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Steve

United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Parenting Isn’t for Cowards: The "You Can Do it" Guide for Hassled Parents.

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Dobson
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Unfortunately, children don’t come with operating instructions, so raising even the most compliant kids can sometimes be disconcerting. Acknowledging that some youngsters are more challenging than others, Dr. James Dobson offers real help with establishing parent-child relationships, maintaining sanity, and banishing guilt. A Doctor of Philosophy in child development and the founder of the international organization Focus on the Family, Dr. Dobson has become one of America’s most respected family therapists.

    Steve says: "Another winner for Dobson (no surprises there)"
    "Another winner for Dobson (no surprises there)"
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    Would you listen to Parenting Isn’t for Cowards again? Why?

    Yes. Good info, practical advise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Parenting Isn’t for Cowards?

    Excellent production - easy to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is non-fiction - there are no scenes


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Realistic advise - they understand the difficulties in parenthood and don't minimize them.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot goes into Dr Dobson's work - not just a few examples but thousands (or more).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bondage of the Will

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Martin Luther
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    First published in 1525, Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will is acknowledged by theologians as one of the great masterpieces of the Reformation. It is Luther response to Desiderius Erasmus' Diatribe on Free Will, written in his direct and unique style, combining deep spirituality with humor. Luther writes powerfully about man's depravity and God's sovereignty. The crucial issue for Luther concerned what ability free will has, and to what degree it is subject to God's sovereignty.

    Steve says: "Great change of pace,quality writing, great reader"
    "Great change of pace,quality writing, great reader"
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    If you could sum up Bondage of the Will in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, informative, riveting


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    I love listening to her tell Luther's antagonist off in such a genteel way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (635)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "good book on topic rarely (if ever) discussed"
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    If you could sum up Antifragile in three words, what would they be?

    We predict trivia (implying we shouldn't be, but instead put some effort into coping with the antifragile events in life).


    What did you like best about this story?

    It provides answers to the issues brought up by The Black Swan, but you need not read TBS to gain from this book.


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

    n/a


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Haven't finished yet, but the basic premise of the book is what has "grabbed" me thus far (I plod slowly through books like this, but it makes it more helpful that way).


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for bleeping the profanity. (I would've preferred silence to a beep, though.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Horton
    • Narrated By Vicas Adam
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The 2011 award-winning publication The Christian Faith garnered wide praise as a thorough, well-informed treatment of the philosophical foundations of Christian theology, the classical elements of systematic theology, and exegesis of relevant biblical texts. Pilgrim Theology distills the distinctive benefits of this approach into a more accessible introduction designed for classroom and group study. In this book, Michael Horton guides readers through a preliminary exploration of Christian theology in "a Reformed key".

    Steve says: "Great content, but don't blink"
    "Great content, but don't blink"
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    What did you love best about Pilgrim Theology?

    Michael has a great way of explaining deep topics without overwhelming the reader/listener, as long as you don't mind (painlessly) expanding your vocabulary in the process.
    The pace demands the listener pay closer attention than some would prefer (but that is more of a criticism of the potential listener than this author). Fortunately he keeps things quite interesting.
    I started listening on the release date and kept it on continuously to the end, pausing only to sleep. Can I give this book SIX stars???


    What other book might you compare Pilgrim Theology to and why?

    Most anything by R C Sproul - written for those of us who haven't graduated from Seminary but secretly wish we had.


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

    I have no previous experience with this narrator. He did an above-average job with this book, but credit should be given to the author for writting in a style that is more conversational than most Theological texts.


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

    I appreciate Michael's treatment of the Gospel itself, which I gather is something few church-goers could accurately define, much less communicate clearly.


    Any additional comments?

    Many thanks to Audible for providing this book and others like it, especially when so many "contrary theological opinions" pepper the shelves here...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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