New Arrivals · Religion

September 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Anxious for nothing : finding calm in a chaotic world

September 21, 2017
Lucado, Max, author.
Less fret, more faith -- Section 1. Celebrate God's goodness: rejoice in the Lord always: Rejoice in the Lord's sovereignty ; Rejoice in the Lord's mercy ; Rejoice in the Lord always -- Section 2. Ask God for help: let your requests be made now to God: Contagious calm ; Prayer, not despair -- Section 3. Leave your concerns with Him: with thanksgiving...: Great gratitude ; God's peace, your peace -- Section 4. Meditate on good things: think about things that are worthy of praise: Think about what you think about ; Cling to Christ ; C.A.L.M.
"In the characteristic tone of his previous books, Max guides readers through this Scripture passage and explains the key concepts of celebration, asking for help, leaving our concerns, and meditating."

Real families, real needs : a compassionate guide for families living with disability

September 20, 2017
xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Focus on the family"
Pt. 1. A father's courage -- pt. 2. A mother's heart -- pt. 3. A sibling's journey -- pt. 4. A grandparent's compassion -- pt. 5. A family member's support.
"When a family is affected by disability, everyone's life changes. Whether you're a father, mother, sibling, grandparent, or other relative, you have specific questions based on your role in the family as well as unique needs for support. Real Families, Real Needs by Joni and Friends not only answers those questions, but also provides godly advice and spiritual hope for the challenges you face. Divided into five sections written specifically for every member of the family, this book also offers encouragement, Scriptures to lean on, practical ideas, and more."--Amazon website.

Patterns on parchment : the structural unity of the Five books of Moses

September 19, 2017
Appleson, Robert R., 1947- author.
359 pages ; 24 cm.

Jesus never existed : an introduction to the ultimate heresy

September 19, 2017
Humphreys, Kenneth, author.
126 pages ; 18 cm

Salem United Church of Christ, a hundred and sixty years in the making : 1857-2017

September 19, 2017
Geiger, Robert Michael, author.
37 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection has original yellow paper wrappers.
Includes a history of the church, photographs of buildings and architectural details, portraits of past and current pastors, and group portraits of various church organizations.

Take the lid off : trust God, release the pressure, and find the life he wants for you

September 18, 2017
Norful, Smokie, author.
Nashville, TN : Nelson Books, [2017]
xxiv, 194 pages ; 24 cm
"Sometimes our lives feel like a pot of rice hissing, boiling over, about to explode and create panic. The only way to avoid an explosion is to take the lid off--that is, to stop being trapped inside ourselves and instead look to God and his grace to make us all he intends us to be. Taking the lid off, entails four actions: look inward, experiencing the cleansing of forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit; look outward, seeking for others to experience the joy of living for God and have the best God has to offer; look upward and marvel at God's love and strength to accomplish his purposes; and move onward, devising a strategy to accomplish all God has put in our hearts to do."--provided by publisher.

The great shift : encountering God in biblical times

September 18, 2017
Kugel, James L., author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xvi, 476 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: "A thousand ages in Thy sight ...". Seeing biblically ; Joseph and his brothers ; The last wills of Jacob's sons -- Part II: Divine encounters. Adam and Eve and the undifferentiated outside ; The fog of divine beings ; Eternity in ancient temples ; Imagining prophecy ; The Book of Psalms and speaking to God -- Part III. Transformation. To monotheism ... and beyond ; A sacred agreement at Sinai ; The emergence of the biblical soul ; Remembering God ; The end of prophecy? -- Part IV. In search of God. The elusive individual ; Humans in search ; Outside the Temple ; Personal religion ; Some conclusions.
"A world-renowned scholar uses the Bible's own words to understand a fateful change that occurred during the biblical era, one that would ultimately determine the whole way in which Jews and Christians would encounter God ever since. A great mystery lies at the heart of the Bible. Early on, people seem to live in a world entirely foreign to our own. God appears to Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and others; He buttonholes Moses and Isaiah and Jeremiah and tells them what to say. Then comes the Great Shift, and Israelites stop seeing God or hearing His voice. Instead, later Israelites are 'in search of God,' reaching out to a distant, omniscient deity in prayers, as people have done ever since. What brought about this change? The answers come from the Bible and other ancient texts, archaeology and anthropology and recent advances in neuroscience. Ultimately, the book leads readers to the most basic matter of all, the nature of humanity's encounter with God from earliest times to our own day. The Great Shift is a landmark book, the culmination of a scholar's lifelong reckoning with the foundational text of Judaism and Christianity. James Kugel, whose religious conviction shines through his scientific exploration of the Bible and the ancient world, has written a masterwork for believers and nonbelievers alike, a profound meditation on the apprehension of God, then and now."--Jacket.

The Ken commandments : my search for God in Hollywood

September 18, 2017
Baker, Ken, 1970- author.
viii, 276 pages ; 22 cm
Genesis: Thou shalt have no false idols before the Kardashians ; Listen to thy self...and Whitney Houston ; Study the book of Howard Stern ; Pray with Gwen Stefani ; Celebrate Jesus--He's just like us! ; Meditate in Marina Del Rey ; What's good for the Gwyneth is good for the gander ; Breath is the new black ; Keep up with the Kardashians ; Who you gonna call? Brangelina's ghostbuster! -- Exodus: Take a walk on "the other side" of Hollywood ; Know God and you shall find God ; Investigate Tom Cruise-ology ; Listen to the "Field of dreams" ; Find some headspace ; Question the Gospel according to Kanye West ; Even Jesus shall need a publicist ; Bow to the divine within you ; The guru wears Prada ; Be -- Revelation.
"An E! News star mixes memoir and investigative journalism in his this rollicking, poignant, and masterful version of A.J. Jacobs' A Year of Living Biblically, chronicling his own spiritual journey as he investigates the religious lives of the rich and famous in Hollywood. Ken Baker, the popular L.A.-based senior correspondent for E! News and E! Online. In that time, Baker saw himself becoming one of the materialistic, carnal people he never wanted to be, abandoning his Christian heritage and losing his spiritual center in the process. Finding himself alone and confused one day in Vegas, he had an awakening that put him on a journey to find God, not only in himself, but in the celebrities whose lives intersect with his, both professionally and personally. In The Ken Commandments, Ken sets off on an experiment that will bring him closer to understanding the spiritual lives of such diverse luminaries as Gwen Stefani, Tom Cruise, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Joel Osteen, and Deepak Chopra, and in the process help to reveal the light and dark of Hollywood's soul. From New Age spirituality to Bible-based Christianity, to Scientology, to Buddhist retreats, to meditation classes, to Atheism studies, to the mega-church of the nation's top TV preacher, Baker immerses himself in a range of spiritual practices side by side with the celebrity set, revealing a world that is deeper, more questioning and more God-centered than you'd ever imagine."--Jacket flap.

Unshakeable trust : find the joy of trusting God at all times, in all things

September 18, 2017
Meyer, Joyce, 1943- author.
New York : Faith Words, 2017.
viii, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- What is trust? -- Trust brings rest -- Who can I trust -- The folly of self-reliance -- Trust God and do good (Part 1) -- Trust God and do good (Part 2) -- At all times -- If God is good, why do people summer -- Does God "allow" suffering? -- Reasons why we suffer (Part 1) -- Reasons why we summer (Part 2) -- On the other side of suffering -- Day by day -- The unknown -- In God's waiting room (Part 1) -- In God's waiting room (Part 2) -- When God is silent -- Trusting God during times of change -- I really want to change -- Trusting God to change people -- Dealing with doubt -- How much experience do you have? -- Committing all to God.
With each new chapter, Joyce unveils a sovereign and trustworthy God who longs to be in a relationship with his people, and inspires you to tear down the walls of self-reliance. This book will both equip and encourage, as you learn how to "trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Regardless of your past pain, your present circumstances, or your future uncertainty, when you learn to trust God each day, you'll experience the joy-filled life Jesus came to give you. Others may have let you down...but God never will!

Angels among us : extraordinary encounters with heavenly beings

September 18, 2017
Rosseland, Wanda.
202 pages ; 19 cm
Includes questions for book clubs (pages 199-202).
"Angels Among Us is a collection of stories of everyday people--little children, old women, young men, and more--who had their lives stopped for a moment and redirected with a little help from above. Some came to help. Some to heal. Others stood as protectors and guardians. Some were prayed for and others showed up totally unbidden, but all were remembered by those whose lives were changed from a visit by their guardian angel. These inspiring stories will give you comfort and hope as you learn that you are seen, protected, and loved throughout each and every day."--Amazon website.

Women and Asian religions

September 14, 2017
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2017]
xxiii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

War in heaven : taking your place in the epic battle with evil

September 13, 2017
Prince, Derek, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
217 pages ; 22 cm
Includes indexes.
What is your picture of heaven? -- Life is a battle! -- A pre-adamic world -- Lucifer challenges god -- The adamic race: our origin -- The adamic race: our destiny -- One man and his prayer -- Angelic beings -- Angels at war -- Now salvation has come! -- By the blood of the lamb -- What kind of people?
"This revised bestseller provides answers to the fundamental questions of evil and reveals why spiritual warfare is such an important part of God's plan for each of us"-- Provided by publisher.

I have learned from the least : my life, my hopes

September 7, 2017
Tagle, Luis Antonio, author.
xiii, 127 pages ; 19 cm
Originally published in Italian as Ho imparto dagli ultimi: La miia, vita le mia speranze, in 2016.
Son of the people -- One less doctor, one more priest -- Priests to learn from the poor -- Theology, a second love -- Manila, Philippines -- Asia today and tomorrow -- Ecology and the vindication of Laudato Sí.

The last arrow : save nothing for the next life

September 7, 2017
McManus, Erwin Raphael, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook, 2017.
210 pages ; 22 cm
Never turn back -- Save nothing for the next life -- Choose the future -- Set your past on fire -- Refuse to stay behind -- Act like your life depends on it -- Stand your ground -- Find your people -- Know what you want -- Be ready when you get there.

Better : waking up to who we could be

September 7, 2017
Bray, Melvin.
xiv, 169 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
What if we could actually change the world by telling better stories? What if the world we have-with its racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religious hatred, ecological disregard-is exactly the world we have spun into existence through the stories we have told? In his new book, Melvin Bray insists that a better world is possible if the stories around which we organize our lives begin to match the beauty we imagine is possible. Bray puts forth his own daring yet faithful reimaginings of classic faith stories that inspire more beautiful, more just, more virtue-filled ways of being in the world.Better offers a spiritual path on which people-for whom life has called into question many of their assumptions about God and the world-can continue to hold onto their faith, while joining others of goodwill in seeking sustainable, cooperative, and courageous answers to the seemingly intractable problems of our time.--From website

If all the seas were ink : a memoir

September 6, 2017
Kurshan, Ilana, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
299 pages ; 22 cm

World without end

August 30, 2017
Keating, Thomas, author.
London : Bloomsbury, 2017.
x, 163 pages : illustrations, 20 cm
Part one, introduction. A journey -- Part two, 'To enter into the unveiled presence of God': conversations with Father Thomas Keating. A lonely time ; The spiritual journey ; Close encounters ; Awakening ; Happiness ; The suffering of a teacher ; After death ; A cosmology ; On the road again -- Part three, 'A place where god can dwell': conversations with Abbot Joseph Boyle. Captivated by experience ; Maintaining a faith centre in the valley ; Father Thomas ; Centering prayer in an uncentred time ; Purifying the ego ; Past and future ; A clear sky ; Aspen ; Life and death -- Appendix 1: biography of Father Thomas Keating, OCSO -- Appendix 2: biography of Abbot Joseph Boyle, OCSO.
"In these conversations with film maker and writer Lucette Verboven, Thomas Keating OCSO, bestselling author, Trappist monk and founder of the centering prayer movement, looks back on his long life and spiritual development"--Back cover.

Shifting atmospheres : discerning & displacing the spiritual forces around you

August 29, 2017
De Silva, Dawna.
Shippensburg, PA : Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., [2017]
187 pages ; 23 cm
A strategy for victorious spiritual warfare --Cover.
The spiritual realm -- Spiritual strategies -- Tactics of the enemy -- Weapons of warfare -- Spiritual authority -- Spiritual atmospheres -- Finding your normal -- Discerning atmospheres -- Shifting atmospheres -- Shifting atmospheres over yourself and your home -- Shifting atmospheres over regions -- Assignments -- Final thoughts.

Cross vision : how the crucifixion of Jesus makes sense of Old Testament violence

August 24, 2017
Boyd, Gregory A., 1957- author.
Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2017]
xii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : something else must be going on -- part I. The problem and a looking-glass cross solution -- 1. The elephant -- 2. The unveiling -- 3. A cruciform through-line -- 4. Revolting beauty -- 5. Building on tradition -- part II. Biblical, historical, and ancient cultural support -- 6. The heavenly missionary -- 7. Rorschach God -- 8. Echoes of a pagan warrior -- part III. The true nature of God's judgment -- 9. Divine aikido -- 10. Self-punishing sin -- 11. Doing and allowing -- part IV. Seeing something else through the looking-glass cross -- 12. Cosmic war -- 13. Creation undone -- 14. Dragon-swallowing-dragon warfare -- 15. Misusing divine power -- 16. Commanding child sacrifice -- Postscript : four words of encouragement.
"The Old Testament God of wrath and violence versus the New Testament God of love and peace, it's a difference that has troubled Christians since the first century. Now, with the sensitivity of a pastor and the intellect of a theologian, Gregory A. Boyd proposes the "cruciform hermeneutic," a way to read the Old Testament portraits of God through the lens of Jesus' crucifixion. In Cross Vision, Boyd follows up on his epic and groundbreaking study, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. He shows how the death and resurrection of Jesus reframes the troubling violence of the Old Testament, how all of Scripture reveals God's self-sacrificial love, and, most importantly, how we can follow Jesus' example of peace"--Provided by publisher.

Faith shattered and restored : Judaism in the postmodern age

August 24, 2017
Sh. G. R. (Shimʻon Gershon Rozenberg)
xxiv, 221 pages ; 23 cm
"This volume contains translations of ten essays that constitute, to our minds, an optimal representaton of Rabbi Shagar's groundbreaking spiritual approach. Six of them were taken from his major philosophical work, Tablets and Broken Tablets; two were published in his lifetime and included in the book We Will Walk in Fervor, and the remining two come from his collections of expositions on the holidays ..." -- Introduction.

And your daughters shall prophesy : stories from the byways of American women and religion

August 23, 2017
Shirk, Adrian, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, 2017.
xvii, 267 pages ; 24 cm
A declaration of sentiments -- We are all scientists: Mary Baker Eddy -- Our bodies, our smoke: the Moon Lodge -- The laughing virgin: Flannery O'Connor -- Dear Linda: Linda Goodman -- Who wanders unencumbered: Aunt Robin -- Meet me in Lily Dale: the Fox sisters -- True facts told by her: Aimee Semple McPherson -- Heavenly Mother will believe you: Eliza Snow -- This building is yours: the Takeover -- The blackout: the prodigal son -- Shadow and substance: Sojourner Truth -- Witchery: Marie Laveau -- Sanctuaries: the yuwipi.
A "powerful, personal exploration of American women and their theologies, weaving connections between Adrian Shirk's own varied spiritual experiences and the prophetesses, feminists, and spiritual icons who have shaped this country."--Jacket flap.

An oasis in time : how a day of rest can save your life

August 22, 2017
Paul, Marilyn, author.
xi, 260 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Ancient wisdom for modern times -- Part I: Getting started -- Living in overdrive: we're moving too fast -- Stopping work: a lively history and energetic debates -- What is an oasis in time? -- Get traction for change -- Part II: Putting it into practice -- Design your oasis time -- Protect and prepare: planning for oasis time -- Living oasis time -- Don't let anything stop you -- Part III: Taking back your time -- Take stock -- Strengthening boundaries -- Navigating your days: five key practices -- Beyond a haven, an incubator.

Zen master raven : the teachings of a wise old bird

August 22, 2017
Aitken, Robert, 1917-2010, author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, [2017]
xvii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Previously published: 2002.
"A uniquely playful and incisive illustrated collection of Zen teaching stories from one of America's best-known and most-respected Zen masters. A Modern Classic. In the tradition of the great koan collections and the extensive records of ancient masters, Robert Aitken--one of America's best-known and most-respected Zen masters--distills a lifetime of teaching down to its essence. Intriguing, playful, and deceptively easy to read, Zen Master Raven is a brilliant encapsulation of Zen in over a hundred koan-like encounters--featuring curious beginners like Mallard and Mole, to teachers-in-training like Porcupine, to the profound wisdom of masters like Brown Bear, Moose Roshi, and Zen Master Raven himself"-- Provided by publisher.

My Jewish year : 18 holidays, one wondering Jew

August 21, 2017
Pogrebin, Abigail, author.
ix, 326 pages ; 24 cm
How did I get here? -- Prepping Rosh Hashanah : self-flagellation in summer -- Post-Rosh Hashanah : tossing flaws and breadcrumbs -- The Fast of Gedaliah : lessons of a slain governor -- The truth about Hom Kippur : death and more death -- Yom Kippur letdown : maybe next year -- Sukkot in LA : serious Sukkah envy -- Hoshanah Rabbah & Shemini Atzeret : left out, then lingering -- Simchat Torah : the most pit -- Hanukkah reconsidered : a split in the Jewish soul -- Hanukkah at the bedside and the White House : unexpected light -- The Tenth of Tevet : starting the secular year hungry -- Slouching toward Shabbat : the most important holiday of all : Tu B'Shvat : sometimes you feel like a nut -- Tzom Esther & Purim : preparing to fast and spiel -- The Purim report : mirth and melancholy -- Passover : scallions and rare silences -- The feminist Passover : a (third) seder of her own -- Yom HaShoah : "We did more than survive" -- Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha'atzmaut : for the fallen and the free : Israel's Memorial and Independence days -- Lag B'Omer : R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Activist Shabbat : Friday night with the kids -- Sleepless on Shavuot : let my people learn -- 17th of Tammuz : another fast, seriously? -- Tisha B'Av : mourning history, headlines, and hatred -- My Shabbat landing : comforting consistency -- Where did I end up? -- Appendix 1. A Jewish year in bullet points -- Appendix 2. Interviews.
The author describes her research on the holidays of the Jewish calendar and how she came to understand how these celebrations have lasted for thousands of years.


August 18, 2017
Townes, Ashley, author.
v, 153 pages ; 23 cm
"Religion, Christian life, relationships"--Spine.
"Have you ever wondered why do I keep going from relationship to relationship? Why is this new one much like the last one? Is it me? I need something more! I want something meaningful--a true love that will love me without boundaries, restraints or conditions. You know the fairytale love of happily ever after. Well guess what? You are probably looking for love in all the wrong places. Here is my advice: If you are looking for love, look up. If you are looking for a healthy and long-lasting relationship, look up. If you are looking to get past your hurts, again I say, look up. Stop looking at a man or woman to fill this void when only God can. Realize that your worth is not in how much attention you can get or in the sweet words whispered to entice you into the bedroom. Nor is your worth based on broken relationships, abortion, children out of wedlock or even HIV/AIDS. Your worth comes from God alone!"--Back cover.

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