New Arrivals · Religion

November 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

White spirit animals : prophets of change

November 20, 2017
Hieronimus, J. Zohara Meyerhoff, author.
Rochester, Vermont : Bear & Company, 2017.
333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Preface: the convocation -- Introduction: White spirit animals -- Dreaming shamans -- Bear -- Lion -- Elephant -- Wolf -- Buffalo rising -- The signs.
"Combining sacred elder lore, science, and her own telepathic dreams, Zohara Hieronimus looks at the special role played by the White Spirit Animals in spiritual traditions and prophecy around the globe, where they are seen as guardians of animal wisdom, each with a special purpose and gift. She reveals how they have collaborated with humanity since the last ice age, inspiring spiritual transformations that occur during transitional times"--Back cover.

The myth of equality : uncovering the roots of injustice and privilege

November 15, 2017
Wytsma, Ken, author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2017]
216 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
The story of race -- America's white standard: a nation of (European) immigrants -- When the world became racist: color in the western tradition -- Stolen labor -- How our cities got their shape -- Equality and the kingdom of God -- The aristocratic itch -- Does justice belong in our gospel conversation? -- The salvation industrial complex -- A short look at American individualism -- The challenge of privilege -- When racism went underground -- The voice of justice -- Finding ourselves in the other.
It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation's consciousness. Every week yet another incident involving racial tension splashes across headlines and dominates our news feeds. But it's not easy to unpack the origins of these tensions, and perhaps we wonder whether any of these issues really has anything to do with us.Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference, understands these questions. He has gone through his own journey of understanding the underpinnings of inequality and privilege. In this timely, insightful book Wytsma unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today's race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role we are called to play as witnesses of the gospel.Inequality and privilege are real. The Myth of Equality opens our eyes to realities we may have never realized were present in our society and world. And we will be changed for the better as a result. - from publisher.

Why I left, why I stayed : conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son

November 15, 2017
Campolo, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : Harper One, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xv, 158 pages ; 24 cm
An unusual Thanksgiving / Tony Campolo -- How I left : a son's journey through Christianity / Bart Campolo -- How I stay : a father's story of keeping the faith / Tony Campolo -- Can't, not won't : losing faith is not a choice / Bart Campolo -- You reap what you sow : how I see Bart's deconversion / Tony Campolo -- Life on the other side : the happy reality of secular humanism / Bart Campolo -- The heart of the matter : why humanism doesn't work without Jesus / Tony Campolo -- The dark side of grace : why Jesus doesn't work for me / Bart Campolo -- Not so fast : secularists should take another look at the cross / Tony Campolo -- Godless goodness : the foundations of a secular morality / Bart Campolo -- And then what? why secularists can't face death / Tony Campolo -- Part of the Bargain : facing death the secular humanist way / Bart Campolo -- Not from nowhere : why transcendent experiences point to God / Tony Campolo -- It's all in your head : how I became a religious naturalist / Bart Campolo -- A joint conclusion / Bart and Tony Campolo.
"Christian author, activist, and scholar Tony Campolo and his son Bart, an avowed Humanist, debate their spiritual differences and explore similarities involving faith, belief, and hope that they share"

The wisdom of Sundays : life-changing insights from Super Soul conversations

November 9, 2017
Winfrey, Oprah, author.
240 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Awakening -- Intention -- Mindfulness -- Spiritual GPS -- Ego -- Forgiveness -- Broken open -- Grace and gratitude -- Fulfillment -- Love and connection.
Moments of inspiration from the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday. Each chapter represents a powerful step in Oprah's own spiritual journey and is introduced with a personal essay by Oprah herself. Visionaries like Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Shonda Rhimes share their lessons in finding purpose. World-renowned teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and Wayne Dyer explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection. And best-selling writers like Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser explore forgiveness and letting go. Paired with more than 100 beautiful photographs, including many from Oprah's private property in California, where episodes of Super Soul Sunday are filmed.

The New Testament : a translation

November 9, 2017
xxxv, 577 pages ; 24 cm
"David Bentley Hart undertook this new translation of the New Testament etsi doctrina non daretur, "as if doctrine is not given." Reproducing the texts' often fragmentary formulations without augmentation or correction, he has produced an often pitilessly literal translation of the early Christians' sometimes raw, astonished, and halting prose, one that captures the texts' frequent impenetrability and unfinished quality while awakening readers to an uncanniness that often lies hidden beneath doctrinal layers. This rendering also challenges the idea that the New Testament affirms the kind of people we are. Hart reminds us that the first Christians were a company of extremists, radical in their rejection of the values and priorities of society not only at its most degenerate, but often at its most reasonable and decent. "To live as the New Testament language requires," he writes, "Christians would have to become strangers and sojourners on the earth, to have here no enduring city, to belong to a Kingdom truly not of this world. And we surely cannot do that, can we?""--Jacket flap.

Love that lasts : how we discovered God's better way for love, dating, marriage, and sex

November 6, 2017
Bethke, Jefferson, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2017]
xvi, 249 pages ; 22 cm
Where is the love? -- What makes you beautiful -- Slow dancing in a burning room -- Riding solo -- Fake love -- Lucky -- Call me maybe -- Bleeding love -- We are never ever getting back together -- When I'm 64 -- At last -- Stay with you -- All of me -- Let's get it on -- Let's talk about sex -- Just the way you are -- Unpack your heart -- Now what?

Conversations with Mary : messages of love, healing, hope, and unity for everyone

November 3, 2017
Raimondi, Anna, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
xiv, 182 pages ; 22 cm

Introduction to Islam

November 2, 2017
Ramadan, Tariq, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xxii, 250 pages : map ; 21 cm
Translated from the French.
Introduction -- 1. History -- 2. Fundamental Tenets -- 3. Faith and Practice -- 4. The Way -- 5. Contemporary Challenges -- Conclusion -- Ten Things You Thought You Knew about Islam -- The Months of the Muslim Lundar Calendar.
"Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is-or is not. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is-or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam. In simple, direct language, an Introduction to Islam introduces readers to Islam and to its principles, rituals, diversity, and evolution. In this book, Tariq Ramadan focuses upon the realities of Islam today. Avoiding ideology and idealism, Ramadan brings to life an essence of the true meaning of Islam and its implications today. No prior knowledge of Islam is required; the book makes the complexity of Islam easy to understand by looking closely at its multi-faceted reality as a religion, and at the civilization that arose from it. The book begins with definitions, and basic principles of Islam. It then delves into history: from the beginnings in the prophetic mission and the Sunni-Shiʻa schism, to the rise of legal schools and the construction of the "Islamic sciences," and to its theological, philosophic mainstream, and mystical (Sufi) undercurrents. The six pillars of faith will also be presented, along with the five pillars of practice, as well as Islam's prescribed rights, duties and prohibitions, the principles of Muslim mysticism and the elements of Islamic philosophy and ethics. The two final chapters focus on the modern era, offering a broad overview of the debates and controversies that are shaking Muslim-majority societies, and reshaping the lives of those who live as minorities elsewhere."-- Provided by publisher.

You've already got it! : So quit trying to get it

November 1, 2017
Wommack, Andrew.
Tulsa, Okla. : Harrison House, 2006.
229 pages ; 22 cm

The official Catholic directory.

October 31, 2017
New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons,
v. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Vol. for 2007 is published with Companion indexes on CD ROM.

Why I am Catholic (and you should be too)

October 30, 2017
Vogt, Brandon, author.
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2017]
178 pages ; 23 cm
The only rebellion left -- Catholicism is true: Because God exists -- Because we need religion -- Because Jesus is God -- Because Jesus started a church -- Catholicism is good: Because it built Western civilization -- Because of its heroic charity -- Because it doesn't go with the times -- Because it offers true forgiveness -- Catholicism is beautiful: Because it cherishes beauty -- Because it lifts us up -- Because it's for everybody -- Join the rebellion -- Going deeper.

Standing strong : how to storm-proof your life with God's timeless truths

October 30, 2017
Stanley, Charles F., author.
New York : Howard Books, 2017.
243 pages ; 24 cm
Ways to build: strength or weakness-it's your choice -- Built on -- Your convictions about the Bible: good book or revelation of the living god -- Your convictions about God, part 1: the God you can know -- Your convictions about God, part 2: what does it mean to have a Savior? -- Your convictions about prayer: grocery list or marching orders? -- Built with -- Your convictions about your life: ownership or stewardship? -- Your convictions about God, part 3: is it His life that's pouring out of you? -- Your convictions about your role: self-serve or serving others? -- Your convictions about adversity: burden or bridge? -- Your convictions about the end: looking towards his kingdom.

Norse myths : tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki : in new versions

October 27, 2017
Crossley-Holland, Kevin, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2017.
v, 225 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Long-recognized master of Norse mythology Kevin Crossley-Holland pairs with award-winning artist Jeffrey Alan Love for an exceptional look at the Viking gods.

A little bit of Wicca : an introduction to witchcraft

October 27, 2017
Eason, Cassandra, author.
xi, 116 pages ; 19 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- 1. The Wiccan altar and magickal tools -- 2. Creating the magick circle in Wicca -- 3. Wicca and the magickal elements -- 4. Creating and casting your own spells -- 5. Creating rituals -- 6. The goddess in Wicca -- 7. The god in Wicca -- 8. The wheel of the year in Wicca -- 9. Forming or joining a coven or working solo -- 10. Magickal correspondences -- Index.
An introduction to Wicca and its origins, as well as an overview of how magick functions and how to use it in everyday life. Learn how to set up a Wiccan altar, collect and dedicate magickal tools, create and cast spells, and more.

Martin Luther : the man who rediscovered God and changed the world

October 26, 2017
Metaxas, Eric, author.
xiii, 480 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Pastor, rebel, prophet, monk -- Beyond the myths -- Lightning strikes -- The great change -- A monk at Wittenberg -- The "cloaca" experience -- The theses are posted -- The Diet at Augsburg -- The Leipzig debate -- The Bull against Luther -- The Diet of Worms -- An enemy of the Empire -- The Wartburg -- The revolution is near -- Luther returns -- Monsters, nuns, and martyrs -- Fanaticism and violence -- Love and marriage -- Erasmus, controversy, music -- The plague and Anfechtungen return -- The Reformation comes of age -- Confronting death -- "We are beggars. This is true." -- The man who created the future.
On All Hallow's Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther's Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Luther's monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of western life.

Choosing Donald Trump : God, anger, hope, and why Christian conservatives supported him

October 25, 2017
Mansfield, Stephen, 1958- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, [2017]
195 pages ; 24 cm
An unlikely champion -- Convergence -- Mixture -- The backstory -- King -- Killer -- Peale -- White -- The appeal -- Johnson -- Obama -- Hillary -- Voice -- Of prophets and presidents -- The art of prophetic distance, part i -- The art of prophetic distance, part ii.

Fiercehearted : live fully, love bravely

October 25, 2017
Gerth, Holley, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
205 pages ; 22 cm

Outrageous : awake to the unexpected adventures of everyday faith

October 25, 2017
Tredway, Aaron, 1976- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
204 pages ; 22 cm
I'm in -- Son of the King -- Letters home -- Stolen -- Stovi stars -- Ben's bunnies -- The frog -- Shag the balls -- Annual meeting -- You don't have to do this -- In a relationship -- Backside philosophy -- American hamburgers -- Playing behind the dump -- T-NBA -- Sleep in the middle -- Claire - Jesús calling -- Mafia party -- Public shower -- Cycle for hope -- Viral opposition -- The riot -- Running statues.

A life beyond amazing : 9 decisions that will transform your life today

October 25, 2017
Jeremiah, David, 1941- author.
xvii, 223 pages ; 24 cm
A life of love -- A life of joy -- A life of peace -- A life of endurance -- A life of compassion -- A life of generosity -- A life of integrity -- A life of humility -- A life of self-discipline.
"This life-changing book explores the nine qualities of character that carry us forward. Three of these have to do with our relationship with ourselves, three deal with interactions with other people, and three of them focus on our relationship with God. Spiritual principles are true in any situation. But we must make a conscious decision to employ them in our daily lives."--Google Books.

The magickal family : pagan living in harmony with nature

October 24, 2017
Crosson, Monica, author.
xv, 300 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: The family that dances under the a full moon together stays together -- Part 1: Family magick -- Growing up pagan. Pagan proud ; Express yourself ; Rites of passage -- The power of family. Making ritual fun ; Harmony begins at home: sacred simplicity and household altars ; Our elemental babes -- Through the garden gate. A place for everything and everything in its place ; The Moon as your guide ; The witch's garden: magickal garden design ; Everything old is new again ; Getting back to our roots -- Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Hearth song ; Cooking through the seasons ; Stocking up: food preservation 101 ; Dehydrating fruits and vegetables -- Into the greenwood. The hedge witch ; An herbal medicine cabinet ; A witch's dozen of magickal herbs -- "Green" witchery. Green habits to live by ; Making energy conservation fun ; Trash to magickal treasure -- Part 2: Family Sabbat celebrations -- Samhain. The Celtic connection ; Embrace the dark side ; Things that go bump in the night -- Yule. New beginnings ; A light in the darkness -- Imbolc. the power of three ; It's Groundhog Day! ; Transformations -- Ostara. Show us the way ; Egg traditions -- Beltane. Kindling summer ; Here we go 'round the maypole -- Midsummer. Keep the fire strong! ; Mixing kids and the fae ; The Oak King and the Holy King -- Lughnasadh. Assembly of Lugh ; Honoring the first fruits -- Mabon. Harvest home ; Beheading the sheaf -- Conclusion: Reap what you sow.
"Real-life guide for those who want to practice magick and simplicity but need a little nudge to take a break from the workaday world. Filled with tips, ideas, stories, and projects to bring you and your family closer to nature and to celebrate the God and the Goddess, this book shows how to be true to your magickal self while raising little Witchlings -or helping others with theirs"--Back cover.

Soar! : build your vision from the ground up

October 23, 2017
Jakes, T. D., author.
New York : FaithWords, 2017.
viii, 239 pages ; 24 cm
Expand your vision. Ignite your light: putting vision in motion ; Winds and trends: know your condition ; Damsel, arise!: when the wind is blowing your way -- Build your wings. It takes two: inspiration and innovation ; Flight plan: your blueprint for success ; Invisible wings: riding the winds of e-commerce -- Clear the clouds. Flight crew: assembling your dream team ; What goes up must come down: entrepreneurial leadership 101 ; Fail fast and crash last: entrepreneurial leadership 102 -- Soar to new heights. Growing forward: minding your own business ; The miracle of marketing: burning your bushel to fly higher ; New frontiers: creating your legacy.
Do you dream of creating exceptional goods and offering transformative services while fulfilling God's destiny for you? Jakes provides the tools needed to ignite our imaginations into action and challenges us to embrace our God-given purpose as we align our character and creativity with our careers.

Church of the small things : the million little pieces that make up a life

October 20, 2017
Shankle, Melanie, author.
222 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword / by Ree Drummond, the pioneer woman -- Introduction -- Give me a Casual Corner suit and get out of my way -- How Walmart and a Frito Pie made all the difference -- Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a Naugahyde sofa -- Se habla Van Halen? -- Why a Trans Am might be overrated -- The dirty truth of a white couch -- Forty is not the new thirty -- Bangs, bangs, you're dead -- So you think you can parent -- Fish, frogs, crabs, and a farm of lies -- True tales of canine delinquents -- The glamorous life of a writer -- To exercise or not to exercise? That's not a real question -- Autocorrect is the Devil -- The leader of the band -- Baby sister -- Dodging a bullet -- When life is a mixture of sweet and sad -- Beyond measure.
The author celebrates, with her trademark stories and humor, the wonder of the many small moments in life that add up to make a big difference and ultimately shape the person we become.

Why I am an atheist who believes in God : how to give love, create beauty and find peace

October 20, 2017
Schaeffer, Frank, author.
xvii, 144 pages ; 23 cm
Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend's death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God--an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts. He writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe.

Boundaries : when to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life

October 18, 2017
Cloud, Henry, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
346 pages ; 24 cm
If you've ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

God has a name

October 17, 2017
Comer, John Mark, 1980- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
281 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"This book is a simple but profound guide to what God says about himself. In his signature conversational style, Comer the reader line by line through Exodus 34v6-8 -what some scholars argue is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible"--Back cover.

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