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T. A. Engle

Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 13 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 238 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015
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  • Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C.S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in His creation.

    Philip says: "Christianity for"
    "A difficult "listen" compared to other CS Books"
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    Any additional comments?

    I think CS Lewis gets so deep sometimes that he is hard to follow. I just had a hard time following this one, not saying it is a bad book, just difficult.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ravi Zacharias
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Adolf Hitler spilled the blood of millions for his own sake. Jesus Christ shed his own blood for the sake of millions. Hitler set himself up as a god and the masses succumbed. Jesus Christ was God in the form of lowly man. Hitler created a living hell for the masses. Jesus endured hell to save the masses. Hitler's name is synonymous with power, evil, and genocide. Jesus' name with love, peace, and life. Put the two in a room together and you won't believe your ears.

    As my Wimsey takes me says: "Disappointed"
    "Only thing interesting is the title"
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    What disappointed you about The Lamb and the Fuhrer?

    Typical notions of judgement used...a courtroom (how dull). The Jesus narrator was awful. Way overdid the Christian lecturing. I know that 1+1 = 2.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ravi Zacharias again?

    I think I am done. This was book 2.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In many ways. The Jesus narrator sounded like a boy and Hitler was a man, so it was like a boy lecturing to man...The whole first chapter (scene) stank of Job's friends...if you know what I mean.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a fan of lecturing of this type, which at it's core is ALL this book is. It is not an exploration of Hitler and Jesus discussions. it is just rehashing the author's interpretations of the Bible. I realize anyhow who would speculate on their conversation might be incorrect, but that is why I read books. I want an author to think of this (that is truly creative). If I wanted to read the Bible, I would just do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (1658)
    Story
    (1667)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Well done, but mixed bag of performances"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Biggest complaint: Jesus. Understand that being the narrator for Jesus is a tall order for anyone, that said, I found the performance to be forced, slightly whiny, and unappealing.

    Biggest compliment: The voice of Job was outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (141)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    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.

    GrandmaG says: "If I lived in Texas....."
    "What's wrong with beer?"
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    Would you try another book from Max Lucado and/or Wayne Shepherd?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little less retelling of Bible stories...I don't buy a book to hear it retell another (even if it is the Bible)


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand the authors whole section on driking beer. I understand that he felt hiding it was wrong, but personally if you aren't getting drunk, what exactly is the sin there? Just don't hide driking a beer, there is nothing wrong with it (Paul and Jesus drank wine afterall!...I don't believe beer was availabe in that era, or perhaps they'd be having a beer too!). Anyhow, either way, the section on this was long and distracting and was't the best story to make a point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    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"
    "Good Rob Bell book, but not a Love Wins"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book, but it isn't at all a Love Wins book. Rob seems a little uninterested during his reading of the book at times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Whether listeners are devout believers or distant seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist certainty in order to open listeners up to a more loving, active manifestation of Christ’s love. In contrast to the usual understanding of the "Good News" as a message offering satisfaction and certainty, Rollins argues for a radical and shattering alternative. He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark.

    Evert says: "A Lot to Think About"
    "I love logic...but this is depressing logic"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Peter Rollins and/or Peter Rollins?

    This is my first Peter Rollins book and he strikes me as intelligent and educated. That said, I had a hard time listening to this book and it's content. The book strikes me as a pool of philosophy and doesn't really answer questions. I guess if that is the sort of thing you enjoy then great, this book might be enjoyable.

    I get that churches and wrong images of god can be idolized, but God (the real one) cannot be idolized.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (348)

    Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt.

    aaron says: "Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed"
    "Not as good as the Shack and a bit boring"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The book borrowed too many themes from The Shack. I didn't find the story as engrossing and I got bored with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Events

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Stuart Bell
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    There's more going on in the world than meets the eye. There is an unseen spiritual realm, and occasionally God allows us glimpses of it. Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters offers a fascinating look at the supernatural world. It includes more than 40 true stories of miraculous provision, encounters with angels and demons, near-death experiences, and incredible rescues. You'll marvel at how God and His angels are working behind the scenes to protect and guide us.

    T. A. Engle says: "More of a summary of testimonials..."
    "More of a summary of testimonials..."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It's a compilation of Christian testimonials about miracles.

    Reader's voice was clear and well read, I just don't particularly care fore the "nice guy sappy voice".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life after Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon - Survival of Bodily Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Raymond A. Moody
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    In Life after Life, Raymond Moody investigates more than 100 case studies of people who experienced "clinical death" and were subsequently revived. First published in 1975, this classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world's leading authority in the field of near-death experiences.

    carol says: "Good for it's time, but better books currently out"
    "Very interesting and honest reporting"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the reporting of the testimony in a logical way. Not speculating (at least too much). The speculation that was there was fair.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life after Death: The Evidence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Is there life beyond the grave? Is it reasonable to believe in the afterlife? If so, how should we act on those beliefs? Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza undertakes an unprecedented voyage of intellectual discovery to reveal the truth about life, death and beyond.

    Darrell says: "My Favorite of the Year"
    "A rehash better explained elsewhere"
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    What was most disappointing about Dinesh D’Souza’s story?

    I was expecting something more than a boring discussion. Far too comprehensive with little detail.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, listener-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.

    Debbi says: "Can't wait for Heaven"
    "Some fact, some speculation...author not clear"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Heaven has been a far too ignored topic, so I have to appreciate the author taking on the task. That said, he makes a lot of statements of fact, that are really statements of speculation. I am fine with speculation, just state you are doing so (which he doesn't). He also intermingles his own doctrinal views (as fact), which is too bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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