honor as its founder will be His -- James Cardinal Gibbons (1834-1921) : a politician in the best sense -- Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) : I worked on Mr. Capitano Pizzati for a month -- All Smith (1873-1944) : I am a product of America and of American institutions -- Francis Cardinal Spellman (1889-1967) : American and Roman -- Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) : Evangelist of American Way -- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) : Rome meets Camelot -- Dorothy Day (1897-1980) : Catholicism as countercultural -- Father John Courtney Murray (1904-1967) : we (use to) hold these truths -- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) : I cannot afford to be less than an artist.
September 30, 2016
Osto, Douglas, 1967- author.
New York : Columbia University Press, 
xxvi, 300 pages ; 24 cm
Buddhism and the psychedelic connection -- The psychedelic revolution -- The Buddhist revolution -- Opening the door: psychedelics as a gateway to Buddhist practice -- Closing the door: the fifth precept and graduating from psychedelics -- Keeping the door open: psychedelics as an adjunct to Buddhist practice -- Are psychedelics the true Dharma.
"In the 1950s and 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating alchemy called psychedelic Buddhism. Many think exploration with psychedelics and Buddhism faded with the revolutionary spirit of the sixties, but the underground practice has evolved into a brand of religiosity as eclectic and challenging as the era that created it. Altered States combines interviews with well-known figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality--including Lama Surya Das, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, Charles Tart, and Erik Davis--and personal stories of everyday practitioners to define a distinctly American religious phenomenon."--Provided by publisher.
September 29, 2016
Keller, Timothy, 1950- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 
viii, 327 pages ; 24 cm
At head of title: Redeemer.
The faith of the secular -- Why does anyone need religion? Isn't religion going away? ; Isn't religion based on faith and secularism on evidence? -- Religion is more than you think it is. A meaning that suffering can't take from you ; A satisfaction that is not based on circumstances ; Why can't I be free to live as I see fit, as long as I don't harm anyone? ; The problem of the self ; An identity that doesn't crush you or exclude others ; A hope that can face anything ; The problem or morals ; A justice that does not create new oppressors -- Christianity makes sense. Is it reasonable to believe in God? ; Is it reasonable to believe in Christianity? ; Only in God.
"In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Written for both the ardent believer and the skeptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives,"--Amazon.com.
September 29, 2016
McLaren, Brian D., 1956- author.
New York : Convergent Books, 2016.
xiii, 274 pages ; 22 cm
Preface : Swallow-tailed kite -- Introduction : Coke and the can -- Part I. The piritual migration : from a system of beliefs to a way of life : -- 1. Crisis by the palo verde tree -- 2. A deeper loyalty -- 3. Learning how to love -- Part II. The theological migration : from a violent God of domination to a non-violent God of liberation : -- 4. The genocide card in your back pocket -- 5. God 5.0 -- 6. The Bible in labor -- Part III. The missional migration : from organized religion to organizing religion : -- 7. That beautiful romance -- 8. Salvation from the suicide machine -- 9. You are social poets -- 10. The broken-open heart -- Afterword : We stepped forth : the waters parted -- Appendices :-- I. Charter for a just and generous Christianity -- II. Fourteen precepts of just and generous Christianity -- III. More on beliefs.
Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that -- notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance -- Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun. Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. In The Great Spiritual Migration, he explores three profound shifts that define the change: Spiritually, growing numbers of Christians are moving away from defining themselves by lists of beliefs and toward a way of life defined by love ; Theologically, believers are increasingly rejecting the image of God as a violent Supreme Being and embracing the image of God as the renewing Spirit at work in our world for the common good ; Missionally, the faithful are identifying less with organized religion and more with organizing religion -- spiritual activists dedicated to healing the planet, building peace, overcoming poverty and injustice, and collaborating with other faiths to ensure a better future for all of us. With his trademark brilliance and compassion, McLaren invites readers to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian.
September 28, 2016
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935- author.
New York : Avery, 
x, 354 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Arrival: we are fragile creatures -- The nature of true joy -- Why are you not morose? -- Nothing beautiful comes without some suffering -- Have you renounced pleasure? -- Our greatest joy -- Lunch: the meeting of two mischievous people Is wonderful -- The obstacles to joy -- You are a masterpiece in the making -- Fear, stress, and anxiety: I would be very nervous -- Frustration and anger: I would shout -- Sadness and grief: the hard times knit us more closely together -- Despair: the world Is in such turmoil -- Loneliness: no need for introduction -- Envy: that guy goes past yet again in his Mercedes-Benz -- Suffering and adversity: passing through difficulties -- Illness and fear of death: I prefer to go to hell -- Meditation: now I'll tell you a secret thing -- The eight pillars of joy -- Perspective: there are many different angles -- Humility: I tried to look humble and modest -- Humor: laughter, joking is much better -- Acceptance: the only place where change can begin -- Forgiveness: freeing ourselves from the past -- Gratitude: I am fortunate to be alive -- Compassion: something we want to become -- Generosity: we are filled with joy -- Celebration: dancing in the streets of Tibet -- Departure: a final goodbye -- Joy practices.
Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives.
September 28, 2016
Lucado, Max, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 
x, 198 pages ; 22 cm
Explores the story and meaning of Christmas for believers, and how it marks the beginning of a hope that endures forever.
September 26, 2016
Cunnington, Havilah, author.
[Place of publication not given] : Havilah Cunnington , 
99 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Eat Pray Hustle is a 20 day Bible study derived from the life of Abraham. He was a man just like us, and he was on the road to his promise. He had a dream deposited in him as a seed, and he was doing everything he could to help it grow. He was eating, praying, and hustling most days...just like many of us! This whole study is designed to help you understand the attributes of a God Dream. We will uncover what a Dream Chaser looks like and the signs of your greatest dreams revealed. We will expose what Dream Killers look like and what we can do to stay protected. We will learn to nurture the dream, care for it and live it out. Understanding these truths will change your life and give you a lasting legacy of fulfilled promise. Why wait any longer to chase your God dreams? You can start today!"--page 4 of cover.
September 23, 2016
Jerusalem : Carta, 2011.
237 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
September 22, 2016
Visotzky, Burton L.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
245 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Greek, Roman, Hellenist. Jew -- Like a fish out of water? : stories of Judaism in historical context -- Judaisms of the Oikoumene : who were the Jews in the Roman world? -- Esau, Edom, Rome : what did the rabbis really say about the Romans? -- Rabbis learn the three Rs : reading, writing, and Roman rhetoric -- How many languages does a Jew need to know? -- Love of wisdom and love of law : in pursuit of philosophy and justice -- History where it happened -- The handwriting on the wall (and the floor and ceiling) : Roman Jewish art -- From temple cult to Roman culture.
"Hard to believe but true: - The Passover Seder is a Greco-Roman symposium banquet - The Talmud rabbis presented themselves as Stoic philosophers - Synagogue buildings were Roman basilicas - Hellenistic rhetoric professors educated sons of well-to-do Jews - Zeus-Helios is depicted in synagogue mosaics across ancient Israel - The Jewish courts were named after the Roman political institution, the Sanhedrin - In Israel there were synagogues where the prayers were recited in Greek. Historians have long debated the (re)birth of Judaism in the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple cult by the Romans in 70 CE. What replaced that sacrificial cult was at once something new-indebted to the very culture of the Roman overlords-even as it also sought to preserve what little it could of the old Israelite religion. The Greco-Roman culture in which rabbinic Judaism grew in the first five centuries of the Common Era nurtured the development of Judaism as we still know and celebrate it today. Arguing that its transformation from a Jerusalem-centered cult to a world religion was made possible by the Roman Empire, Rabbi Burton Visotzky presents Judaism as a distinctly Roman religion. Full of fascinating detail from the daily life and culture of Jewish communities across the Hellenistic world, Aphrodite and the Rabbis will appeal to anyone interested in the development of Judaism, religion, history, art and architecture. "-- Provided by publisher.
September 22, 2016
Bernstein, Gabrielle, author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2016.
182 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back,New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life."-- Provided by publisher.
September 21, 2016
Hostetler, Bob, 1958- author.
Franklin, TN : Worthy Publishing, 2016.
1 volume unpaged ; 22 cm
January -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December.
"The Bard and the Bible pairs 365 short passages from the King James Version of the Bible with lines from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The poetry of the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon and the power of God's Word will enrich the reader's understanding and appreciation of both, and provide new ways to encounter and respond to God through His Word. A year of daily readings in both Shakespeare and the King James Version yields intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration for readers, enlarging their minds as it changes their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
September 20, 2016
Woodward, Kenneth L., author.
New York : Convergent Books, 2016.
447 pages ; 24 cm
Embedded religion -- A fusion of faith, culture, and politics -- Mediating religion -- When the secular was sacred -- Entrepreneurial religion -- Movement religion -- Religion and revolution -- Women's liberation and the feminization of religion -- Experiential religion -- Alternatives to religion -- Sacred families -- Piety and politics: the Republicans and the religious right -- Religion as politics: the Democrats.
"Blends memoir (especially of the postwar era) with ... reporting and ... historical analysis to tell the story of how American religion, culture, and politics influenced each other in the second half of the twentieth century"--Dust jacket flap.
September 20, 2016
Franklin, Jentezen, 1962-
Lake Mary, Fla. : Charisma House, 2009.
vii, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Facing off with your fears -- Much ado about nothing -- Your refuge from fear -- Your fight of faith -- Fight for your family -- The fear of not having enough -- Fighting the fear of failure -- Overcoming the fear of people -- No fear of eternity.
Addresses the common fears people face today, including violence, terrorism, and death, and discusses how to use faith and spirituality to battle against such anxieties.
September 14, 2016
Woodstock, Vermont : Jewish Lights Publishing, 
xii, 157 pages ; 24 cm
"Contributors: Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL -- Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW -- Dr. Norman J. Cohen -- Rabbi Mike Comins -- Rabbi David A. Cooper -- Rabbi Rachel Cowan -- Rabbi Edward Feinstein -- Rabbi Nancy Flam -- Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi -- Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MA, BCC -- Debbie Friedman -- Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, PhD -- Nan Fink Gefen, PhD -- Rabbi Neil Gillman, PhD -- Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, DHL -- Rabbi Arthur Green, PhD -- Dr. David Hartman -- Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD -- Rabbi Margaret Holub -- Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar -- Rabbi Lawrence Kushner -- Rabbi Maurice Lamm -- Rabbi Naomi Levy -- Rabbi David Lyon -- Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler -- Rabbi James L. Mirel -- Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky -- Rabbi Daniel F. Polish, PhD -- Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso -- Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis -- Rabbi Dannel I. Schwartz -- Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz -- Rabbi Rami Shapiro -- Rachel Josefowitz Siegel -- Rabbi Shira Stern, DMin, BCC -- Rabbi Nancy Wechsler-Azen -- Karen Bonnell Werth -- Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, DMin -- Dr. Ron Wolfson -- Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman"--Page  of cover.
"Beloved and respected spiritual leaders from across the Jewish denominational spectrum share insights from their experience, Jewish tradition and their personal encounters with grief and healing. This wide range of perspectives, offered with grace and compassion, will be a treasured resource in your time of grief. Whether mourning a recent loss or experiencing pain from old scars, you will be encouraged and challenged to be fully, vulnerably present to your emotions; forgive your own shortcomings and those of others; and remain open to love despite pain and uncertainty."--Page  of cover.
September 13, 2016
Albrektson, J. Raymond.
Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, ©2002.
xi, 212 pages ; 22 cm
September 12, 2016
Boston : Beacon Press, .
x, 197 pages ; 22 cm
September 9, 2016
Donohue, William A., 1947- author.
Manchester, New Hampshire : Sophia Institute Press, 2016.
x, 115 pages ; 18 cm
"Discovering" Mother Teresa -- Her critics emerge -- What's driving the attacks? -- Christopher Hitchens -- Aroup Chatterjee and Hemley Gonzalez -- Canadian critics strike -- Consorting with the rich and famous -- Where did the money go? -- Critics assess the quality of care -- More accounts on the quality of care -- Mother Teresa confounds her critics -- Deriding her lifestyle and beliefs -- Mother Teresa's "dark nights" -- Assessing her miracles.
September 9, 2016
Payleitner, Jay K., author.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, 
190 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword by Josh McDowell -- Got a bucket list? -- Set goals -- but not in concrete -- Drive through the storm -- Become like little children -- Be last in line -- Reconsider rules carved in stone -- Go to funerals -- Love and be loved -- Don't put God in a box -- Come to the garden -- Put a price on your head -- Get fired -- No excuses -- Bounce off brick walls -- Redefine vacation -- Entertain angels -- Shun easy money -- Create -- Get schooled at the country fair -- Get out of hot water -- Practice your penmenship -- Live grudge-free -- Take note of any quick fix -- Lill 'em with kindness -- Uncover secrets of generations past -- Make sure you're missed -- o typical bucket-list stuff -- Peek into dark corners -- Get nose-to-nose with an alligator -- Dredge up mud-filled Schlitz cans -- Strive valiantly -- Talk to me -- Dodge counterfeit happiness -- Attend a wild game night -- Harvest a fruit -- Keep the opposite of a to-do list -- Run with scissors -- Advocate science -- Ask to play football -- Go beyond golden -- Be a friend -- Be ready to die -- Arm yourself for mockers -- Untangle the conundrum of nice people -- Be your brother's keeper -- Celebrate quirks -- Reciognize Jesus -- Week wise counsel -- Know the Pythagorean Theorum -- Give credit where credit is due -- Do the right thing -- Write your tombstone -- Finsih what you start.
"Go bungee jumping. Tango. See the Eiffel Tower. Swim with sharks. Bucket lists can get pretty crazy! But what if God wanted you to think even further outside the box? To pattern your life after the one who said some pretty crazy things himself: "Love your enemies." "Store up treasures in heaven." "Seek first his kingdom and righteousness." If you checked every item off your bucket list, would your life be complete? In these pages you'll find 52 items to help you revamp your must-do list ... Run with scissors. Bounce off brick walls. Celebrate quirks. Banish grudges. Dodge counterfeit happiness. Peek into dark corners. Get fired. Enlist invisible reinforcements. Get nose-to-nose with an alligator. As you check off God's bucket list, you may find yourself doing things you never thought possible. Jay Payleitner helps you get your priorities straight with the most important relationship in your life--you and God."--Publisher's description.
September 9, 2016
Chattanooga, TN : Olan Mills, 
1 volume (various pagings) : color and black and white illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
September 8, 2016
Galion (Ohio) : United Church Directories, 1986.
24 unnumbered pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
"He is the vine; we are the branches."--Cover.
September 7, 2016
Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, 
xiii, 354 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction / Elizabeth A. Johnson -- Part I: The Easter experience. Encountering and proclaiming the risen Jesus / Sandra Schneiders -- The significance today of Jesus' commission to Mary Magdalene / Teresa Okure -- Rising with Mary: Re-visioning a feminist theology of the cross and resurrection / Joy Ann McDougall -- Part II: Sweeping overviews. Women and Christ: Toward inclusive Christologies / Ellen Leonard -- "But who do you say that I am?" An Australian feminist response / Elaine Wainwright / Dictionary of feminist theologies / Kelly Brown Douglas, Carter Heyward, Francine Cardman -- Feminist anti-Judaism and the Christian God / Judith Plaskow -- Part III: A symphony of voices. Who is Jesus for Asian women? / Chung Hyun Kyung -- Christology from an Asian woman's perspective / Virginia Fabella -- Jesus Christ and the liberation of women in Africa / Teresia M. Hinga -- Jesus Christ / Mercy Amba Oduyoye -- Australian Aboriginal women's Christologies / Lee Miena Skye -- Lord of the insignificant: A Christ for Ni-Vanuatu women / Judith Vusi -- Masculinity, femininity, and the Christ / Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer -- Jesus Christ: Life and liberation in a discipleship of equals / María Pilar Aquino -- Black women's surrogacy experience and the Christian notion of redemption / Delores Williams -- Subjectification as a requirement for Christological construction / Jacqueline Grant -- From Satas to Santas, Sobrajas no more: Salvation in the spaces of the everyday / Loida I. Martell-Otero -- Christ, the man for others / Dorothee Soelle -- Part IV: Fresh takes on the body of Christ. Engendering Christ / Kwok Pui-lan -- Marking the body of Jesus, the body of Christ / M. Shawn Copeland -- Christology between identity and difference: On behalf of a world in need / Jeannine Hill Fletcher -- Christ as bride/groom: A Lutheran feminist relational Christology / Kathryn Kleinhaus -- Christmas: "And became hu/man" / Teresa Berger -- The passion of the womb: Women re-living the Eucharist / Astrid Lobo Gajiwala.
The Gospel of John recounts the story of an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at the well. After their conversation, she goes out to tell her neighbors about the mysterious stranger, and many of them believed "on the strength of her witness." These essays, drawn from around the world, reveal the many ways that women have reflected on and borne witness to the person, teaching, and praxis of Jesus Christ in light of their own varied contexts. These contexts include their struggles for life amidst wrenching poverty, racism, and violence; their experience of being female in male-dominated structures in the church and society; and their commitment to promote justice in view of the human dignity of women, all done in tandem with their faith relationship with the living God. (Publisher)