New Arrivals · Religion

October 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Accidental theologians : four women who shaped Christianity

October 29, 2014
Dreyer, Elizabeth, 1945- author.
xiv, 153 pages ; 22 cm
Women doctors of the Church: fresh theological voices -- Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): theology of the Holy Spirit -- Catherine of Siena (1347-1380): theology of incarnation -- Teresa of Avila (1515-1582): theology of the human person -- Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897): theology of the Cross -- Women's theological voices: retrieval and renewal.

The Bible tells me so : why defending scripture has made us unable to read it

October 29, 2014
Enns, Peter, 1961-
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xiii, 267 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
I'll take door number three -- God did what?! -- God likes stories -- Why doesn't God make up his mind? -- Jesus is bigger than the Bible -- No one saw this coming -- The Bible, just as it is.
Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community. Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to "protect" the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God;s plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job -- but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow. The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns's spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God's word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider -- the essence of our spiritual study.

I ching = Yijing : the book of change ; the essential translation of the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdom

October 29, 2014
New York : Viking Adult, 2014.
lxv, 855 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
" A landmark new translation of the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdom With our lives changing at dizzying speed, the I Ching, or Book of Change, is increasingly consulted for answers to fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. The oldest extant book of divination, it dates back three thousand years to ancient shamanistic practices involving the ritual preparation of the shoulder bones of oxen. From this early form of communication with the other world, it has become the Chinese spiritual book par excellence. An influence on such cultural icons as Bob Dylan, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Pullman, the I Ching is turned to by millions around the world for insights on spiritual growth, business, medicine, genetics, game theory, strategic thinking, and leadership, and of course for the window it opens on China. This new translation, over a decade in the making, is informed by the latest archaeological discoveries and features a gorgeously rendered codex of divination signs-the I Ching's sixty-four Tarot-like hexagrams. It captures the majesty and mystery of this legendary work and charts an illuminating path to self-knowledge"-- Provided by publisher.

Small victories : spotting improbable moments of grace

October 28, 2014
Lamott, Anne.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
286 pages ; 21
"From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace. Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It's an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us-our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found. Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible. "-- Provided by publisher.

Teachable moments : using everyday encounters with media and culture to instill conscience, character, and faith

October 28, 2014
Hicks, Marybeth.
New York : Howard Books, [2014]
274 pages ; 24 cm
Parenting in the moment -- Teachable family moments -- Teachable media moments -- Teachable friendship moments -- Teachable moments at school -- Teachable moments in sports -- Teachable moments in the real world -- The moments that matter.

The power of being thankful : 365 devotions for discovering the strength of gratitude

October 28, 2014
Meyer, Joyce, 1943-
vi, 365 pages ; 19 cm

A season to remember : faith in the midst of the storm

October 27, 2014
Tinker, Carson, 1989- author.
xv, 190 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker tells the harrowing story of his survival after a deadly tornado struck his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama--and the hope and faith that carried him through the aftermath.

The Jesuits : a history from Ignatius to the present

October 24, 2014
O'Malley, John W.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
x, 139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A Sheed & Ward Book."
Chronicles the history of the Jesuit order from the time of Ignatius of Loyola to the present Pope Francis.

Demystifying Islam : tackling the tough questions

October 24, 2014
Zafar, Harris, 1979-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefied, [2014]
xiii, 204 pages : map ; 24 cm
1. Begin with the basics : before we can demystify -- 2. Demystifying the origins of Islam -- 3. Demystifying jihad -- 4. Demystifying Shariah -- 5. Demystifying Islam's view of religious freedom -- 6. Demystifying Islam's view of free speech -- 7. Demystifying women's rights in Islam -- 8. Demystifying Islam's view of Jesus Christ -- 9. Demystifying the sects of Islam.
Despite heightened interest in the study of the Muslim faith, for many people Islam remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. What really is Shariah law? How is a Muslim to understand Jihad? Does Islam oppose Western values such as free speech or freedom of religion? What place do women have according to Islam? Understanding that this confusion has as much to do with the behavior and words of Muslims as it does with allegations made by anti-Islam activists, Demystifying Islam offers refreshingly bold answers to provocative questions about Islam today. Author Harris Zafar -- lecturer, writer, teacher and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA -- is forthright about issues where Muslims disagree, and he digs into history through vast research and scholarship to track the origins of differing beliefs. From the burqa to the role of Jesus in Islam, Demystifying Islam is an essential resource and concise guide to understanding the fastest growing religion in the world.

Trust : in Saint Faustina's footsteps

October 23, 2014
Górny, Grzegorz, author.
325 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Translation of: UFAM. Śladami Św. Siostry Faustyny.

Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence

October 23, 2014
Armstrong, Karen, 1944-
New York : Knopf, 2014.
512 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic references, notes (pgs. 405-488) and index.
"From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions.

The zimzum of love : a new way of understanding marriage

October 23, 2014
Bell, Rob.
San Francisco : HarperOne, 2014.
viii, 142 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"As he revolutionized traditional teaching on hell in the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Love Wins, Rob Bell now transforms how we understand and practice marriage in The Zimzum of Love, co-written with his wife, Kristen.Despite the divorce statistics, people are still committing to each other, instinctively believing and hoping that theirs is a sacred union that will last forever. Yet when these couples encounter problems, they often lack the resources that keep them connected to this greater mystery surrounding marriage.Rob and Kristin Bell introduce a startling new way of looking at marriage, The Zimzum of Love. Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. Mastering this field, this give and take of energy, is the secret to what makes marriage flourish.Rob and Kristin Bell are brutally honest about their own struggles, their ups and downs, as together they pass along what matters most for couples. In this wise book, they explore the secret of what makes a happy union--probing the mystery at the heart of the extraordinary emotional connection that binds two people. With his down-to-earth charm, a dose of whimsy, and memorable stories, Rob, writing with his wife Kristen, changes how we consider marriage, providing insight that can help all of us create satisfying and sacred unions of our own"-- Provided by publisher.

Fearless : stories of the American saints

October 23, 2014
Camille, Alice L.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, 2014.
207 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The lost Book of Mormon : a journey through the mythic lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri

October 17, 2014
Steinberg, Avi, author.
265 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
A witty and probing travelogue through the landscapes associated with The Book of Mormon, it argues for taking The Book of Mormon seriously as work of American storytelling.

Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East

October 15, 2014
Russell, Gerard, author.
xxix, 320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Mandaeans -- Yazidis -- Zoroastrians -- Druze -- Samaritans -- Copts -- Kalasha -- Detroit.

Killing history : Jesus in the no-spin zone

October 13, 2014
Price, Robert M., 1954-
Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 2014.
287 pages ; 23 cm
Historical background or historical ballast? -- Bird man of Nazareth -- How not to behave in church -- Fishermen, prostitutes, and pharisees -- The amazing Jesus -- Theology hidden in plain sight -- Liar, pinhead, or lord -- Temple tantrum -- Messiahs and matchstick men -- The imp act segment -- Check, please -- Trial and error -- Cross examined.
Killing Jesus, the bestselling blockbuster by Bill O'Reilly, claims to be a purely historical account of the events in the life of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion. Price makes it clear that O'Reilly's book is more historical novel than a work of serious history. He goes through the key events of Jesus' later life as described in the gospels and painstakingly shows how O'Reilly and Dugard have cobbled together the four gospel stories, ignored the contradictions, and added quasi-historical background embellishments.

National Catholic reporter at fifty : the story of the pioneering paper and its editors

October 10, 2014
Jones, Arthur, 1936- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xiii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
1966: Bob Hoyt -- NCR's labored birth -- NCR: "religious yet worldly" -- 1971: Donald J. Thorman -- Circulation woes: DJT initiatives -- 1974: Arthur "who?" -- Finally, a reporter's Reporter -- 1980: Tom Fox -- An era of violence -- "The big chill": John Paul II -- 1997: Michael J. Farrell -- 2000: Tom Roberts -- America invaded: September 11, 2001 -- 2005: a woman at the top -- Changes and departures -- The news flow: 2007-2010 -- 2010: Joe Feuerherd -- 2012: Dennis Coday -- Rome's war on the nuns -- NCR: online and global -- Exit Benedict; enter Francis I -- Vatican: male supremacy endures.

I need some help here! : hope for when your kids don't go according to plan

October 9, 2014
Lipp, Kathi, 1967-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
171 pages ; 22 cm

Encyclopedia of witchcraft : the complete a-z for the entire magical world

October 7, 2014
Illes, Judika, author.
vii, 887 pages ; 26 cm.
"Folklore expert Judika Illes introduces readers to mythic witches, modern witches, sacred goddess witches, even demon witches, male and female witches, witches from all over the globe. She takes readers on an enchanting tour through witchcraft's history, mythology, and folklore, where they will discover a miscellany of facts including magic spells, rituals, potions, recipes, celebrations, traditions, and much more."--Publisher's description.

Finding the true self : talks of the Scon mountain monk

October 6, 2014
Jinje, 1934-
Chicago : Lotus Lantern Books, c2014. ©2014.
200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Collected teachings of Jinje Beopwon Sunim, Head of the Korean Jogye Order."

A diary of private prayer

October 2, 2014
Baillie, John, 1886-1960, author.
133 pages ; 22 cm
"A devotional classic"--Cover.

Eager to love : the alternative way of Francis of Assisi

October 2, 2014
Rohr, Richard, author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, [2014]
xxii, 294 pages ; 20 cm
Something old and something new -- What do we mean by "mysticism"? -- A happy run downward: the inner authority of those who have suffered -- Living on the edge of the inside: simplicity and justice -- Home base: nature and the road -- Contemplation: a different way of knowing -- An alternative orthodoxy: paying attention to different things -- The Franciscan genius: the integration of the negative -- Lightness of heart and firmness of foot: the integration of feminine and masculine -- The legacy of Clare: living the life at depth -- Entering the world of another: Francis and the Sultan of Egypt -- Bonaventure: to yield to love is to return to the source -- John Duns Scotus: anything but a dunce -- Francis: a natural spiritual genius -- Appendix I. A dynamic unity between Jesus of Nazareth and the cosmic Christ -- Appendix II. Is God a person? The Franciscan view of the nature of the divine -- Appendix III. How are things "caused"?

Before amen : the power of a simple prayer

September 30, 2014
Lucado, Max, author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
xviii, 163 pages ; 22 cm
"Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child"--Amazon.

Slowing time : seeing the sacred outside your kitchen door

September 30, 2014
Mahany, Barbara.
Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press, 2014.
208 pages ; 22 cm

Trinity United Church of Christ, one hundred and fifty years

September 30, 2014
Schmolinsky, Dale E.
Miamisburg, Ohio : Trinity United Church of Christ, 1971
28 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.

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