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Ben

Leaders are readers. Audiobooks count as reading right?

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Cross and the Switchblade

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

    Carole says: "hope when there is no hope"
    "I Couldn't "Put it Down"!"
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    Would you listen to The Cross and the Switchblade again? Why?

    Paul Michael did a great job narrating it. His character voices were just right; not too extreme, but enough of a change to add to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a believer, I found the stories of God's love and power changing lives inspiring. My guess would be that even if you don't follow Jesus, you would be touched by the compassion of the main characters and the power of love to change lives.


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

    There were three or four spots I found myself tearing up because of the scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was so inspiring and challenging. And a very easy listen, thanks to the writing and narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Judah Smith
    • Narrated By Judah Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Judah Smith digs deep to answer the most common and the most difficult questions about Jesus, a man so few understand and so many desperately need. In Jesus Is, Judah Smith explores a number of topics that reveal Jesus’ purpose for coming, what he accomplished while he was here, and what that means for those of us who came after. Jesus is greatly revered, harshly criticized, and sorely misunderstood.

    Evin says: "Basically, A Fun Sermon!"
    "Judah Smith captures how offensive grace is."
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    This book got a lot of media attention because of the authors relationship to Justin Bieber. I'm glad it did because Judah Smith captures brilliantly the offensiveness of God's grace given through Jesus. It's so good it's upsetting.
    Taking a closer look at the interactions that Jesus had with people and the things that the he said, this book invites readers and listeners into a fuller experience of the life God has for us.
    Judah Smith is one of the most phenomenal speakers in the world. This book is a great companion to his live teachings. As an audiobook it is a bit redundant, when his podcast is the first expression of him saying brilliantly the real heart and content of the book, which he then wrote...and now reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (170)

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

    Joseph Ivy says: "Good content, great presentation"
    "Like staring into a microscopic mirror."
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    I heard a speaker say "if you are pointing your finger at someone else, you need to realize that three fingers are pointed back at yourself." That might be the best way to describe this book. It constantly turns it back on the reader to seriously examine their own problems and areas of self deception.

    This book was recommended to me from a speaker and author whose focus is leadership.

    I think it is a great listen for all developing leaders (which is hopefully every leader).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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