New Arrivals · Religion

October 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The prayer of protection : living fearlessly in dangerous times

October 17, 2018
Prince, Joseph, 1963- author.
New York : FaithWords, 2016.
x, 208 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
The secret place -- 'I will say' -- Right place, right time -- Consent to come under his wings -- Fearless living -- It shall not come near you -- Dwell safely in Christ, your refuge -- Activating his angels -- Time to play offense -- Protected by the Father's love -- Wisdom to stay safe -- God's promise of long life.
Prince unveils the Bible's ultimate psalm of protection, Psalm 91, to help you understand more about how God guards His children. He offers simple keys and practical advice to finding and resting in the secret place of the Most High, where no evil can even come near you. You'll learn to allow the certainty of your heavenly Father's love and the sure promises of His Word to guard your heart against every fear.

The sexual state : how elite ideologies are destroying lives and why the Church was right all along

October 17, 2018
Morse, Jennifer Roback, 1953- author.
x, 406 pages ; 23 cm

The grace of enough : pursuing less and living more in a throwaway culture

October 16, 2018
Stewart, Haley, author.
Notre Dame : Ave Maria Press, 2018.
166 pages ; 22 cm
Throwaway culture and its revolutionary gospel antidote -- Return to our roots -- No turning back: trading security for togetherness -- Simplicity, the path to authentic freedom -- Nurturing a wondrous love for the land -- Rediscovering beauty by attending to the transcendent -- Making home a priority, a school of love -- Reconnecting with what makes us human -- The five-hour dinner: redeeming the table with slow food -- Holy hospitality: welcoming Christ in the stranger -- Rebuilding our broken communities -- The Internet: isolator or community builder? -- Centering our disconnected lives at home -- Generous love: discovering authentic intimacy -- Living the gospel, Molly Weasley style -- Choosing hope in a dark world -- Beyond the shire.

Muhammad : prophet of peace amid the clash of empires

October 12, 2018
Cole, Juan Ricardo, author.
New York : Nation Books, 2018.
vii, 326 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Sanctuary -- Peace it is -- Repel evil with good -- City of the Prophet -- Just war -- The heart of Mecca -Into the way of peace -- Conclusion.
"A history that brings to life the fascinating and complex world of the Prophet Muhammad. This is the story of how peace is the rule and not the exception for one of the world's most practiced religions."--Jacket.

It's okay not to be okay : moving forward one day at a time

October 10, 2018
Walsh, Sheila, 1956- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
199 pages ; 24 cm
It's okay not to be okay -- Take the first step -- Admit that you are stuck and struggling -- Change the way you think -- Face the "what-if's" even if you are afraid -- Let go of what you can't control -- Rise above disappointment -- Celebrate your scars as tattoos of triumph -- Decide to start again ... and again -- You were made for more.
Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs... this is not the life we imagined. If something has left you stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching, Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are. She helps women overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way they think about God, themselves, and their everyday lives. She also shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help women move forward one step at a time knowing God will never let them down. -- adapted from jacket

My momma named me Janet, but God calls me Ruth : a testimony of God's delivering power

October 10, 2018
Gray, J. Sadie, author.
286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Holding my breath -- Unto these hills -- I pray, I pray, I pray -- This is not a fluke -- Keep hope alive -- What do I do now? -- God's provision -- Payday -- Garbage can ministry -- Handfuls on purpose -- In the zone -- Out on a limb -- The source -- Do over -- His time or mine -- Scavenging -- Observant -- My m.o. -- Decisions, decisions, decisions -- Wisdom not fear -- Searching -- Following instruction -- Speak up -- Y'all come -- Quick study -- Loyalty -- Celebrate -- Submission -- Unmerited favor -- Unexpected blessings -- Married down -- Heritage of prayer -- A giving soul -- A journey of love -- An ideal performer -- God's acceptance -- Help -- Loyal love -- Culture transcended -- Direction -- Harvest -- Determined -- A jeep full -- Study -- Willing -- Lifelong friend -- Blessed to be a blessing -- One of my heroes -- Miracles -- Sticks and stones -- New beginning -- Good grief -- Bread -- My mountain people -- Work hard with a purpose -- Rain is a blessing -- Help the hurting -- As unto the Lord -- Cover up -- It will all work out -- Restoration -- Double take -- Keeping my joy -- Hair harvest -- Everybody is God's somebody -- Honor and respect -- The fifth year -- It's for the best -- Study it out -- The city gate -- Stay -- After this -- Wait -- Change the world -- It's all coming back to me now -- I've got a plan -- Trust -- Sweet deliverance.
"What does a hairstylist turned x-ray technologist have in common with a poor Moabite girl stranded in a foreign land? You'd be surprised! Ruth suffered great loss and was left with no visible means of support. Her decision to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi, led her to her redemption. She declared to Naomi, 'your people shall be my people, and your God my God.' The author also suffered great loss and found herself without support. She felt stranded in her situation. Not coincidentally, what worked for Ruth is often the same path we must take to our own redemption. J. Sadie Gray details her journey using the journal she kept and the events in her life. Her writing style in this book brings the reader into her journal and her life as if she were conversing with the reader. She describes the difficult times and events in her life that mirror the journey and struggles of Ruth, her Biblical hero. The author, J. Sadie Gray, stayed with the Truth she knew and followed God through the path He laid before her paralleling Ruth's steps. These steps in J. Sadie's life, as in the book of Ruth, show God's guidance and His delivering power for all"--Back cover.

St. Boniface Church, Northside Ohio : a brief biographical sketch and a walking tour.

October 9, 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio : St. Boniface Church, [2013]
27 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Welcome to St. Boniface Parish -- A historical sketch of St. Boniface Parish 1863-2012 -- Stained glass windows -- Statues -- Painted tapestries -- Stations of the cross -- Portrait of St. Boniface -- Symbolism of the church and furnishings.
Includes a historical sketch of the church and information about the stained glass windows and other features of the church building.

Spiritual science : why science needs spirituality to make sense of the world

October 5, 2018
Taylor, Steve, 1967- author.
viii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
The origins of materialism: when science turns into a belief system -- The spiritual alternative -- The riddle of consciousness -- The primacy of mind: puzzles of the mind and brain -- How the mind can change the brain and the body: more puzzles of the mind and brain -- The puzzle of near-death experiences -- Waking up: the puzzle of awakening experiences -- Keeping the account open: the puzzle of psychic phenomena -- Complexity and consciousness: puzzles of evolution -- Why do selfish genes behave so unselfishly?: the puzzle of altruism -- Quantum questions: mysteries of the microcosm -- The spiritual universe: moving beyond materialism.
"Steve Taylor offers a new vision of the world that is compatible with both modern science and ancient spiritual teachings. Spiritual Science reveals Taylor's 'panspiritist' view of reality, one that transcends both conventional science and religion, and answers many of the riddles that neither can fully explain. The standard model of science has had limited success in explaining many phenomena, including human consciousness, the connection between the mind and the body, altruism and 'anomalous' phenomena such as near-death experiences, psi phenomena and spiritual experiences, to name just a few. But from a 'panspiritist' perspective--which sees spirit or consciousness as a fundamental essence of reality--it is possible to make sense of all these things. Drawing on the insights of philosophers, physicists, mystics, as well as spiritual traditions and indigenous cultures, Steve Taylor makes a case for a spiritual vision of reality. He presents a worldview that is compatible with both modern science and ancient spiritual teachings--a vision of a sacred and interconnected world, and of a meaningful and purposeful human life"--Back cover.

Apologetics at the cross : an introduction for Christian witness

October 4, 2018
Chatraw, Josh, author.
329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: An invitation to apologetics at the cross -- Part 1. The foundation for apologetics at the cross. Apologetics in the Bible: part 1 -- Apologetics in the Bible: part 2 -- Apologetics within the great tradition: part 1 -- Apologetics within the great tradition: part 2 -- Part 2. The theological structure for apologetics at the cross. Making sense of the methods -- Taking people to the cross through word and deed -- Cruciform humility before God and others -- Appealing to the whole person for the sake of the gospel -- Contextualization through the lens of the cross -- Part 3. The practice of apologetics at the cross. Preparing to engage (not spin) in late modernism from the inside out -- Engaging in late modernism -- Dealing with defeaters -- Making a case.

Building the Benedict option : a guide to gathering two or three together in His name

October 4, 2018
Libresco, Leah, author.
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, [2018]
163 pages ; 20 cm
Foreword by Rod Dreher -- Accidental stylites -- Enemies of the Benedict option -- The beginning of my Benedict option -- The little way of hospitality -- "Go and do likewise" (A cheat sheet of events) -- Doing together what you do alone -- Doing publicly what you do privately -- Home as a center of gravity -- Welcoming the stranger -- "She looks well to the ways of her household" (a cheat sheet of logistics) -- Returning to God.
"Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work. Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life. No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment). The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others."--Inside flap.

The bait of Satan

October 4, 2018
Bevere, John, author.
ix, 271 pages ; 23 cm
"Living free from the deadly trap of offense"--Cover.
"Featuring prayers, affirmations, & study guide"--Cover.
Me, offended? -- Massive offense -- How could this happen to me? -- My Father, my Father! -- How spiritual vagabonds are born -- Hiding from reality -- The sure foundation -- All that can be shaken will be shaken -- The rock of offense -- Lest we offend them -- Forgiveness: you don't give--you don't get -- Revenge: the trap -- Escaping the trap -- Objective: reconciliation.
Are you compelled to tell your side of the story? Do you fight thoughts of suspicion or distrust? Are you constantly rehearsing past hurts? Have you lost hope because of what someone did to you? The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God -- offense. This trap restrains countless Christians, severs relationships, and widens the gulfs between us. Jesus said, "It is impossible that no offenses should come" (Luke 17:1). Although you will encounter offense, you can choose how you will react. In this new twentieth anniversary edition, John Bevere shows you how to identify the traps ahead of you and escape the victim mentality. With declaration-style prayers and testimonials from people whose lives have been changed by his message, this book will inspire you to stay free from offense and its destructive power. Don't let anyone affect your relationship with God!

The eternal current : how a practice-based faith can save us from drowning

October 3, 2018
Niequist, Aaron, author.
New York : WaterBrook, [2018]
viii, 199 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction: The eternal current -- Losing my religion and finding the kingdom -- The birth of the practice -- Swimming with the river -- Church as a gymnasium (Part 1) -- Church as a gymnasium (Part 2) -- Sunday is not the main event -- We need everybody -- We can't do it alone -- For the sake of the world (Part 1) -- For the sake of the world (Part 2) -- Benediction.
A call for Christians to move past the shallows of idealized beliefs and into a deeper, more vibrant, beatitude-like faith rooted in sacred practices and intimate experiences with God.

Hope in the dark : believing God is good when life is not

October 3, 2018
Groeschel, Craig, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
173 pages ; 21 cm
"I want to believe, I want to have hope, but...." Pastor Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it's the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not? In this book, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" In the man's sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man's battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today. As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: "Where was God when I was being abused?" "Why was my child born with a disability?" "Why did the cancer come back?" "Why are all my friends married and I'm alone?" He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief. In the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good. Rediscover a faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even now.

Prophetic lament : a call for justice in troubled times

October 3, 2018
Rah, Soong-Chan.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2015]
224 pages ; 21 cm.
Lamentations 1. The reality of suffering and death: the historical content of Lamentations -- The funeral dirge: the genre of lament -- Silenced voices of shame: Lamentations 1:1-22. -- Lamentations 2. God is faithful: Lamentations 2:1-8 -- Lament over a city: Lamentations 2:1-9 -- Privilege and exceptionalism: Lamentations 2:6-9 -- All of the voices are heard: Lamentations 2:10-22. -- Lamentations 3. A structure for lament: the use of the acrostic in Lamentations -- All of it is personal: Lamentations 3 -- A glimmer of hope: Lamentations 3:21-60 -- Lamentations 4. Persisting in lament: a recapitulation of Lamentations -- A broken world: Lamentations 4:3-16. -- Lamentations 5. A lament for themselves: Lamentations 5.
When Soong-Chan Rah planted an urban church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his first full sermon series was a six-week exposition of the book of Lamentations. Preaching on an obscure, depressing Old Testament book was probably not the most seeker-sensitive way to launch a church. But it shaped their community with a radically countercultural perspective. The American church avoids lament. But lament is a missing, essential component of Christian faith. Lament recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and cries out for justice against existing injustices. Soong-Chan Rah's prophetic exposition of the book of Lamentations provides a biblical and theological lens for examining the church's relationship with a suffering world. It critiques our success-centered triumphalism and calls us to repent of our hubris. And it opens up new ways to encounter the other. Hear the prophet's lament as the necessary corrective for Christianity's future.

Rejoice and be glad : on the call to holiness in today's world

October 3, 2018
Catholic Church. Pope (2013- : Francis), author.
Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, [2018]
xxiii, 99 pages ; 19 cm
Translated from the Latin.
Pope Francis offers an inspiring reminder of the universal call to holiness and a practical guide about how to pursue it. In clear and challenging terms he applies Gospel values to the challenges of our world.

Unlearning God : how unbelieving helped me to believe

October 2, 2018
Gulley, Philip, author.
New York : Convergent Books, [2018]
xvi, 201 pages ; 22 cm
And so began my life of doubt -- We revered women too much to let them lead -- My unbroken chain of impure thoughts -- God needs anger management -- The best deal ever -- I was pleased to discover God and I hated the same things -- Regarding sex -- God is everywhere, but mostly in America -- God is a trespasser -- God has a plan for my life -- The contagion of hatred -- The cancer of certainty -- The spacious life of Jesus -- Truth is seldom simple -- Sacred change -- The God remaining.

This is the day : reclaim your dream, ignite your passion, live your purpose

October 1, 2018
Tebow, Tim, 1987- author.
New York : Waterbrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
209 pages ; 24 cm
This is the day to say "I love you" -- This is the day to get in the game -- This is the day to leave the past behind -- This is the day to listen to the right voice -- This is the day to believe in what really matters -- This is the day to say yes -- This is the day to put in the work -- This is the day to open your eyes -- This is the day to live with open hands -- This is the day to flip the script -- This is the day to go back to the well -- This is the day to make it count.
Beyond Tim Tebow's exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel "stuck"--unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: "now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day." In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from "pause" to "play" in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book's themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.

God is young : a conversation with Thomas Leoncini

October 1, 2018
Francis, Pope, 1936- interviewee.
New York : Random House, [2018]
xi, 108 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in Italian in Italy as Dio è giovane by Piemme, in 2018.
Young prophets and old dreamers -- In this world -- Teaching is learning.
"Pope Francis examines the future of the Catholic Church in this urgent and deeply personal call to believers to build a bridge between generations." --Jacket.

Stretched too thin : how working moms can lose the guilt, work smarter, and thrive

October 1, 2018
Turner, Jessica N., author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
228 pages ; 23 cm
Evaluating your present -- Setting yourself up for success -- Discovering the feelings within -- Practicing self-care -- Finding rhythm at work -- Investing in your marriage -- Parenting well -- Creating a home you love -- Cultivating deep friendships -- Living a life you love.

Finding God in Silicon Valley : spiritual journeys in a high-tech world

October 1, 2018
Vaccarello, Skip, author.
305 pages ; 23 cm
Gratitude: Discovering God's Impact on Our Lives -- Success and Surrender -- Success Redefined -- Hollow Success -- Reason and Faith -- Science and Faith -- The Search for Truth -- Peace in the Face of Adversity -- Struggle, Prayer, and Healing -- Pain and Purpose -- Following God's Call -- Business as a Calling -- Called as an Entrepreneur -- Called to Serve -- Concluding Thoughts.
"God is doing the seemingly impossible in Silicon Valley--changing the hearts and attitudes of the rich and successful, and those desperately pursuing riches, power, and prestige. Having a tradition of disrupting the status quo with technology, Silicon Valley may be poised to challenge its perception as a wasteland of faith as well. Finding God in Silicon Valley tells how God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley--venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, leaders of major companies, innovators in non-profit start-ups, scientists, and technologists. You will be inspired and challenged as you read their journeys of faith."--Back cover.

The day the revolution began : reconsidering the meaning of Jesus's crucifixion

September 26, 2018
Wright, N. T. (Nicholas Thomas), author.
San Francisco : HarperOne, 2016.
viii, 440 pages ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
Part 1. Introduction. A vitally important scandal : why the cross? -- Wrestling with the cross, then and now -- The cross in its first-century setting -- Part 2. "In accordance with the Bible": the stories of Israel. The covenant of vocation -- "In all the scriptures" -- The divine presence and the forgiveness of sins -- Suffering, redemption, and love -- Part 3. The revolutionary rescue. New goal, new humanity -- Jesus's special Passover -- The story of the rescue -- Paul and the cross: apart from Romans -- The death of Jesus in Paul's letter to the Romans: the new exodus -- The death of Jesus in Paul's letter to the Romans: Passover and atonement -- Part 4. The revolution continues. Passover people -- The powers and the power of love.
The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C.S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith -- Jesus' crucifixion -- arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning. In The Day the Revolution Began, N.T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus' death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation -- a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God's creation. Wright argues that Jesus' crucifixion must be understood within the much larger story of God's purposes to bring heaven and earth together. The Day the Revolution Began offers a grand picture of Jesus' sacrifice and its full significance for the Christian faith, inspiring believers with a renewed sense of mission, purpose, and hope, and reminding them of the crucial role the Christian faith must play in protecting and shaping the future of the world.


September 25, 2018
Gabriel, Brigitte, author.
Lake Mary, FL : FrontLine, 2018.
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Our nation divided -- The cost of terror -- The myth and irrelevance of the peaceful majority -- Weaponizing the Internet -- Replacement civilization -- Transformation through immigration -- Terror at the gates -- Targeting the innocent -- Lamestream media -- Cair and the terrorist front-scheme -- The leftist-Islamist coalition -- The business of fake hate -- The death of free speech -- Operation indoctrination -- Activism for our nation.

Advent : the once and future coming of Jesus Christ

September 24, 2018
Rutledge, Fleming, author.
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.
xix, 406 pages ; 23 cm.

Elizabeth Seton : American saint

September 24, 2018
O'Donnell, Catherine (Historian), author.
xiv, 508 pages ; 24 cm
Two families -- Betsy Bayley -- A home of one's own -- Courage flies -- Knot of oak -- The other side of the fence -- These dear people -- The battle joined -- This storm -- A convert in New York -- Duty or obedience -- A new being -- Some charitable persons -- Half in the sky -- Endeavor -- Trials of the passage -- Death, judgment, hell, heaven -- War and bustle -- Our meaning -- Swift rolling earth -- Written by herself -- I see my God -- Eternity.
"A biography of Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821), a convert to Catholicism who founded the American Sisters of Charity and is the first native-born American citizen to become a Roman Catholic saint"-- Provided by publisher.

Earth's last empire : the final game of thrones

September 24, 2018
Hagee, John, author.
Franklin, TN : Worthy Publishing, 2018.
467 pages ; 24 cm
Jerusalem is the Holy City of the past, present and future. God protects Jerusalem day and night, and He will return there to establish His eternal throne. Bible prophecy clearly reveals that immediately prior to the rapture of the Church, four powerful kings will race onto the stage of world history. Hagee reveals who they are, where they come from, and what they signify. We are in the beginning stages of World War III, and face the Battle of Armageddon. The King is coming! -- adapted from jacket and info

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