New Arrivals · Religion

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Choir gaur : the grand orrery of the ancient druids, commonly called Stonehenge, on Salisbury plain, astronomically explained, and mathematically proved to be a temple erected in the earliest ages, for observing the motions of the heavenly bodies. Illustrated with three copper plates

November 25, 2015
Smith, John, M.D., Inoculator of the Small Pox.
Salisbury [England] : Printed for the author, and sold by E. Easton ; London : Sold also by R. Horsfield ... and J. White ..., 1771.
vi, 73, [1] pages, 3 folded leaves of plates : illustrations, plans ; 27 cm
With three folding plans engraved by "Palmer".
Contains the book plate of Rev. Dr. Peter Gunning, Farmborough, on the front pastedown.

Losing our religion : how unaffiliated parents are raising their children

November 24, 2015
Manning, Christel, author.
New York : New York University Press, [2015]
ix, 245 pages ; 23 cm.
Who are the Nones? -- What do Nones believe and practice? -- The importance of time -- The importance of place -- What are we, mom? -- The meaning of choice in religion -- The risks and benefits of raising children without religion.

Sweet freedom : a devotional

November 24, 2015
Palin, Sarah, 1964- author.
xii, 328 pages ; 21 cm
Devotions -- Holiday devotions.
"In Sweet Freedom, Sarah Palin invites you to draw strength and inspiration from 260 meditations based on guiding Biblical verses. You are not alone in your doubts and anxieties--we all bear the burdens of everyday stresses, and for most of us, our concerns spread beyond our selves to our families, communities, and country. But Palin shows that with abiding faith, and by opening ourselves to the truths that have saved mankind for generations, we can thrive--and experience true freedom,"

If : trading your if only regrets for God's what if possibilities

November 24, 2015
Batterson, Mark.
291 pages ; 23 cm

Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world

November 20, 2015
Whitmarsh, Tim, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
viii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Archaic Greece : new horizons -- Polytheistic Greece ; Good books ; Battling the gods ; The material cosmos -- Classical Athens : atheism and oppression. Cause and effect ; "Concerning the gods, I cannot know" ; Playing the gods ; Atheism on trial ; Plato and the atheists -- The Hellenistic era : godlike kings and godless philosophers. Gods and kings ; Philosophical atheism ; Epicurus Theomakhos -- Rome : the new world order. With gods on our side ; Virtual networks ; Imagine ; Christians, heretics, and other atheists.
"How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities"--

The songs of Jesus : a year of daily devotions in the Psalms

November 20, 2015
Keller, Timothy, 1950-
New York : Viking, 2016.
xi, 372 pages ; 19 cm

The parables : the mystery of God's kingdom revealed through the stories Jesus told

November 19, 2015
MacArthur, John, 1939-
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xxix, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- One ominous day in Galilee -- A lesson about receiving the word -- A lesson about the cost of discipleship -- A lesson about justice and grace -- A lesson about neighborly love -- A lesson about justification by faith -- A lesson about faithfulness -- A lesson about serpentine wisdom -- A lesson about heaven and hell -- A lesson about persistence in prayer -- Appendix. Storied truth : objective meaning in narrative.

Jesus : an illustrated life

November 19, 2015
Isbouts, Jean-Pierre.
351 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
The prophecy of John's birth -- The Annunciation -- Jesus is born -- Herod's revenge -- Young Jesus in Nazareth -- The visit to the Temple -- A disciple of John the Baptist -- A wedding in Cana -- The ministry begins -- The Sermon on the Mount -- The poor and the hungry -- Journeys around the Sea of Galilee -- The healing stories -- The nature miracles -- The parables -- Jesus and the Pharisees -- God as Abba -- The journey to Phoenicia -- The road to Bethany -- The Temple disruption -- The Last Supper -- The arrest and indictment -- The Pilate hearing -- Death at Golgotha -- The tomb.

Religion : a discovery in comics

November 19, 2015
Heer, Margreet de, 1972- author.
New York : Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine, 2015.
119 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
In comic strip form, offers a look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism), and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

How the Bible became holy

November 19, 2015
Satlow, Michael L.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
ix, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The Northern Kingdom: Israel, 922-722 BCE -- The writings of Judah: Judah, 722-586 BCE -- The second commonwealth: Babylonia, Persia, and Yehud, 586-520 BCE -- Ezra and the Pentateuch: Persia and Yehud, 520-458 BCE -- Nehemiah to Chronicles: Yehud and Elephantine, 445-350 BCE -- The dawn of Hellenism: Judea, 350-175 BCE -- The Maccabean revolt: Judea, 175-135 BCE -- The holy books: Judea, 135-104 BCE -- The Septuagint: Alexandria, third century BCE-first century CE -- The Sadducees and the Dead Sea scrolls: Judea, 104-103 BCE -- Jesus and the synagogue: Judea and Galilee, 4 BCE-30 CE -- Paul: Jerusalem and abroad, 37-66 CE -- The Gospels: Judea, 66-100 CE -- Early Christians: Rome and Egypt, 100-200 CE -- The rabbis: Judea, 100-220 CE.
In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archaeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history. He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated into Greek in Egypt in the second century B.C.E., however, that some Jews began to see them as culturally authoritative, comparable to Homer's works in contemporary Greek society. Then, in the first century B.C.E. in Israel, political machinations resulted in the Sadducees assigning legal power to the writings. We see how the world Jesus was born into was largely biblically illiterate and how he knew very little about the texts upon which his apostles would base his spiritual leadership. Synthesizing an enormous body of scholarly work, Satlow's groundbreaking study offers provocative new assertions about commonly accepted interpretations of biblical history as well as a unique window into how two of the world's great faiths came into being.

The power of weakness : embracing the true source of strength

November 19, 2015
Schaeffer, Dan, 1958- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Discovery House Publishers, [2014]
189 pages ; 21 cm
"'When I am weak, then I am strong.' Do we really believe these words penned by the apostle Paul? If so, why do we often rely on our own wits, strength, and resources when the power that God holds is so much greater? Does God's power matter if He's already given us talent and ability? Author Dan Schaeffer explores these questions and helps us grasp the biblical truth that God longs to use our limitations to display His greatness. The Power of Weakness invites you to trust God with your abilities and inabilities and find relief from the wearying pursuit of success."-- Provided by publisher.

#Struggles : following Jesus in a selfie-centered world

November 19, 2015
Groeschel, Craig.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
247 pages ; 22 cm
Recovering contentment: the struggle with comparisons -- Restoring intimacy: the struggle with likes -- Revealing authenticity: the struggle with control -- Resurrecting compassion: the struggle with desensitization -- Reviving integrity: the struggle with secret impurity -- Remembering encouragement: the struggle with constant criticism -- Reclaiming worship: the struggle with idolatry -- Replenishing rest: the struggle with constant distraction.

Hands free life : 9 habits for overcoming distraction, living better & loving more

November 19, 2015
Stafford, Rachel Macy, 1972- author.
223 pages ; 22 cm
Part One: Creating Lasting Connections -- Habit 1: Fill The Spaces -- Habit 2: Surrender Control -- Habit 3: Build A Foundation -- Part Two: Living for Today -- Habit 4: Take The Pressure Off -- Habit 5: See What Is Good -- Habit 6: Give What Matters -- Part Three: Protecting What Matters -- Habit 7: Establish Boundaries -- Habit 8: Leave A Legacy -- Habit 9: Change Someone's Story.
"We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance. But is it even possible anymore? Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today, living a fulfilling life may seem like an unachievable dream. But it is not--not with the nine habits outlined in this book,"--page [4] of cover.

Love everyone : the transcendent wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba told through the stories of the Westerners whose lives he transformed

November 18, 2015
Markus, Parvati, author.
New York : HarperOne, 2015.
xxi, 377 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"In 1967, Ram Dass returned to the West from India and spread the teachings of his mysterious guru, Neem Karoli Baba, better known as Maharajji. Ram Dass's words about Maharajji's life-affirming wisdom resonated with a youth culture that had grown disillusioned with the violence, civil discord, and crude materialism of modern civilization. Hundreds of Westerners travelled to India and experienced Maharajji's extraordinary presence directly until his death in 1973. His simple directives--love everyone, feed everyone, and remember God--opened their hearts and awakened their souls. What these followers brought back to the West has since changed the landscape of everyday life. Meditation is now mainstream; yoga studios are in every town; and mindfulness is practiced in elementary schools and boardrooms everywhere from Silicon Valley to Capitol Hill. A stirring piece of history, Love Everyone brings these stories to life, sharing for the first time the inspiring tales of the men and woman who followed the siren call of the East to the foothills of the Himalayas, then returned to forever reshape the world. A compelling and inspiring tribute to Maharajji from the Western men and women who knew him best, Love Everyone is a profound teaching on the power of love, as lasting and transformative as the truth, wisdom, and bliss of Maharajji."-- Provided by publisher.

Out of sorts : making peace with an evolving faith

November 18, 2015
Bessey, Sarah.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Shuster Inc., 2015.
xi, 259 pages ; 22 cm
Out of sorts : a beginning -- There's something about that name : on getting to know Jesus -- Everyone gets to play : on theology and change -- Getting into the word : on the Bible -- The people of God : on church -- Be a person : on community and friendship -- Truly human : on heaven and the kingdom of God -- An unexpected legacy : on the ancient practices -- Wild goose : on faith, the spirit, signs and wonders -- Obey the sadness : on grief and lament -- Beautiful facade : on justice and shalom -- Evangelical hero complex : on vocation and calling -- Benediction -- Garage sale for orphans.

Buddhism : a complete introduction

November 17, 2015
Erricker, Clive, author.
xxi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
"Includes new breakthrough method* for easy learning".- cover.
Buddhism: A Complete Introduction is a comprehensive and easy-to-use introduction, designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. Written by a leading expert, this book will help you if you are studying for an important exam or essay, or if you simply want to improve your knowledge. It is structured to mirror the way in which Buddhism is usually taught, starting with the life of the Buddha through to the prospects of Buddhism for the next generation. The book covers all the key areas that are considered central to Buddhism, including the Buddha's teachings, the scriptures and schools, the role of meditation and the moral and ethical context. It uses jargon-free English and includes features such as guided further reading and end of chapter questions to ensure that you understand all the concepts covered.

Salvation with a smile : Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity

November 17, 2015
Sinitiere, Phillip Luke, author.
xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
John Osteen's Pentecost : the origins of Lakewood Church -- John Osteen's prosperity gospel : faith and divine healing at the Oasis of Love -- Joel Osteen's prosperity gospel, part I : "We believe in new beginnings" -- Joel Osteen's prosperity gospel, part II : the mind, mouth, and body becoming better -- Joel Osteen's tel-e-vangelism : the message and its media -- Lakewood's charismatic core : healing hurts, extending hope -- The redemptive self : finding and forging faith at Lakewood Church -- Joel Osteen's piety of resistance : new Calvinism and evangelicalism's crisis of authority -- Appendix A. Joel Osteen, "what the Resurrection means to us as believers" (1999) -- Appendix B. Joel Osteen, "Vision Sunday" (1999).
"Salvation with a Smile situates Lakewood Church in the context of American religious history and illuminates how Joel Osteen has parlayed an understanding of American religious and political culture into vast popularity and success,"--NoveList.

Choose joy devotional : finding joy no matter what you're going through

November 17, 2015
Warren, Kay, 1954-
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2015]
153 pages ; 16 cm

Lessons from the 12 archangels : divine intervention in daily life

November 17, 2015
Womack, Belinda, 1961- author.
xix, 203 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"A powerful guide to open your life to the wisdom and healing of the Angels and their love for us"-- Provided by publisher.

Merchants in the temple : inside Pope Francis's secret battle against corruption in the Vatican

November 16, 2015
Nuzzi, Gianluigi, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
viii, 224 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Pope Francis issues a shocking accusation -- The saints' factory -- The secrets of the Peter's pence -- Handcuffs in the Vatican -- The sins and vices of the Curia -- The immense real estate holdings of the Vatican -- Holes in the pension fund -- Attack on the reform -- The war, act I : blocked budgets and bureaucratic assaults -- The war, act II : the revolution of Francis and the rise of Cardinal Pell.
"From a bestselling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican,"

Life is -- forty-day experience : a devotional journey through God's illogical love

November 13, 2015
Smith, Judah.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2015.
viii, 232 pages ; 20 cm

The good book : writers reflect on favorite Bible passages

November 12, 2015
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xvii, 298 pages ; 24 cm.
Who Is the Snake in the Garden of Eden? : A thought experiment / Avi Steinberg -- Noah / Charles McGrath -- Abraham, Isaac, and Us : (And Hagar and Ishmael and Trayvon and Michael Brown, too) / Michael Eric Dyson -- My Father's Commandments / Jane Leavy -- He who struggle with God / Alex Wilkinson -- Deuterogeniture, or how I killed my grandmother / André Aciman -- The best Jew in the family / Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts -- Come on in, the water's fine / A.J. Jacobs -- Desert stories / Kathleen Norris -- The book of Ruth / Lois Lowry -- Why psalms is my favorite biblical book / Reverend Al Sharpton -- A reading of the shepherd's psalm / Lydia Davis -- Guilty feet have got no rhythm / James Parker -- The song of songs / Pico Iyer -- The valley of dry bones / Samuel G. Freedman -- The book of Jonah: a postmodern exegesis / Daniel Menmaker -- New moon haftorah / Robert Pinsky -- The good thief / Ian Caldwell -- The womb and the cistern cell / Brooks Hansen -- Sermon on the mount / Jay Parini -- This saying / Ian Frazier -- Miracles / Thomas Lynch -- Never quite as simple / Owen King -- Long road home: thoughts on the prodigal son / Tobis Wolff -- The beloved disciple / Colm Tóibín -- The parables of Jesus of Nazareth / Rick Moody -- A matter of infinity / Clyde Edgerton -- The beginnings of the end / Paul Elie -- Resurrection / Kerry Kennedy -- A voice from Heaven / Edwidge Danticat -- Living on the ledge / Lauren Slater -- The bad book / Robert Coover.
"A collection of previously unpublished pieces by 32 of today's most prominent writers shares their thoughts about biblical passages they find personally meaningful, in a volume that includes contributions by such figures as Edwidge Danticat, Tobias Wolff and Ian Frazier,"--NoveList.

The Emmaus code : finding Jesus in the Old Testament

November 11, 2015
Limbaugh, David, author.
420 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- In defense of the Old Testament -- Old Testament history: overview -- Old Testament history: Creation through the United Kingdom -- Old Testament history: Divided Kingdom through Restoration -- All roads lead to Christ: Biblical covenants, part 1 -- All roads lead to Christ: Biblical covenants, part 2 -- All roads lead to Christ: Portraits, offices, creation, and salvation -- All roads lead to Christ: Titles, Christophanies, typology, prophecy, and analogy -- Christ in every book: Genesis -- Christ in every book: Exodus -- Christ in every book: Leviticus through Deuteronomy -- Christ in every book: Joshua through Esther -- Christ in every book: The poetical books -- Christ in every book: Prophets Obadiah through Isaiah -- Christ in every book: Prophets Micah through Habakkuk -- Christ in every book: Prophets Daniel through Malachi -- Conclusion.
"In the 2014 New York Times bestseller Jesus on Trial, David Limbaugh made a case for the Gospels as hard evidence of the existence of God, drawing on his own spiritual journey from skeptic to believer. Now, Limbaugh looks deeper into the Scriptures and discovers that Jesus Christ's very being reveals itself in a close reading of the sacred texts. The Emmaus Code is a powerful, intimate journey toward an understanding of Christ as man, savior, and son of God"-- Provided by publisher.

American Qur'an

November 11, 2015
xvii, 443 pages : color illustrations ; 42 cm

Angels 101 : an introduction to connecting, working, and healing with the angels

November 10, 2015
Virtue, Doreen, 1958-
Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, ©2006.
xv, 124 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction: who are the angels? -- The angelic realm -- Connecting with your angels -- Signs from the angels -- Angelic protection -- Angels help us to find what we're looking for -- Angelic help with relationships -- Angelic help for your career and life purpose -- Healing with the angels -- Angels on Earth -- Frequently asked questions about angels.
Angels 101 is a nondenominational overview of who the angels are; their role in various spiritual texts and religions; the ways that angels help us and how to call upon them; information on guardian angels, archangels, and departed loved ones; and frequently asked questions about the angels. No matter where you are on a spiritual or religious path, this book is sure to deepen your understanding and love of the angels?and it makes the perfect gift for someone new to these concepts! --Publisher's description.

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