New Arrivals · Religion

November 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Beth Adam : Judaism with a humanistic perspective ; an introduction

November 21, 2014
Barr, Robert B., 1955-
Loveland, OH : Beth Adam, [2000?]
12 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 x 10 cm.
"Congregation Beth Adam was established in 1980 in response to the needs of a contemporary and diverse Jewish community. Dedicated to the celebration of Jewish holidays and life cycle events, Beth Adam approaches Judaism from a humanistic perspective. As a congregation we affirm a moral commitment to human dignity and ethical behavior. We encourage each member to explore his or her Jewish heritage with an open mind and a willingness to take personal responsibility in determining his or her life course."--Introductory page.

Power of sisterhood : women religious tell the story of the Apostolic Visitation

November 20, 2014
xi, 220 pages ; 23 cm.
In 2008, the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life initiated an Apostolic Visitation to examine the quality of life of women religious in the United States. This book serves as an historical record of the event and describes the experience of the women who participated in it. This book, initiated by a group of women in leadership in their communities during this unprecedented time, grew out of a survey that gleaned the essence of the experience from as many congregations of women religious as possible. After framing the Visitation as a story, situating it in an historical and theological context, tracing its chronology, and detailing the experience as revealed in the survey, the book delves into the deeper meaning of the Visitation for women religious as they experienced it and as they move into the future.

The great reformer : Francis and the making of a radical pope

November 20, 2014
Ivereigh, Austen.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xvi, 441 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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 (1993-1999) -- Gaucho cardinal (2000-2009) -- Man for others (2008-2012) -- Conclave (2013).
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.

Immaculate Conception Parish, Celina Ohio, 1864-1964.

November 20, 2014
Immaculate Conception Church (Celina, Ohio)
[Celina, Ohio] : Immaculate Conception Parish, 1964.
20 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm.
Cover title.

Learning the vocabulary of God : a spiritual diary

November 19, 2014
Laubach, Frank Charles, 1884-1970, author.
88 pages ; 23 cm.
Facsimile reprint. Originally published: Nashville, Tennessee : The Upper Room, ©1956.

The wisdom of the Beguines: the forgotten story of a medieval women's movement

November 18, 2014
Swan, Laura, 1974- author.
202 pages ; 22 cm.
Who were the Beguines? -- Beguines across Europe -- The Beguines -- Beguine ministries -- Beguine spirituality -- Beguine compassion -- Beguines as preachers and performers -- Literary Beguines -- Were Beguines heretics?
The beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago, around the year 1200. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and thus did not take solemn vows and did not live in monasteries. The beguines were a phenomenal movement that swept across Europe yet they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. But there were common elements that rendered these women distinctive and familiar, including their common way of life, their unusual business acumen, and their commitment to the poor and marginalized. These women were essentially self defined, in opposition to the many attempts to control and define them.

Vanishing grace : whatever happened to the good news?

November 18, 2014
Yancey, Philip, author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2014]
298 pages ; 23 cm
A world athirst. A great divide ; Grace endangered ; Soul thirst ; Reclaiming the good news -- Grace dispensers. Pilgrims ; Activists ; Artists -- Is it really good news? Does faith matter? ; Is there anyone else? : the God question ; Why are we here? : the human question ; How should we live? : the social question -- Faith and culture. Uneasy partners : Christians and politics ; Holy subversion.
"'Why does the church stir up such negative feelings?' Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever: in a twenty-year span starting in the mid-nineties, research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drastically--and opinions of evangelicals have taken even deeper dives ... Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect?"

Would you baptize an extraterrestrial? : ...and other questions from the astronomers' in-box at the Vatican Observatory

November 18, 2014
Consolmagno, Guy, 1952-
New York : Image, [2014]
x, 293 pages ; 25 cm

The Talmud : a biography : banned, censored and burned : the book they couldn't suppress

November 18, 2014
Freedman, H. (Harry), author.
London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
x, 243 pages ; 24 cm
"A Continuum book"--Title page verso.
The Talmud in its world. In the beginning ; The origins of the Talmud ; Returning to Babylon ; The compilation of the Talmud ; The flowering of Babylon ; From your father's house ; Coming of age ; The age of the giants -- The Talmud in the world. Banned, censored and burned : the thirteenth century ; Printers and polemics ; A royal Talmud, a Protestant rabbi ; The wisdom of the Greeks ; The challenge of the Enlightenment ; The problem with emancipation ; A new world in the making.
Discusses the history of the Talmud, tracing its path from a record of discussions among scholars in towns and villages close to modern-day Baghdad, its role during the Enlightenment, and its influence over traditional Judaism.

Miracles : what they are, why they happen, and how they can change your life

November 18, 2014
Metaxas, Eric, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
xiii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
The question of miracles. -- Believing in miracles -- What is a miracle? -- Miracles and science -- Is life a miracle? -- The miracle of the universe -- Questions about miracles -- The biblical miracles -- The resurrection -- The miracle stories. -- Conversion miracles -- Healing miracles -- Miracles of inner healing -- Angelic miracles -- Varieties of miracles -- Touching eternity -- How miracles can change your life.
Shares compelling case studies that support theories about the plausibility of miracles to discuss what they are, why they happen, and how they can be understood.

What is biblical theology? : a guide to the Bible's story, symbolism, and patterns

November 17, 2014
Hamilton, James M., 1974-
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway, 2014.
127 pages ; 21 cm
A better world breaks through -- What is biblical theology? -- Part 1 : The Bible's big story. The narrative -- Plot conflict, episodes, and theme -- The mystery -- Part 2 : The Bible's symbolic universe. What do symbols do? -- Imagery -- Typology -- Patterns -- Part 3 : The Bible's love story. A song for the lady in waiting : the bride of Christ and biblical theology -- The church's identity in the story -- The church's setting in the story -- The church's plot tension and its resolution.
How do you read the Bible? The Bible recounts a single story -- one that began at creation, encompasses our lives today, and will continue till Christ's return and beyond. In What Is Biblical Theology?, Jim Hamilton introduces us to this narrative, helping us understand the worldview of the biblical writers so that we can read the Old and New Testaments as those authors intended. Tracing the key patterns, symbols, and themes that bind the Bible together, this book will help you understand Scripture's unified message and find your place in the great story of redemption. - Publisher.

Every young woman's battle : guarding your mind, heart, and body in a sex-saturated world : workbook included

November 14, 2014
Ethridge, Shannon.
Colorado Springs, CO : Waterbrook Press, c2004.
xiv, 286 p. ; 21 cm.
Guides young women to make the right choices to maintain sexual purity, focusing on self-acceptance and the damaging influences of the over-sexualized media.

Then sings my soul. Book 2

November 13, 2014
Morgan, Robert J., 1952-
Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2004.
xi, 308 p. : music ; 23 cm.
"Forward by Gloria Gaither"--Cover.
"150 of the world's greatest hymn stories"--Cover.

Then sings my soul. Book 3

November 13, 2014
Morgan, Robert J., 1952-
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, c2011.
xvi, 301 p. : music ; 23 cm.
"The story of our songs: drawing strength from our great hymns of our faith"--Cover.
In 2003, Robert Morgan released what would become a future classic for over a million readers, a unique book entitled Then Sings My Soul. This collection of the world's greatest hymns and the stories behind them stirred an entire generation to better understand the heritage of our faith through song. Now, in the long-awaited third volume of this series, Morgan expands his material to include the great history of worship, the first biblical hymns, biographical sketches of the most interesting composers, and almost 60 generations of hymn singing. The new book also includes a collection of the greatest hymns you've never heard, with lead-sheets included. --Publisher.

Then sings my soul : 150 of the world's greatest hymn stories

November 13, 2014
Morgan, Robert J., 1952-
Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2003.
xii, 308 p. : music ; 23 cm.
"150 of the world's greatest hymn stories"--Cover.
"The author's lifelong interest in hymns led him to discover the richness of the stories behind many of the best-loved hymns. Many of the stories also reflect the impact hymns have had on ordinary people as they read, heard, and sang the great hymns of faith." -- cover.

The lives of Muhammad

November 12, 2014
Ali, Kecia.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2014]
342 pages ; 22 cm
The historical Muhammad -- A true prophet -- Eminent Muslims -- The wife of Muhammad -- Mother of the faithful -- An enlightened man.

Pope Francis : life and revolution : a biography of Jorge Bergoglio

November 11, 2014
Piqué, Elisabetta.
Chicago, Ill. : Loyola Press, c2014.
xii, 313 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

Your best life now : 7 steps to living at your full potential

November 11, 2014
Osteen, Joel, author.
xiv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in hardcover by Warner Faith" -- verso of title page.
Enlarge your vision : Enlarging your vision -- Raising your level of expectancy -- God has more in store! -- Breaking the barriers of the past -- Increasing in favor -- Living favor minded -- Develop a healthy self-image : Who do you think you are? -- Understanding your value -- Become what you believe -- Developing a prosperous mindset -- Be happy with who you are -- Discover the power of your thoughts and words : Choosing the right thoughts -- Re-programming your mental computer -- The power in your words -- Speaking life-changing words -- Speaking a blessing -- Let go of the past : Letting go of emotional wounds -- Don't let bitterness take root -- Let God bring justice in your life -- Defeating disappointments -- Find strength through adversity : Getting up on the inside -- Trusting God's timing -- The purpose of trials -- Trusting God when life doesn't make sense -- Live to give! : The joy of giving -- Showing God's kindness and mercy -- Keep your heart of compassion open -- The seed must lead -- Sowing and growing -- Choose to be happy : Happiness is a choice -- Being a person of excellence and integrity -- Living with enthusiasm -- You have hidden treasure.
"Pastor Joel Osteen asks everyone to examine what he or she really believes. Why is this important? Because we will become what we believe. Our beliefs will prove either a barrier or vehicle as we strive to go higher, rise above our obstacles, and to live in health, abundance, and victory" -- from publisher's web site.

Short stories by Jesus : the enigmatic parables of a controversial rabbi

November 10, 2014
Levine, Amy-Jill, 1956-
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
313 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: How we domesticate Jesus's provocative stories -- Lost sheep, lost coin, lost son -- The good Samaritan -- The kingdom of heaven is like yeast -- The pearl of great price -- The mustard seed -- The Pharisee and the tax collector -- The laborers in the vineyard -- The widow and the judge -- The rich man and Lazarus -- Conclusion: The power of disturbing stories.
The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament, interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus' most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus' narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these "problems with parables," taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables' connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us -- and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

The gospel of the Lord : how the early church wrote the story of Jesus

November 10, 2014
Bird, Michael F., author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.
xiv, 394 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction: From Jesus to Gospels -- The Purpose and Preservation of the Jesus Tradition -- The Formation of the Jesus Tradition -- The Literary Genetics of the Gospels: The Synoptic Problem and Johannine Question -- The Genre and Goal of the Gospels: What Is a Gospel and Why Write One? -- The Fourfold Gospel of Jesus Christ: Why Four Gospels?
In this book, through a distinctive evangelical and critical approach, Michael Bird explores the historical development of the four canonical Gospels. He shows how the memories and faith of the earliest believers formed the Gospel accounts of Jesus that got written and, in turn, how these accounts further shaped the early church. Bird's study clarifies the often confusing debates over the origins of the canonical Gospels. Bird navigates recent concerns and research as he builds an informed case for how the early Christ followers wrote and spread the story of Jesus — the story by which they believed they were called to live. The Gospel of the Lord is ideal for students or anyone who wants to know the story behind the four Gospels.

Mecca : the sacred city

November 10, 2014
Sardar, Ziauddin, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2014.
xxxviii, 408 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm
The lure of Mecca -- The Valley of Weeping -- "I love thee more than the entire world" -- Rebellion at God's earthly throne -- Sharifs, sultans, and sectarians -- Love and fratricide in the Holy City -- The caravans of precious gifts -- The Wahhabi threat -- Camels, Indians, and feudal queens -- Western visitors, Arab garb -- Mecca under the Saudis -- The reconfigured utopia.
"Sardar unravels the meaning and significance of Mecca. Tracing its history from its origins as a barren valley in the desert to its evolution as a trading town and sudden emergence as the religious center of a world empire, Sardar examines the religious struggles and rebellions in Mecca that have significantly shaped Muslim culture ... [in a] blend of history, reportage, and memoir"

A sketch-book of the American episcopate

November 10, 2014
Batterson, Hermon Griswold, 1827-1903, author.
Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott, 1878.
322 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.

The chutzpah imperative : empowering today's Jews for a life that matters

November 6, 2014
Feinstein, Edward, 1954-
Woodstock, Vermont : Jewish Lights Publishing, [2014]
xxi, 157 pages ; 24 cm
The wicked child's question -- How to argue with God and win -- The road to Eden -- Jews gone wild -- The world stands on three pillars -- Returning to the garden -- Like a fiddler on the roof -- The horizon of human possibility.
"Judaism assigns a uniquely important role to the human being, the role of partner with God in creating a world of oneness. This theme, the singular message of Judaism, runs throughout the Jewish tradition, but it has been largely lost to our modern day's leaning toward Jewish ethnic identity and culture. In this clarion call for a new way to "do Judaism," award-winning spiritual leader Rabbi Edward Feinstein urges us to recover this message of Jewish self-empowerment--or chutzpah--to reshape the world. Feinstein begins with the early chapters of Genesis. He then describes how the idea was encoded into the Jewish national narrative through biblical law, and how the Rabbis of Talmud embraced that conviction as the center of Judaism, demonstrating the Rabbis' sense of their own self-empowerment to reshape their religious tradition in response to the destruction of the Temple. Turning to the mystics of medieval Spain and the European Hasidic tradition, Feinstein shows how chutzpah found its expression in the traditions of Kabbalah. Finally, he explores the theme of empowerment in modernity, as the centerpiece of Zionism and post-Holocaust thought. Inspiring Jews of all denominations, Feinstein presents a bold reminder of the Jewish responsibility to repair the world and a new way to conceive of Jewish community life, Jewish education, prayer and religious activism"-- Provided by publisher.

The future of God : a practical approach to spirituality for our times

November 5, 2014
Chopra, Deepak, author.
256 pages ; 25 cm
First edition.
Dawkins and his delusions -- Answering militant atheism -- Proving the platypus -- Beyond the zero point -- Bad faith -- The wisdom agenda -- Are miracles possible? -- God without borders -- Is there a material world? -- The subtle world -- Transcendence : God appears -- The toughest question.
"Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life. God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love. "Faith must be saved for everyone's sake," he writes. "From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it." In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. "By itself, faith can't deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible." For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future" -- from publisher's web site.

Judaism's 10 best ideas : a brief guide for seekers

November 5, 2014
Green, Arthur, 1941- author.
Woodstock, VT : Jewish Lights Publishing, A Division of LongHill Partners, Inc., 2014.
iii, 100 pages ; 17 cm

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