Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The wandering mind: what Medieval monks tell us about distraction

By Kreiner, Jamie

Publishing Date: [2023]

Classification: 200

Call Number: 206.57 KRE

"A revelatory account of how Christian monks identified distraction as a fundamental challenge, and how their efforts to defeat it can inform ours, more than a millennium later"--

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Magnificent corpses: searching through Europe for St. Peter's head, St. Chiara's heart, St. Stephen's hand, and other saints' relics

By Rufus, Anneli S

Publishing Date: 1999

Classification: 200

Call Number: 235.2094 RUF

Holy relics--the bodily remains of saints and other sacred figures--were for centuries the most revered objects in the Western world, at center-stage in Europe's great churches and cathedrals. Today some relics have been shunted to side chapels and dark crypts, yet many continue to draw prayerful pilgrims, as they have for centuries, seeking solace, inspiration, and signs of miracles. In Magnificent Corpses, Anneli Rufus recounts her visits to 18 of Europe's most significant relics. With an engaging mix of history and personal narrative, Rufus tells their secret stories and, along the way, revisits with a fresh eye the compelling accounts of the saints whose physical bodies the relics

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A crazy, holy grace: the healing power of pain and memory

By Buechner, Frederick

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 200

Call Number: 248.8 BUE

When pain is real, why is God silent? Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. In this essential collection of essays, including one never before published, Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. He writes about what it means to be a steward of our pain, and about this grace from God that seems arbitrary and yet draws us to his holiness and care. Finally he writes about the magic of memory and how it can close up the old wounds with the memories of past goodnesses and graces from God. Here now are the best of Buechner's writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of hidden secrets, loss of a dearly beloved, letting go, resurrection from the ruins, peace, and listening for the quiet voice of God. And he reveals that pain and sorrow can be a treasure--an amazing grace. Buechner says that loss will come to all of us, but he writes that we are not alone. Crazy and unreal as it may sometimes seem, God's holy, healing grace is always present and available if we are still enough to receive it.

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The church of mercy: a vision for the church

By Francis

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 200

Call Number: 252.02 FRA

Pope Francis has captured the world's attention with his seemingly counterintuitive approach to leadership. In "The Church of Mercy," readers get a first-hand look at Pope Francis's vision of the good news of Christian hope and mercy. Designed for a broad readership, this is a compilation of essays, speeches, and homilies by Pope Francis since his election on being a church that exists among and for the people, solidarity with the poor, and the need to demolish the idols of power and money.

John G. Paton : missionary to the New Hebrides: an autobiography edited by his brother, James Paton

By Paton, John Gibson

Publishing Date: 2021

Classification: 200

Call Number: 266.0092 PAT

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Hamlet's mill: an essay on myth and the frame of time

By De Santillana, Giorgio

Publishing Date: 1977, 1969

Classification: 200

Call Number: 291 DES

"In this classic work of scientific and philosophical inquiry, the authors track world myths to a common origin in early man's descriptions of cosmological activity, arguing that these remnants of ancient astronomy, suppressed by the Greeks and Romans and then forgotten, were really a form of preliterate science"--Publisher marketing

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The golden bough: a study in magic and religion

By Frazer, James George

Publishing Date: 1963

Classification: 200

Call Number: 291 FRA

The Golden Bough attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief, ranging from ancient belief systems to relatively modern religions such as Christianity. Its thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that revolved around the worship of, and periodic sacrifice of, a sacred king. This king was the incarnation of a dying and reviving god, a solar deity who underwent a mystic marriage to a goddess of the earth, who died at the harvest, and was reincarnated in the spring. Frazer claims that this legend is central to almost all of the world's mythologies. The germ for Frazer's thesis was the pre-Roman priest-king at the fane of Nemi, who was ritually murdered by his successor.

The flight of the wild gander: explorations in the mythological dimension

By Campbell, Joseph

Publishing Date: 1990

Classification: 200

Call Number: 291.13 CAM

"Exploration in the mythological dimensions of fairy tales, legends, and symbols"--Cover subtitle.

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The Jewish festivals: a guide to their history and observance

By Shoys, Hayim

Publishing Date: 1996

Classification: 200

Call Number: 296.43 SHO

Long considered a classic for its rich portrait of the diversity and depth of Jewish observance, this account of the orgins and development of the Jewish holidays also provides a fascinating and useful guide to the rituals, customs, and ceremonies practiced by Jews throughout history in all parts of the world. Hayyim Schauss taught for more than twenty-five years at the Jewish Teachers Seminary in New York and at the College of Jewish Studies and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He was the author of many books and articles on the Jewish religion and its customs, ceremonies and folklore.

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The Nag Hammadi scriptures

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 200

Call Number: 299.932

This up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the sacred Gnostic manuscripts features introductory essays, notes, tables, and more to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts that have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought.

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