New Arrivals · Religion

September 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unstoppable : running the race you were born to win

September 18, 2014
Caine, Christine.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2014]
179 pages ; 22 cm
The divine relay -- Impossible is God's starting point -- Fully qualified for your race -- Embrace your place -- Never stand still in the exchange zone -- The mystery revealed -- Throw it off -- Master the handoff -- Fueled by passion -- The making of a champion -- Outrunning the passion-slayers -- The winner's circle.

Rav Kook : mystic in a time of revolution

September 17, 2014
Mirsky, Yehudah, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
x, 273 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm.
"Rav Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most influential--and controversial--rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, he struggled to understand and shape his revolutionary times. His life and writings resonate with the defining tensions of Jewish life and thought.A powerfully original thinker, Rav Kook combined strict traditionalism and an embrace of modernity, Orthodoxy and tolerance, piety and audacity, scholasticism and ecstasy, and passionate nationalism with profound universalism. Though little known in the English-speaking world, his life and teachings are essential to understanding current Israeli politics, contemporary Jewish spirituality, and modern Jewish thought. This biography, the first in English in more than half a century, offers a rich and insightful portrait of the man and his complex legacy. Yehudah Mirsky clears away widespread misunderstandings of Kook's ideas and provides fresh insights into his personality and worldview. Mirsky demonstrates how Kook's richly erudite, dazzlingly poetic writings convey a breathtaking vision in which "the old will become new, and the new will become holy.""-- Provided by publisher.

How to eat

September 17, 2014
Nĥát Hạnh, Thích, author.
Berkeley, CA : Parallax Press, [2014].
125 pages : illustrations ; 15 cm.
"How to Eat is the second in a Parallax's series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduce beginners to and remind seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized, with bold black-and-white illustrationsby Jason DeAntonis, How to Eat explains what it means to eat as a meditative practice and why eating mindfully is important. Specific instructions are followed by a collection of verses written for secular practitioners that help set a mindful intention for each activity connected with preparing, serving, eating, and cleaning up after meals. The results of mindful eating are both global and personal. Eating a meal in mindfulness shows practitioners that the whole universe is supporting them. This awareness helps develop compassion and understanding, reminding practitioners that there are things they can do to help nourish people who are hungry and lonely. Encouraging moderation, mindful eating can lead to optimum health and body weight, while diminishingwaste, and contributing to a more healthy society. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Eat is perfect for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to eating as ameditative practice. "-- Provided by publisher.

Let's all be brave : living life with everything you have

September 16, 2014
Downs, Annie F., 1980-
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2014]
205 pages ; 22 cm

Abraham : one nomad's amazing journey of faith

September 16, 2014
Swindoll, Charles R.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014].
xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Cincinnati sermons

September 16, 2014
Sewell, Marilyn, author.
234 p. ; 22 cm.
"A collection of the sermons delivered by The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati during her interim ministry in 1991 and 1992."

Waking up : a guide to spirituality without religion

September 15, 2014
Harris, Sam, 1967-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Spirituality. The search for happiness ; Religion, East and West ; Mindfulness ; The truth of suffering ; Enlightenment -- The mystery of consciousness. The mind divided ; Structure and function ; Are our minds already split? ; Conscious and unconscious processing in the brain ; Consciousness is what matters -- The riddle of the self. What are we calling "I"? ; Consciousness without self ; Lost in thought ; The challenge of studying the self ; Penetrating the illusion -- Meditation. Gradual versus sudden realization ; Dzogchen: taking the goal as the path ; Having no head ; The paradox of acceptance -- Gurus, death, drugs, and other puzzles. Mind on the brink of death ; The spiritual uses of pharmacology.
"For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris's new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives--and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is part seeker's memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way" -- from publisher's web site.

Polishing the mirror : how to live from your spiritual heart

September 15, 2014
Ram Dass.
Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, 2014.
xxvii, 161 pages ; 24 cm
Being here now -- Polishing the mirror -- Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion -- Karma Yoga, living in the world -- Aging and changing -- Conscious living, conscious dying -- From suffering to grace -- Content to be -- Practicing practicing.
Collects wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and instruction on the author's spiritual acts, including yoga, devotional chant, and mantra practices.

If nuns ruled the world : ten sisters on a mission

September 12, 2014
Piazza, Jo, author.
259 pages ; 21 cm

The way of serenity : finding peace and happiness in the serenity prayer

September 12, 2014
Morris, Jonathan, 1972-
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
231 pages ; 24 cm

Misquoting Muhammad : the challenge and choices of interpreting the Prophet's legacy

September 12, 2014
Brown, Jonathan (Jonathan A. C.)
London : Oneworld, 2014.
xxii, 361 p., [8] pages of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.

The grave robber : how Jesus can make your impossible possible

September 11, 2014
Batterson, Mark.
275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Examines "the incredible power of the seven miraculous signs of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Batterson shows how they were not simply something Jesus did in the past, but something he wants to do now, in the present. He shares true stories of people today who are experiencing miracles in their lives. And he brings to light countless miracles, big and small, that we take for granted every day that point us toward the One who healed the sick, calmed the storm, and yes, even raised the dead"

The Shakers : from Mount Lebanon to the World

September 10, 2014
272 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"This book was produced in conjunction with the Farnsworth Art Museum exhibition The Shakers : from Mount Lebanon to the World, June 14, 2014, through January 5, 2015. The exhibition was organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum in partnership with The Shaker Museum, Mount Lebanon, and The United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake Inc."--Verso of title page.
Accompanying a major exhibition organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum, this book presents a new and authentic perspective on the Shaker community. Specially commissioned photography, archival imagery, essays by prominent scholars, and a firsthand interview with a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community deepen our understanding of this influential movement and style. Outstanding examples of furniture, textiles, tools, and other objects-drawn primarily from the collection of Shaker Museum, Mount Lebanon-bring the fascinating world of the Shakers to life. The book also explores the equally compelling material culture of Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine.

Rare bird : a memoir of loss and love

September 10, 2014
Whiston-Donaldson, Anna.
New York, New York : Convergent Books, [2014].
224 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: You're braver than you think -- The storm -- Impossible -- Rara avis -- Tomorrow and tomorrow -- Nothing is impossible -- Epilogue: Full hearts.

Overrated : are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?

September 10, 2014
Cho, Eugene.
Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, [2014].
238 pages ; 21 cm
"Eugene Cho has a confession: 'I like to talk about changing the world but I don't really like to do what it takes.' If this is true of the man who founded the One Day's Wages global antipoverty movement, then what must it take to act on one's ideals? Cho does not doubt the sincerity of those who want to change the world. But he fears that today's wealth of resources and opportunities could be creating 'the most overrated generation in history. We access to so much but end up doing so little.' He came to see that he, too, was overrated. As Christians, Cho writes, 'our calling is not simply to change the world but to be changed ourselves'"

The journey into spirit : a pagan's perspective on death, dying & bereavement

September 10, 2014
Hughes, Kristoffer, 1971-
Woodbury : Llewellyn Publications, 2014.
xiii, 292 pages ; 23 cm

The Buddha walks into the office : a guide to livelihood for a new generation

September 8, 2014
Rinzler, Lodro.
Boston : Shambhala, 2014.
xiv, 217 pages ; 22 cm

Addicted to busy : recovery for the rushed soul

September 8, 2014
Boyd, Brady.
208 pages ; 21 cm.
"We are all spread too thin, taking on more than we can handle, trying to do so much--almost as if we are afraid that if we were to take a moment of rest, we might discover that all our busyness is covering up an essential lack in our lives. But God never meant for us to be so busy. God desires for us to have rest and peace. Brady Boyd shows you how to live a life that embraces stillness and solitude, so you can find the peace that God wants for you."--Page [4] of cover.

Be the message : taking your faith beyond words to a life of action

September 8, 2014
Shook, Kerry.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2014.
xiii, 222 pages ; 24 cm

Jesus on trial : a lawyer affirms the truth of the gospel

September 8, 2014
Limbaugh, David, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a Salem Communications Company, [2014]
406 pages ; 24 cm
"Author David Limbaugh applies his lifetime of legal experience to a unique new undertaking: making a case for the gospels as hard evidence of the life and work of Jesus Christ"

Dr. and Master Sha, miracle soul healer : exploring a mystery

September 8, 2014
Gladstone, William, 1949- author.
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., [2014]
ix, 319 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm
"Documents the ... journey of an individual who has not only demonstrated the ability to heal, but also to teach people to heal themselves, [following] Dr. Sha from frail child to medical school student, from acupuncturist to energy medicine healer, and finally to fully realized miracle soul healer. Written by Harvard-trained medical anthropologist William Gladstone, [the book] goes beyond the successes of Dr. Sha to explore the scientific principles upon which his healings are based"-- Provided by publisher.

Killing lions : a guide through the trials young men face

September 5, 2014
Eldredge, Sam.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2014]
xi, 188 pages ; 22 cm
"This book was born out of a series of weekly phone calls between Sam Eldredge, a young writer in his twenties, and his dad, bestselling author John Eldredge. Join the conversation as a father and son talk about pursuing beauty, dealing with money, getting married, chasing dreams, knowing something real with God, and how to find a life you can call your own"--Page 4 of jacket.

Colliding with destiny : finding hope in the legacy of Ruth

September 5, 2014
Jakes, Sarah.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2014.
215 pages ; 24 cm
"Uses the biblical book of Ruth to show women how the most painful times in life can be the most pivotal, propelling them into a destiny they'd never imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

He-motions : even strong men struggle

September 2, 2014
Jakes, T. D.
New York : Berkley, 2012.
xiv, 370 p. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: New York: G.P. Putnam's, 2004.
A spiritual guide for men on how to balance the conflicting demands of today's world presents biblically based recommendations on how to fulfill God's intentions, in a volume that also offers women insight into a man's emotional mindset.

Qur'an in conversation

August 28, 2014
Birkel, Michael Lawrence.
Waco, Texas : Baylor University Press, [2014]
x, 282 pages ; 24 cm
Knowledge hidden and manifest -- Close readings, old and new -- Living tradition -- Encountering others -- Contemporary contexts -- Justice -- The journey inward.

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