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Ralph

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  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    Overall
    (178)
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    (152)
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    (150)

    How God is described today strikes many as mean, primitive, backwards, illogical, tribal, and at odds with the frontiers of science. At the same time, many intuitively feel a sense of reverence and awe in the world. Can we find a new way to talk about God? Pastor and New York Times best-selling author Rob Bell shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and reveals a new path for how to return vitality and vibrancy to how we understand God.

    Ralph says: "God is leading us ahead"
    "God is leading us ahead"
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    What made the experience of listening to What We Talk About When We Talk About God the most enjoyable?

    Rob's style is very conversational. I feel he is sitting right there next to me explaining all this to me, personally. He doesn't speak down to me, but he does talk about some very complex things in a way that I get it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how filled with hope his message is. How he explains that God is bigger than anything we imagined. He focuses on what is essential, but doesn't shy away from the things that have been obstacles. Rob talks from his heart, but it is filled with knowledge and reason, too. What he says really makes sense. I get it. I understand it.


    What about Rob Bell’s performance did you like?

    His conversational style. Understandable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I almost made it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book for everyone that is willing to be open to the possibility that God really is bigger, more loving, more forgiving than any of us every imagined.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CEB Common English Bible Audio Edition with Music - Psalms

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Common English Bible
    • Narrated By Common English Bible
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    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Common English Bibleis not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ. A key goal of the translation team was to make the Bible accessible to a broad range of people; it’s written at a comfortable level for over half of all English speakers.

    Ralph says: "A great way to pray with the Psalms every day"
    "A great way to pray with the Psalms every day"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of CEB Common English Bible Audio Edition with Music - Psalms to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the audio version because it makes it easy to pray with the Psalms every day. I find that the music background does enhance my listening experience for meditation and doesn't interfere with hearing the text. I find I can listen to the Psalms while driving, while waiting at the doctor's office, just before going to bed for the night, and when I first wake up. Since they are on my Audible app on my iPhone, they are always with me.


    Any additional comments?

    I have many translations of the Bible, but I really am enjoying the freshness of the Common English Bible. Some have commented that this translation is a paraphrase, but that isn't true. The translation was done by 120 scholars from the original sources. Many of us who have grown up with the BIble are used to the antiquated language of older translations and are uncomfortable with changes. When I have encountered a verse that seemed to stray from the more familiar language, I checked it out against original sources and found the translation to be accurate in every case. So I have learned to trust this translation and am enjoying the freshness and the accessibility that the Common English Bible offers. It has enhanced my experience of scripture, meditation, and prayer.

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