New Arrivals · Religion

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Winning the worry battle : life lessons from the book of Joshua

April 19, 2018
Roose, Barbara L., author.
Nashville : Abingdon Press, [2018]
x, 229 pages ; 22 cm

The wonder years : 40 women over 40 on aging, faith, beauty, and strength

April 19, 2018
231 pages ; 22 cm
Lasts. Never again--period! / Shelly Wildman ; Leaving the night behind / Julie Owens ; I renounce snap judgments--again / Jeanne Murray Walker ; Make no mistake / Shannon Ethridge ; The fetters and freedom of family / Amy F. Davis Abdallah ; No more comparing / Andrea Stephens ; The gift of regret / Michelle Van Loon ; Learn when to stop / Luci Swindoll ; Skin blotches and jiggly thighs / Margot Starbuck ; Life in high def / Nancy Stafford ; I lay down my doubts, I take up my pen / Leslie Leyland Fields ; Pay attention to what makes you cry / Jennifer Grant ; Enough of not enough / Suanne Camfield ; The grace to be diminished / Win Couchman --
"We're all getting older. How do we make the second half of our lives the best half? Forty incredible women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle aging anxieties head-on--and upend them with compelling first person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom. In three thematic sections--Firsts, Lasts, and Always--these women provide much-needed role models for aging honestly, beautifully, and faithfully, with surprises all along the way. These are indeed the wonder years"--Back cover.

Everyday holy : finding a big God in the little moments : 100 devotions

April 18, 2018
Shankle, Melanie, author.
222 pages : 21 cm
"It is a rite of passage for every woman: the day you wake up and say, "Wait, THIS is the life I signed up for?!?" We've all been there---Melanie Shankle is just brave enough to say it out loud. Everyday Holy is your invitation to reexamine your life and find the beautiful little pieces that create a picture of a beautiful big God"--Amazon.

ESV Archaeology Study Bible : English Standard Version.

April 18, 2018
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway Books c2017.
xxii, 2023 pages : color illustrations, color maps, ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"The ESV Archaeology Study Bible roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, offering readers a framework for better understanding the people, places, and events recorded in Scripture. With editorial oversight from Dr. John Currid (PhD, University of Chicago) and Dr. David Chapman (PhD, University of Cambridge), as well as contributions from a team of field-trained archaeologists, the Archaeology Study Bible assembles a range of modern scholarship--pairing the biblical text with over 2,000 study notes, 400 full-color photographs, 200 maps and diagrams, 200 sidebars, 15 articles, and 4 timelines."

Christ from beginning to end : how the full story of scripture reveals the full glory of Christ

April 18, 2018
Hunter, Trent, 1981- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
279 pages ; 22 cm
"Christ from Beginning to End is written to help Christians understand better how every part of Scripture fits together to reveal the glory of Christ Jesus. In Part 1, Wellum and Hunter reintroduce us to the Bible—what it is, how it comes to us, and what it's centrally about. Then, in Part 2, they walk from one side of the Bible's story to the other, carefully tracing the Bible's storyline from Genesis to Revelation. As readers see how our triune God's plan unfolds through his covenants, they will be equipped for a lifetime of seeing Christ's glory in Scripture."--Inside dust jacket.

Theology of the body for beginners : a basic introduction to Pope John Paul II's sexual revolution

April 18, 2018
West, Christopher, 1969-
West Chester, Pa. : Ascension Press, ©2009.
ix, 155 pages ; 22 cm
What is the theology of the body? -- Before the fig leaves : God's original plan for the body -- The entrance of the fig leaves : the effects of sin and the redemption of the body -- Beyond the fig leaves : the resurrection of the body -- Celibacy for the kingdom: a marriage made in heaven -- Marriage as a divine gift -- Marriage as a human sign of God's love -- Theology in the bedroom : a liberating sexual morality -- Sharing the theology of the body in a "new evangelization."
"According to Pope John Paul II, if we live according to the true meaning of our sexuality, we "fulfill the very meaning of [our] being and existence." The human body is a "theology" because it is meant to be a sign of God's own life and love in the world. With clarity and precision, Christopher West unpacks John Paul II's Theology of the Body, translating it into a language everyone can understand"--Amazon.

The darkening age : the Christian destruction of the classical world

April 17, 2018
Nixey, Catherine, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
xxxv, 315 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The invisible army -- The battleground of demons -- Wisdom is foolishness -- "On the small number of martyrs" -- These deranged men -- The most magnificent building in the world -- To despise the temples -- How to destroy a demon -- The reckless ones -- To drink from the cup of devils -- To cleanse the error of demons -- Carpe diem -- They that forsake the way of God -- To obliterate the tyranny of joy -- "Merciful savagery" -- "A time of tyranny and crisis."
Offers a history of the rise of Christianity in the classical world that focuses on its terrible cost, in terms of violence and dogmatic intolerance, that helped bring upon the dark ages.

Loving him well : practical advice on influencing your husband

April 16, 2018
Thomas, Gary (Gary Lee), author.
281 pages ; 22 cm
Previously published in 2006 as Sacred Influence.
"In Loving Him Well, Gary Thomas builds on concepts from his bestselling book Sacred Marriage to reveal the inner workings of a man's heart and mind. He delves into Scriptures that help women gain biblical insight to influence their husbands. Exploring the research of neuroscientists, trained counselors, and abuse victim advocates, Gary also interviews dozens of wives to find what has worked and what hasn't as they've sought to build the best marriage possible. In this newly updated version of Sacred Influence, Gary Thomas outlines practical applications you can begin using today, with study questions at the end of each chapter."

Godsong : a verse translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with commentary

April 12, 2018
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
xxxvii, 210 pages ; 22 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
Arjuna despairs -- Samkhya -- Karma -- Renounce through knowledge -- Renounce through works -- Concentrate -- Know and discern -- Brahman the imperishable -- Royal wisdom, royal secret -- Expansive glories -- Envision the universal form -- Devote yourself -- The field and the knower of the field -- Tell apart the three Gunas -- The highest human godhood -- Tell the divine from the demonic inheritance -- Tell apart the three kinds of faith -- Free yourself through renunciation -- Listener's guides to sessions 1-18.
"A fresh, strikingly immediate and elegant verse translation of the classic, with an introduction and helpful guides to each section, by the rising American poet. Born in the United States into a secularized Hindu family, Amit Majmudar puzzled over the many religious traditions on offer, and found that the Bhagavad Gita had much to teach him with its "song of multiplicities." Chief among them is that "its own assertions aren't as important as the relationships between its characters. The Gita imagined a relationship in which the soul and God are equals"; it is, he believes, "the greatest poem of friendship. in any language." His verse translation captures the many tones and strategies Krishna uses with Arjuna--strict and berating, detached and philosophical, tender and personable. "Listening guides" to each section follow the main text, and expand in accessible terms on the text and what is happening between the lines. Godsong is an instant classic in the field, from a poet of skill, fine intellect, and--perhaps most important--devotion"-- Provided by publisher.

The testimony of three who bear witness in earth, on the fact and mode of purification: : a sermon, delivered in Lebanon, Ohio, August 19, 1827.

April 12, 2018
Wilson, Joshua Lacy, 1774-1846.
Cincinnati: : Printed by Morgan, Fisher, and L'Hommedieu, 1827.
14, [2] p. ; 24 cm.
Last page blank.
"Sold by E.H. Flint, bookseller, corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets, south side of Upper Market, Cincinnati. Price, --12 1/2 cents, single;--$1 per dozen;--$9 per gross. Note.--$8 per gross, to clergymen, who purchase for the use of their congregations."--Page [15].
Sermon given by J.L. Wilson, the first minister at Cincinnati's First Presbyterian Church.

The Talmud : a biography

April 11, 2018
Wimpfheimer, Barry S.
x, 299 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

Praying for our adult sons and daughters : placing them in the heart of God

April 11, 2018
Boucher, John J., 1948-
Frederick, Md. : Word Among Us Press, ©2012.
180 pages ; 21 cm
Praying for God's love -- Praying for wisdom -- Praying for hopeful acceptance -- Praying for forgiveness -- Praying for patient trust -- Praying for the spiritual lives of our adult children -- Praying when our adult children are in danger -- Praying for a sense of vocation for our adult children -- Praying for the eternal happiness of our adult children -- Praying for one another's children.

Everybody always : becoming love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people

April 10, 2018
Goff, Bob, author.
ix, 230 pages ; 22 cm
Creepy people -- Meeting Carol -- Love everybody, always -- The yellow truck -- Limo driver -- Skydiving -- A day at the museum -- The pizza place -- From the lighthouse window -- Three green lights -- Last one, best one -- Three minutes at a time -- Karl's dive -- Land the plane -- A welcome from Walter -- What grace costs -- My bucket - Croc drop -- Be. Not. Afraid. -- Witch doctors and witness stands -- Randy's skill -- Kabi -- Where do you want to go? -- Graduation day.

Living a life you love : embracing the adventure of being led by the Holy Spirit

April 9, 2018
Meyer, Joyce, 1943- author.
New York : Faith Words, 2018.
xiii, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Loving life begins with Loving God: God has an amazing plan for you ; "This moment is the most important one you have" ; Refuse to let fear determine your destiny ; The power of grace ; Don't poison the present with the past ; Count your blessings -- Love yourself and you will love your life: Give yourself a break ; "A little thing that makes a big difference" ; Let's get spontaneous ; Enjoy the season you're in ; Rediscover your life ; See every day as an opportunity ; The five-minute rule ; Live every day like it's your last ; Be the you God created you to be -- Love other people and you will love your life: The power of love ; Build the right environment ; Rediscover the joy of relationships ; The rewarding result of sacrifice -- Afterword.
Encourages readers to shift their perspectives on their day-to-day experiences so that they can learn to love every moment in life and accept the happiness that is promised by God.

The path between us : an Enneagram journey to healthy relationships

April 9, 2018
Stabile, Suzanne, author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2018]
190 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Introduction -- 8s : vulnerability is not weakness -- 9s : risking conflict for connection -- 1s : things could always be better -- 2s : your feelings or mine? -- 3s : being everyone but myself -- 4s : go away but don't leave -- 5s : my fences have gates -- 6s : question everything -- 7s : it's all good -- Conclusion.
"Suzanne Stabile's new book on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others' personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships"--Back cover.

Grateful : the transformative power of giving thanks

April 5, 2018
Bass, Diana Butler, 1959- author.
San Francisco : HarperOne, [2018]
xxxi, 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Confession: no thanks -- Me: emotions-gifts and thanks -- Feeling grateful -- Heart matters -- Me: ethics-awareness & practice -- Habits of gratitude -- Intentional practice -- We: emotion-joy & celebration -- Grateful together -- Public gratitude -- We: ethics-community & politics -- The grateful society -- Circles of thanks -- Call: a grateful way.

A prophet with honor : the Billy Graham story

April 5, 2018
Martin, William C. (William Curtis), 1937- author.
825 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published in 1991.
Part 1: Genesis -- Mr. Graham goes to Washington -- A great cloud of witnesses -- Part 2: America's sensational young evangelist (1918-1949) -- Billy Frank -- The boy preacher -- Ruth -- "Geared to the times, anchored to the rock" -- The canvas cathedral -- Part 3: "From vict'ry unto vict'ry (1950-1960) -- Evangelism incorporated -- Principalities and powers -- Trust and obey -- Harringay -- Field white unto harvest -- New evangelicals, old fundamentalists -- God in the garden -- Reaping the whirlwind -- Unto the uttermost parts of the earth -- Part 4: The kingdoms of the world and their glory (1960-1974) -- Election and free will -- The Kennedy years -- Billy and Lyndon -- Second comings -- Dreams and wars -- Nixon revived -- The power and the glory -- "Billy, you stay out of politics" -- A ministry of reconciliation -- Vietnam and Watergate -- Part 5: Keeping the faith (1974-1990) -- Lausanne -- Higher ground -- A crack in the curtain -- The preacher and the bear -- Tribulation and triumph -- Amsterdam -- The constituted means -- Decently and in order -- The Bible [still] says -- What manner of man? -- "To the ends of the earth" -- Part 6: Finishing the course (the final years) -- The work of an evangelist -- "Guard what has been entrusted to you" -- "Having faithful children" -- The last days.
Chronicles Graham's ascent from revivalist preacher to world-renowned evangelist and discusses Graham's changing views, his relationship with world leaders, his professional accomplishments, and his personal life.

Faith : a journey for all

April 4, 2018
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
179 pages ; 22 cm
Meanings of faith -- Acquiring faith -- Religious faith -- Demonstrating our faith -- What faith means to me -- Challenges to faith.
All his life, President Jimmy Carter has been a courageous exemplar of faith. Now he shares the lessons he learned. He writes, "The issue of faith arises in almost every area of human existence, so it is important to understand its multiple meanings. In this book, my primary goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present, and future events in America and around the world. The religious aspects of faith are also covered, since this is how the word is most often used, and I have included a description of the ways my faith has guided and sustained me, as well as how it has challenged and driven me to seek a closer and better relationship with people and with God."

The invention of religion : faith and covenant in the book of Exodus

April 4, 2018
Assmann, Jan, author.
xviii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Translation of: Exodus, die Revolution der alten Welt.

Overcoming shame

April 4, 2018
Baker, Mark W., 1965- author.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2018]
216 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: what God's grace can do for you -- Do you have a problem with guilt or shame? -- What causes shame? -- The power of vulnerability -- Humility has nothing to do with humiliation -- Jesus and self-esteem -- Resentment: the deadly weapon that backfires -- How to heal envy and jealousy -- The secret cause of narcissism -- The different faces of shame -- What's the point of therapy? -- Overcoming shame -- Afterword: the differences between men and women -- Appendix: Bible verses on shame, shame-free living, and guilt.
Combining psychological research, biblical teachings, and clinical experience, Dr. Mark W. Baker provides a valuable resource for overcoming shame. Discover the reasons behind your hidden pain - and the remedy that brings real healing. -- Publisher's description.

Unafraid : living with courage and hope in uncertain times

April 4, 2018
Hamilton, Adam, 1964- author.
New York : Convergent, [2018]
viii, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Understanding and countering fear -- Crime, race, terrorism, and politics -- Failure, disappointing others, insignificance, and loneliness -- Apocalypse, change, missing out, and finances -- Aging, illness, dying, and fear of the Lord -- Appendix: 31 days of scripture readings on fear.
You'd be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. Making matters worse, not a week goes by when some new threat or calamity isn't dominating the headlines. Why are there so many tragedies? we wonder. What will happen next? As the senior pastor of a large, diverse church in America's heartland, Adam Hamilton has seen the cost of fear up close. When he surveyed his congregation on how fear affects them, 2,400 people responded--and what they said was eye-opening. Eighty percent admitted to living with moderate or significant levels of fear. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse. Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus's recurring counsel: "Do not be afraid." For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.

A course in mysticism and miracles : begin your spiritual adventure

April 2, 2018
Mundy, Jon, author.
Newburyport : Weiser Books, 2018.
294 pages ; 23 cm
"In this book, Jon Mundy explores the tenets of mysticism and the teachings of A Course in Miracles, a book now regarded as a modern spiritual classic. Mysticism is the core of all true religions, and its teachings offer a way, or a path, to living in harmony with the Divine. The Course offers deep insight into the workings of the mind. When studied together, they provide spiritual awakening, clarity, and understanding. Both informative and inspirational, A Course in Mysticism and Miracles can motivate us to do the work required to develop a contemplative life. Its insights reveal that peace is available to us all."

Open to the Spirit : God in us, God with us, God transforming us

April 2, 2018
McKnight, Scot.
xvii, 221 pages ; 21 cm
"Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do in our lives? How can we know him more deeply, and is it possible to tap into his power? Should we pray to the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to be aware of his promptings and speaking into our lives? Dr. Scot McKnight answers these questions and more in this comprehensive examination of what the Bible says about this divinely important, but often confusing member of the Trinity."--Publisher's website.

What I am living for : lessons from the life and writings of Thomas Merton

March 29, 2018
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2018]
xvii, 197 pages ; 22 cm.
Chronology of Merton's life and world events (1915-1968) -- part I. Lessons from the Life and Teachings of Thomas Merton : 1. Becoming who we are / James Martin, S.J. ; 2. Meeting Thomas Merton for the first time / Mary Neill, O.P. ; 3. On spiritual exploration / Robert Ellsberg ; 4. How to be a friend / Gregory K. Hillis ; 5. Our expanded religious and spiritual horizons / Kevin Hunt, O.C.S.O. Sensei ; 6. What it means to be a person of dialogue / Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M. 7. How we understand our sexual lives / Kaya Oakes -- part II. Life Lessons in the Light of Merton : 1. On the hundredth anniversry of Thomas Merton's birth / Bishop Robert Barron ; 2. How Thomas Merton and the music of Keith Jarett changed my life / Kevin Burns ; 3. Anatomy of a conversion / Paula Huston ; 4. Conversion in Morningside Heights / Rabbi Phil Miller ; 5. Merton's death as seen from the home grounds / Br. Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O. ; 6. The restless, furious, quietly abiding friend of us all / Pico Iyer ; 7. Thomas Merton and the realization of us / Sylvia Boorstein 8. Merton on the spiritual promise of interreligious dialogue / Acharya Judith Simmer- Brown ; 9. The dazzling light within / Ilia Delio, O.S.F. ; 10. False self, true self : finding the real me/ Sue Monk Kidd ; 11. Thomas Merton is a dangerous fellow / Timothy McCormick ; 12. Merton's love affair with the unknown / Fr. John Julian, O.J.N. ; 13. Staunch friendship for the love of God / Rabbi David Zaslow

The case for miracles : a journalist investigates evidence for the supernatural

March 29, 2018
Strobel, Lee, 1952- author.
319 pages ; 23 cm
part 1: The case against miracles : an interview with Dr. Michael Shermer: The making of a skeptic ; The knockdown argument ; Myths and miracles -- part 2: The case for miracles : an interview with Dr. Craig S. Keener: From skepticism to belief ; From Hume to Jesus ; A tide of miracles -- part 3: Science, dreams, and visions: The science of miracles : an interview with Dr. Candy Gunther Brown ; Dreams and visions : an interview with Missionary Tom Doyle --part 4: The most spectacular miracles: The astonishing miracle of creation : an interview with Dr. Michael G. Strauss ; Our miraculous universe and planet : continuing the interview with Dr. Michael G. Strauss ; The miracle of the Resurrection : an interview with Detective J. Warner Wallace -- part 5: Difficulties with miracles: Embarrassed by the supernatural : an interview with Dr. Roger E. Olson ; When miracles don't happen : an interview with Dr. Douglas R. Groothuis.
Strobel allows skeptic Michael Shermer to build a case against miracles-- and then builds a case for divine intervention in our world today. He then shows how God remains at work in our world, sometimes openly, sometimes mysteriously, but always in ways that draw us closer to Him.

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