New Arrivals · Religion

April 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The search to belong : rethinking intimacy, community, and small groups

April 18, 2019
Myers, Joseph R., 1962-
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, ©2003.
181 pages ; 23 cm
Those who show up along the way (an introduction) -- The myths of belonging -- Longing to belong -- Give me some space -- Group chemistry -- Trading spaces -- Searching for a front porch -- What now? finding harmony.
Who is my neighbor? Who belongs to me? To whom do I belong? These are timeless questions that guide the church to its fundamental calling. Today terms like neighbor, family, and congregation are being redefined. People are searching to belong in new places and experiences. The church needs to adapt its interpretations, definitions, and language to make sense in the changing culture.

Narrative of an excursion to the mountains of Piemont, in the year MDCCCXXIII : and researches among the Vaudois, or Waldenses

April 17, 2019
Gilly, William Stephen, 1789-1855.
London : C. and J. Rivington, 1826.
xxiii, 295, lxxxvi, 2 pages : 2 folded maps, 3 folded facsimiles ; 23 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges.

Call it grace : finding meaning in a fractured world

April 15, 2019
Jones, Serene, 1959- author.
xxv, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Sin and grace -- Destiny and freedom -- Hatred and forgiveness -- Redeeming life and death.
"With a voice that is at once frank and poetic, humble and prophetic, intimate and practical, Serene Jones makes complex teachings around hatred, forgiveness, mercy, justice, death, sin, and grace understandable and immediately applicable for modern people. Excavating the wisdom of great theological voices--Soren Kierkegaard, Reinhold Niebuhr, John Calvin, James Baldwin, James Cone, Luce Irigaray, Saint Teresa of Avila--she brings them to life with an intimacy and vividness that illumines our lives and our culture now"--Jacket.

Exceptional you! : 7 ways to live encouraged, empowered, and intentional

April 15, 2019
Osteen, Victoria, author.
New York : Faith Words, 2019.
x, 226 pages ; 24 cm
Know that you are chosen: Put on your crown ; Speak the amen -- Lift up your eyes: Set your eyes on the promises ; Align yourself with God -- Keep your memory box full: The power of remembrance ; Encourage yourself -- Travel light: Invest in your future ; Make every day exceptional -- Love well: Better together ; Become a blessing -- Live in the now: Don't wait to appreciate ; Make every season count -- Power up: Draw close to God ; Connect to the source.
Victoria Osteen shares seven ways to become the exceptional person God has called people to be. Through empowering, uplifting stories and biblical teachings, Victoria encourages listeners to set their minds and intents towards the important things in life.

The miracle lady : Kathryn Kuhlman and the transformation of charismatic Christianity

April 15, 2019
Artman, Amy Collier, 1970- author.
xii, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
The making of a miracle lady -- The beginning of miracles -- Televising testimony -- Leading lady -- Producing change -- Filming a miracle -- Death of a healer.

Unashamed : a coming-out guide for LGBTQ Christians

April 15, 2019
Cantorna, Amber, author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, 2019.
xi, 160 pages 22 cm
You are not broken -- Claiming hope -- We need one another -- How do I know if I'm ready? -- Taking the leap of faith : coming out to your loved ones -- Boundaries are not disrespectful -- Am I worth it? -- "I love you, but..." -- If your heart is aching -- Do you not know what the divine can do with your diversity?

Crushing : God turns pressure into power

April 15, 2019
Jakes, T. D., author.
260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
When everything falls apart -- Quality control -- The strategy of cultivation -- Pruning is not punishment -- Blood of the vine -- The price of crushing -- Let's make wine -- Power in the blood -- A vat full of wait -- Out of the tomb and into the bottle -- Spiritual fermentation -- An eternal pairing -- A tasting with the King -- The wedding planner -- New wine.
"In his most personal offering yet, Bishop Jakes tells crushing stories from his own journey-the painful experience of learning his young teenage daughter was pregnant, the agony of watching his mother succumb to Alzheimer's, and the shock and helplessness he felt when his son had a heart attack. Bishop Jakes wants to encourage you that God uses difficult, crushing experiences to prepare you for unexpected blessings. If you are faithful through suffering, you will be surprised by God's joy, comforted by His peace, and fulfilled with His purpose. Crushing will inspire you to have hope, even in your most difficult moments. If you trust in God and lean on Him during setbacks, He will lead you through" --

Dear universe : 200 mini-meditations for instant manifestations

April 15, 2019
Prout, Sarah, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
pt. 1. How my conversation with the universe began -- pt. 2. 100 mini-meditations to rise above fear -- pt. 3. 100 mini-meditations to embrace love -- pt. 4. Keeping up the momentum of inspiration.

Old Testament ethics : a guided tour

April 15, 2019
Goldingay, John, author.
Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, [2019].
viii, 278 pages ; 23 cm


April 15, 2019
Simons, Ruth Chou, author, illustrator.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Discovering timeless truths through seasons of the heart"--Cover.
"This journey is as perennial as the seasons. GraceLaced is about more than pretty florals and fanciful brushwork - it's about flourishing. With carefully crafted intention, the beautiful volume of seasonal devotions from artist and author Ruth Chou Simons encourages readers in any circumstance to become deeply rooted in God's faithful promises. GraceLaced extends a soul-stirring invitation to draw close to God while ... Resting in who He is, Rehearsing the truth He says about you, Responding in faith to those truths, Remembering His provision to sustain you, time and time again. Who we are and who He is never changes, even though everything else rarely stays the same. Let this book point you to truth as you journey through the changing seasons of your heart."--Back cover.

Jesus and the disinherited

April 15, 2019
Thurman, Howard, 1900-1981.
Boston : Beacon Press, 1976.
112 pages ; 21 cm
First published in 1949 by Abingdon Press.

Fire by night : finding God in the pages of the Old Testament

April 12, 2019
Florer-Bixler, Melissa, author.
Harrisonburg, Virginia : Herald Press, 2019.
191 pages ; 21 cm
A prayer for readers of the Old Testament -- Foreword / by Luke Powery -- Preface -- God of reckoning -- God of neighbors -- God of victims -- God of memory -- God of wanderers -- God of darkness -- God of wonder -- God of birds -- God of the vulnerable -- God of the table -- God of friendship.

Don't give up : faith that gives you the confidence to keep believing and the courage to keep going

April 12, 2019
Idleman, Kyle, author.
Grand Rapids : Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
235 pages ; 22 cm
No more Mr. Rogers -- Listen to the crowd -- Keep believing -- Keep fighting -- Keep perspective -- Throw off the weight -- Unhindered by anxiety -- Unchained from religion -- Unleashed from lies -- Untangled from unbelief -- Run your race -- Obstacle course -- One step at a time -- Keep your confidence -- Can't stop, won't stop.
Our lives are minefields of challenges that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. But God whispers to the weary, Don't give up. Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman encourages readers to cast their concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

James : biblical commentary

April 12, 2019
Meyer, Joyce, 1943- author.
New York : FaithWords, 2019.
ix, 134 pages ; 22 cm
At head of title on jacket cover: Practical insights for everyday Christian living.
Introduction: About James -- Tests and trials lead to joy -- Asking in faith, contentment, and perseverance -- Dealing with temptation and being a doer of the word -- Living by the royal law of love -- How to have a living faith -- Faith and the power of words -- Becoming truly wise -- Effective prayer and keeping God first -- The grace of God -- Avoiding what's wrong, doing what's right -- Practical advice for believers -- In conclusion.
James has so much to say about living a powerful and effective life in Christ. The book addresses a variety of topics important to growing your faith and teaches that you not only need to read the Word of God and know what it says, but you also need to act on it. Internationally renowned Bible teacher Joyce Meyer provides a close study and commentary on the book of James.

The time is now : a call to uncommon courage

April 12, 2019
Chittister, Joan, author.
New York : Convergent, [2019]
139 pages ; 22 cm
Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, who appeared on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, offers a soul-stirring and inspiring guide that speaks to all who feel disillusioned and dissatisfied with the power-hungry institutions and systems of this world. Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women's rights for over 50 years. Called "one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors" by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment draws on the wisdom of prophets--both ancient and modern--to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us. Pairing scriptural insights with stirring narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment. For the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, Sister Joan's energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times.

Your life is worth living : 50 lessons to deepen your faith

April 12, 2019
Sheen, Fulton J. (Fulton John), 1895-1979, author.
New York : Image, [2019]
xiii, 418 pages ; 21 cm
Includes study guide by Maura Poston Zagrans.
Foreword author's name misspelled on title page as Barrow.
God and man -- Christ and his church -- Sin -- Sacraments -- World, soul, and things.

The power of a praying wife

April 12, 2019
Omartian, Stormie, author.
201 pages ; 22 cm
Previously published in 1997.
The power -- His wife -- His work -- His finances -- His sexuality -- His affection -- His temptations -- His mind -- His fears -- His purpose -- His choices -- His health -- His protection -- His trials -- His integrity -- His reputation -- His priorities -- His relationships -- His fatherhood -- His past -- His attitude -- His marriage -- His emotions -- His walk -- His talk -- His repentance -- His deliverance -- His obedience -- His self-image -- His faith -- His hearing -- His future.
Stormie joyfully inspires you to develop a deeper relationship with your husband by utilizing the amazing power of prayer. with practical advice on praying for specific areas of your husband's life, including his spiritual walk, his emotions, his role as a father, leader, and decision-maker, his security in work and finances, his health and plysical protection and his faith and his future."

Can't make this stuff up! : finding the upside to life's downs

April 11, 2019
Lewis, Susannah B., 1981- author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2019.
xvi, 205 pages ; 21 cm

When she FLPT : overcoming suicide through transformed thoughts

April 8, 2019
Jackson, Michelle R. author.
124 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Forgiveness -- Love -- Purpose -- Transformative thoughts -- Healing -- Abundance -- Restoration -- Deliverance -- Overcoming the boogeyman -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments.
"This book is for anyone who has experienced trauma of any kind. Every trauma can be healed and overcome by applying forgiveness and love and by finding the purpose that experience served through transforming your thoughts. No matter what you've gone through when you get FLPT, you can receive healing, abundance, restoration, and deliverance. So come get FLPT HARD with me"--Provided by publisher.

Man of the house : a handbook for building a shelter that will last in a world that is falling apart

April 8, 2019
Wiley, Chris.
Eugene, Oregon : Resource Publications, 2017.
xviii, 142 pages ; 23 cm.
What is your plan for the end of the world as we know it? How will you protect the people you love? What will you leave to them when you are gone? The good news is this is not the first time the world has ended. What's more, men were made for times like these. And the men of the past--the good ones, anyway--have left us a plan to follow. They built houses to last--houses that could weather a storm. This book contains their plan. -- back cover.

Shark proof : how to deal with difficult people

April 5, 2019
Keesee, Drenda, author.
173 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Have you ever encountered a shark? Drenda Keesee has--both in the ocean and in the workplace! In this book, Drenda is not talking about the kind of sharks you see on shark week. She's talking about the kind of sharks you encounter every week--at work, in relationships, and even at church. She's talking about the kind of sharks who wound you with words and accusations; take bites out of your time; rip the joy from your dreams; and leave you hopeless, injured, and floating in a sea of confusion. You don't have to live in fear of sharks anymore!"--Amazon website.

On faith : lessons from an American believer

April 4, 2019
Scalia, Antonin, author.
New York : Crown Forum, 2019.
237 pages ; 19 cm
Includes index.
An inspiring collection of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's reflections on his own faith, on the challenges that religious believers face in modern America, and on the religious freedoms protected by the Constitution.

Confronting Old Testament controversies : pressing questions about evolution, sexuality, history, and violence

April 4, 2019
Longman, Tremper, author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
xix, 294 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
Creation and evolution : are the Bible and science in conflict? -- Did the exodus and conquest happen and does it matter? -- Divine violence : does God kill? -- Sexuality : is homosexual practice affirmed?
"Respected OT scholar addresses the four most controversial issues in the Old Testament--creation and evolution, violence, historicity, and sexuality--offering a valuable resource for evaluating difficult topics in depth and responding as Christians"-- Provided by publisher.

God's favorites : Judaism, Christianity, and the myth of divine chosenness

April 2, 2019
Coogan, Michael David, author.
170 pages ; 23 cm
Presuppositions -- Abraham and sons -- His name is Jealous -- Divinely chosen kings and kingdoms -- Which remnant is chosen? -- Christians as a new chosen people -- Beyond the Bible: sacred spaces and their ownership -- God shed his light on thee? -- Fundamentalist Zionisms -- Immigrants and refugees, ideals and realities -- Beyond tribalism.
"For readers interested in exploring the roots of their religious traditions, for critics of religious intolerance, and for anyone who wants to learn about the origins of the ethnic and religious animosities that persist to this day Throughout history, in the service of politics and power, the biblical concept of chosen people has been used to justify prejudice, persecution, invasion, and genocide. In God's Favorites, prominent biblical scholar Michael Coogan critiques the idea of "chosenness" in Judaism and Christianity. Coogan argues that it is not God who chooses individuals and groups but rather that groups describe themselves as divinely chosen to rationalize their view of themselves as superior to others. Explaining biblical texts as only one deeply versed in the languages and histories of biblical world can, he then shows how the claim of divine choice has been used from biblical times to the present, often with pernicious consequences, to enhance a group's self-importance and to legitimate its territorial expansion. In place of the idea of chosenness, Coogan calls for a renewed focus on the Bible's universal themes and the idea that God is not partial to any one group of people"-- Provided by publisher.

The activated disciple : taking your faith to the next level

April 1, 2019
Cavins, Jeff, author.
West Chester, Pennsylvania : Ascension Press, [2018] ©2018
134 pages ; 22 cm
Are you a fan or a follower? -- Imitating God -- Who's choosing whom? -- Relationship in process -- Going all in -- The disciplines of a disciple -- Covered in the dust of the Rabbi -- A cup of "KeurigMa".
"Practice Is Over. It's Game Time. The Activated Disciple teaches you how to imitate God, so you can become an instrument for him to transform the world. If you yearn for a life that moves beyond believing and practicing, if you yearn to become an activated disciple, then this book is for you. The foundation of discipleship is imitation. The Activated Disciple learns to walk in the ways of the Lord. Discipleship requires such a close relationship with God that every area of your life is transformed. It is about opening yourself to God and inviting him to dwell within you, becoming holy as he is holy, loving as he is loving. By imitating God, disciples become the instruments God employs to transform the world. Take your faith to the next level. Transform every area of your life to become more like Christ. Learn how to overcome the obstacles that keep you from being the disciple you are called to be. Move beyond believing and practicing your faith, and begin radically living it. Learn how to become an instrument of transformation in the lives of others."--provided by

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