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Readers Paradise

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  • Grace: More than We Deserve, Greater than We Imagine

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Max Lucado
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and pre-meal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response.

    Linda says: "If I lived in Texas....."
    "UnmeritedFavor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, the lessons learned on the nature of God and the principals of grace are invaluable. I love how Mr. Lucado says "don't settle for Whimpy grace" We have yet to tap into real grace, after reading this book I plan to us the tools and do it.


    What other book might you compare Grace to and why?

    After listening to Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala I compare the two because of content. Valuable lessons about the Holy Spirit and Grace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The analogies used to help the listener understand grace really was several Aha!!! moments.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me smile and in some places I also laughed out loud at the sarcasm.


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  • One Chance: A Thrilling Christian Fiction Mystery Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Daniel Patterson
    • Narrated By Mim Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    With the exception of a double homicide twenty-three years ago, nothing big happened in tiny Franklin, Florida. Most of Officer Penelope Chance's cases were relatively minor incidents. In spite of her prayers, the truth was sometimes she wished a case like this would cross her desk. Something to get her blood pumping and give her brain a good workout. So when she gets the call about an attempted murder, she can't help but get excited... But when she learns who the victim is... And who's suspected of the crime... her blood runs cold.

    Readers Paradise says: "Its in His Hands"
    "Its in His Hands"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Chance the most enjoyable?

    I could feel the characters in he way Mim Drew told the story, the audio made it more real. As I listened I kept wondering as a police office how did Penny keep her faith?
    I'm sure at times it was challenged, but it certainly didn't take anything from the storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Inspiration/Christian Fiction with some mystery thrown in.


    What about Mim Drew’s performance did you like?

    I did like it, she has a voice that pulls you in.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Penelope's First Case


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  • Lead Me, Holy Spirit: Longing to Hear the Voice of God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stormie Omartian
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
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    Readers can walk in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in every area of life. With a sure hand, Stormie helps readers to see that the Holy Spirit wants those who know Him to hear His gentle leading when He speaks to their heart, soul, and spirit. He wants to help believers enter into the relationship with God they yearn for, the wholeness and freedom God has for them, and the fulfillment of God's promises to them. He wants to lead them.

    naturalcreations1 says: "A Must Read"
    "Principles to Live By"
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    If you could sum up Lead Me, Holy Spirit in three words, what would they be?

    Activation is Key


    What other book might you compare Lead Me, Holy Spirit to and why?

    Forgotten God by Francis Chan
    Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala
    The Holy Spirit by Kevin L. DeYoung


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She had a voice that kept me listening


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Only is Guidance


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  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Richard J. Foster
    • Narrated By Richard J. Foster
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (14)
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    In the 20 years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. Now you can explore the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith and discover how only by and through these practices can the true path to spiritual growth be found. Richard J. Foster is a Quaker and the founder of Renovaré, an infrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the Church in all her multifaceted expressions.

    Mike says: "For those serious about walking with Jesus"
    "Fulfilling LIfe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Celebration of Discipline to be better than the print version?

    I won't compare the audio to the print version, yes I have both and use both for different purposes. While at work I listen and during study time in a small group at church, but I also listen when it comes time to doing homework and I also read the print version.
    So I like both for different and the same reasons.It all depends on whether you are visual or audio being.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Holy Spirit is always my favorite character during study because He leads us into all truth and will help me to remember. In this listen you clearly can feel the Holy Spirit showing you how to walk in these Disciplines.


    What does Richard J. Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sound - and being able to apply the sound with the words, you can hear them, they don't get muddled with other books you read, because audio is personalized to the story teller.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ReTHINK Your LIfe or

    Disciplines are a necessity


    Any additional comments?

    In the same way we have work ethics, and morals for our personal life we really need to look at these Disciplines for our Spiritual life.

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  • Forgotten God: Remembering Our Crucial Need for the Holy Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Francis Chan
    • Narrated By Francis Chan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    A follow up to the profound message of Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit's direction in our lives. "In the name of the Father, the Son, and ... the Holy Spirit." We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two?

    Steven says: "A wakeup call ALL Christians need"
    "Outstanding Spirit"
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    What made the experience of listening to Forgotten God the most enjoyable?

    The author has several videos on his website which was a great accompaniment of this audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Holy Spirit because without Him we would have nothing. Francis Chan the author says "God put His Spirit in us so we could be known for our power. Sadly, most believers
    and churches are known for talent and intellect rather than supernatural power"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In Chapter 7 the author shared that God talks to the disciples about peace in John 14-16, I enjoy learning new things about the bible that I've missed


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing Happens Without Him


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  • Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T. D. Jakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
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    Forgive and forget. It should be easy to do—so why don’t we do it? The father who wasn’t always there for us. The mother who punished us. The spouse who betrayed us. The children who will leave us behind. Whoever and whatever the source of hurt, there is always a path to forgiveness. But too often, instead of forgiving, too many of us live with resentments and grudges that keep us stuck, robbing us of joy, peace, and purpose.

    rossana says: "an eye opener"
    "Worth the listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think it was even though I didn't learn/hear anytihng I didn't already know the re-inforcement of the information was valuable, because this listen put it in the forefront of mmy mind once again.


    Would you be willing to try another book from T. D. Jakes? Why or why not?

    Bishop Jakes is a dynamic speaker in the pulpit, on stage and his TV presence is phenomal, which is why I was confused about this narration.

    I'm not sure I would listen to another Jakes book unless I can sample it first. This was my first and he talked slow and he sounded sad. I shut it off many times for these reasons. I wonder if he was going through something regarding forgiveness and this title brought it all back. I wanted to cry for his sadness.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his voice was sad and slow I was so glad my phone has a speed feature so I set it to I think 1.5


    Could you see Let It Go being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way, this is strictly a resource book not made for TV.


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  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (358)

    Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself, The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, and much more.

    Kimberly says: "What's Your Growth Plan?"
    "I'm growing!"
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    Where does The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one ranks pretty high on my list of self help motivational reads. I learned quite a bit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are not any characters in this book, but none are needed because this one is personally about you!


    Have you listened to any of John C. Maxwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first, but it won't be my last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I totally enjoyed the "frog analogy" Mr. Maxwell shared while speaking about people who do, and I will share with you:
    5 frogs were sitting on a log, 4 decided to jump off how many was left?


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  • The Resolution for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Priscilla Shirer, Stephen Kendrick (foreword), Alexander Kendrick (foreword)
    • Narrated By Priscilla Shirer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    From best-selling author Priscilla Shirer, in partnership with the creators of The Love Dare, comes a resolution that challenges you to realign your daily decisions in a way that glorifies God and fulfills who He created you to be. Layered with biblical truth and seasoned with encouragement, The Resolution for Women will inspire the woman you see in the mirror to trust God’s perfect plan for her life, resolving to become “purposefully feminine, surprisingly satisfied, and faithfully His.”

    lecretia says: "Very insightful and inspiring"
    "Great resource"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Resolution for Women the most enjoyable?

    the content is for ALL women, single, married or in the meantime.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was not a character book, it is filled with information shared by Priscilla and the The Holy Spirit. So I would have to say my favorite was the Holy Spirit.


    What does Priscilla Shirer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emphasis on certain phrases and actions she read which in her mind was totally important for the reader to grasp and book mark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me want to be a better, sister, daughter, partner and overall person.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not the type of woman who makes resolutions each year, but this has me re-thinking making them.

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  • Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Francis Chan
    • Narrated By Francis Chan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    "When people gladly sacrifice their time or comfort or home, it is obvious that they trust in the promises of God. Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply with us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical or intense? Or why do we call it radical when, to Jesus, it is simply the way it is? The way it should be?"

    JustDeb says: "Life Changing"
    "Agape"
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    What made the experience of listening to Crazy Love the most enjoyable?

    Knowing that the author cared enough about his readers to use his own voice, I appreciated that.


    What other book might you compare Crazy Love to and why?

    Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala - this book is narrated by Jim Cymbala and its fantastic. It opens the listener up to understanding more of God in a simple way, but very real. Francis Chan has the same skill.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first but I have watched his videos on his site and his inflection and pace of wording is the same superior.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I believe this book changed me and my relationship with God.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (461)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "Simply Unforgettable"
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    What a remarkable story by first time author Anaya Mathis. We journey with Hattie Shepherd and her disconnected family as they fight for a connection with her.The story opens with her newborn twins Philadelphia and Jubilee’s death from pneumonia.

    As if the death of her children weren't enough Hattie’s comes to realize that her husband August, reveals himself to be a cheat and a piss poor provider. So Hattie finds happiness with another and leaves August and goes to Baltimore,but as fast as she leaves she returns, memories from her past quickly begin to prick her heart. You see, when a sick heart is longing for another it’s hard to love the ones you’re with, but it’s easier to become cold. Hattie’s children began to feel that coldness which moved into her heart, and they began to resent her.

    Will they come to terms with the fact that their mom cannot love them? Is it too much to ask children to understand that you are preparing them for the hurt in the world that is sure to come?

    Mathis writes a beautiful but sometimes heart wrenching story of overcoming life’s challenges. Very interesting story of family crisis, love and pain.



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  • The Story of Jesus, NIV: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles (editor)
    • Narrated By Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    This audio edition of The Story of Jesus is a compelling, easy-to-follow presentation that is rooted in the clear, accessible language of the New International Version Bible. Revealing and insightful, this is the Jesus story in a concise, single narrative. Whether it's a gift, the basis for a small group, or just a keepsake you want for yourself, this is one powerful presentation you'll listen to again and again.

    Russell says: "highly recomend"
    "Outstanding & Anointing"
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    Where does The Story of Jesus, NIV rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is clearly one of my top listens, the subject: Jesus and the delivery was fantastic. Clear concise and no divinity degree required.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It helped me to understand the book of John better than my reading it as self study. I have listened to this book 2 or 3 times since buying it.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Blain-Rozgay and Allison Moffett – was your favorite?

    Character? Umm not sure I guess listening to Jesus tell Peter 3 times he would deny him before the crow crows was outstanding but the narrator really kept the story moving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Praise Him..


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you know the book of John experience this listen, you won't be disappointed.

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