New Arrivals · Religion

October 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Outgrowing God : a beginner's guide

October 21, 2019
Dawkins, Richard, 1941- author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Goodbye God -- Evolution and beyond.
Dawkins gives readers an opportunity to rethink the big questions. In 12 fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, he explains how the natural world arose without a designer--the improbability and beauty of the "bottom-up programming" that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings--and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world's religions.

Welcoming the unwelcome : wholehearted living in a brokenhearted world

October 21, 2019
Chödrön, Pema, author.
Boulder : Shambhala, 2019.
viii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Begin with a broken heart -- Does it matter? -- Overcoming polarization -- The fine art of failure -- The path of non-rejecting -- Just as it is -- How not to lose heart -- Beyond the comfort zone -- Speaking from our shared humanity -- How you label it is how it appears -- The practice of open awareness -- Life changes in an instant -- Cool emptiness -- Experiencing nowness -- Birth and death in every moment -- Imagining life without ego -- Our wisdom changes the world -- Welcoming the unwelcome with laughter -- Learning from our teachers -- Mission impossible.
In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship. Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.

More than allegory : on religious myth, truth and belief

October 18, 2019
Kastrup, Bernardo, author.
Winchester, UK : Iff Books, 2016.
vii, 254 pages ; 22 cm
This book is a three-part journey into the rabbit hole we call the nature of reality. Its ultimate destination is a plausible, living validation of transcendence. Each of its three parts is like a turn of a spiral, exploring recurring ideas through the prisms of religious myth, truth and belief, respectively. With each turn, the book seeks to convey a more nuanced and complete understanding of the many facets of transcendence. Part I puts forward the controversial notion that many religious myths are actually true; and not just allegorically so. Part II argues that our own inner storytelling plays a surprising role in creating the seeming concreteness of things and the tangibility of history. Part III suggests, in the form of a myth, how deeply ingrained belief systems create the world we live in. The three themes, myth, truth and belief, flow into and interpenetrate each other throughout the book.

Rationalist spirituality : an exploration of the meaning of life and existence informed by logic and science

October 18, 2019
Kastrup, Bernardo.
©2017
vii, 110 pages ; 22 cm
"Why does the universe exist and what are you supposed to do in it? This question has been addressed by religions since time immemorial, but popular answers often fail to account for obvious aspects of reality. Indeed, if God knows everything, why do we need to learn through pain and suffering? If God is omnipotent, why are we needed to do good? If the universe is fundamentally good, why are wars, crime, and injustice all around us? In modern society, orthodox science takes the rational high-ground and tackles these contradictions by denying the very need for, and the existence of, meaning. Indeed, many of us implicitly accept the notion that rationality somehow contradicts spirituality. That is a modern human tragedy, not only for its insidiousness, but for the fact that it is simply not true. In this book, the author constructs a coherent and logical argument for the meaning of existence, informed by science itself."--Back cover.

Risen motherhood

October 16, 2019
Jensen, Emily Warburton, author.
Eugene : Harvest House Publishers, 2019.
221 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

The power of consecration : a prophetic word to the church

October 14, 2019
Johnson, Jeremiah (Pastor), author.
©2019
143 pages ; 22 cm
The prophetic word to the church -- The bride has made herself ready -- The consecrated bride -- The harlot bride -- The gift is in the groan -- A new kind of fasting -- The table of encounter -- Drop the plumb line -- Break up the fallow ground -- Spiritual bankruptcy -- The full preterist warning.
"God wants to perform wonders and great exploits through a holy, set apart people. The question is have you given your life completely to the Lord and His purposes? This level of commitment and consecration comes only by having a prophetic vision of the returning Jesus. As God's people give themselves completely to Him and His Kingdom purpose, they will become catalysts for bringing the awakening and reformation that has been prophesied. Author, prophet, and church planter, Jeremiah Johnson, is convinced: this message is a prophetic vision of the why behind what we're called to do. More than simply focusing on Christian behaviors and actions, when a believer has set Jesus before their and lives as a bride eagerly awaiting the returning bridegroom, everything changes!"--Amazon.com

Beyond the golden door : seeing the American dream through an immigrant's eyes

October 14, 2019
Master, Ali.
©2019
211 pages ; 24 cm
PART 1. THE JOURNEY THERE -- 1. Alvida (Goodbye), my city of lights -- 2. In the Third World no more -- PART II. WHAT A COUNTRY! -- 3. The entry -- 4. Crash and burn -- PART III. AMERICA : THE LAND OF SECOND CHANCES (THE FIVE FREEDOMS) -- 5. Freedom to fail -- 6. Freedom to love -- 7. Freedom of religion part I : freedom to seek the truth -- 8. Freedom of religion part II : freedom to believe -- 9. Freedom to build -- 10. Freedom to self-govern -- PART IV. THE AMERICAN DREAM : AN IDEAL WORTH FIGHTING FOR -- 11. Good soil : the environment of freedom -- 12. Good seed : the DNA reburied to flourish in the free environment -- 13. A call to safeguard the dream -- BEYOND THE GOLDEN DOOR.
"A compelling, sometimes tense, and often humorous story of how a Pakistani Muslim finds freedom, love, and a new faith while challenging readers to appreciate the liberties found in America and to consider their own spiritual journey.."--Publisher.

Against : what does the white evangelical want?

October 11, 2019
Delay, Tad, author.
Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2019]
xi, 176 pages ; 23 cm

The Catholic gentleman : living authentic manhood today

October 11, 2019
Guzman, Sam.
©2019
177 pages ; 21 cm
"What it means to be a man or a woman is questioned today like never before. While traditional gender roles have been eroding for decades, now the very categories of male and female are being discarded with reckless abandon. How does one act like a gentleman in such confusing times? The Catholic Gentleman is a solid and practical guide to virtuous manhood. It turns to the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church to answer the important questions men are currently asking. In short, easy- to-read chapters, the author offers pithy insights on a variety of topics, including: How to know you are an authentic man, Why our bodies matter, The value of tradition, The purpose of courtesy, What real holiness is and how to achieve it, How to deal with failure in the spiritual life"--Back cover.

Christ in crisis : why we need to reclaim Jesus

October 10, 2019
Wallis, Jim, author.
[San Francisco, California] : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
ix, 304 pages ; 22 cm
Reclaiming Jesus -- What about Jesus? -- The neighbor question -- The image question -- The truth question -- The power question -- The fear question -- The Caesar question -- The peacemaker question -- The discipleship question -- Becoming salt, light, and hope -- The light of the world.
Writing in response to our current "constitutional crisis," New York Times bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation. In Christ in Crisis Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on "Reclaiming Jesus"--the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America's current crisis--Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith. "Christians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ--both personal and public--in times of trouble. It's called coming home," Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator's focus isn't politics; it's faith. As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap. Christ in Crisis is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.

Candlelight : illuminating the art of spiritual direction

October 10, 2019
Phillips, Susan S., 1954-
Harrisburg, PA : Morehouse Pub., 2008.
xvii, 253 pages ; 23 cm
Beginning -- Journeying -- Fruition.

Test of faith : surviving my daughter's life sentence

October 10, 2019
Hirst, Bonnie S., author.
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, [2019]
185 pages ; 22 cm
"Bonnie S. Hirst is a woman of faith who has always believed that everything in life works out for the best. So, when her daughter, Lacey, is accused of a terrible crime, although Bonnie is devastated, she is also convinced that God will protect her family from harm. But when her prayers are not answered and Lacey is sentenced to life in prison, Bonnie questions every aspect of her existence: her beliefs, her role as a mother, and the purpose behind the events that are tearing her family apart. Poignant, hopeful, and ultimately uplifting, this book is the story of one mother's spiritual journey of awareness-- and her discovery that even when your life seems to have radically veered off course, there are always blessings to be found, if you can just keep your heart open enough to receive them"--Back cover.

Liquid church : 6 powerful currents to saturate your city for Christ

October 9, 2019
Lucas, Tim. author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, 2019
284 pages ; 21 cm
"Liquid Church tells the fascinating story of a New Jersey church that began "on accident" and grew into one of America's 100 Fastest-Growing Churches, with over 5,000 in weekly attendance and more than 2,400 baptisms to date. Their secret? They harnessed the power of six powerful ministry currents sweeping across North America including: special needs, creative communication, ministry mergers, compassionate cause, radical generosity, and leadership development."--Amazon.com.

The day is now far spent

October 8, 2019
Sarah, Robert, author.
©2019
349 pages ; 23 cm
Translation of "Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse".
Original French edition [...] © 2019 by Librairie Arthème Fayard, Paris, France.
Alas, Judas Iscariot -- Part I: Spiritual and religious collapse -- Part II: Man belittled -- Part III: The fall of truth, moral decadence, and bad political habits -- Part IV: Rediscovering hope : the practice of the Christian virtues -- Postscript: Let nothing trouble me.
"Robert Cardinal Sarah calls The Day Is Now Far Spent his most important book. He analyzes the spiritual, moral and political collapse of the Western world and concludes that "the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril." A cultural identity crisis, he writes, is at the root of the problems facing Western society. "The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations." While making clear the gravity of the present situation, the cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without hope. He calls for a renewal of devotion to Christ through prayer and the practice of virtue." -- Inside jacket.

7 days of Christmas : a season of generosity

October 8, 2019
Hatmaker, Jen, author.
©2019
xv, 199 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Introduction: A new season -- Kitchen -- Fashion -- Stuff -- Streaming -- Tossing -- Spending -- Stressing -- Final holiday thoughts -- My favorite sources.
Inspired by and adapted from her breakout book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, 7 Days of Christmas takes Hatmaker's social experiments in seven key areas: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, stress, and turns them into thoughtful and practical generosity that captures the true spirit of Christmas. -- amazon.com

Réflexions.

October 8, 2019
Berthier, Guillaume François, 1704-1782.
Lyon : Perisse, 1830.
volumes ; 18 cm.
Volumes located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has marbled brown boards with gilt lettering and floral motif on spine.
Library only has volumes 1, 2, and 3.

Christian mythology for kids : a secular family's guide to modern Christianity

October 7, 2019
Trooien, Chrystine.
Herndon, VA : Mascot Books, 2016.
82 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"The famous Bible stories are explored through a secular lens, providing secular families a guide to modern Christianity."--Provided by publisher.

More than pretty : doing the soul work that uncovers your true beauty

October 7, 2019
Campbell, Erica, author.
New York : Howard Books/Atria, 2019.
vii, 225 pages ; 22 cm
"So many young women struggle with issues of low self-esteem, depression, self-degradation, and other unhealthy habits that manifest on the outside what's happening on the inside. And the rise of social media and the emphasis on beauty as validation for self-worth have only added fuel to the fire. But Erica Campbell--Grammy-winning gospel star, reality TV star, and nationally-syndicated radio host--believes that we need to redefine beauty. We need to start to see ourselves the way God sees us--beautiful and perfectly made. True beauty, Erica believes, is about embracing who God made you to be."--Amazon.com.

Soul care : seven transformational principles for a healthy soul

October 7, 2019
Reimer, Rob.
Franklin, Tennessee : Carpenter's Son Publishing, [2016]
xv, 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Brokenness grasps for the soul of humanity. We are broken body, soul, and spirit, and we need the healing touch of Jesus. Soul Care explores seven principles that are profound healing tools of God: securing your identity, repentance, breaking family sin patterns, forgiving others, healing wounds, overcoming fears, and deliverance.

Praying with God's heart : the power and purpose of prophetic intercession

October 4, 2019
Goll, Jim W., author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
250 pages ; 22 cm
"Revised and updated from The Prophetic intercessor (2007)."
"Foreword by Cindy Jacobs"--Cover.
A heart for intercession -- The life of intercession: invitation to enter in -- Prayer passion: where compassion and passion unite -- Travail: the prayer that brings birth -- Praying down supernatural encounters -- A heart for the prophetic -- God's heart: a prophetic generation -- God's revelatory ways -- Divine insight: praying in the spirit -- Israel: God's prophetic calendar -- A heart for prophetic intercession -- The power of prophetic intercession -- Proclamation: decreeing a thing -- Wisdom for intercessors -- A heart for his presence -- 21-day devotional guide.

Metahuman : unleashing your infinite potential

October 3, 2019
Chopra, Deepak, author.
New York : Harmony Books, [2019]
354 pages ; 25 cm
A personal preface: going beyond -- Overview: Metahuman is the choice of a lifetime -- The secrets of metareality. We are entangled in an illusion ; "I" is the creator of illusion ; Human potential is infinite ; Metareality offers absolute freedom ; Mind, body, brain and universe are modified consciousness ; Existence and consciousness are the same -- Waking up. Putting experience first ; Going beyond all stories ; The direct path -- Being metahuman. Freeing your body ; Recovering the whole mind ; Choiceless awareness ; One life -- A month of awakening: 31 metahuman lessons -- A final word.
To be metahuman means to move past the limitation constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness where we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people's lives from the inside out. Humans do this naturally-- to a point. But if we could channel these often bewildering experiences, what would happen? Chopra argues we would wake up to experiences that would blow open your body, mind, and soul. -- adapted from jacket

Theology of home : finding the eternal in the everyday

October 3, 2019
Gress, Carrie, author.
Carlotte, NC : TAN Books, [2019]
219 pages : color illustratioins ; 24 cm
"Home is where we live, but it is much more than that. Discover how to find the eternal in the everyday through the universal language of home,"--page [4] of cover.

The program : inside the mind of Keith Raniere and the rise and fall of NXIVM

October 3, 2019
Natalie, Toni, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
xiii, 286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
An insider look into the world of the so-called "Hollywood Sex Cult" NXIVM chronicling the rise of enigmatic cult leader, Keith Raniere, from its "Patient Zero," his former girlfriend and test subject for his coercive control techniques. Many have heard of NXIVM and its creator, Keith Raniere, the unassuming Albany man now prosecuted for ensnaring tens of thousands of people in the US, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, to do his bidding and pay millions of dollars to participate in his self-improvement methodology. But where did Keith Raniere begin? Enter Toni Natalie, Keith's Patient Zero, the first one indoctrinated into Raniere's methodology and the first one to escape. THE PROGRAM begins with the origin story of NXIVM, follows its rise to international prominence, and takes the reader into the downfall of Raniere through Toni's eyes. During this time she bore witness to the evolution of his methodology, including his use of sex, blackmail, and employment of psychological tools such as neuro-linguistic programming to control and punish those who would not heed his wishes. She uniquely details the fortunes lost and the lives left in disarray that she witnessed contemporaneously, including members of DOS, a group of women coerced into sexual acts under the guise of a "women's empowerment" inner circle, whom Raniere exercised extreme control over directly and through his lieutenants. But far from being a victim's story, in the spirit of Erin Brockovich, Toni's is a nuanced narrative of a multi-dimensional woman saving herself, and then working tirelessly to help other women do the same for themselves. Today, Toni is happy, reunited with her son, and surrounded by friends and family--it is this perspective that makes her such a unique storyteller.

I give up : the secret joy of a surrendered life

October 3, 2019
Story, Laura, 1978- author.
Nashville, TN : W. Publishing Group, [2019]
viii, 227 pages ; 22 cm
Surrender... who me? -- A life beyond control -- Dear God: let's be co-rulers. Love, me -- Who do I surrender to? -- A great, good, trustworthy God -- A God who knows -- A God who loves me -- A God who keeps his promises -- How do I surrender? -- Surrender by letting go -- Surrender by choosing to believe -- Surrender by acting "as if" -- What happens when I surrender? -- My choices impact others -- When I surrender, relationships can heal and thrive -- When I surrender, reconciliation is possible -- When I surrender, I leave a legacy -- When I surrender, I worship.
Living in total surrender to God is the only pathway to true joy and an abundant life, no matter what challenges you face.

The preacher's wife : the precarious power of evangelical women celebrities

October 2, 2019
Bowler, Kate, author.
©2019
xxi, 338 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The preacher -- The homemaker -- The talent -- The counselor -- The beauty.
Since the 1970s, an important new figure has appeared on the center stage of American evangelicalism--the celebrity preacher's wife. Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands' spiritual empires or their own ministries. The biggest stars--such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen--write bestselling books, grab high ratings on Christian television, and even preach. In this engaging book, Kate Bowler, an acclaimed historian of religion and the author of the bestselling memoir Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, offers a sympathetic and revealing portrait of megachurch women celebrities, showing how they must balance the demands of celebrity culture and conservative, male-dominated faiths. Whether standing alone or next to their husbands, the leading women of megaministry play many parts: the preacher, the homemaker, the talent, the counselor, and the beauty. Boxed in by the high expectations of modern Christian womanhood, they follow and occasionally subvert the visible and invisible rules that govern the lives of evangelical women, earning handsome rewards or incurring harsh penalties. They must be pretty, but not immodest; exemplary, but not fake; vulnerable to sin, but not deviant. And black celebrity preachers' wives carry a special burden of respectability. But despite their influence and wealth, these women are denied the most important symbol of spiritual power--the pulpit. The story of women who most often started off as somebody's wife and ended up as everyone's almost-pastor, The Preacher's Wife is a compelling account of women's search for spiritual authority in the age of celebrity.

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