New Arrivals · Religion

April 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Life is -- : God's illogical love will change your existence

April 20, 2015
Smith, Judah.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xx, 217 pages ; 22 cm
Life is to be loved and to love. Love chases ; Illogical love ; Love leads ; Love gives -- Life is to trust God in every moment. Yesterday, today, and forever ; Pillow talk ; Trust grace ; A passerby -- Life is to be at peace with God and yourself. Many things ; God in a manger ; First place ; I am willing -- Life is to enjoy God. Enjoying God ; A whole new world ; True satisfaction ; You complete me.

Richard John Neuhaus : a life in the public square

April 20, 2015
Boyagoda, Randy, 1976- author.
New York : Image, [2015]
xix, 459 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates: illustrations ; 25 cm
From small-town Canada to Concordia Seminary, 1936-1960. A pastor's son, born and baptized on "the Canadian frontier" ; Pembroke's most patriotic pastor, and its youngest and most newsworthy ; An "uneducable" little Lutheran professor enlists in a grand cause ; Boarding school days : prayer and mischief without ceasing ; A jackrabbit-shooting Cisco Kid turns arbiter elegentarium ; Goal, malady, means : a seminary formation in church and church politics -- From Brooklyn to Africa, and many points in between, 1961-1974. A young pastor discovers "the glory and tragedy of life in this city" ; From Brooklyn pastor to national newsmaker ; Missouri's militant instrument of God's peace ; 1968 : passionate diatribes and tumultuous receptions ; A thoroughly radical writer makes a radical run for Congress ; The lonely radical looks elsewhere -- From Hartford to Rome, via the naked public square, 1975-1990. Appealing for right religion, appalling the left ; Books to empower people and pastors alike ; Seeking freedom for his own kind of ministry ; 1984 : the naked public square campaign ; More and more Catholic moments, among many, many others ; The raid -- First things first : a Catholic priest in the public square, 1990-2009. Neuhaus becomes a Catholic ... Neuhaus named Catholic of the Year ; As he lay dying ; The end of democracy? The beginnings of greater influence ; A time of triumph, a time of war, a time of scandal ; "The most influential clergyman in America," aka the "Theocon-in-Chief" ; Meeting God as an American.
Neuhaus's writing, activism, and connections to people of power in religion, politics, and culture secured a place for himself and his ideas at the center of recent American history. His life and ideas placed him at the vanguard of events and debates across the political and cultural spectrum. Boyagoda examines Neuhaus's multi-faceted life and reveals to the public what made him tick and why.

Ten commandments: Still the best moral code

April 17, 2015
Prager, Dennis, 1948- author.
©2015
"Scripture quotations, except where otherwise noted, are author's own translation from the Hebrew." -- title page verso.
The most important words ever written are the Ten Commandments. These words changed the world when they were first presented at Mt. Sinai to Israelites, and they are changing it now. They are the foundation stones of Western Civilization. Given their staggering importance, you would think that all societies, and certainly our educational and religious institutions, would be intent on studying them closely. Sadly, this is not the case. Our schools ignore them and our churches and synagogues take them for granted. But here's a simple test: Who among us can even name all of the Ten Commandments? And even among those who can name them, how many can explain them in a way that makes sense to the modern eye and ear? If you are a person of faith, this book will strengthen it; if you are agnostic it will force you to rethink your doubts; if you're atheist, it will test your convictions. For people who have thought little about the Ten Commandments, as well as for those who have a sophisticated understanding of them, it will be a revelation. That's a lot to ask of a little book, but the only thing that's little here is the length. The ideas are very big.

A second shot of coffee with Jesus

April 16, 2015
Wilkie, David J., 1963-
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2015.
126 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Radio Free Babylon presents . . ."
Introduction -- About radio free Babylon.

Becoming a spiritually healthy family : avoiding the 6 dysfunctional parenting styles

April 14, 2015
Anthony, Michelle.
Colorado Springs : David C. Cook, 2015.
197 pages ; 21 cm.

Spirits rejoice! : jazz and American religion

April 13, 2015
Bivins, Jason.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xvi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First meditations -- Procession of the great ancestry : traditions jazz and religious -- Shadows on a wall : jazz narrates American religions -- Urban magic : jazz communitarianism -- The magic of Juju : improvising ritual -- The Tao of mad Phat : jazz meditation and mysticism -- Other planes of there : jazz cosmologies and metaphysics -- Spirits rejoice! : beyond religion.

How to read the Bible

April 10, 2015
Cox, Harvey, 1929-
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
viii, 257 pages ; 24 cm
"Cox explores three different lenses commonly used to bring the Bible into focus: literary--as narrative stories of family conflict, stirring heroism, and moral dilemmas; history--as classic texts with academic and theological applications; activism--as a source of dialogue and engagement to be shared and applied to our lives. By bringing these together, Cox shows the Bible in all its rich diversity and meaning and offers us a contemporary activist version that wrestles with issues of feminism, war, homosexuality, and race. The result is a living resource that is perpetually evolving as our understanding changes and deepens from generation to generation"-- Provided by publisher.

A book of uncommon prayer : 100 celebrations of the miracle & muddle of the ordinary

April 7, 2015
Doyle, Brian, 1956 November 6-
Notre Dame, Indiana : Sorin Books, [2014]
xviii, 170 pages ; 18 cm

Welcome to the Orthodox Church : an introduction to Eastern Christianity

April 6, 2015
Mathewes-Green, Frederica.
Brewster, Massachusetts : Paraclete Press, 2015.
xviii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"There are other introductory books about Orthodoxy, but they are all somewhat academic. This one comprehensively covers the history, theology, and practice without talking over your head. Mathewes-Green takes the original approach of bringing you into a typical church for a series of visits. That is how Christians learned the faith for most of history, by coming into a community and keeping their eyes and ears open. Designed primarily for newcomers to come to understand Orthodoxy and Orthodox Christians, this guide to the faith is also a non-threatening and accessible introduction to people already "in the pews." Inviting rather than argumentative, Orthodox Christians will be giving this to their friends"-- Provided by publisher.

If the oceans were ink : an unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Quran

April 6, 2015
Power, Carla, author.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
x, 336 pages ; 21 cm
The origins. The Quran in twenty-five words ; An American in the East ; A Muslim in the West ; Road trip to the Indian madrasa ; A migrant's prayer mat -- The home. Pioneer life in Oxford ; Nine-thousand hidden women ; The little rosy one" ; Veiling and unveiling ; Reading "The women" -- The world. A pilgrim's progress ; Jesus, Mary, and the Quran ; Beyond politics ; The pharaoh and his wife ; War stories ; The last lesson.

Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary

April 3, 2015
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2014.
xxxviii, 1224 pages : color maps, color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Tanakh, an owner's manual : authorship, canonization, masoretic text, exegesis, modern scholarship, and pedagogy

April 2, 2015
Sokolow, Moshe, author.
©2015
219 pages ; 24 cm
"Tanakh, An Owner's Manual offers a modern Orthodox approach to the historical and literary frameworks within which the Hebrew Bible should be learned and appreciated. It reflects the author's insights developed over forty years of studying and teaching, and will be of interest to teachers, students, and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Tanakh"-- Provided by publisher.

A God that could be real : spirituality, science, and the future of our planet

March 31, 2015
Abrams, Nancy Ellen, 1948- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
xxxi, 165 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
God evolves -- A God that can't be real -- A God that could be real -- Is there a spiritual world? -- Does God answer prayers? -- Is there an afterlife? -- Renewing God, renewing religion -- Planetary God, planetary morality -- A big picture for our time.

How to read the Bible and still be a Christian : struggling with divine violence from Genesis through Revelation

March 31, 2015
Crossan, John Dominic, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
viii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle in pre-publication: Wrestling with the problem of God and violence.
Challenge -- Civilization -- Covenant -- Community.

The lost world of Adam and Eve : Genesis 2-3 and the human origins debate

March 31, 2015
Walton, John H., 1952- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Academic, [2015]
255 pages ; 21 cm

Heretic : why Islam needs a reformation now

March 31, 2015
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1969-
©2015.
x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: One Islam, three sets of Muslims -- The story of a heretic : my journey away from Islam -- Why has there been no Muslim Reformation? -- Muhammad and the Qur'an : how unquestioning reverence for the Prophet and his book obstructs reform -- Those who love death : Islam's fatal focus on the afterlife -- Shackled by sharia : how Islam's harsh religious code keeps Muslims stuck in the seventh century -- Social control begins at home : how the injunction to command right and forbid wrong keeps Muslims in line -- Jihad : why the call for holy war is a charter for terror -- The twilight of tolerance -- Conclusion: The Muslim Reformation -- Appendix: Muslim dissidents and reformers.
"Ayaan Ali Hirsi makes a powerful case that a religious Reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world"--Publisher.

A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment

March 31, 2015
Carney, Scott, 1978- author.
©2015.
xxi, 277 pages ; 24 cm
"Gotham Books"--Title page.
"An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong. When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for six years, was struck by how Thorson's death echoed other incidents that reflected the little-talked-about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability. Using these tragedies as a springboard, Carney explores how those who go to extremes to achieve divine revelations-and undertake it in illusory ways-can tangle with madness. He also delves into the unorthodox interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism that attracted Thorson and the bizarre teachings of its chief evangelists: Thorson's wife, Lama Christie McNally, and her previous husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the supreme spiritual leader of Diamond Mountain University, where Thorson died."-- Provided by publisher.

Buddha's book of meditation : mindfulness practices for a quieter mind, self-awareness, and healthy living

March 31, 2015
Emet, Joseph, author.
New York : Tarcher, 2015.
xix, 218 pages ; 18 cm
"A journey from "brainfulness" to mindfulness, from self-control to self-regulation, and from indifference to compassion. Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular form of an ancient and powerful technique for reducing stress, elevating one's mental state, and improving the practitioner's overall quality of life. Award-winning author and mindfulness meditation teacher Joseph Emet now takes you down a step-by-step path to integrate this potent form of meditation into your daily life. Offering tips, techniques, and practices from mindfulness meditation-coupled with stories from the author's life as a teacher-Buddha's Book of Meditation guides you to a life teeming with the benefits of regular meditation practice. This volume also includes original music by the author that the reader can access through the web-calming the mind and enhancing the meditation experience."-- Provided by publisher.

The Catholic advantage : why health, happiness, and heaven await the faithful

March 31, 2015
Donohue, William A., 1947- author.
New York : Image, [2015]
xxx, 272 pages ; 25 cm

Soul shifts : transformative wisdom for creating a life of authentic awakening, emotional freedom, and practical spirituality

March 31, 2015
De Angelis, Barbara, author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2015.
xx, 315 pages ; 24 cm
"There are pivotal moments in the lives of all seekers when we realize that we've been traveling on our path of growth toward happiness and fulfillment, but, simply put, we want to go faster. How we have been living, working, and loving just isn't enough or even acceptable anymore. We know we're being called to something more significant and expanded--we can feel it. At these times what's needed is not simply more change or an adjustment in our outer life, but profound transformation. We don't just want to rearrange the pieces of ourselves so that they look better temporarily. We want nothing less than rebirth. We are ready for Soul Shifts"-- Provided by publisher.

Beltane : rituals, recipes, and lore for May day

March 31, 2015
Marquis, Melanie, 1976-
Woodbury : Llewellyn Publications, 2014.
222 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
"Llewellyn's sabbat essentials."
Old ways -- New ways -- Spells and divination -- Recipes and crafts -- Prayers and invocations -- Rituals of celebration.

The prosperous soul : your journey to a richer life

March 31, 2015
Trimm, Cindy.
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Destiny Image Publishers, 2015.
277 pages ; 23 cm

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.

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