New Arrivals · Religion

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Angels : who they are, what they do, and why it matters

June 24, 2016
Graham, Jack, author.
©2016
220 pages ; 22 cm
Pastor Jack Graham walks readers through Scripture, revealing the truth about angels and their roles as worshipers of the Lord, witnesses to his glory, and warriors fighting on his behalf. Focusing on practical application, Dr. Graham separates fact from fiction, encouraging you to become a better worshiper, warrior, and witness.

It's dangerous to believe : religious freedom and its enemies

June 22, 2016
Eberstadt, Mary, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
xxix, 158 pages ; 22 cm
The roots of the new intolerance -- Anatomy of a secularist witch hunt -- Acclaiming "diversity" vs. hounding the heretics -- Civil rights talk vs. McCarthyite muscle -- Inquisitors vs. good works -- What is to be done; or, How to end a witch hunt.
"Looks at a trend in a secularizing American society in which traditional religious believers are being pushed out of public life, and challenges secular liberals to apply their own standards of tolerance and diversity to traditional Christians,"--NoveList.

Grace without God : the search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age

June 22, 2016
Ozment, Katherine, author.
New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
300 pages ; 24 cm
"We're nothing" -- Losing it. Losing my religion ; How did we get here? ; Religion tries to stay relevant -- Good-bye to all that. The big picture ; Moral authority ; Religious literacy ; A sense of belonging -- The path forward. Morality without a map ; Do-it-yourself religion ; Almost church ; Ritual without religion ; Facing the big unknown ; The wonder of the natural world ; The God of here and now -- Make your own Sunday -- A letter to my children.
"Looks at the trends and ramifications of a country increasingly leaving organized religion behind, focusing on how this growing number of nonreligious Americans find meaning, purpose, and community"--NoveList.

The book of the people : how to read the Bible

June 22, 2016
Wilson, A. N., 1950- author.
©2016
212 pages ; 24 cm
This mountain -- The vulgate of experience -- Prophets -- Holy wisdom -- Job -- Living in a metaphor: Psalms -- The rebirth of images.
A renowned historian, biographer, and novelist provides a deeply personal, literary, and historical exploration of the Bible.

Worry-free living : trading anxiety for peace

June 22, 2016
Meyer, Joyce, 1943- author.
New York : Faith Words, 2016.
x, 138 pages ; 17 cm.
"Derived from material previously published in Be Anxious for Nothing."
Part 1 You Can Choose Peace -- 1. Have a Glad Heart -- 2. Rejoice in Today -- 3. Don't Worry, Seek God -- 4. Enjoy Your Everyday Life -- 5. Overcoming Three Sources of Anxiety -- Part 2 You Can Lean On The Lord -- 6. Two Sources of Strength -- 7. God's Grace Relieves Frustration -- 8. Let God Build Your Life -- 9. The Lord Brings Victory -- 10. With Us Is the Lord Our God -- Part 3 You Can Rest In God -- 11. Find Rest for Your Soul -- 12. A Place of Peace -- 13. Calm, Cool, and Steady -- 14. Peace and Rest in the Presence of the Lord -- 15. Trust and Confidence in the Lord -- Part 4 You Can Trust God's Plan -- 16. God Knows Best -- 17. A Key to Being Used by God -- 18. There's a Time for Everything -- 19. God Has a Plan -- Part 5 You Can Cast Your Care -- 20. Prayer Produces Peace, Rest, Patience, and Hope -- 21. Trust God Completely -- 22. Cast Your Care -- 23. Accept Yourself -- 24. Six Steps to Peace.
"In this compact adaptation of Be Anxious for Nothing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer shows readers how to rid themselves of worry and fear by drawing on the peace of God. Difficult times are part of living in this world. However, God has provided a way for us to enjoy peace as part daily life. We can choose either to allow ourselves to be burdened with worry and anxiety or to live in the peace and joy that God wants for our lives. Joyce Meyer shows how to rely on God's strength during difficult circumstances by revealing the nature of God's peace as found in Scripture. She explains how to trade anxiety for joy, develop a childlike attitude of faith, and give our worries to the Lord,"--Amazon.com.

Bearing false witness : debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history

June 21, 2016
Stark, Rodney, author.
West Conshohocken, PA : Templeton Press, [2016]
268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope," the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth"-- Provided by publisher.

Writings against the Saracens

June 20, 2016
Peter, the Venerable, approximately 1092-1156, author.
©2016
xx, 184 pages ; 22 cm.

God : the most unpleasant character in all fiction

June 20, 2016
Barker, Dan, author.
©2016
x, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. Dawkins was right. Jealous and proud of it -- Petty -- Unjust -- Unforgiving -- Control freak -- Vindictive -- Bloodthirsty -- Ethnic cleanser -- Misogynistic -- Homophobic -- Racist -- Infanticidal -- Genocidal -- Filicidal -- Pestilential -- Megalomaniacal -- Sadomasochistic -- Capriciously malevolent -- Bully -- Part 2. Dawkins was too kind. Pyromaniacal -- Angry -- Merciless -- Curse hurling -- Vaccicidal -- Aboriticidal -- Cannibalistic -- Slavemonger -- What about Jesus?
"English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer Richard Dawkins opens Chapter 2 of his bestseller The God Delusion by saying that the God of the Old Testament is "arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction" and goes on to list nineteen negative character traits. Now in God : the Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, Dan Barker, a former ordained minister and current atheist, proves that Dawkins was right."--Dust jacket.

Run with the horses : the quest for life at its best

June 20, 2016
Peterson, Eugene H., 1932-
Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Books, 2009.
212 pages ; 21 cm
Preface to the second edition -- What makes you think you can race against horses? -- Jeremiah -- Before -- I'm only a boy! -- Don't for a minute believe the lies -- Go to the Potter's House -- Pashur whipped Jeremiah -- This ever worsening wound -- Twenty-three years it's been! -- Get a scroll and write -- The Recabite community -- To all the exiles -- Guard-- king-- official -- I bought the field at Anathoth -- Regarding the godless nations -- No one will escape the doom.
In Jeremiah 12:5 God says to the prophet, "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?" We all long to live life at its best--to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence--to run with the horses in the jungle of life? In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best. - Publisher.

Tears to triumph : the spiritual journey from suffering to enlightenment

June 14, 2016
Williamson, Marianne, 1952-
New York, NY : HarperOne, 2016.
xvi, 222 pages ; 22 cm
Surrendering our sorrow -- Through the darkness into the light -- The case against numbness -- The miraculous universe -- A culture of depression -- Forgiveness -- Relationship heaven, relationship hell -- Changing ourselves, changing the world -- The light of Buddha -- The light of Moses -- The light of Jesus -- Tears to triumph.
The internationally recognized teacher, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence.

David C. Cook Bible lesson commentary : NIV.

June 10, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colo. : David C. Cook, c2009-
v. ; 23 cm.
Contains 52 weeks of Bible lessons based on the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL) series. Includes Bible background and commentary, daily home Bible readings, and lesson suggestions for adult and youth classes.

How God became God : what scholars are really saying about God and the Bible

June 9, 2016
Smoley, Richard, 1956- author.
New York, New York : TarcherPerigee, [2016]
xxx, 286 pages ; 23 cm
Groundwater: the problem of God -- The defective scripture: what we now know about the Bible -- The haze of legend: from the Flood to the Judges -- Monarchy, united and divided: from Saul to the fall of Israel -- Who was Yahweh? -- Fall and return: the exile and its aftermath -- Jesus in his context -- The life of Jesus: origins -- What Jesus taught -- The life of Jesus: the public career -- The birth of the Church -- Paul: the great apostle -- Revelation: the overthrow of the wicked angels -- The Master and two Marys -- Practical mysticism.
"This epic, thrilling journey through Bible scholarship and ancient religion shows how much of Scripture is historically false--yet the ancient writings also resound with theologies that crisscrossed the primeval world and that direct us today toward a deep, inner, authentic experience of the truly sacred,"--Amazon.com.

You are the one : a bold adventure in finding purpose, discovering the real you, and loving fully

June 9, 2016
Blackson, Kute, author.
New York : North Star Way, 2016.
xvii, 237 pages ; 21 cm
Prologue: The richest man in the world -- Introduction: The world is waiting for you -- Do you dare? -- Just who do you think you are? -- Unfinished business -- Lose your mind -- The road to nowhere -- The master addiction -- Today is a good day to die -- Love now -- Conclusion: The real journey begins.
"A unique blend of poetic lessons, wisdoms, practical methodology and teachings, plus real life stories to help create revolutionary change and spiritual awareness in readers, specifically targeting 20-, 30- and 40- somethings"-- Provided by publisher.

The Catholic women's news.

June 9, 2016
Cincinnati : The Catholic Women's Publishing Company, 1925-1926.
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 31 cm
Monthly issues from April 1925 (v.1, no. 1) to March 1926 (v.2, no.6) bound together.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, gilt-stamped on cover: Mrs. LeBlond.
"All forms of news appreciated by women readers are to be included in The Catholic Women's News. Society, art, travel, drama, music, books, hostess hints, bridge lessons, children's page, fashions, garden news, interior decorations, photo plays, club news, C.C.W.A. bulletin board..."--Foreword.

Healing and the Jewish imagination : spiritual and practical perspectives on Judaism and health

June 9, 2016
Woodstock, Vt. : Jewish Lights Pub., ©2007.
viii, 219 pages ; 24 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original green cloth binding with gilt letters stamped on spine. With original book jacket.
The intersection of Judaism and health -- The importance of the individual in Jewish thought and writing -- Health and healing among the mystics -- Hope and the Hebrew Bible -- From disability to enablement -- Overcoming stigma -- Jewish bioethics in story and law -- Looking back, moving forward.

Journal of Naritasan Institute for Buddhist Studies.

June 8, 2016
Narita, Japan : Naritasan Shinshōji,
v. ; 21 cm.
Title from cover.

The money cult : capitalism, Christianity, and the unmaking of the American dream

June 8, 2016
Lehmann, Chris, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2016]
xxviii, 403 pages ; 24 cm
Pay to pray -- A founding faith -- Nation building -- Free will and free markets -- Of lost tribes and latter days -- The businessmen awake -- Liberals at the end of history -- Holy abundance -- A new spirit of capitalism -- New gospels of the protean self -- Secret history.
"A grand, brilliantly written work of American history We think we know the story of American religion: the Puritans were cold, austere, and pious, and Christianity continued pure and uncorrupted until the industrial revolution got in the way. InThe Money Cult, Chris Lehmann argues that we have it backwards: capitalism has always been entangled with religion, and so today's megapastors aren't an aberration--they're as American as Benjamin Franklin. The long-awaited first book by a hugely admired journalist, The Money Cult is a sweeping and accessible history that traces American Christianity from John Winthrop to the rise of the Mormon Church to the triumph of Joel Osteen"-- Provided by publisher.

Reply to "Brief historical sketch of the Western Baptist Theological Institute," in Covington, Ky.

June 7, 2016
Western Baptist Theological Institute. Board of Trustees.
Covington, KY : Western Baptist Theological Institute, 1850.
77, 6 pages 23 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original paper wrapper, stiched.
"Catalogue of the Western Baptist Theological Institute, Covington, Ky., for the session 1849-50": 6 p. at end.

Behold the king of glory : a narrative of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ

June 2, 2016
Ramsey, Russ, 1973-
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway, [2015]
235 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references.

Emptiness and omnipresence : an essential introduction to Tiantai Buddhism

June 2, 2016
Ziporyn, Brook, 1964- author.
Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, [2016]
xiii, 317 pages ; 23 cm.

Rooted : the hidden places where God develops you

June 1, 2016
Liebscher, Banning, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
212 pages ; 21 cm
Why the rooted last -- Thriving in the process -- The trust factor -- Nothing to prove -- In over your head ... and loving it -- Beyond the feelings -- Soil 1: intimacy -- Finding God -- What to do when you're expecting -- Soil 2: serving -- An unlikely marriage -- The divine exchange -- Soil 3: community -- When fish swim alone -- It's messy, but it works -- Rooted in the source.

Speaking truth in love : counsel in community

June 1, 2016
Powlison, David, 1949-
Greensboro, NC : New Growth Press, ©2005.
202 pages ; 23 cm
Suffering and Psalm 119 -- The facts of life -- Hearing the music of the gospel -- How healthy is your preparation? -- What questions do you ask? -- Think globally, act locally -- Illustrative counseling -- Talk incessantly? Listen intently! -- How do you help a "psychologized" counselee? -- What is "ministry of the Word"? -- Counseling is the church -- What will you ask for? -- Pastoral counseling -- Counseling under the influence of the X chromosome -- Do you ever refer? -- Why I chose seminary for counseling training -- Affirmations and denials -- Closing essay : companions on the long march.

Taste & see : experiencing the goodness of God with our five senses

June 1, 2016
Moyer, Ginny Kubitz, author.
©2016
xxii, 189 pages ; 18 cm
Sight. Color ; Gazing ; Created beauty ; Incense ; Church architecture -- Hearing. Voices ; Background noise ; Music ; Encouragement ; Confession -- Smell. Smells of childhood ; Lavender ; The odor of the sheep ; Candle smoke ; Chrism -- Touch. The rosary ; Madonna and child ; Comfort ; Water ; The woman in Luke 7 -- Taste. Daily bread ; The no thank you bite ; The pleasure of food ; Kissing ; The Eucharist.
"Using personal stories, anecdotes, and Scripture, [the author] demonstrates how the five senses are a powerful, biblically based means for us to encounter God, not only as we practice our faith but also as we participate in the 'messy splendor' of daily life."--Back cover.

33 days to merciful love : a do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for consecration to divine mercy

June 1, 2016
Gaitley, Michael E., author.
Stockbridge, MA : Marian Press, 2016.
202 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Journey with St. Therese of Lisieux and conclude with a consecration to Divine Mercy in a 33 day preparation retreat.

Unity and diversity in the New Testament : an inquiry into the character of earliest Christianity

May 27, 2016
Dunn, James D. G., 1939-
London : SCM Press, 2006.
lv, 520 pages ; 24 cm
Previous edition: 1990.
I. Introduction -- II. Kerygma or Kerygmata? -- III. Primitive confessional formulae -- IV. The role of tradition -- V. The use of the Old Testament -- VI. Concepts of ministry -- VII. Patterns of worship -- VIII. Sacraments -- IX. Spirit and experience -- X. Christ and Christology -- XI. Jewish Christianity -- XII. Hellenistic Christianity -- XIII. Apocalyptic Christianity -- XIV. Early Catholicism -- XV. The authority of the New Testament.
A challenging textbook for level two and three New Testament scholars. The new material is the author's critical refinement of all the original issues covered. New Testament study, the synoptic question, and the origins of Christianity are all fundamental areas of study on theology undergraduate degrees today.

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