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  • Multicultural Ministry: Finding Your Church's Unique Rhythm

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Anderson
    • Narrated By Raymond Scully
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    A practical guide to multicultural ministry in a changing America, with motivating stories and examples from the author’s personal experiences in successful multicultural ministry. It also offers practical how-to ideas from a wide circle of churches.

    Sarah Pardue says: "Evangelical Babyfood"
    "Evangelical Babyfood"
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    If evangelicals can't move beyond biblical babyfood and into the meat of the issue, I don't see how they think they've achieved actual change. The author says a lot without really addressing the discomfort that most folks feel around the issue. He seems to think that making everyone feel comfortable about the issue of race is the key to reconciliation. I lean towards the discomfort model.

    If you're a skeptic, or legitimately have never heard of this issue, this book is for you. But after reading it, please move on to more difficult adult issues by reading White Like Me by Tim Wise.

    The narrator really should have been black. Hearing a black man speak/preach on race issues is different from hearing a white man speak about it. Plus, there are several times where the author is willing to put added onus on the black community, without delving into the knitty gritty of what whites need to do to address racial injustice. (If white folk want to improve multicultural ministry, they need to first address their own privilege to ignore racial injustice.) I don't have a problem with this attitude coming from a black man, but hearing a white man say it bubble wraps the issue and left my white skin feeling let off the hook. Most white folk have way too much left to learn about privilege; to make the issue sound light and breezy is lazy at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John B. Judis
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What's happening in global politics? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win elections in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece. John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best at the end"
    "Exactly what I needed!"
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    If you even think you might want to know more about this issue, this book is a fantastic listen. The author deals substantially with the subject, while keeping good focus on the modern rise of populism. The author is also quite fair and balanced in approach and rational. The tone is academic and professional, with little to no pundit commentary. It's intended to analyze, not cheerlead one side over another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nancy MacLean
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

    H. L. Nelson says: "A must read if you believe in democracy"
    "Thoroughly Researched!"
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    Sometimes tedious or repetitive, MacLean really includes every bit of research in this book. This book was very much worth reading, but if you get bored halfway through, skip to the last audio chapter. Here, she finally makes the connections you've been waiting for. They're worth skipping ahead for.
    Keep in mind that the author is a history professor; this book reads like a history research paper. It's tedious and academic in style. The narrator deals with it well.
    In the future, I hope MacLean adds another chapter to her conclusions section, to add her insight to more future dialogue on the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Timothy Snyder
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    The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

    Kathryn says: "Important read/listen"
    "A must read!"
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    Excellent perspective on historical attitudes influencing the rise and fall of national powers. I plan to gift several paper copies to friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tim Wise
    • Narrated By Tim Wise
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    White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation's diverse cultural reality, and a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.

    Susie says: "A Primer on Racism for White People"
    "Wonderful Read!"
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    Tim Wise's writing is clear and succint, with powerful dissections of the most common issues related to race issues in modern America. If you're on the fence about this one: Just do it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "Not great for Audio..."
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    I ended up reading the paper book because parts of the novel are just difficult to follow. The book is meant to be read in paper form; the writing style is far more visual than most. I had no idea what was going on for the first third of the book. This is my first Faulkner book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Julius Wilson
    • Narrated By Vince Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation’s diverse cultural reality, a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.

    D Smith says: "A long, sometimes vague, pointed research report"
    "Heavier than anticipated"
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    Several other experts have referred to this book as a fundamental resource. I was not expecting such a textbook though. A heavy analysis of key research in the field reveals a nuanced explanation of the intersection of culture and oppressive system structure. Be prepared to put your thinking cap on, and benefit from Wilson's thorough dissection of most major relevant issues. Very little author bias makes this book a true academic gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All New Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George Lakoff
    • Narrated By Chris Sorenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Completely revised and updated to tackle today’s issues, the 10th Anniversary Edition not only explains what framing is and how it works but also reveals why, after a brief stint of winning the framing wars in the 2008 elections, the Democrats have gone back to losing them, and what can be done about it. In this powerful new volume, George Lakoff delves into the issues that will dominate the midterm elections in 2014, the coming presidential elections, and beyond.

    Jeffrey says: "The book was great. The voice actor was weak."
    "I only wish it were longer."
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    Some great insights here - no matter where you stand on an issue, understanding the conceptual basis is crucial to resisting manipulation. As a linguistics student, I'll probably read Lakoff's other books too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Delpit
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award-winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better "cultural transmitters" in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and "other people's children" struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

    Scott says: "A blessing to teachers, students & families."
    "Wow! A must read!"
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    If you are looking for a multicultural resource, no matter what your field, this is IT! The principles outlined by Delpit can be applied to almost any field of multiculturalism: communication, collaboration, connection, education, ministry of any kind. This book is NOT just for educators. It is for all. I am thoroughly impressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Debby Irving
    • Narrated By Debby Irving
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    For 25 years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing.

    Melissa Hooker says: "A serious read for those who strive to improve"
    "Surprisingly Thorough & Educational!"
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    This book would work well as a daily bedtime series. I read this too fast and will have to revisit a lot of bookmarks! I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (287)
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    (253)
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    America's great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency - at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we've solved America's race problem.

    Paul T. says: "The Dysfunctional Mindset of American"
    "Incredibly educational!"
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    Be forewarned: This book is far more political and less social than I anticipated. Also, the author offers relatively little in terms of concrete solutions to the problem of historically entrenched racism in America.
    The perspective and educational materials offered in this book make it a must read for anyone interested in the issue of forward thinking race relations. This book is a veritable gold mine of compelling responses to traditional white anti-black rhetoric. Amazing!

    The Narrator is awesome, too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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