New Arrivals · Religion

July 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Footprints : 50th anniversary treasury : stories of compassion, kindness, and courage inspired by the beloved poem

July 28, 2016
Powers, Margaret Fishback, author.
x, 390 pages ; 21 cm
"Inspired by a walk on a beach fifty years ago, "Footprints" has since become a treasured poem bringing comfort and courage to countless people all over the world. To mark this outstanding milestone, Margaret Fishback Powers gives us a stunning collection of stories, Scripture, and memories that reflect the themes of her poem. In honor of its fiftieth anniversary, Margaret has gathered more than fifty stories that celebrate compassion and kindness, courage and strength, hope and faith, and gratitude and friendship. As she explains in the book's introduction, "Some of these stories are about life-changing experiences, while others tell of small, everyday kindnesses that make a lasting impression. Some stories will bring a tear to the eye; others a smile to your face." This beautiful collection of writing and reflection reminds us why this poem continues to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds"--Back cover.

Great doubt : practicing Zen in the world

July 26, 2016
Yuanlai, 1575-1630, author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom, [2016]
xi, 108 pages ; 21 cm
Translation: Exhortations for Those Who Don't Arouse Doubt -- Exhortations for Those Who Rouse Doubt -- Commentary on Exhortations for Those Who Don't Arouse Doubt -- Commentary on Exhortations for Those Who Rouse Doubt.
The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening. In this brief but remarkably thorough book, Boshan puts into words what it means to truly doubt. Not just to be skeptical—but to push all the way to the very foundations. Anyone interested in Zen can learn a whole lot from this little book.

The Hiram code

July 26, 2016
Phillips, Ron M.
Lake Mary, Florida : Charisma House, [2015]
xiii, 236 pages ; 23 cm
Yes, there is hope for the last days -- Blow the trumpet in Zion -- Unlocking the signs of the last days -- Moving at the sound -- The Israeli connection for last days blessing -- The key of supporting Israel -- Jerusalem, Israel's capital -- The latter rain and Israel -- Know the end-times enemy -- Is there a future in Israel's hope? -- The ancient Hiram code for end-times prosperity -- The mystery of Phoenicia -- Unlocking the Hiram code -- The Hiram code activated today -- Isaac's secret for favor in times of famine -- Living with contradiction -- The Isaac effect -- Last days generosity -- Prospering in the last days -- The David factor for end-times victory -- Face your foes -- Apply the keys to victory -- Until then -- Fully prepared for the last days.

Encountering angels : true stories of how they touch our lives every day

July 26, 2016
MacNutt, Judith, author.
Bloomington, Minnesota : Chosen Books, [2016]
219 pages ; 22 cm

Heaven came to me : God revealed through compelling and convincing true stories

July 26, 2016
Sommer, Marlene, author.
xiv, 111 pages 21 cm
Jesus came from heaven -- The ascension into heaven -- The hug from heaven -- The Christmas card from heaven -- A poem from heaven -- Not ready for heaven -- Christ came from heaven -- The cell phone call from heaven -- A quiet passage to heaven.
"When Marlene Sommer was an innocent five-year-old, she suffered devastating abuse at the hands of a minister. As a consequence, her entire childhood was haunted by nightmares of this traumatic event. But God came to the rescue that fateful day by comforting her with His loving presence, the first of many astonishing physical contacts with God throughout her life. This remarkable collection of events will inspire readers with the many miraculous moments Marlene has experienced. Whether she was suffering through a personal loss or comforting a friend, truly improbable circumstances converging at just the right moments will convince you that God does interact with our lives through tangible signs from above. God revealed His presence and love in her most challenging times. These true and astounding life experiences will reaffirm your faith in God, who shows His presence in quiet and reticent manners or in gallant, glorious ways."

Revelation : a search for faith in a violent religious world

July 26, 2016
Covington, Dennis, author.
viii, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Easter in Juárez -- Seven days in May -- In love with things that vanish -- The years the locust ate -- What I didn't tell the woman from Kyrgyzstan -- All we have is God -- The disappeared -- The headless Girl -- The call -- Ascension Day -- The absence of fear -- The feast of the sacrifice -- Carrie Lawson -- New Year's Eve -- The most beautiful girl in the world -- Heading East -- Going West -- Layla and the wolf.
"In war zones witnessing widespread conflict, what makes life at all worth living? When chaos becomes a way of life in places where religion and violence intersect, what do people hold on to? If religious belief is, as Christopher Hitchens argues, the cause of wars and genocide, then is faith the cure? Dennis Covington pursued answers to these questions for years, traveling deep into places like Syria, Mexico, and the American South. Looking not for rigid doctrines, creeds, or beliefs--which, he says, can be contradictory, even dangerous--he sought something bigger and more fundamental: faith. It's faith in goodness, kindness, and the humanity of the smallest moments that makes the most difficult times bearable.

Called to pray : astounding stories of answered prayer

July 25, 2016
Shepherd, Linda E., 1957-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2015]
205 pages ; 22 cm
"Most of us have felt it: that unexplained prompting in our hearts to stop and pray for a friend, a loved one, or even a stranger. Sometimes we dismiss the feeling as a stray thought about friends, families, or situations. Sometimes we are even awakened from a deep sleep with an even deeper need to go to God in prayer. Where do those urges come from? Are they truly from God? And do those prayers have any effect on the one we're praying for? In Called to Pray, Linda Evans Shepherd shares dozens of inspiring true stories of people who have felt God's call to pray--and the astonishing results of those impromptu prayers. For those who wonder if prayer has any effect or doubt that God communicates with us personally, this heart-stirring book will amaze, inspire, and equip them to respond to those holy promptings."--Publisher description.

Magic in Islam

July 25, 2016
Knight, Michael Muhammad.
New York : Tarcher Perigee, [2016]
246 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-228) and index.
"A Tarcher Perigee Book."
"The progenitor of "Muslim punk rock" and one of today's freshest spiritual voices pushes back against the common assumption that the historic faiths have no occult or magical tradition in this richly learned historical and personal journey through the practice of magic in Islam. Magic in Islam offers a look at magical and occult technologies throughout Muslim history, starting with Islam's earliest and most canonical sources. In addition to providing a highly accessible introduction to magic as it is defined, practiced, condemned, and defended within Muslim traditions, Magic in Islam challenges common assumptions about organized religion. Michael Muhammad Knight's deeply original book fills a gap within existing literature on the place of magic in Islamic traditions and opens a new window on Islam for general readers and students of religion alike. In doing so, the book counters and complicates widespread perceptions of Islam, as well as of magic as it is practiced outside of European contexts. Magic in Islam also challenges our view of "organized religions" as clearly defined systems that can be reduced to checklists of key doctrines, texts, and rules. As a result, Magic in Islam throws a monkey wrench into the conventions of the "intro to Islam" genre, threatening to flip popular notions of a religion's "center" and "margins.""-- Provided by publisher.

KJV standard lesson commentary.

July 22, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio : Standard Publishing Co.
v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Contains scripture from the "King James version." Lessons based on the International Sunday school lessons.

American and Catholic : stories of the people who built the church

July 22, 2016
Gollar, C. Walker.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, 2015.
xiv, 225 pages ; 22 cm
"The Catholic Church in America was built in the missions of the West, the slums of New York, and the heartland of the Midwest by ordinary believers forging extraordinary lives. C. Walker Gollar tells their stories, which become the story of the Church. American and Catholic tackles difficult topics such as slavery, the treatment of Native Americans, martyrdom, the role of women, and immigration in a balanced and nuanced way. From the time of the first European explorers to the twenty-first century, it offers glimpses into the long, sometimes painful, and always changing life of the Church in the United States"-- Provided by publisher.

Jesus uncensored : restoring the authentic Jew

July 21, 2016
Starr, Bernard D.
[United States] : Omnihouse Publishing, ©2013.
xi, 199 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The one life we're given : finding the wisdom that waits in your heart

July 19, 2016
Nepo, Mark, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
xviii, 300 pages ; 24 cm
Getting closer to life -- Loving what you do -- Finding what can last -- Being kind and useful.
"By illuminating the art of finding and restoring what matters and by exploring the craft of awakening, The One Life We’re Given affirms our purpose as not just to stay alive but to stay in our aliveness,"

The spirit contemporary life : unleashing the miraculous in your everyday world

July 19, 2016
Fontaine, Leon, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
209 pages ; 24 cm

10 secrets for success and inner peace

July 18, 2016
Dyer, Wayne W., author.
© 2016
117 pages ; 19 cm
The ten "secrets" for success and inner peace presented here apply whether you're just embarking on your path, are nearing the end of it, or are on the path in any way. If read with an open heart, you'll learn to feel the peace of God that truly defines success.

You are not alone : hope for hurting parents of troubled kids

July 18, 2016
Yohe, Dena, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
213 pages ; 21 cm
You will survive -- An unexpected journey -- Disappointment -- Denial -- Shock -- Fear and worry -- Grief and loss -- Forgiveness -- Letting go -- Exhaustion: what's the remedy? -- A new kind of hope -- The why question: finding purpose for the pain -- Can you thrive again? -- Discoveries about prayer -- Surprised by gratitude.
Offers guidance and inspiration for parents dealing with children suffering through self-injury, mental illness, depression, bullying, or destructive choices, sharing healthy ways of maintaining other relationships and retaining hope through difficult times.

The end of White Christian America

July 11, 2016
Jones, Robert P. (Robert Patrick), author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
vii, 309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
An obituary for White Christian America -- Who is White Christian America? -- Vital signs: a divided and dying White Christian America -- Politics: the end of the White Christian strategy -- Family: gay marriage and White Christian America -- Race: desegregating White Christian America -- A eulogy for White Christian America.
"The founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and columnist forThe Atlantic describes how white Protestant Christians have declined in influence and power since the 1990s and explores the effect this has had on America,"--NoveList.

Living and dying with confidence : a day-by-day guide

July 11, 2016
Anyen, Rinpoche, author.
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, [2016]
xi, 199 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Unanswered : lasting truth for trending questions

July 11, 2016
Johnston, Jeremiah, author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2015]
220 pages ; 23 cm
"Dr. Jeremiah Johnson addresses six categories of recurring, trending questions that plague the minds of believers but are rarely addressed in church"-- Provided by publisher.

The creed : professing the faith through the ages

July 11, 2016
Hahn, Scott, author.
191 pages ; 22 cm
The creed makes us -- The need for creed: the Old Testament prehistory of the New Testament profession -- A new covenant and a new confession -- The thundering kanon -- From freedom to formula -- The crown of the Council -- The setting of the creed -- Points of light -- Father forever -- The creator of all -- Son worship -- That's the spirit -- The Church and the future -- Amen -- Important later creeds -- A Biblical creed.

In the steps of Jesus : an illustrated guide to the places of the Holy Land

July 8, 2016
Walker, P. W. L. (Peter W. L.)
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, 2007.
215 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Bethlehem -- Nazareth -- The River Jordan -- The Judean desert -- Galilee and its villages -- Samaria -- Caesarea Philippi -- Jericho -- Bethany -- The Mount of Olives -- The temple -- Jerusalem -- Golgotha and the tomb -- Emmaus.
"A travel guide for the non-traveler ....this book is patterened as a journey around various places in the Bible lands and will take you on a journey. With a biblical overview, revelant background information, and a separate interpretation of what would be seen today, readers will be able to experience the history and relevence of these places of the holy land.

Seeking refuge : on the shores of the global refugee crisis

July 7, 2016
Bauman, Stephan, author.
Chicago : Moody Publishers, 2016.
215 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
An unprecedented global crisis -- Jesus was a refugee: thinking biblically about migration -- The human face of forced migration: the power of a story -- No fear in love: grappling with genuine concerns over refugee resettlement -- From strangers to neighbors to family: understanding refugee resettlement -- Not (quite) refugees: other displaced people -- The church's moment: practical opportunities to respond -- Helping without hurting: understanding challenges to refugee adjustment -- Root causes: responding to the larger issues that compel people to flee -- Confronting injustice: why policy matters -- A shining city on a hill -- Contact information for US refugee resettlement programs.

The armor of God

July 7, 2016
Shirer, Priscilla Evans.
Nashville, Tenn. : Lifeway Press, ©2015.
192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"7-session bible study."--Cover.
"All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you. The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. A woman who is armed and dangerous. The Bible study you are holding in your hands is more than just a biblical description of the believer's inventory, It is an action plan for putting on your armour and developing a personalised strategy to secure victory against the enemy."--Publisher website.

The Berrigan letters : personal correspondence between Daniel and Philip Berrigan

July 7, 2016
Berrigan, Daniel, author.
Maryknoll : Orbis Books, [2016]
xxiii, 340 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
1940-1955 -- 1962-1969 -- 1970-1972 -- 1973-1979 -- 1980-1989 -- 1990-2002.

Reset : Jesus changes everything

July 7, 2016
Hall, Nick (Evangelist), author.
New York: Multnomah, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, 2016.
xiv, 192 pages ; 22 cm
The setup -- Living the dream -- More to life -- Don't settle -- Good, and also true -- Hitting reset -- Ready to change -- Jesus, reset my faith -- Jesus, reset my plans -- Jesus, reset my self-image -- Jesus, reset my relationships -- Jesus, reset my purity -- Jesus, reset my habits -- Jesus, reset my affections -- Jesus, reset my generation.
Nick Hall reminds us that Jesus says the same thing to us today: “Trust me. Follow me. Come to me dirty, and I’ll clean you up. Come broken, and I’ll reassemble the parts. Come desperate, and I’ll replace pain with joy. Come to me with all your questions, all your confusion, all your fear. I can reset your purity, your self-image, your faith. Come.”

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