New Arrivals · Religion

December 7, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gods at war : defeating the idols that battle for your heart / Kyle Idleman.

December 6, 2018
Idleman, Kyle, author.
246 pages ; 22 cm
Gods at war. Idolatry is the issue ; The battleground of the gods ; A jealous god ; Calling all gods -- The temple of pleasure. The god of food ; The god of sex ; The god of entertainment -- The temple of power. The god of success ; The god of money ; The god of achievement -- The temple of love. The god of romance ; The god of family ; The god of me -- Notes.
"In Gods at war, Pastor Kyle Idelman helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives... Gods at war illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our twenty-first century idolatry back to the heart of God--enabling us to be truly committed followers of Jesus"--Adapted from back cover.

Celebrating with Jewish crafts

December 6, 2018
Ruzansky, Rebeca Edid.
[United States] : [publisher not identified], 2008.
316 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
A comprehensive collection of easy to do and professional looking crafts which can be made in the classroom. Using clear directions, beautiful photography, as well as photographs of the various steps of the project, even the novice teacher will have all of the students become artists.

Jotham's journey : a storybook for Advent

December 5, 2018
Ytreeide, Arnold, 1954-
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Kregel Publications, 2008.
167 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Jotham' jouney is divided into short chapters for each day of Advent, giving families the opportunity to create a seasonal tradition of storytelling in their home. Ten-year-old Jotham's adventure takes him across Israel as he searched for his family. Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters friendly wise men, shepherds and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to his family--and to the Savior born in Bethlehem.

The book of divine works

December 5, 2018
Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179, author.
xxii, 543 pages ; 22 cm.
Translation of: De operatione Dei.
Theophany of divine love -- The cosmic spheres and human being -- Macrocosm of winds, microcosm of humors -- Cosmos, body, and soul : the word made flesh -- The Earth : life's merits, purgatory, and commentary on the creation -- The city of God and the mirror of the angels -- The city in salvation history : creation to incarnation -- The fountain of God's work : theophany of divine love, with humility and peace -- Wisdom and the ancient counsel unfolding in God's works -- Divine love upon the wheel : eternity and history.
Declared a Doctor of the Church in 2012, St. Hidegard of Bingen (1098-1179) is one of the most remarkable figures of medieval Latin Christianity. A visionary theologian and prophetic reformer, as well as composer, artist, and natural scientist, she speaks with a voice that echoes across the centuries to offer today an integrated vision of the relationship between cosmos and humanity. -- Completed in 1173, The Book of Divine Works (Liber Divinorum Operum) is the culmination of the visionary Doctor's theological project, offered here for the first time in a complete and scholarly English translation. The first part explores the intricate physical and spiritual relationships between the cosmos and the human person, with the famous image of the universal Man standing astride the cosmic spheres. The second part examines the rewards for virture and the punishments for vice, mapped onto a geography of purgatory, hellmouth, and the road to the heavenly city. At the end of each, Hidegard writes extensive commentaries on the Prologue to John's Gospel (Part 1) and the first chapter of Genesis (Part 2) -- the only premodern woman to have done so. Finally, the third part tells the history of salvation, imagined as the City of God standing next to the mountain of God's foreknowledge, with Divine Love reigning over all. -- For Hildegard, the Incarnation is the key moment of all history, willed from eternity to complete God's Work. God's creative capacity and loving mission are thus shared with the humans he made in his image and likeness -- for Hildegard, the incarnate Christ's tunic and the Word's creative rationality, respectively. Containing all creation within ourselves, we are divinely called to cooperate in the Creator's work, to enter into a fruitful and sustainable relationship with creation. The scope of Hildegard's visionary theology is both cosmic and close: reflections of God's loving self-revelation are both grand and utterly intimate, as the Work of God reaches from the very heart of infinity down into every smallest detail of the created world. -- Book jacket flap.

<New Testament Romans = shin yaku shō sho>.

December 5, 2018
[Yokahama] : printed for the American Bible Society, [1877?]
[82] pages ; 18 cm
Non-Latin script record
Copies located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati room have original paper wrappers. Title printed on label that is affixed to cover on the upper left side. Side-stitched binding.

Scripture, ethics, and the possibility of same-sex relationships

December 3, 2018
Keen, Karen R., 1973- author.
Grand Rapids : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.
xi, 148 pages ; 22 cm.
The church's response to the gay and lesbian community: a brief history -- Same-sex relations in ancient Jewish and Christian thought -- Key arguments in today's debate on same-sex relationships -- Fifty shekels for rape? Making sense of Old Testament laws -- What is ethical? Interpreting the Bible like Jesus -- The question of celibacy for gay and lesbian people -- Is it Adam's fault? Why the origin of same-sex attraction matters -- Imagining a new response to the gay and lesbian community.
When it comes to same-sex relationships, this book by Karen Keen contains the most thoughtful, balanced, biblically grounded discussion you're likely to encounter anywhere. With pastoral sensitivity and respect for biblical authority, Keen breaks through current stalemates in the debate surrounding faith and sexual identity. The fresh, evenhanded reevaluation of Scripture, Christian tradition, theology, and science in Keen's Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships will appeal to both traditionalist and progressive church leaders and parishioners, students of ethics and biblical studies, and gay and lesbian people who often feel painfully torn between faith and sexuality. -- Publisher.

It's not supposed to be this way : finding unexpected strength when disappointments leave you shattered

November 30, 2018
TerKeurst, Lysa, author.
xvii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
Between two gardens -- Dust -- But how do I get through the next 86,400 seconds? -- Tan feet -- Paintings and people -- A little too long and a lot too hard -- When God gives you more than you can handle -- Letting go of what's holding you back -- Exposing the enemy -- Fighting words -- Upside down -- Update from Lysa -- 9 scriptures for surviving the times when God seems silent.
"Author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected"-- Provided by publisher.

Finding holy in the suburbs : living faithfully in the land of too much

November 30, 2018
Hales, Ashley, 1980- author.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2018.
184 pages ; 21 cm
A story to find home in the geography of nowhere -- Worshiping granite countertops: consumerism -- When your worth is measured in square footage: individualism -- Circling the suburbs in my minivan: busyness -- Beyond the gated community: safety -- Where the sidewalk ends: repentance -- You're not a Barbie, you belong: belovedness -- This isn't Pinterest-worthy entertaining: hospitality -- Open hearts and open hands: generosity -- The opportunity of cul-de-sacs: vulnerability -- Paper birds and human flourishing: Shalom -- Coming home.
The suburbs aren't supposed to be good for our souls." What does it look like to live a full Christian life in the suburbs? Suburbs reflect our good, God-given desire for a place to call home. And suburbs also reflect our own brokenness. This book is an invitation to look deeply into your soul as a suburbanite and discover what it means to live holy there.

God in the Qur'an

November 28, 2018
Miles, Jack, 1942- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
241 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword: Of God, religion, and the violence of sacred scripture -- Adam and his wife -- Adam's son and his brother -- Noah -- Abraham and his father -- Abraham and his sons -- Joseph -- Moses -- Jesus and his mother -- Afterword: on the Qurʼan as the word of God -- Appendix: Of satan and the afterlife in the Bible and the Qurʼan.
Who is Allah? What makes Him unique? And what does He ask of those who submit to His teachings? The God of the Qur'an revises and perfects: His purpose is to make whole what had been corrupted or lost from the practices and scriptures of the earlier Abrahamic religions. Setting passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur'an side by side, Miles illuminates what is unique about Allah, His teachings and His temperament, and in doing so revises that which is false, distorted, or simply absent from our conception of the heart of Islam. -- adapted from jacket

The way of abundance : a 60-day journey into a deeply meaningful life

November 28, 2018
Voskamp, Ann, 1973- author.
252 pages ; 21 cm
"In sixty ... stories, [Ann examines] self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the ... The Broken Way and Ann's online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God"

Why religion? : a personal story

November 27, 2018
Pagels, Elaine H., 1943- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Why religion? -- Love and work -- A lifetime -- Going on -- Unimaginable -- Life after death -- Wrestling with the Devil -- Listening to thunder.
The author of "The Gnostic Gospels" draws on personal experiences and the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians to illuminate the enduring capacity of faith in explaining and meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century. Dealing with unimaginable loss-- the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband-- Pagels began to reflect on the persistence and nature of belief. Here she illuminates how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most important, how we get through our most difficult challenges.

A call for revolution : a vision for the future

November 27, 2018
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
120 pages ; 19 cm
I believe in you. The European Union, a model for world peace ; Berlin, November 1989: youth, peace and democracy ; Topple the remaining Walls of Shame ; War, a complete anachronism -- Rebels for peace. Be the solution-finding generation ; I have adopted the motto 'Freedom, equality, fraternity' ; The revolutions of the past have not transformed the human spirit -- Bring on the revolution of compassion. Now is the time for compassion ; I have a dream: women will become national leaders ; Acknowledging the failure of all religions ; Collective intelligence and compassion ; Egotism is against nature -- What can you do for the world? Practise compassion like an Olympian ; A universal responsibility ; Urgency alert! -- The world of compassion exists. Epilogue by Sofia Stril-Rever ; The Dali Lama's revolution ; To exist is to coexist ; The Revolution of Compassion has dawned -- The charter of universal responsibility.
"This eloquent, impassioned manifesto is possibly the most important message The Dalai Lama can give us about the future of our world. It's his rallying cry, full of solutions for our chaotic, aggressive, divided times: no less than a call for revolution. Are we ready to hear it? Are we ready to act?" -- Publisher annotation.

The Book of Revelation : a biography

November 23, 2018
Beal, Timothy K. (Timothy Kandler), 1963-
xv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Introduction -- Pale Rider: Obscure origins -- Apocalypse not now: Augustine's tale of two cities -- Cry out and write: Hildegard's Apocalypse -- Mind's eye: Joachim in the forests of history -- September's testament: Luther's Bible vs Cranach's Revelation -- New world of gods and monsters: othering other religions -- Heaven in a garage: James Hampton's throne room -- Left behind, again: the rise and fall of evangelical rapture horror culture -- Post script: Revelation becomes us.
"Attributed to a mysterious prophet identified only as John, Revelation speaks with a voice unlike any other in the Bible. Beal demonstrates how the book is a multimedia constellation of stories and images that mutate and evolve as they take hold in new contexts, and how Revelation is reinvented in the hearts and minds of each new generation. This succinct book traces how Revelation continues to inspire new diagrams of history, new fantasies of rapture, and new nightmares of being left behind"--Provided by publisher.

Saint Oscar Romero : pastor, prophet, martyr

November 23, 2018
Walters, Kerry S., author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, [2018]
xviii, 165 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: journey to sainthood -- Childhood -- Romanit? -- Busy priest -- Dark years -- First stirrings -- Baptism -- A paschal church -- Romero against the bishops -- Voice of the voiceless -- Death comes for the archbishop.
"Kerry Walters explores the Salvadoran archbishop's journey from carpenter's son through his early priesthood, his selection as a 'safe' bishop who wouldn't rock the government boat, to his transformation into someone who proclaimed the truth of the Gospel so unswervingly that it led to his assassination"-- Provided by publisher.

When we say Father : unlocking the power of the Lord's Prayer

November 21, 2018
Rogers, Adrian, 1931-2005, author.
Nashville, TN : B&H Publishing Group, [2018]
v, 137 pages ; 19 cm.

Reframe : from the God we've made, to God with us

November 20, 2018
Hardin, Brian, 1967- author.
Colorado Springs : NavPress, 2015.
xiv, 165 pages ; 21 cm
Rethink -- Rethinking you -- Rethinking the box -- Rethinking God -- Reframe -- Reframing starvation -- Reframing nourishment -- Restart -- Restarting change -- Restarting everything in closing.
Accomplished recording producer Brian Hardin experienced a mediocre Christian faith until one day, he purposed to read the Bible daily. His resolve led to the start of the Daily Audio Bible, which after eight years has had more than 55 million downloads and feeds hundreds of thousands of listeners each day. In the process of reading the Bible to his growing audience every day without fail, he has made a true, real friend in Jesus. Brian found it necessary to entirely reframe his perception of God into a relationship as real as any experienced here on earth. Reframe challenges you to change your paradigm about your relationship and connection with God, because in truth, you are engineered so that life will not work without Him. Reframe invites you to reconsider life and what it might look like if you were ruined for anything else but a life-giving connection to the almighty God.

Even better than Eden : nine ways the Bible's story changes everything about your story

November 20, 2018
Guthrie, Nancy, author.
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway, [2018]
202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The story of the wilderness -- The story of the tree -- The story of his image -- The story of clothing -- The story of the bridegroom -- The story of Sabbath -- The story of the offspring -- The story of a dwelling place -- The story of the city.

Embraced : 100 devotions to know God is holding you close

November 20, 2018
TerKeurst, Lysa, author.
xiii, 333 pages ; 21 cm
Embraced features 100 devotions that will resonate with women in all stages of life by giving them a godly perspective on the issues they face each day.

The mythology book

November 20, 2018
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Ancient Greece -- Ancient Rome -- Northern Europe -- Asia -- The Americas -- Ancient Egypt and Africa -- Oceania.
"Take a step into the fascinating realm of gods and goddesses, mythical warriors, and legendary kings and queens. Explore the creation stories of world's great cultures, let yourself be gripped by the classic hero narratives like the legend of King Arthur or the adventures of the Monkey King, or shed a tear over heart-rending tragedies such as the devastating tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. The Mythology Book retells and explains more than 80 classic stories. They include myths that have formed the foundations of many of the world's great religions and inspired artists from Homer and Virgil to Richard Wagner and James Joyce. Delve into each story to discover the meanings behind the myths, getting to the heart of the significance to the cultures they originated in. Divided into seven major sections, The Mythology Book examines myths from every continent and every significant period in history, from ancient Egypt to the Celts, and from the Maya of Mexico and Central America to Aboriginal Australians and the Maori of New Zealand. An eye-catching visual approach includes graphics and feature boxes that summarize the sources, settings, and key characters, set out the main plot points, and place the stories in historical context."--Jacket.

The Bible book by book : study, analyze, understand

November 15, 2018
New York : Chartwell Books, 2018.
vi, 424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading the bible has never been easier or through a more analytical eye. Don't just read the bible, but be encouraged to knowledgeably understand and interpret the scriptures.

Calm in the chaos : essays for anxious times

November 15, 2018
Rutler, George W. (George William), author.
228 pages ; 21 cm
The resurrection difference -- The pity of Christ -- A river in Egypt: denying the undeniable -- Telling the truth -- Liturgical confusion: challenging reform -- Translating the Mass: the liturgical experts' long tassels -- More fascinating than fiction -- The canonization of Teresa of Calcutta -- The idea of a Catholic University fifty years after Land O' Lakes -- President Trump's Warsaw speech -- A populist election and its aftermath -- The tailors of Tooley Street: reflections on the Ivory Tower and reality -- Two Newmans and two Catholic springs -- Dignitas: the manners of humility -- The banners of Lepanto -- Luther looks at Islam -- The use of brains in a brainless time -- A misplaced grief: the Vatican and David Bowie -- The problem with pews -- A tale of two Georges -- The curate's egg: a reflection on Amoris Laetitia -- Looking down on Africa -- Persecution today in the lands of the epiphany -- Making dogma from unsettled science -- Mixing up the sciences of heaven and earth -- Tolerating terror -- The Paris horror: real and explicable -- The Pope's off-the-cuff remarks in Turin -- State education -- Advent: in my end is my beginning -- Pentecost and the prerequisites for true devotion -- Prophecy and prediction: best left to the professionals -- The Holy Spirit and the two stewards of justice -- On praising famous men -- The mindless iconoclasm of our age.
A series of essays about our society's collective anxiety and the importance of having faith in God granting us peace and hope beyond the day-to-day trials and tribulations.

Chosen people : the rise of American Black Israelite religions

November 15, 2018
Dorman, Jacob S., 1974-
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
xii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This is our Red Sea": exodusters, prophet William Saunders Crowdy, and the beginnings of black Israelism -- "Equivalent to Israelism": inheritance, freemasonry, and the ancient Israelites -- "We are Israelites but not Jews": orientalism and Israelism in the holiness-Pentecostal movement -- "Our only hope, our only salvation as a race": Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford, Ethiopianism, and African American settlers in Ethiopia -- "I saw you disappear with my own eyes": hidden transcripts of Rabbi Wentworth A. Matthew's black Israelite bricolage.
Jacob S. Dorman offers new insights into the rise of Black Israelite religions in America, faiths ranging from Judaism to Islam to Rastafarianism all of which believe that the ancient Hebrew Israelites were Black and that contemporary African Americans are their descendants. --from publisher description.

Christians in the age of outrage : how to bring our best when the world is at its worst

November 15, 2018
Stetzer, Ed, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
xx, 509 pages ; 22 cm
"Today there are too many examples of those claiming to follow Christ being caustic, divisive, and irrational, contributing to dismissals of the Christian faith as hypocritical, self-interested, and politically co-opted. What has happened in our society?"--Publisher marketing.

The power of love : sermons, reflections, and wisdom to uplift and inspire

November 14, 2018
Curry, Michael B., author.
New York, NY : Avery, [2018]
xvi, 92 pages ; 20 cm
Sermons. The power of love. The Royal Wedding -- Living the way of love. Opening Eucharist of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church -- The good life. Episcopal Revival at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church -- Love your neighbor. Service of Prayer, Witness, and Justice -- Welcome to the movement. Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Bishop Curry shares five of his favorite sermons on the themes of love and social justice. Throughout there is one riveting, hopeful, and deceptively simple message: love and acceptance are what we need in these strange times.--Provided by publisher.

The 25 days of Christmas

November 13, 2018
Merritt, James Gregory, 1952- author.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2018]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm

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