New Arrivals · Religion

October 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Church of spies : the Pope's secret war against Hitler

September 30, 2015
Riebling, Mark, author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, [2015]
viii, 375 pages ; 25 cm
Darkness over the earth -- The end of Germany -- Joey Ox -- Tyrannicide -- Someone to kill him -- Luck of the devil -- The black chapel -- Absolute secrecy -- The X-report -- Warnings to the west -- The brown birds -- Forging the iron -- The committee -- Conversations in the crypt -- Shootout in the cathedral -- Two bottles of cognac -- The Siegfried blueprints -- The white knight -- Prisoner of the Vatican -- It must happen -- Holy Germany -- The trove -- Hell -- The gallows -- A dead man -- The emerald lake.

The Francis effect : a radical pope's challenge to the American Catholic Church

September 30, 2015
Gehring, John, 1974- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xvii, 267 pages ; 24 cm
The Francis revolution begins -- The making of a cultural warrior church -- Catholic progressivism on the march : the new deal to Vatican II -- The rise of the religious right & a power struggle in the church -- The battle for Catholic identity -- The Francis era in America -- A "Francis effect" on U.S. politics? -- The search for common ground -- Millennials, Latinos and the future of the U.S. church.


September 30, 2015
Alcorn, Randy C.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2015.
xii, 481 pages ; 24 cm

The power of I am : two words that will change your life today

September 29, 2015
Osteen, Joel, author.
New York : Faith Words, 2015.
x, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
The power of "I am" -- Be positive or be quiet -- Say so -- I am blessed: a magnet of blessings -- I am free: your seventh year -- I am valuable: know who you are -- I am a masterpiece: see yourself as a masterpiece -- I am content: living content -- I am secure: be comfortable with who you are -- I am victorious: it's under your feet -- I am prosperous: have an abundant mentality -- I am focused: redeem the time -- I am determined: finishing grace -- I am strong: you can handle it -- I am anointed: you are anointed -- I am patient: trust God's timing -- I am forgiven: God loves imperfect people -- I am protected: you've been framed -- I am generous: become a miracle.
"Can two words give you the power to change your life? Yes they can! In the pages of his new book, bestselling author Joel Osteen shares a profound principle based on a simple truth,"

Agents of Babylon : what the prophecies of Daniel tell us about the end of days

September 29, 2015
Jeremiah, David, 1941-
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xi, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The hostage -- The insomniac -- The colossus -- The fire men -- The wolf-man -- The fingers of God -- The lion king -- The conqueror -- The madman -- The herald -- The archangel -- The end.

DMT and the soul of prophecy : a new science of spiritual revelation in the Hebrew Bible

September 29, 2015
Strassman, Rick, 1952-
Rochester, Vermont : Park Street Press, [2014]
xiii, 338 pages ; 23 cm
Prologue: A Hebrew prophet in Babylonia and a DMT volunteer in New Mexico -- From psychedelic drugs to the Hebrew Bible -- The Hebrew Bible: basic notations -- The prophetic state: comparison with the DMT experience -- Mechanisms: spiritual and material -- The past, present, and future of prophecy -- Appendix. Sacred texts: translations, commentaries, philosophical works, and scholars.
"Naturally occurring DMT may produce prophecy-like states of consciousness and thus represent a bridge between biology and religious experience"-- Provided by publisher.

Seven women : and the secret of their greatness

September 29, 2015
Metaxas, Eric, author.
xx, 215 pages : 24 cm
Joan of Arc -- Susanna Wesley -- Hannah More -- Saint Maria of Paris -- Corrie ten Boom -- Rosa Parks -- Mother Teresa.
Offers seven captivating portraits of some of history's greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God's calling.

Celebration of discipline : the path to spiritual growth

September 28, 2015
Foster, Richard J.
[San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©1998.
xx, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: The spiritual disciplines: door to liberation -- Part 1: The inward disciplines -- Meditation -- Prayer -- Fasting -- Study -- Part II: The outward disciplines -- Simplicity -- Solitude -- Submission -- Service -- Part III: The corporate disciplines -- Confession -- Worship -- Guidance -- Celebration.
Reclaims such classical spiritual disciplines as meditation, prayer, fasting, study, solitude, confession, worship, and celebration for the modern Christian meditative life.

Pope Francis among the wolves : the inside story of a revolution

September 25, 2015
Politi, Marco, author.
xvi, 270 pages ; 24 cm
The smell of the sheep -- Francis's fear -- The coup d'état of Benedict XVI -- The secrets of an anti-Italian conclave -- The end of the imperial church -- The face of a parish priest -- Walking with unbelievers -- The hidden women priests -- Death in front of the Vatican -- The self-critique of a pope -- The program of the revolution -- St. Peter had no bank account -- The enemies of Francis -- The war of the cardinals -- The Italian knot -- A resignable papacy.


September 25, 2015
Murakami, Masahiko, 1958- author.
Santa Monica, CA : Middleway Press, [2015]
271 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
In 13th-century Japan, disease, famine, violence, and natural disasters plague society. Samurai lords, blinded by power, shirk any responsibility to protect the citizenry. Religious leaders care more about currying favor with the powerful than helping common people find hope and a positive way to deal with their suffering. But one unknown Buddhist monk dares to speak the truth to power: Nichiren remonstrates with the authorities. He insists that all human life is precious and that the government needs to change its ways and become of service to the people. He criticizes the established religions as being merely pawns of the state, who teach ideas that only further the people's sense of powerlessness. The true purpose of Buddhism, he asserts, is to teach people a way to empower themselves, challenge their destiny, and experience happiness in this life. Based on actual events, this exciting comic touches on major milestones in Nichiren's life interwoven with basic Buddhist principles. This real-life adventure story will captivate readers as it illustrates the life of one courageous human being who stopped at nothing to bring happiness to the people and peace to the land.

St. Paul : the apostle we love to hate

September 24, 2015
Armstrong, Karen, 1944- author.
Boston : New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
143 pages ; 22 cm.
Introduction -- Damascus -- Antioch -- Land of Japheth -- Opposition -- The Collection -- Afterlife -- Notes.
"A stirring account of the life of Paul, who brought Christianity to the Jews, by the most popular writer on religion in the English-speaking world, Karen Armstrong, author of The History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages"-- Provided by publisher.

Rediscover Jesus : an invitation

September 23, 2015
Kelly, Matthew, author.
187 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: Are you Jesus? -- Opening thoughts -- New beginnings -- Getting to know Jesus -- An invitation -- The Jesus question -- The God claim -- There is more -- The third question -- Jesus was a radical -- The greatest teacher ever -- Forty words -- The heart of gospel -- The soul of the gospel -- Who is the greatest? -- Purity of heart -- Making sense of suffering -- Do not judge -- Radical relationships -- Jesus on lifestyle -- Miracles abound -- Radical love -- The main event -- Beyond tweaking -- Upside down -- The gap -- Delve into the gospels -- The prayer process -- Deny yourself -- Spontaneous prayer -- Dancing for joy -- Blind spots -- Man's ways and God's ways -- The real problem -- Comfortably comfortable -- Two wrestling questions -- Complete joy -- The biggest lie -- The Holy moment -- What if? -- People of possibility -- An hour of power.

Great reformer : Francis and the making of a radical pope

September 23, 2015
Ivereigh, Austen, author.
New York : Picador, Henry Holt and Company, August 2015.
xvi, 447 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
First published by Henry Holt, 2014.
"With an updated and expanded epilogue."
Far away and long ago (1936-1957) -- The mission (1958-1966) -- Storm pilot (1967-1974) -- Crucible (1975-1979) -- The leader expelled (1980-1992) -- A bishop who smelled of sheep (1993-2000) -- Gaucho cardinal (2001-2007) -- Man for others (2008-2012) -- Conclave (2013) -- Epilogue: The great reform.
This biography of Pope Francis describes how this revolutionary thinker uses the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions.

Encyclical on climate change and inequality : on care for our common home

September 22, 2015
Catholic Church. Pope (2013- : Francis)
xxiv, 165 pages ; 21 cm
What is happening to our common home -- The gospel of creation -- The human roots of the ecological crisis -- Integral ecology -- Lines of approach and action -- Ecological education and Spirituality.
"In the "Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality," the beloved Pope exhorts the world to combat environmental degradation and its impact on the poor. In a stirring, clarion call that is not merely aimed at Catholic readers but rather at a wide, lay audience, the Pope cites the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, and does not hesitate to detail how it is the result of a historic level of unequal distribution of wealth."--Provided by publisher.

Pope Francis

September 22, 2015
Collins, Michael, 1960- author.
251 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"This book has been made in collaboration with the Pope's photographer, Rodolfo Felici."--dust jacket.

The heart of Pope Francis : how a new culture of encounter is changing the church and the world ; with a foreword by Antonio Spadaro

September 22, 2015
Fares, Diego, author.
103 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Herder & Herder book."
We must go out of ourselves -- Encountering the Other -- God's faithful people are infallible -- Encountering Jorge Bergoglio -- The God of Pope Francis -- The new ministry of relationship -- A new culture in the church.
At the heart of Pope Francis' vision lies a keen interest in people, and a passion for understanding the life experience of others. This book by a longtime friend of the Pope clarifies the underlying thoughts and choices Jorge Bergoglio has made throughout his life in developing a culture of encounter that he now proposes as the basis for the rebirth of the whole church, and the world.

Post-traumatic church syndrome : a memoir of humor and healing

September 21, 2015
Riley, Reba, author.
xii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes a Howard Reading Group Guide in unnumbered pages at end of work.
"A woman about to turn 30 and dealing with health challenges finds that she wants to reconnect with faith, just not with the religion she was raised in. She decides to visit 30 different faith traditions before she turns 30, and finds that her journey encompasses more than just visiting different houses of worship"-- Provided by publisher.

Pope Francis morning homilies

September 21, 2015
Francis, Pope, 1936- author.
Maryknoll : Orbis Books, 2015-
3 volumes ; 21 cm
"Originally published as Le parole di Papa Francesco, Omelie del mattino nella Cappella della Domus Sanctae Marthae ©2014 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. (From original summaries published in L'Osservatore Romano)"--T-p. verso
[I.] In the Chapel of St. Martha's guest house, March 22-July 26, 2013 -- II. September 2, 2013-January 31, 2014 -- .

Let's do family together : 7 keys for generations of love and honor

September 18, 2015
Smalley, Gary, author.
201 pages ; 22 cm
Do you want your home to be an environment of growth where each member finds forgiveness, love, acceptance, and honor? Renowned counselor Dr. Gary Smalley reveals ways to build a marriage and a family that honors each family member. Filled with personal stories that will make you laugh and cry, Smalley shares wisdom from his many years of experience as a husband, father, grandfather, and counselor. He offers both spiritual depth and practical insight, and he helps you enjoy a home filled with harmony for today and for generations to come.

Religion in Southeast Asia : an encyclopedia of faiths and cultures

September 17, 2015
xxiii, 396 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
"This engaging encyclopedia covers the religions and religious traditions of various Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam"-- Provided by publisher.

Pope Francis and the new Vatican

September 17, 2015
Yoder, Dave, photographer.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
253 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Essay : the new Vatican -- Gallery : a place like no other -- Essay : the life of Pope Francis -- Gallery : families and Francis -- Essay : the tradition of the Vatican -- Gallery : ceremonies and celebrations -- Essay : a changing world -- Gallery : the pope of the people.

Uncovered : how I left Hasidic life and finally came home : a memoir

September 17, 2015
Lax, Leah, author.
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her story--beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she's known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there. The first memoir to tell of a gay woman who spent years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax's journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.

Pope Francis : untying the knots : the struggle for the soul of Catholicism

September 17, 2015
Vallely, Paul, author.
xxv, 470 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Dirty tricks in the Vatican -- The common touch -- Jesuit secrets -- What really happened in the Dirty War -- The bishop of the slums -- Exile in Córdoba -- How Bergoglio changed -- Francis : a name to alter history -- A pope of surprises -- Signs of his times -- If necessary use words -- Reforming the Vatican Bank -- Cleansing the Curia -- The war over sex abuse -- Synod and schism -- A weakness for women -- Prophet or politician?
From his first appearance on a Vatican balcony, Pope Francis proved himself a Pope of Surprises. With a series of potent gestures, history's first Jesuit pope declared a mission to restore authenticity and integrity to a Catholic Church bedevilled by sex abuse and secrecy, intrigue and in-fighting, ambition and arrogance. He declared it should be "a poor Church, for the poor." But the author claims that there's a hidden past to this modest man with the winning smile: Jorge Mario Bergoglio was previously a bitterly divisive figure. His decade as leader of Argentina's Jesuits left the religious order deeply split, and his behavior during Argentina's Dirty War, when military death squads snatched innocent people from the streets, raised serious questions.

Dear Mary : lessons from the mother of Jesus for the modern mom

September 16, 2015
Jakes, Sarah, author.
183 pages ; 24 cm
Anxious and pregnant -- I'm still learning -- We have daddy issues -- My child is different -- I didn't make dinner -- Letting grow -- I'm a working mom -- They're my do-over -- Too hurt to parent -- I need a village -- Ends don't meet -- From joy to grief -- I don't have a mom -- Moms hide in the bathroom -- Can we have a playdate?
"Written in the form of letters to Mary, the mother of Jesus, this book offers reflections on her remarkable life and encouragement to moms and women of faith today"-- Provided by publisher.

The twelve laws of life recovery

September 16, 2015
Arterburn, Stephen, 1953-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xiii, 154 pages ; 18 cm
The twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous -- The twelve steps of life recovery -- The law of powerlessness (strength) -- The law of humility (honor) -- The law of connection (love) -- The law of willingness (growth) -- The law of sacrifice (fulfillment) -- The law of faith (hope) -- The law of surrender (victory) -- The law of service (reward) -- The law of forgiveness (freedom) -- The law of restitution (closure) -- The law of confession (healing) -- The law of responsibility (security).

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