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R. Gomez

Christian, husband, father, teacher, trainer.

Southern CA | Member Since 2012

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  • Dangerous Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul David Tripp
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (26)
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    (24)
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    (23)

    After traveling the world for many years and speaking at hundreds of churches of all kinds, Paul David Tripp is concerned about the state of pastoral culture. He is not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but with the very people who train him, call him, relate to him, and restore him if necessary. Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy - an environment that actively undermines the wellbeing and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.

    Joshua says: "Dangerous Calling - Excellent"
    "Heart Surgery"
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    Where does Dangerous Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With regard to content, this book is in my top 5 favorite audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare Dangerous Calling to and why?

    Richard Baxter's "The Reformed Pastor". The reason why is that Baxter and Tripp both do you a great service in helping you do a thorough (and painful) self-examination.


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

    I think Maurice does a wonderful job reading the content. As I was listening, I found myself forgetting that I was being read to - a quality I appreciate. Get out of the way of the content. Great job, Maurice.


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

    Not in particular, but in the whole, I was greatly refreshed and warned.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-read/listen for anyone serving in ministry in any capacity. I hope to pass this book on to my sons when the time comes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (274)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    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"
    "Reformed church, this is mostly for us"
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    What did you love best about Forgotten God?

    I love the fervency and desperation in Chan's style and reading. Coming from a charismatic background and then moving into the reformed tradition, I feel like I know where Chan is coming from.


    What other book might you compare Forgotten God to and why?

    I'm not sure I know of any books that are comparable in content - Chan's purpose is to focus your attention on the Third Person of the Godhead, and help you commune and fellowship with this Person.


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

    Francis Chan reads like he preaches. He's passionate, intense, and edgy.


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

    I could have easily allowed myself to listen to this book in one sitting; who doesn't want to experience more of the Spirit's power in their lives? Or to glorify God in greater measure?


    Any additional comments?

    Mostly, I felt like Francis was talking to those of us in the Reformed tradition. We are most easily characterized as "putting the Spirit in a box" or "quenching the Spirit". I do feel there is room for those accusations, but it's not entirely warranted. That's another discussion.

    Where I felt the book lacking was knowing how to discern the Spirit's leading, prompting, and direction. Chan gives several examples of people living by the Spirit, keeping in step with Him, but doesn't give any biblical insight on how one knows that it is, in fact, the Spirit leading us there.

    Overall, I profited from this book. And I would read it again. I would also recommend it. At the very least, Chan's got me thinking about my theology of the Spirit, and how I can better serve my Savior by living by, in, and through, the Holy Spirit.

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  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1520)
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    (829)
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    (831)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Fascinating and Thoroughly Interesting"
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    Where does Brain Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is definitely in the top 3 position of the best audiobooks I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess that would be Dr. Medina.


    What about John J. Medina’s performance did you like?

    His voice is immediately interesting to listen to, and doesn't tire you - quite the opposite, his voice is animated and jolly. It feels like your older uncle or wise grandfather is talking to you in his living room.


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

    I laughed at the stories, and cried at my own counterproductivity.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very heavy on the Darwinian Evolution presuppositions. If that bothers you, it may be best to skip it. If you can stomach that it's still a very fascinating read, definitively pointing to a Creator if you're willing to see it.

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  • The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Albert Mohler
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Change the way you think about leadership. At the age of 33, Dr. Albert Mohler became the youngest president in the 153-year history of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the driving force behind the school’s transformation into a thriving institution with an international reputation characterized by a passionate conviction for truth. In the process, he became one of the most important and prominent Christian voices in contemporary culture. What will it take to transform your leadership? Effective leaders need more than administrative skills and vision.

    R. Gomez says: "Timeless Truths, Bite-sized Chapters"
    "Timeless Truths, Bite-sized Chapters"
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    If you could sum up The Conviction to Lead in three words, what would they be?

    Relevant
    Practical
    Vital


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Conviction to Lead?

    There isn't a particular moment that stands out (except maybe chapter 1, which sets the stage for the rest of the book), but the entire work flows with a constancy that keeps you interested. Each chapter is relatively short, but there is definitely more than enough to keep you thinking and reading.


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

    I'm sure I never would have read the accents into the written word, but I did enjoy his performance.


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

    "How Convictional Leadership Makes All The Difference"


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the physical book because I so appreciated the audiobook. You would do well to perhaps do the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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