New Arrivals · Religion

March 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A New Orleans voudou priestess : the legend and reality of Marie Laveau

March 30, 2015
Long, Carolyn Morrow.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2007.
xxxvii, 294 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Prologue. The "Laveau legend" in print and performance -- 1. The colonial past -- 2. The antebellum city -- 3. Domestic life -- 4. Slaves -- 5. Hard times -- 6. Voudou -- 7. St. John's Eve -- 8. Doctor John -- 9. Prison ministry -- 10. Final years -- 11. Descendants -- 12. The second Marie Laveau -- Conclusion -- Appendix. Louisiana Writers' Project informants.
Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Laveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. In separating verifiable fact from semi-truths and complete fabrication, Carolyn Morrow Long explores the unique social, political, and legal setting in which the lives of Laveau's African and European ancestors became intertwined in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

A year of living prayerfully : how a curious traveler met the pope, walked on coals, danced with rabbis, and revived his prayer life

March 27, 2015
Brock, Jared.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xviii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
How my journey started -- Hamilton, Ontario -- New York City -- Israel -- Mount Athos, Greece -- Italy -- Spain -- France -- Eastern USA -- The outer limits -- Korea -- England -- Hamilton, Ontario.

Counter culture : a compassionate call to counter culture in a world of poverty, same-sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, persecution, abortion, orphans, pornography

March 27, 2015
Platt, David, 1979- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xv, 267 pages ; 22 cm
Countering culture -- The greatest offense: the gospel and culture -- Where rich and poor collide: the gospel and poverty -- Modern Holocaust: the gospel and abortion -- The lonely in families: the gospel and orphans and widows -- A war on women: the gospel and sex slavery -- A profound mystery: the gospel and marriage -- Bought with a price: the gospel and sexual morality -- Unity in diversity: the gospel and ethnicity -- Christ in the public square: the gospel and religious liberty -- The most urgent need: the gospel and the unreached.
New York Times bestselling author David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty -- and challenges us to become passionate, unwavering voices for Christ. Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ into the cultural battlefield in ways that will prove both costly and rewarding. The lines have been drawn. The moment has come for Christians to rise up and deliver a gospel message that's more radical than even the most controversial issues of our day. --Publisher's description.

Living with intent : my somewhat messy journey to purpose, peace, and joy

March 27, 2015
Chopra, Mallika.
New York : Harmony Books, [2015]
xxii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"As a mom, wife, and social media entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra frequently wondered how she could possibly do one more thing. Like so many, she was taking lousy care of herself and having a difficult time finding richer meaning and purpose in each day, even though that was her business's mission. Living with Intent is a practical yet deeply personal look at her year-long journey to discover some workable answers. Along the way, she sat down with Andrew Weil, Eckhart Tolle, Gretchen Rubin, Marianne Williamson, Daniel Siegel, and others, who shared their valuable input and insight"-- Provided by publisher.

Walking with Jesus : a way forward for the Church

March 26, 2015
Francis, Pope, 1936-
Chicago, Ill. : Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry, 2015.
xvi, 135 p. ; 24 cm.
"Published in Italian in 2014 by Edizione San Paolo ... Italy"--T.p. verso.
"First published in English in 2015 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, ... London"--T.p. verso.
Pt. 1. The Gospel of the walk -- pt. 2. The walk of faith -- pt. 3. The gifts of the walk -- pt. 4. The witness of the walk -- pt. 5. To accompany on the walk.
"In these essays Pope Francis urges Christians in our time to take up the journey [of walking with Jesus] again and to renew their faith. [He] does so by drawing from the rich spiritual legacy of St. Ignatius of Loyola as well as his pastoral encounters across a long lifetime as a prist, bishop, and now pope"--Fore.

All the places to go . . . how will you know? : God has placed before you an open door. What will you do?

March 25, 2015
Ortberg, John.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2015.
273 pages ; 22 cm
All the places to go ... how will you know? -- Open-door people and closed-door people -- No mo FOMO: overcoming the fear of missing out -- Common myths about doors -- Door #1 or door #2? -- How to cross a threshold -- What open doors will teach you about you -- The Jonah complex -- Thank God for closed doors -- The door in the wall.

It is finished : 365 days of good news

March 25, 2015
Tchividjian, Tullian, author.
Colorado Springs, CO : David C Cook, 2015.
1 volume unpaged ; 19 cm
Daily reminders of God's good news for you.

Motivate your child : a Christian parent's guide to raising kids who do what they need to do without being told

March 25, 2015
Turansky, Scott, 1957-
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xvii, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Includes indexes.

Change of heart : justice, mercy, and making peace with my sister's killer

March 24, 2015
Bishop, Jeanne, author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2015]
xv, 159 pages ; 23 cm
What comes before. The murders ; The arrest ; The trial ; Learning curve ; Kairos ; The gifts -- What comes after. David ; Change of heart ; The letter ; The visit ; The cost ; Learning from my saints ; Restoration.
"The story of [an] uneven journey to confronting and reconciling with [the teenager who murdered Bishop's sister and brother-in-law, taking] on the larger issues of restorative justice, life sentences, and incarceration in the criminal justice system, ... [acknowledging] the personal cost of advocating for mercy for people convicted of serious crimes"--Amazon.com.

Stay : lessons my dogs taught me about life, loss, and grace

March 24, 2015
Burchett, Dave.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Puppy love -- Always there -- Be present -- Live in the moment -- Unleashed! -- Good friends -- Run to the master -- Shake off the lies -- Trust, the currency of love -- Live out of who you are -- Gratitude starts with attitude -- Bury the bones of bitterness -- Welcome waggin' -- Only the good die young? -- Good-bye -- Forgetting her name -- The impact of our story -- Sit! Stay! -- Gently leading -- Life interrupted -- The hidden toxicity of forbidden fruit -- O Maggie, where art thou? -- Learning to live.
You'll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park. --Publsiher's description.

Simply good news : why the gospel is news and what makes it good

March 24, 2015
Wright, N. T. (Nicholas Thomas), author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
189 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
What's the news? -- Foolish, scandalous, or good? -- Surprised by King Jesus -- Distorted and competing gospels -- Rethinking heaven -- Wrong future, wrong present -- Surprised by God -- Praying the good news.

The healing light of angels : transforming your past, present, & future with divine energy

March 23, 2015
Keyes, Raven, 1949-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Llewellyn Publications, [2014]
pages cm
Encountering angels -- The reunion with my angel : how I got to where I am -- Angels as guardians and guides -- Angels in reiki -- Angels helping with cancer and surgery -- Special angelic blessings -- Angels healing locations -- Angels healing the past -- Angels healing the healer.

Strong as death is love : the Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel : a translation with commentary

March 23, 2015
Alter, Robert, author.
©2015
xvi, 234 pages ; 25 cm
"An award-winning translation brings new immediacy to these beloved books of the Bible. Read them for the first time, again. These five late biblical books offer readers a range of pleasures not usually associated with the Bible. They are artful, entertaining literary works-innovative, even startling. Women often stand center stage. Song of Songs is a celebration of young love, frankly sensuous, with no reference to God or covenant. It offers some of the most beautiful love poems of the ancient world. The story of Queen Esther's shrewd triumph is a secular entertainment that mixes farce with sly sexual comedy. The character of Ruth embodies the virtues of loyalty, love, and charity in a harmonious world. Enigma replaces harmony in Daniel, whose feverish night dreams envision the end of time. And the traditions of prophecy are recast in the tale of a fish that, on God's command, swallows Jonah and imprisons him in its dark wet innards for three days. Alter's translation restores the original power of these popular books"-- Provided by publisher.

You're loved no matter what : freeing your heart from the need to be perfect

March 23, 2015
Gerth, Holley, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
219 pages ; 22 cm
Why you really don't have to be perfect -- Embracing the freedom that's already yours -- Trading guilt for grace -- What your heart really needs is perfect love -- The God who loves you more than you know -- Daring to be who you already are -- Finding healing in your relationships -- A practical plan for beating perfectionism -- A new perspective that will change your life -- The perfect place you're heading one day -- Freeing your heart forever -- Go deeper guide (for individuals and groups).

In God's hands

March 19, 2015
Tutu, Desmond, author.
©2014.
vi, 151 pages ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014."
In God's Hands is the 2015 Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book. In this little gem of a book, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distils the wisdom forged through a childhood of poverty and apartheid, an adulthood lived in the glare of the world's media, and the long and agonising struggle for truth and reconciliation in South Africa, into the childlike simplicity which Jesus tells us characterises the Kingdom of God. Archbishop Tutu has produced a meditation on the infinite love of God and the infinite value of the human individual. Not only are we in God's hands, he says, our names are engraved on the palms of God's hands. Throughout an often turbulent life, Archbishop Tutu has fought for justice and against oppression and prejudice. As we learn in this book, what has driven him forward is an unshakeable belief that human beings are created in the image of God and are infinitely valuable. Each one of us is a God-carrier, a tabernacle, a sanctuary of the Divine Trinity. God loves us not because we are loveable but because he first loved us. And this turns our values upside down. In this sense the Gospel is the most radical thing imaginable. It is extremely moving that in this book Archbishop Tutu returns to something so simple and so profound after a life in which he has been involved in political, social and ethical issues that have seemed to be so very complex.

The gift of Shamanism : visionary power, Ayahuasca dreams, and journeys to other realms

March 17, 2015
Beery, Itzhak, 1950-
Rochester, Vermont : Destiny Books, [2015]
237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Discover the shamanic powers within each of us"-- Provided by publisher.

At play in creation : Merton's awakening to the feminine Divine

March 16, 2015
Pramuk, Christopher, author.
©2015
xii, 138 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Examines the role of Sophia, Divine Wisdom in the writings of Thomas Merton. A more personal and less academic presentation than in "Sophia: the hidden Christ of Thomas Merton," the author's earlier book on this topic.

Gift of the red bird : a spiritual encounter : with a guide for reflection

March 12, 2015
D'Arcy, Paula, 1947-
New York : Crossroad Pub. Co., ©2003.
151 pages ; 20 cm
Subtitle on cover: The story of a divine encounter.
Originally published: New York : Crossroad Publishing Co., 1996. With a new guide for reflection.

Nonviolent action : what Christian ethics demands but most Christians have never really tried

March 11, 2015
Sider, Ronald J., author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
xvi, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Proving it works: from the early beginnings to stunning success -- Early Developments -- Gandhi: defeating the British Empire -- Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhian nonviolence: the battle against American racism -- Nonviolent intervention in guerrilla warfare -- Wheelchairs versus tanks -- Defeating the Soviet Empire -- Solidarity: a trade union and the Pope versus communist dictators -- The revolution of the candles: the nonviolent overthrow of East German communists -- Recent victories of a growing movement -- "Gather the women to pray for peace": Liberian Women Overthrow a Dictator -- Nonviolence in the Arab Spring -- Intervening, accompanying, and reporting: the growth of peacemaker teams -- The time to act -- Truly testing the possibilities of nonviolent action for the first time in Christian history -- The moral equivalent of war.
A noted theologian and bestselling author shows how nonviolent action has been practiced in history and in current social-political situations to promote peace and oppose injustice.

Converts to Judaism : stories from biblical times to today

March 11, 2015
Epstein, Lawrence J. (Lawrence Jeffrey), author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xv, 202 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: welcoming the stranger: the place of converts in Jewish life -- Your people shall be my people: converts in the biblical era -- Over land and sea: the rise of proselytism in the Hellenistic and early Roman period -- A fence around the Torah: converts in the Talmudic era -- The time of religious struggle: converts in the Medieval era -- Leaving the ghetto: converts from the Jewish enlightenment to the present -- The golden land: converts in the United States -- The call of Zion: converts in Israel -- Lessons from the history of conversion to Judaism.
"From the biblical story of Ruth to the star conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the stories of people who have converted to Judaism throughout history. The book introduces readers to origins of Judaism and shares the first conversion stories of the people who helped the early Jewish faith grow. Subsequent chapters trace the trajectory of Judaism through the ages while highlighting the stories of converts--both well-known and lesser-known--and how they shaped the tradition. The book includes not only the story of Warder Cresson, who was put on trial for insanity after converting to Judaism, but also famous celebrities who became Jewish such as Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr."-- Provided by publisher.

Finding Jesus : faith, fact, forgery : six holy objects that tell the remarkable story of the Gospels

March 10, 2015
Gibson, David, 1969- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"As featured in the original series Finding Jesus on CNN"--Jacket.
John the Baptist : rival Messiah, bones of contention -- The James ossuary : the hand of God or the crime of the century? -- Mary Magdalene : prostitute, apostle, saint--or Jesus's wife? -- The Gospel of Judas : Christianity's ultimate whodunit -- The True Cross : enough to fill a ship -- The Shroud and the sudarium : Jesus of history, Jesus of mystery.
Finding Jesus explores six major artifacts, including the Shroud of Turin, pieces of the True Cross, and the bones of John the Baptist, that give us the most direct evidence about the life and world of Jesus.

Pagans : the end of traditional religion and the rise of Christianity

March 10, 2015
O'Donnell, James Joseph, 1950- author.
New York : Ecco, [2015]
x, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Looks at the history of the rise of Christianity as expeirenced by the adherents of the traditional religions of the ancient world who directly experienced the major disruptions brought about by the rise of what they viewed as an upstart cult.

The new encyclopedia of Islam

March 6, 2015
Glassé, Cyril.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2013] ©2013
viii, 736 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Preface -- The New Encyclopedia of Islam -- Notes on the Encyclopedia -- Chronology -- Branches of Islam -- Map of the Islamic world -- Historical Synopsis of the Middle East -- The Quraysh -- The Umayyad Caliphs of Damascus and Córdoba -- ʹAlids.
The essential one-volume work of reference on Islam, fully revised with added articles, including maps of the Islamic world today and through history, a chronology, and genealogical tables of key dynasties of the faith.

The future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

March 5, 2015
Wills, Garry, 1934-
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
xxi, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Garry Wills, the prizewinning historian, argues that changes have been the evidence of life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad consequences, more often with good, good enough to make it endure. In this brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and serious changes that have taken place (or are taking place) within the last century. None of them was effected by the pope all by himself. As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history of the Church that we can understand Pope Francis's and the Church's challenges, and, as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impact only if the Church, the people of God, support them. In reading the Church's history, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. The challenge that Pope Francis offers the Church is its ability to undertake new spiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the example of Jesus.

Bad faith : when religious belief undermines modern medicine

March 5, 2015
Offit, Paul A., author.
New York : Basic Books, [2015]
xv, 253 pages ; 25 cm
The very worst thing -- A fragile magic -- A vengeful God -- The faith healer next door -- The literal and the damned -- Dialogue of the deaf -- Do unto others -- Ungodly acts -- The miracle business -- The peculiar people -- The divine whisper -- Standing up -- Epilogue: the frail web of understanding.
"In Bad Faith, acclaimed physician and author Paul Offit gives readers a never-before-seen look into the minds of those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion. Never afraid of controversy, Offit takes a stark and disturbing look at our surprising capacity to risk the health and safety of children in service of our beliefs. He tells the story of two devoted Christian Scientists who are shocked and heartbroken when their infant dies of a treatable disease; of orthodox Jewish parents who risk infecting their babies with herpes during an unsterile circumcision ritual; and of a man who believes his faith can cure his son's diabetes and, when that tragically fails, tries to raise him from the dead. The tangled relationship between religion and medicine may appear to afflict only certain pockets of America, but this phenomenon reaches much further -- whether you are seeking treatment at a Catholic hospital or trying to keep your kids safe from diseases spread by their unvaccinated peers, you'll likely encounter these issues"--Provided by publisher.

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