New Arrivals · Religion

June 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The DIY guide to building a family that lasts : 12 tools for improving your home life

June 17, 2019
Chapman, Gary D., 1938- author.
Chicago, IL : Northfield Publishing, [2019]
233 pages ; 21 cm
Building kindness -- Increasing gratitude -- Cultivating love -- Seeking compromise -- Choosing forgiveness -- Improving communication -- Enhancing trust -- Developing compassion -- Increasing patience -- Getting organized -- Creating fun -- Building connections.

Arguing religion : a bishop speaks at Facebook and Google

June 14, 2019
Barron, Robert, 1959-
Park Ridge, IL : Word on Fire [2018].
122 pages ; 19 cm
"In this book based on talks delivered at Facebook and Google, [Barron] explains why religion at its best opens up the searching mind, and how we all - believer and unbeliever alike - can share better discussions about God."--Bookjacket.

The minutes of Salem Baptist Church, Hamilton County, Tennessee 1872-1915 : transcribed with history 1935-1941

June 14, 2019
Roark, Daniel L.
New York, N.Y. : iUniverse, ©2005.
xiii, 262 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

Jesus unbound : liberating the word of God from the Bible

June 14, 2019
Giles, Keith, author.
222 pages ; 22 cm
Forward by Brian Zahnd.
Why I love the Bible -- A God like Jesus -- How do we know Christ without the Bible? -- The gospel: information or transformation? -- Reading scripture through the lens of Christ -- Knowing the truth -- The invisible man and his shadow -- New covenant Christianity -- Who said that? -- The literal heresy -- Infallible, inerrant, or incarnate? -- Are the gospels reliable? -- When being Biblically-right is completely wrong -- The Bible says it, but should you believe it? -- But what about...? -- Blind spot bias -- When the spirit contradicts the Bible -- Recovering the lost epistle of Jesus -- What if no one had a Bible?
What if the Bible actually keeps us from hearing the Word of God? For many Christians, the Bible is the only way to know anything about God. But according to that same Bible, everyone can know God directly through an actual relationship with Jesus. Jesus Unbound is an urgent call for the followers of Jesus to know Him intimately because the Gospel is not mere information about God, but a transformational experience with a Christ who is closer to us than our own heartbeat.

Jesus untangled : crucifying our politics to pledge allegiance to the lamb

June 14, 2019
Giles, Keith, author.
202 pages ; 22 cm
The problem: how nationalism hinders the Gospel -- A matter of perspective -- The way we were: The church before entanglement -- How we first became confused about who we really are -- The weakness of politics as an agent of change -- The supremacy of Christ and the Gospel -- The conspiracy of entaglement -- How American empire works -- Why your vote doesn't count -- The power of fear -- Our national identity crisis -- One holy nation -- Tribalism and violence -- America: An un-Christian empire -- Just war? -- Living untangled.
"As the Church has become increasingly entangled in the pursuit of politics, the Gospel has become tarnished and often abandoned as the primary focus of the Body of Christ. Jesus Untangled is a prophetic call for the Church to awaken from the "American Dream" and to return to Her first love. Because, as the author powerfully demonstrates in these pages, you can't convert a culture that has already converted you."--Page [4] of cover.

The Bhagavad Gita : the song of God retold in simplified English

June 13, 2019
Viljoen, Edward, author.
New York : St. Martin's Essentials, 2019.
viii, 114 pages ; 21 cm.
What you should know about the Bhagavad Gita -- Bhagavad Gita's cast of characters -- The Bhagavad Gita: a paraphrase -- The backstory from the Mahabharata -- A book of war for times of peace -- The path of devotion: Bhakti yoga -- Hindu spiritual worldview -- I accept it all as intended for me.
"This unique edition of the timeless epic is designed to be accessible for readers without any prior experience of Hinduism. Not simply a translation of the original, Viljoen has simplified and restated the Gita's complex ideas, so that a first-time reader can fully appreciate the scope and beauty of this magnificent Indian classic. Written in concise, modern language the retelling vividly captures the power and depth of the original work."--Provided by publisher.

Love thy neighbor : a Muslim doctor's struggle for home in rural America

June 12, 2019
Virji, Ayaz, author.
208 pages ; 22 cm
Tough questions -- Where am I? -- Dignified medicine -- Jihad -- Fallout -- Logic and sincerity -- Faith is what you do -- "Islam supports terrorism" -- Her choice, not mine -- Sharia law -- Breathe -- What will it take?
"A powerful true story about a Muslim doctor's service to a small town and the hope of overcoming our country's climate of hostility and fear. In 2013, Dr. Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1,400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community. Virji wanted out. But in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected. In [this book], Virji relates this story in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland."--Dust jacket.

The book of signs : 31 undeniable prophecies of the apocalypse

June 11, 2019
Jeremiah, David, 1941- author.
xii, 465 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Part 1: International signs -- Israel -- Europe -- Russia -- Babylon -- America -- Part 2: Cultural signs -- Materialism -- Immorality -- Radical Islam -- Persecution -- Spiritual warfare -- Apathy -- Part 3: Heavenly signs -- Rapture -- Resurrection -- Heaven -- Judgment seat of Christ -- Rewards -- Worship -- Part 4: Tribulation signs -- Four riders -- Antichrist -- False prophet -- Martyrs -- 144,000 -- Two witnesses -- Dragon -- Mark of the Beast -- Armageddon -- Part 5: End signs -- Return of the King -- Millennium -- Great white throne judgment -- New Heaven and New Earth -- Epilogue.
""The end times." "The apocalypse." "The day of judgment." Terms such as these are both fascinating and frightening for any student of God's Word. They point to key questions people have wrestled with for centuries, including: What does the Bible tell us about the future? How much can we understand about biblical prophecy and its application in our lives? What signs and signals will precede the end of everything as we know it? Which of those signs and signals have already come to pass, which are we experiencing now, and which are still to come? In this landmark collection, bestselling author Dr. David Jeremiah offers answers to these questions and much more. Drawing from decades of experience as one of the world's most-respected Bible teachers, Dr. Jeremiah has updated content from previously published works in additional to writing new material on a wide variety of subjects. The result is a truly epic and authoritative guide to biblical prophecy--a must-have resource for Christians seeking to navigate the uncertainties of the present and embrace God's promises for the future."

Romans 911 : time to sound the alarm! : a comprehensive study book in the reconnection of the one new man

June 10, 2019
Berry, Grant, author.
Oviedo, FL : HigherLife Publishing & Marketing, Inc., [2018]
xxxiv, 368 pages ; 23 cm
"Discover the secret key to world revival. Israel is re-awakening. There is a transformation and reconnection coming in the family of God between believing Jews and Gentiles in The One New Man. This comprehensive study unpacks the reconnection message to awaken and inspire you to embrace this vital key to God's plans in the last days. This book will help you : receive clear understanding of the role you can play, learn the issues that have kept us apart and held back this unity, move into strategic intercession inspired by the Holy Spirit"--Back cover.

Catholic and curious

June 10, 2019
Pope, Charles, Monsignor, author.
Huntington, Indiana : Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 2018.
511 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Do you ever feel confused, befuddled, or just plain lost when it comes to the Catholic Faith? Do the teachings and practices of the Church leave you scratching your head? Then this is the book for you. In Catholic and Curious: Your Questions Answered, Monsignor Charles Pope tackles 500 tough questions on just about every subject imaginable. In easily digestible question and answer format, this book covers everything from God and the Bible to the liturgy, the sacraments, Catholic moral teaching, Mary, the saints, and life after death, all organized by topic for quick reference. In this book you'll find not just straightforward answers, but a deeper understanding and appreciation of the truth of the Catholic Faith"--Cover, page 4.

Never a native

June 7, 2019
Shalvi, Alice. author.
London, United Kingdom : Peter Halban, 2018.
xii, 322 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Machine generated contents note: Antecedents -- A Portrait -- Perl Margulies, My Mother -- Benzion Margulies, My Father -- Grandmothers I: Margola, My Oma -- Grandmothers II: Oma Feige -- Outsider -- Childhood -- Adolescence -- Studies -- Homecoming -- The Volcano Erupts -- Academia -- Class -- The Namir Commission -- Religion -- Judaism -- Education -- Status -- Gender Discrimination -- Art and Culture -- Media -- Health -- Trafficking -- Israel Defense Forces -- Palestinians -- The Schechter Institute Of Jewish Studies -- My Brother, Of Blessed Memory -- My Husband.

Martin Buber : a life of faith and dissent

June 7, 2019
Mendes-Flohr, Paul R., author.
xvii, 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 22 cm
A motherless child -- Herald of a Jewish renaissance -- On the open seas -- From publicist to author -- Prague: mystical religiosity and beyond -- Heir to Landauer's legacy -- A reverential apiloros: friendship with Rosenzweig -- The tragic grace of everyday reality -- Professor and political activist -- Despite everything -- Not to belong.
The first major biography in English in over thirty years of the seminal modern Jewish thinker Martin Buber. An authority on the twentieth-century philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965), Paul Mendes-Flohr offers the first major biography in English in thirty years of this seminal modern Jewish thinker. Organized around several key moments-such as his sudden abandonment by his mother when he was a child of three-Mendes-Flohr shows how this foundational trauma left an enduring mark on Buber's inner life, attuning him to the fragility of human relations and the need to nurture them with what he would call a "dialogical attentiveness." Buber's philosophical and theological writings, most famously I and Thou, made significant contributions to religious and Jewish thought, philosophical anthropology, biblical studies, political theory, and Zionism. In this accessible new biography, Mendes-Flohr situates Buber's life and legacy in the intellectual and cultural life of German Jewry as well as in the broader European intellectual life of the first half of the twentieth century.

Loved as I am : an invitation to conversion, healing, and freedom through Jesus

June 7, 2019
Heidland, Miriam James.
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2014]
xvi, 106 pages ; 22 cm
Tell me who I am -- Show me my purpose -- Come and find me -- Mend my broken heart -- Untangle my secrets -- Wipe away my tears -- Heal my wounds -- Set me free -- Open my heart to love.

Be healed : a guide to encountering the powerful love of Jesus in your life

June 7, 2019
Schuchts, Bob.
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2014]
xi, 209 pages ; 23 cm

A history of the Bible : the story of the world's most influential book

June 5, 2019
Barton, John, 1948- author.
xix, 613 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Old Testament -- The New Testament -- The Bible and its texts -- The meanings of the Bible.
"In our culture, the Bible is monolithic: It is a collection of books that has been unchanged and unchallenged since the earliest days of the Christian church. The idea of the Bible as "Holy Scripture," a non-negotiable authority straight from God, has prevailed in Western society for some time. And while it provides a firm foundation for centuries of Christian teaching, it denies the depth, variety, and richness of this fascinating text. In A History of the Bible, John Barton argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete, fixed religious system, but rather a product of a long and intriguing process, which has inspired Judaism and Christianity, but still does not describe the whole of either religion. Barton shows how the Bible is indeed an important source of religious insight for Jews and Christians alike, yet argues that it must be read in its historical context--from its beginnings in myth and folklore to its many interpretations throughout the centuries."--Jacket.

Leaving the witness : exiting a religion and finding a life

June 5, 2019
Scorah, Amber, author.
New York : Viking, [2019]
279 pages ; 22 cm
Shares the author's spiritual journey from a devout third-generation Jehovah's Witness, to secret undercover missionary in Shanghai, to a shunned apostate searching for new ways to find meaning.

The life of Saint Teresa of Avila : a biography

June 5, 2019
Eire, Carlos M. N., author.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press [2019]
xvi, 260 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
"The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila is among the most remarkable accounts ever written of the human encounter with the divine. The Life is not really an autobiography at all, but rather a confession written for inquisitors by a nun whose raptures and mystical claims had aroused suspicion. Despite its troubled origins, the book has had a profound impact on Christian spirituality for five centuries, attracting admiration from readers as diverse as mystics, philosophers, artists, psychoanalysts, and neurologists. How did a manuscript once kept under lock and key by the Spanish Inquisition become one of the most inspiring religious books of all time? National Book Award winner Carlos Eire tells the story of this incomparable spiritual masterpiece, examining its composition and reception in the sixteenth century, the various ways its mystical teachings have been interpreted and reinterpreted across time, and its enduring influence in our own secular age. The Life became an iconic text of the Counter-Reformation, was revered in Franco's Spain, and has gone on to be read as a feminist manifesto, a literary work, and even as a secular text. But as Eire demonstrates in this vibrant and evocative book, Teresa's confession is a cry from the heart to God and an audacious portrayal of mystical theology as a search for love. Here is the essential companion to the Life, one woman's testimony to the reality of mystical experience and a timeless affirmation of the ultimate triumph of good over evil."--Dust jacket.

Deep hope : guidance from the Zen Paramitas on staying engaged and steadfast when the world seems hopeless

June 4, 2019
Rizzetto, Diane Eshin, author.
Boulder : Shambhala, 2019.
xiv, 151 pages ; 22 cm
What are the Paramitas? -- Giving and receiving: Dana Paramita -- Taking skillful action: Sile Paramita -- Patiencing: Kshanti Paramita -- Efforting: Virya Paramita -- Meditating: Dhyana Paramita -- Seeing clearly: Prajna Paramita.

Blessed to be a blessing : sacred circle time for young children

June 4, 2019
Hadley, Leanne Ciampa, author.
484 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"Blessed to be a Blessing: Sacred Circle Time for Young Children is designed specifically for young children using a simple-but-effective model that will move them beyond "learning about God" to "experiencing God" through ritual, wonder, story, prayer, and blessing. Dr. Leanne Hadley provides all the leadership tools as well as ideas for resources that all congregations have already on hand. Sacred Circle Time is ideal: for use in a variety of settings, including your church, preschool, daycare, special events, or even at home; to fit your schedule (either 10 to 15 minutes or 40 to 60 minutes), depending on the time you have available and the ages of the children; and because the lessons were intentionally designed to use everyday supplies rather than expecting you to buy additional materials."--Publisher.

The Great conversation : nature and the care of the soul

May 30, 2019
Lane, Belden C., 1943- author.
xii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The Great Conversation is Lane's multi-faceted treatise on a spiritually centered environmentalism. At the core is a belief in the power of the natural world to act as teacher. In a series of personal anecdotes, Lane pairs his own experiences in the wild with the writings of saints and sages from a wide range of religious traditions. A night in a Missourian cave brings to mind the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola; the canyons of southern Utah elicit a response from the Chinese philosopher Laozi; 500,000 migrating sandhill cranes rest in Nebraska and evoke the Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. With each chapter, the humility of spiritual masters through the ages melds with the author's encounters with natural teachers to offer guidance for entering once more into a conversation with the world."

Daily readings from Next level thinking : 10 powerful thoughts for a successful and abundant life

May 30, 2019
Osteen, Joel, author.
New York, NY : FaithWords, 2019.
204 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
"90 devotions for a successful and abundant life"--Cover.
Section I. Be a barrier breaker -- Section II. You are fully loaded -- Section III. The odds are for you -- Section IV. Move up to the next level -- Section V. Recognize your value -- Section VI. Live with the boldness of a son -- Section VII. Know you are loved -- Section VIII. Approve yourself -- Section IX. Get the contaminants out -- Section X. Remove the shame.

Saint Everywhere : travels in search of the lady saints

May 29, 2019
Carroll, Mary Lea, author.
Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, [2019]
156 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Pondering life more -- Come fly with me -- Olar de las Rosas -- If you build it, they will come -- Well, not a saint: a statue -- A is for Apple, B is for Big apple, S is for Saint -- Call mom! -- Climbing the mountain.
"While visiting Siena, Italy, Mary Lea Carroll grew fascinated with the remarkable story of St. Catherine of Siena and made a resolution: Whenever she was lucky enough to travel, if a shrine dedicated to a female saint was nearby, she'd visit it and learn about her. What started as a hobby grew into a journey she never expected, one rich with challenges and cappuccinos, doubts and inspiration, glasses of wine with strangers and moments of transcendence. Over eight quests, Carroll takes readers along with her as she seeks to learn something from a few great women of history, while looking for ways to be a better citizen of the world"--Publisher's website.

The kingdom of the cults : the definitive work on the subject

May 24, 2019
Martin, Walter, 1928-1989, author.
Minneapolis : Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2019.
796 pages ; 24 cm
The kingdom of the cults -- Scaling the language barrier -- The psychological structure of cultism -- Jehovah's Witnesses -- Christian Science -- Mormonism--the Latter-day Saints -- Spiritism--the Cult of Antiquity -- The Theosophical Society -- Buddhism--classical and Zen -- The Baha'i faith -- The Unity School of Christianity -- Armstrongism, The Worldwide Church of God, and Grace Communion International -- The Unification Church -- Scientology -- Eastern religions -- Islam: the message of Muhammad -- The cults on the world mission field -- The Jesus of the cults -- Cult evangelism--mission field on your doorstep -- The road to recovery -- Appendix section: The puzzle of Seventh-day Adventists ; Unitarianism ; Rosicrucianism ; Swedenborgianism.
"In an era of confusing religious ideas, Christians need information they can trust. And as Western culture drifts further and further from its Christian roots, there is an even greater need for awareness of the beliefs of those around us. The Kingdom of the Cults equips readers to understand the claims of numerous cults, sects, and religions, including some that masquerade as mainstream Christian denominations, contrasting those claims with biblical teaching. This new edition, comprehensively updated by experts Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden, builds on Dr. Martin's authoritative original text, and includes helpful information about changes and developments in belief systems around the globe in recent years. Readable and reliable for teachers, pastors, and lay readers alike, The Kingdom of the Cults is sure to remain the go-to reference book on non-Christian religions for years to come"--back cover.

Jesus, king of strangers : what the Bible really says about immigration

May 24, 2019
Hamilton, Mark W., author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, [2019]
xi, 171 pages ; 22 cm
The reality of migration -- The Bible and the migrant -- Migration as experience and literary theme -- Exodus and exile -- Exodus, exile, and human nature -- The law of the stranger -- The voice of prophecy -- Israel as migrant and host of migrants -- New Testament transformations -- A conclusion for now.
Because nationalism is on the rise around the world, how we treat strangers has become a prominent political, economic, and religious issue. Drawing on his personal experiences and expertise as a biblical scholar, Mark Hamilton argues that Scripture describes God's people as strangers who are called to show grace and hospitality to others. In a world in which 240 million people are voluntary immigrants and another 60 to 70 million are refugees, the urgency of the church's recovery of its fundamental language on immigration remains vital.

The no-stress Bible guide : learn the big picture, the key passages, and the Divine Plan-- all at your own pace

May 24, 2019
Knight, George W. (George Wendell), 1940- author.
Uhrichsville, Ohio : Barbour Books, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2019]
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 21 cm
"Text of this book previously released as Layman's Bible survey; reading plans added in 2019."--Title page verso.
Old Testament -- New Testament.
"Combining a flexible reading plan with easy-to-understand notes on major sections of God's Word, this beautifully illustrated book lets you study at your own pace, in your own way. You'll enjoy a no-stress, no-judgement introduction to the scriptures.--Back cover.

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