New Arrivals · Religion

July 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

From hot mess to blessed

July 25, 2017
Gillies, Julie K., author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2017]
248 pages ; 22 cm.
And then I knew normal wasn't out ot the question -- Wait! you mean that's not who I really am? -- The part where we keep going through hard stuff -- The chasm-closer -- For our every meltdown, freak-out and gut-wrenching hurt -- Knocking knees aside -- Because every iota of you matters -- It shatters the bleakest despair -- Neither our guilt complex nor our doubts nor our catastrophic failures can separate us -- It's not the CIA, but special assignments abound -- It surpasses our dreams in spectacular sort of way -- Because there's no such thing as marked-down faith.
Every woman struggles to believe she is who God says she is and to believe the stunning promises He whispers to her heart. But when you're a hot mess (and we all are to one degree or another), it's hard to imagine things can be different—that you can be different.

Preparing, adjusting, and loving the empty nest : a companion to Empty nest, what's next?

July 25, 2017
Howe, Michele, author.
Peabody, MA : Hendrickson Publishers, [2017]
146 pages ; 22 cm.
Preparing for the empty nest -- Adjusting to the empty nest -- Loving the empty nest.
Provides expanded practical tips and spiritual wisdom in a three-part primer to help parents in this transitional time of life--helping them look to the future with hope as empty nesters.

Wild at heart : discovering the secret of a man's soul

July 25, 2017
Eldredge, John, 1960-
Nashville, Tenn. : T. Nelson, ©2010.
xiii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
"Revised and expanded"--Jacket.
Wild at heart -- The wild one whose image we bear -- The question that haunts every man -- The wound -- The battle for a man's heart -- The father's voice -- Healing the wound -- A battle to fight: the enemy -- A battle to fight: the strategy -- A beauty to rescue -- An adventure to live -- Writing the next chapter -- Epilogue -- The daily prayer -- A prayer for sexual healing.
In all your boyhood dreams of growing up, did you dream of being a "nice guy"? Eldredge believes that every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. That is how he bears the image of God; that is what God made him to be.

Everyday wisdom : extraordinary inspiration from friends, family, and neighbors

July 24, 2017
Onarato, Diana Fransis, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
109 pages ; 19 cm
"The idea for this book stemmed from the author's inspirational thesis titled "Words of Wisdom," which comprised of interviews conducted with older adults. By asking them about their purpose in life, success, happiness, and any advice they wanted to share, we gain insight into moving and beautiful responses. Now, the topic is taken to the next level by opening it up to the rest of the world. People of all different cultures, religions, and experiences deserve to have a voice through this book, which was inspired to encompass words of wisdom about living the good life from ordinary individuals from all walks of life. It will open and enlighten our perspectives regarding the world's abundant philosophies and has the ability to unite people of different backgrounds and opinions. In such a progressive world, it may be easy to overlook the importance of the things that really matter. Wisdom of the Ages will remind one to carry out the most organic purpose of being a human"-- Provided by publisher.

Girl on a wire : walking the line between faith and freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church

July 24, 2017
Phelps, Libby, author.
©2017
208 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm

Undeniable : how biology confirms our intuition that life is designed

July 24, 2017
Axe, Douglas, author.
New York, New York : HarperOne, [2016]
298 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The big question -- The conflict within -- Science in the real world -- Outside the box -- A dose of common science -- Life is good -- Waiting for wonders -- Lost in space -- The art of making sense -- Coming alive -- Seeing and believing -- Last throes -- First world -- The new school.
Axe argues that the key to understanding our origin is the "design intuition": the innate belief held by all humans that tasks we would need knowledge to accomplish can only be accomplished by someone who has that knowledge. For the ingenious task of inventing life, this knower can only be God. He explains in plain English the science that proves our design intuition scientifically valid, and then uses everyday experience to empower ordinary people to defend their design intuition.

All the Pope's saints : the Jesuits who shaped Pope Francis

July 24, 2017
Salai, Sean, author.
Huntington, Indiana : Our Sunday Visitor, 2017.
158 pages ; 22 cm

Catholics and Protestants : what can we learn from each other?

July 20, 2017
Kreeft, Peter, author.
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, [2017].
204 pages ; 21 cm
A useful resource for any Catholic and Prostestant friends or colleagues. It explores often contentious issues with respect for both perspectives.

Help! I'm holy, but I'm horny : the perfect book for your best friend's cousin that has a lot of questions about sex, love and relationships

July 19, 2017
Scruggs, Michael, author.
[United States] : Xulon Press, [2015]
153 pages ; 22 cm
The birds and the bees -- If loving you is wrong -- Between the sheets -- Wait training -- Maximize the moment -- I've got the power -- The joy of sex -- 50 shades of gray.
"With biblical principles and personal examples, Dr. Scruggs outlines ways in which we can navigate through the ups and downs of sex, love, and relation-slips"--Back cover.

Buddha : an enlightened life

July 18, 2017
Moore, Kieron, author.
New Delhi, India : Campfire, Kalyani Navyug Media Pvt Ltd, [2017]
147 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
In the ancient city of Kapilavastu, a prince named Siddhartha Gautama was born, and a wise man declared that he would grow up to be either a powerful king or a spiritual leader who would end suffering. Though his father kept him sheltered, Siddhartha soon became aware of the pain and disease that plagued the world and so abandoned his noble life in order to find answers. He'd eventually become the founder of a religion which persists today, and which has spread a message of compassion and understanding across the world. It was not an easy journey; Siddhartha faced the temptations of a demon, the outbreaks of war, and rebellion within his own order. Follow his journey from prince to pauper and from beggar to Buddha.

Sit, walk, don't talk : how I survived a silent meditation retreat

July 18, 2017
Howd, Jennifer (Mindfulness Facilitator), author.
Berkeley, California : Parallax Press, [2017]
111 pages ; 18 cm
Deciding to go: Sunday, March 10 -- Arrival day: Friday, May 3 -- Day one: Saturday, May 4 -- Day two: Sunday, May 5 -- Day three: Monday, May 6 -- Day four: Tuesday, May 7 -- Day five: Wednesday, May 8 -- Day six: Thursday, May 9 -- Day seven: Friday, May 10 -- Day eight: Saturday, May 11 -- Day nine, heading home: Sunday, May 12 -- Four years later.

Detour to heaven : one man's true journey

July 17, 2017
Reppert, Dale, author.
Kutztown, PA : Odenheim Press, [2017]
vi, 161 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Detour to Heaven, One Man's True Journey is the true story, as told by Dale and his devoted wife Louann, of Dale's continuous battle to live and how, through unwavering optimism and God's constant presence, he has persevered and learned the true meaning of wealth. Dale decided to share his heavenly experience after his last medical diagnosis explained that he shouldn't be alive and would need a third brain surgery. He hopes this book will help others." -- Publisher.

Bhakti yoga : tales and teachings from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa

July 14, 2017
Bryant, Edwin F. (Edwin Francis), 1957- author.
New York : North Point Press, 2017.
xxix, 650 pages ; 21 cm
"Bhakti, or devotion, is the central concept of Hinduism. This book explores bhakti through examining one particular tradition with Hinduism and the key practices, beliefs, and texts associated with it, which are all nearly in the form of parable-like stories"-- Provided by publisher.

Not a fan : becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus

July 12, 2017
Idleman, Kyle, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2016]
225 pages ; 22 cm
Part 1: Fan or follower? An honest diagnosis -- Part 2: An invitation to follow (the unedited version) -- Part 3: Following Jesus: wherever, whenever, whatever.
"'Not a fan challenges you to consider what it really means to call yourself a Christian. With a frankness that you're not likely to hear in Sunday school class, the author invites you to take an honest look at your relationship with Jesus. His call to follow may seem radical to us, but Jesus desires it for every believer"--Back cover.

The Godwink effect : 7 secrets to God's signs, wonders, answered prayers

July 11, 2017
Rushnell, Squire D., 1938- author.
New York : Howard Books, 2017.
xi, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Secret #1: Pray -- Secret #2: Ask -- Secret #3: Believe -- Secret #4: Expect -- Secret #5: Signs -- Secret #6: Wonders -- Secret #7: Divine alignment.
Offers a collection of inspirational true stories featuring people who have experienced profound instances of unexpected answered prayers. --Publisher

Mother Angelica : her grand silence, the last years and living legacy

July 10, 2017
Arroyo, Raymond.
New York : Image Books, [2016]
228 pages ; 22 cm
Last journey -- White martyrdom of Mother Angelica -- Mystic of Hanceville -- Long, loud silence -- What mothers do -- Drowsing to glory.
"A portrait of Mother Angelica describes the influential nun's youth, her dedication to a cloistered order of Franciscan nuns, and her creation of the powerful, multimillion-dollar Eternal World Television Network,"--NoveList.

In the days of rain : a daughter, a father, a cult

July 7, 2017
Stott, Rebecca, author.
©2017
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reckoning -- Before -- During -- Aftermath.
"Rebecca Stott both adored and feared her father, Roger Stott, a high-ranking minister in the Brighton, England, branch of the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist fundamentalist Christian sect. A man of contradictions, he preached that the Brethren should shun the outside world, which was ruled by Satan, yet he kept a radio in the trunk of his car and read Shakespeare and Yeats. Years later, when the Stotts broke with the Brethren after a scandal involving the cult's leader, Roger became an actor and compulsive gambler who left the family penniless and ended up in jail....In the Days of Rain is Rebecca Stott's attempt to make sense of her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, to understand her father's role in the cult and in the breaking apart of her family, and to come to be at peace with her relationship with a larger-than-life figure whose faults were matched by a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature and beauty. A father-daughter story as well as a memoir of growing up in a closed-off community and then finding a way out of it, this is an inspiring and beautiful account of the bonds of family and the power of self-invention."--Jacket .

Priest of nature : the religious worlds of Isaac Newton

July 5, 2017
Iliffe, Rob, author.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xi, 522 pages, 16 pages of plates ; 25 cm.
A divine web -- A spiritual ant -- Infinity and the imagination -- From liberty to heresay -- Abominable men -- Prisca Newtoniana -- Methodising the apocalypse -- Divine peresution -- The end of the world -- Private prosecutions -- Critical friends -- A particle of divinity.
Religion and faith dominated much of Newton's life and work. His papers, never made available to the public, were filled with biblical speculation and timelines along with passages that excoriated the early Church fathers. Indeed, his radical theological leanings rendered him a heretic, according to the doctrines of the Anglican Church.

Hope sings : risk more, dream bigger, fear less / Susanna Foth Aughtmon.

June 29, 2017
Aughtmon, Susanna Foth, 1970- author.
©2017
ix, 175 pages ; 22 cm

Love let go : radical generosity for the real world

June 29, 2017
Truax, Laura Sumner, 1961- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017.
xii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
I. Our generous nature : -- Wired to be givers -- The plane of generosity -- Abundance, not scarcity -- II. Stumbling toward generosity : -- Identity intact -- Transactions and interactions -- The saturation point -- III. The generous life : -- Listening inside out -- Listening outside in -- Reframing thankfulness -- Letting love go.
When LaSalle Street Church in Chicago received an unexpected windfall, its leaders made the wild, counterintuitive decision to give it away. Each church member received a check for $500 with the instruction to go out and do good in God's world. In Love Let Go readers witness how a church community was transformed by the startling truth that money can buy happiness -- when we give it away. Laura Sumner Truax and Amalya Campbell show how this radical generosity shaped their community, exploring the reverberating impact of each act of generosity, and ultimately revealing how LaSalle's faith-filled risk snowballed into a movement beyond itself. Throughout the book Truax and Campbell probe the connection of human flourishing to generosity and offer tools to help us reclaim our giver identities and live generously -- to love and let go.

New Testament basics for Catholics

June 29, 2017
Bergsma, John Sietze.
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2015]
xvii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
An overview of the New Testament -- The Old Testament as prequel: episodes 1-6 -- The Kingdom of God has come! -- The gospel of Matthew -- The Kingdom of God grows! -- The gospel of Luke -- The book of Acts -- Living in the Kingdom! -- St. Paul and the letter to the Romans -- The Kingdom perfected! -- The gospel of John -- The Book of Revelation: the victory of the Kingdom.

A practical guide to culture : helping the next generation navigate today's world

June 28, 2017
Stonestreet, John, author.
Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, 2017.
367 pages ; 21 cm
What culture is and what it does to us -- Keeping the moment and the story straight -- A vision of success -- The information age -- Identity after Christianity -- Being alone together -- Castrated geldings and perpetual adolescence -- Pornography -- The hookup culture -- Sexual orientation -- Gender identity -- Affluence and consumerism -- Addiction -- Entertainment -- Racial tension -- How to read the Bible -- Why to trust the Bible -- The right kind of pluralism -- Taking the Gospel to the culture.
"Something has changed. We all sense it. Cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of addictions, ever-present screens, and gender-identity questions, youth can have clarity and confidence. We must help them attain it. In this honest and practical guide for parents and Christian leaders, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle explore questions such as: What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture? Why do so many kids struggle with identity? How do we talk to kids about LGBT issues? How can we steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions? How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? "--Back cover.

The turquoise table : finding community and connection in our own front yard

June 28, 2017
Schell, Kristin, author.
©2017
vii, 216 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community, and it can change in yours too. Along with personal stories, Kristin shares ideas for starting your own Turquoise Table, simple recipes to take outside and share, and stories from people using Turquoise Tables in their own neighborhoods. -- Adapted from back cover.

The NIV standard lesson commentary.

June 27, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio : Standard Publishing, 1994-
v. : ill. ; 22-24 cm
Imprint varies: 2017/18- Colorado Springs, CO : Standard Publishing, part of the David C. Cook family.
Contains scripture from the "New International Version." Lessons based on the International Sunday School Lessons.

Intimate messages from heaven : the story of Holy Love Ministries

June 27, 2017
Weible, Wayne, author.
©2016
123 pages ; 21 cm

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