New Arrivals · Religion

February 27, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Telling God's story : a parent's guide to teaching the Bible

February 26, 2020
Enns, Peter, 1961-
Charles City, Va. : Olive Branch Books, ©2010.
103 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In this accessible and engaging book, Peter Enns provides parents and teachers with a straightforward and intelligent twelve-year plan for teaching the Bible. Written for lay readers but incorporating the best scholarly insights. Telling God's Story avoids sectarian agendas. Instead, Enns suggests beginning with the parables of the Gospels for the youngest students; continuing on with the more complex stories of the Old and NewTestaments for middle grade students; and guiding high school students into an understanding of the history and culture of biblical times."--Publisher's description.

The next right thing : a simple, soulful practice for making life decisions

February 26, 2020
Freeman, Emily P., 1977- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2019]
250 pages ; 23 cm
"For those who are overwhelmed or facing decision fatigue; how to discover a simple and freeing way forward by doing one next right thing at a time"--Provided by publisher.

The characters of Christmas : the unlikely people caught up in the story of Jesus

February 25, 2020
Darling, Daniel, 1978- author.
Chicago : Moody Publishers, 2019.
179 pages ; 21 cm
"Learn something new about Christmas as you explore the oft-overlooked characters behind the Christmas story, like the wise men, Simeon, Anna, and Herod."--Provided by publisher.

Praying women : how to pray when you don't know what to say

February 25, 2020
Walsh, Sheila, 1956- author.
©2020
196 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Pray when you don't know what to say -- Pray because God is waiting for you -- Pray and don't give up -- Pray hardest when it's hardest to pray -- Pray through your pain -- Pray when God seems silent -- Pray with the power of the word of God -- Pray with your armor on -- Pray when you need a breakthrough -- Pray from a place of victory.
"Bestselling author and speaker invites women to experience the incredible power of prayer through ongoing conversation with God, inspiring them to develop a lifestyle of prayer that will change their hearts-and the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Acres of diamonds : discovering God's best right where you are

February 24, 2020
Franklin, Jentezen, 1962- author.
©2020
216 pages ; 24 cm
Why not now? -- How diamonds are born -- The "stay here" command -- Open my eyes -- Hell in the hallway -- Let it take you up -- Let down your bucket -- Focus on the positive -- Take this job and love it -- How to be a hero -- If you're in it, you can win it -- Heaven, the ultimate acres of diamonds -- Appendix: Acres of diamonds.

Get out of your head : stopping the spiral of toxic thoughts

February 24, 2020
Allen, Jennie, author.
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook, 2020.
xiv, 238 pages : 22 cm
Thinking about thinking -- What we believe -- Spiraling out -- Breaking free -- Where thoughts are captured -- Make the shift -- Drawing battle lines -- Holding space for silence: "I choose to be still with God" -- Lifelines: "I choose to be known" -- Unafraid: "I choose to surrender my fears to God" -- A beautiful interruption: "I choose to delight in God" -- Less important: "I choose to serve God and others" -- Not overcome: "I choose to be grateful" -- Run your race: "I choose to seek the good of others" -- Who do you think you are? -- Dangerous thinking.
"Speaker and Bible teacher Jennie Allen hears all the time from women who feel stuck in patterns of frustration and defeat. In her search for a solution, she's learned that the greatest spiritual battle of our generation is taking place between our ears. How we think shapes how we live. So it's crucial that we learn how to stop our spinning thoughts and refuse to be victims of toxic thinking patterns like victimhood, anxiety, and distraction. In this book Jennie draws on biblical truth and recent discoveries in neuroscience to show exactly how we can fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of who God is and who He calls us to be"-- Provided by publisher.

The gift of one day : how to find hope when life gets hard

February 24, 2020
Shook, Kerry, author.
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook, 2020.
xii, 226 pages ; 24 cm
When Tomorrow is Too Much, Pray ... "Just for Today, Lord." -- You Are Dependent on God for Every Breath -- If You're Never Mistaken for an Angel, You're Doing It Wrong -- Hard Isn't the Opposite of Good -- Everyone Needs a Miracle Book -- Share Your Story . . . Even If You Don't Know How It Ends -- When Nothing Makes Sense, Just Obey -- Everyone Needs Help, Including You -- Fear and Faith Can't Occupy the Same Space -- If You're Still Breathing, It's a Good Day -- You Don't Have to Pray. You Get to Pray. -- It's So Hard Because the Stakes Are So High -- There Is a Hidden Gift in Every Hurt -- The Number of Your Days Is Unrelated to the Impact of Your Life.
"Kerry and Chris Shook's grandson, Jude, lived for only one day after he was born. That one day changed the way they now live every day. Now they share their lessons of faith and hope. As they recount the compelling true story of Jude's short but inspiring life, Kerry and Chris reveal the transformative insights they learned when tragedy struck their family. Told with humility and transparency, their story illustrates the goodness of God even in overwhelming circumstances as they share answers to the question: How do we live each day with attentive hope when life is often so crushingly hard?"-- Provided by publisher.

Get your life back : everyday practices for a world gone mad

February 21, 2020
Eldredge, John, 1960-
©2020
xvi, 215 pages ; 22 cm
One minute pause -- Benevolent detachment -- Drinking beauty -- Simple unplugging -- Kindness toward ourselves -- Allowing for transitions -- Get outside -- Remembering who you love -- Returning to the one minute pause -- Surrendering the self life -- Caring for neglected places in your soul -- Ask for it! -- The gifts of memory -- Believe -- The hidden life of god in you -- The simple daily things -- The daily prayer.
"We live in soul-scorching times. The mad pace of life, the number of demands on our time and energy, and the overwhelming torrent of information coming at us 24-7 have left us ragged, wrung-out, and emptied. By practicing a few wonder­fully simple practices--or what John Eldredge calls "graces"--you can begin to recover your soul, disentangle from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty. After reading this book you will learn how to insert the One Minute Pause into your day, begin practicing "benevolent detachment" and truly let it all go, offer kindness toward yourself in the choices you make, drink in the simple beauty available to you every day, take realistic steps to unplug from technology overload. These simple practices and others are ready for the taking. You don't need to abandon your life to get it back. Begin restoring your life here and now. Your soul will thank you for it"-- Book jacket.

Broken faith : inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, one of America's most dangerous cults

February 20, 2020
Weiss, Mitch, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2020]
411 pages ; 24 cm
An investigation into the Word of Faith Fellowship, a secretive evangelical cult whose charismatic female leader, Jane Whaley, is a master of manipulation. Starting in 1979 with a small group of followers, the group has expended to include thousands of congregants across three continents. Gives the story of a singular femlae cult leader, a terrifying portrait of life inside the cult, and the harrowing account of one family who escaped after two decades.

Ripple effects : discover the miraculous motivating power of a woman's influence

February 18, 2020
Tebow, Pam, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, [2019]
xxi, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Finding our purpose -- A master plan -- First things first -- When you believe -- Special "God stories" -- When all else fails (read the directions) -- The double-edged sword -- A running conversation -- Prayer priorities -- Love like your master -- Serving isn't for sissies -- The power of words -- Happy endings and heavenly rewards -- Created for good work -- Living with passion.
"Tim Tebow credits his mom with being the key to his success--but Pam never expected that she would be known on a national stage. For most of her life, she was serving quietly and faithfully as a wife and a mom--choosing life for her child in the face of medical risks, answering the Lord's call to mission work in the Philippines, and homeschooling before anyone knew what the word meant. But all along the way, her experiences--and her consistent, everyday choices to follow the Lord and to serve wherever He placed her--were creating unexpected ripples of influence throughout her family, her community, and her world. And they would end up extending far beyond anything she ever imagined. Pam believes that every one of us can be influential--and that deep within a woman's heart is the desire to use her influence for good. In Ripple Effects, Pam uncovers and explores the miraculous motivating power of influence we can have on this generation and the next, no matter where we are planted in life. Whether we are in the midst of endless diaper changes, climbing up the corporate ladder, or simply doing our best to live, love, and serve well each day, Pam will encourage us to maximize our God-given opportunities for influence--and watch how far the ripples will spread"-- Provided by publisher.

Already free : Buddhism meets psychotherapy on the path of liberation

February 18, 2020
Tift, Bruce.
Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, [2015]
xiv, 323 pages ; 21 cm
The developmental view -- The fruitional view -- A dialogue between the developmental and fruitional views -- Experiencing anxiety and struggle -- Embodied awareness -- All relative experience is relational -- Relationship as an evolving path -- A good state of mind, regardless of circumstance.
"Buddhism and western psychotherapy seek to provide freedom from suffering, yet each offers a completely different approach for reaching this goal. How can we know which one will help us most? With Already Free, Bruce Tift presents an insightful and practical investigation into two profound perspectives on the human condition -- and how we can use both together to help us open to the richness, disturbances, and inherent completeness of our lives"--Page 4 of cover.

Mass exodus : Catholic disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II

February 17, 2020
Bullivant, Stephen Sebastian, 1984- author.
©2019
viii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Looking foolish -- The demographics of disaffiliation -- Why they say they leave -- The night before -- Gaudium et spes, luctus et angor -- The morning after -- Unto the third and fourth generations -- Epilogue: did the council fail? -- Appendix: mass attendance statistics for England and Wales, Scotland, and selected US dioceses (1958-2017).
"Mass Exodus is the first serious historical and sociological study of Catholic lapsation and disaffiliation. Drawing on a wide range of theological, historical, and sociological sources, Bullivant offers a comparative study of secularization across two famously contrasting religious cultures: Britain and the USA."--Publisher.

Chicken soup for the soul : believe in miracles : 101 stories of hope, answered prayers and divine intervention

February 14, 2020
©2020
ix, 341 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"These true stories of miraculous coincidences, answered prayers, mysterious healing, divine intervention, angels, and messages from heaven will deepen your faith and strengthen your hope." -- Back cover

Chasing vines : finding your way to an immensely fruitful life

February 14, 2020
Moore, Beth, 1957- author.
Carol Stream : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2020]
293 pages ; 24 cm
The Vineyard -- The Vinedresser -- The Vine -- The Fruit -- The Harvest.
"Most of us have times when, if we are honest, we'd admit to feeling like our lives are embarrassingly small and insignificant. Times when it seems like we're going through a whole lot of pain and striving without much to show for it. Like our daily pursuits don't really matter in the long run. At times like that, we can't help wondering if we really matter-to the world or even to God. In Chasing Vines, Beth Moore gives us a new hope, revealing the abundant secrets of a fruitful, Kingdom-building, God-pleasing life."--Provided by publisher.

The Anna anointing

February 13, 2020
McClain-Walters, Michelle, author.
Lake Mary, Florida : Charisma House, [2017]
136 pages ; 18 cm
Life after loss -- Living a life of sacrifice -- The prophetess -- The watchman/prophet -- Ministering to the Lord -- Ask, seek, knock -- Identification intercession -- Developing the spirit of grace and supplication -- The worshipping warrior -- God's minister of fire.

The magic of Marie Laveau : embracing the spiritual legacy of the voodoo queen of New Orleans

February 12, 2020
Alvarado, Denise, author.
©2020
xvi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Marie Laveau may be the most influential-and is among the most famous-American practitioner of the magical arts. She is the subject of songs, films, and legends and the star of New Orleans ghost tours. Her grave in New Orleans ranks among the most popular spiritual pilgrimages in the US. This book explores Laveau's life and work-the history and mystery. It gives an overview of New Orleans Voodoo, its origins, history, and practices. It contains spells, prayers, rituals, recipes, and instructions for constructing New Orleans Voodoo-style altars and crafting your own gris-gris"--Provided by publisher.

Try softer : a fresh approach to move us out of anxiety, stress, and survival mode-and into a life of connection and joy

February 12, 2020
Kolber, Andrea M., author.
Carol Stream : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2020.
245 pages ; 21 cm
"In the wise and soulful tradition of teachers like Shauna Niequist and Brene Brown, therapist Aundi Kolber debuts with Try Softer, helping us align our mind, body, and soul to live the life God created for us. In a world that preaches a "try harder" gospel-just keep going, keep hustling, keep pretending we're all fine-we're left exhausted, overwhelmed, and so numb to our lives. If we're honest, we've been overfunctioning for so long, we can't even imagine another way. How else will things get done? How else will we survive? It doesn't have to be this way. Aundi Kolber believes that we don't have to white-knuckle our way through life. In her debut book, Try Softer, she'll show us how God specifically designed our bodies and minds to work together to process our stories and work through obstacles. Through the latest psychology, practical clinical exercises, and her own personal story, Aundi equips and empowers us to connect us to our truest self and truly live. This is the "try softer" life. In Try Softer, you'll learn how to: - Know and set emotional and relational boundaries - Make sense of the difficult experiences you've had - Identify your attachment style-and how that affects your relationships today - Move through emotions rather than get stuck by them - Grow in self-compassion and talk back to your inner critic Trying softer is sacred work. And while it won't be perfect or easy, it will be worth it. Because this is what we were made for: a living, breathing, moving, feeling, connected, beautifully incarnational life"-- Provided by publisher.

An unhurried leader : the lasting fruit of daily influence

February 12, 2020
Fadling, Alan, 1961- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2017]
180 pages ; 21 cm
Becoming an unhurried leader -- Leading from abundance -- Leading in his presence -- Vision of God, vision from God -- Questions that unhurry leaders -- Unhurried influence -- How grace empowers leadership -- Unhurrying our thoughts -- Prayer as primary influence -- Working with God.

An unhurried life : following Jesus' rhythms of work and rest

February 11, 2020
Fadling, Alan, 1961-
©2013
198 pages ; 21 cm
A frenetic life -- An unhurried apprentice -- Productivity: unhurried isn't lazy -- Temptation: unhurried enough to resist -- Unhurried enough to care -- Unhurried enough to pray -- Rest: the rhythm of creation -- Suffering: unexpected unhurrying -- Maturity: growing up takes time -- Spiritual practices for unhurrying -- An eternal life.
Alan Fadling goes on to describe his journey out of the fast lane and into the rhythms of Jesus. Following the framework of Jesus' earthly life, Fadling shows how the work of "unhurrying" ourselves is central to our spiritual development in such pivotal areas as resisting temptation, caring for others, praying and making disciples.

St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church : 200 years of sanctuary and service : 1814-2014

February 11, 2020
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church], [2014]
40 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
St. John's added "Universalist" to their name in 2003.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept. has original color pictorial paper wrappers.

Coming clean : a story of faith

February 10, 2020
Haines, Seth.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
224 pages ; 22 cm
Shall we begin here? an open invitation -- The seeing -- The bending -- The healing -- A word on Titus.
"Seth Haines was in the hospital with his wife, planning funeral songs for their not-yet two-year-old, when he made a very conscious decision: this was the last day he wanted to feel. That evening, he asked his sister to smuggle in a bottle of gin, and gave in to addiction. But whether or not you've ever had a drop to drink in your life, we're all looking for ways to stop the pain. Like Seth, we're all seeking balms for the anxiety of what sometimes seems to be an absent, unresponsive God--whether it's through people-pleasing, shopping, the internet, food, career highs, or even good works and elite theology. We attempt to anesthetize our anxiety through addiction--any old addiction. But it often leaves us feeling even more empty than before. In Coming Clean, Seth Haines writes a raw account of his first 90 days of sobriety, illuminating how to face the pain we'd rather avoid, and even more importantly, how an abiding God meets us in that pain. Seth shows us that true wholeness is found in facing our pain and anxieties with the tenacity and tenderness of Jesus, and only through Christ's passion can we truly come clean."--Amazon.com.

Laws of the Cincinnati Lane Seminary.

February 10, 2020
Lane Theological Seminary.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1834]
15 pages ; 23 cm
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room is disbound.

Jesus : the God who knows your name

February 5, 2020
Lucado, Max, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2020]
xviii, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: 2018.
Immanuel -- Born to you this day -- No ordinary night -- The word became flesh -- Jesus gets you -- Friend -- Life with joy and abundance -- Grace and truth -- Whoever -- The con artist -- Teacher -- He stooped for her -- One who had authority -- The way through the wilderness -- I am the vine -- Miracle worker -- The winds and waves obey him -- Your faith has made you well -- The wonder of worship -- Lamb of God -- God Saves -- It is finished -- Returning king -- The Resurrection and the life -- The great day -- Heaven, finally home.
"Beloved pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado explores the life and character of Jesus, offering readers a chance to become more familiar with the man at the center of the greatest story ever told-a story that includes each of us!"-- Provided by publisher.

Master of one : find and focus on the work you were created to do

February 5, 2020
Raynor, Jordan, 1986- author.
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook, 2020.
xxii, 218 pages ; 22 cm
The purpose of mastery -- Excellence in all things -- Proclaiming the excellencies of God -- The ministry of excellence -- The path to mastery -- Start with "the one" in mind -- Explore -- Choose -- Eliminate -- Master -- The promise of mastery -- Salt and light -- The room where it happens -- Share the master's happiness.
In his national bestselling book, Called to Create, Raynor established that work is one of our primary forms of ministry. In Master of One, he builds upon that message, using his story-driven, gospel-centric style to make the case that it is through excellent work that we glorify God, love our neighbors as ourselves, and earn the right to be heard by a world thirsty for truth. With stories from Christ-followers such as C. S. Lewis, Emily Ley, Fred Rogers, Cynthia Marshall, and Chip Gaines, this accessible and practical book will reframe your thinking about work, giving you renewed passion and vision to find and master your one thing.

When God had a wife : the fall and rise of the sacred feminine in the Judeo-Christian tradition

February 4, 2020
Picknett, Lynn, author.
Rochester, Vermont : Bear & Company, [2019]
x, 326 pages ; 23 cm

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