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Reader's Paradise

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  • 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
    (129)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    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....."
    "UnmeritedFavor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, the lessons learned on the nature of God and the principals of grace are invaluable. I love how Mr. Lucado says "don't settle for Whimpy grace" We have yet to tap into real grace, after reading this book I plan to us the tools and do it.


    What other book might you compare Grace to and why?

    After listening to Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala I compare the two because of content. Valuable lessons about the Holy Spirit and Grace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The analogies used to help the listener understand grace really was several Aha!!! moments.


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

    It did make me smile and in some places I also laughed out loud at the sarcasm.


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  • Forgiven. Not Forgotten.

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Dominique Wilkins
    • Narrated By Paticus Roth
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    Joy Pembrooke was sure that he loved her as much as she loved him, but when Kenny walks into the house on her and another man, she wonders what's so hard about understanding that he's just a friend? Kenny becomes so angry and outraged with distrust. She can't understand why he doesn't trust her. Now he's saying that he's got a friend too - but is she really just a friend? Pretty soon, things get deep and quick. Find out how much crap will Joy accept to bring the love back into her marriage.

    Reader's Paradise says: "Letting go of the hurt"
    "Letting go of the hurt"
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    Forgiving someone does not mean forgetting what they did it simply means letting go of the hurt. Joy was ready to do that but her husband left much to be desired. Society makes it hard for men and women to be just friends, but we find a unique story presented by Wilkins with a spiritual spin.

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  • Living Courageously: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Jodi Carlisle
    Overall
    (23)
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    In Living Courageously, Joyce Meyer explains how, as Christians, we can overcome the paralyzing power of fear by calling upon the Lord. "Fear not" is written throughout the Bible. God knows His children will be confronted with fear, but He can help us resist it. It is your inherited right as a child of God to live life to the fullest and to enjoy it. Joyce will encourage you to be expectant as you learn to conquer fear, become all God wants you to be, and do all He wants you to do.

    Gloria says: "Amen!!"
    "Fearfully Fearless"
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    This listen really brings up some great Scriptural references to keep us not focused on being defeated but on being victorious.
    The premise is to not let fear cripple you but the things you fear do it with sweaty palms and knees shaking, DO IT IN FEAR.

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  • Becoming Mrs. Right

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sherri L. Lewis
    • Narrated By Lynnette Freeman
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
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    So, she's made a career of it. She thought she had struck gold a few years back when she was lucky enough to get pregnant by Devon Wright. She knew they'd get married, he would take care of her and her baby, and she'd be set for life. What Shauntae didn't know was that it's much harder to keep a man than it is to catch him. Now she's lost custody of the child and the child support check and has to go back to hustling.

    Nina says: "Pretty Good"
    "Romans 8:28"
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    Becoming Mrs. Right by Sherri Lewis
    Amazon Headline: Romans 8:28
    Life is messy; can we ever get it right? We can’t but God can turn things around for those who love Him by intercession of the Holy Spirit.
    We do what we know, and if we don’t know better how do we become better? If you are Shauntae you reach out to your girls, study Clare Huxtable and keep it moving, that is until your heart begins to speak a different language. Talk, think and act right ummm is it really important or is being who you are enough.
    Take a look at life or better yet at Shauntae’ she used the characters on television to help her become who she thought she was supposed to be, and then she pretended to know the Lord. BUT you better be careful playing around with whose you are because He can certainly make you His for life when you think you’re playing only for a moment.
    Becoming Mrs. Right was an outstanding read filled with forgiveness, love and growth. We don’t have to learn lessons through hardships; God's Word is for correction and reproof a theme weaved throughout the characters. It’s been a long time that I’ve read/listened to a story and after finishing I wanted to thank the author and hug him/her, this story definitely took me there. I cried, I laughed and I thanked God for LOVING me and all the Shauntae’s in the world.
    Are you a Shauntae?


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  • The Perfect Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lutishia Lovely
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    Freelance writer Jacqueline Tate arrives in Los Angeles and soon meets brilliant, award-winning scientist Randall Atwater, the man she's come to cover at a conference on trends and technology. He is everything she's read about - brainy, witty, handsome, and cool. And after a week spent with the most fascinating man she's ever known, there's no way she can give him up. There's just one problem: Randall's wife of 20 years. No matter - men like Randall are few and far between.

    Nevada says: "Another Good One"
    "Define Perfect"
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    I enjoyed this listen, but I have to ask the author who I consider a friend why this title. I can't make the connection on my own. If you read it or listened to it help me out.

    We create all kinds of perfect scenarios in our head but what unfolds is not at all perfect. Which leaves me with the question is there a "perfect" anything much less an affair.
    Read the beautiful Jaqueline's story to find out.

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  • Maxwell's Leadership Series: Self-Improvement 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    The best leaders know that success is about more than winning - it's about improving and developing. Self-Improvement 101 shares best-selling author John C. Maxwell's tips, tactics, and inspiration that compel leaders to reach ever higher levels. John C. Maxwell provides in Self-Improvement 101 the essentials all leaders need to keep striving for excellence no matter where they are or what they are doing.

    Chukwuemeka says: "Can't help rereading this over and over again"
    "Growth or Death"
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    Where does Maxwell's Leadership Series rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as the books on leadership and growth this one ranks very high.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters in this self help book? Just lessons for the person who wants to grow


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    The narration was great it kept me focused on what the next thing was going to be.


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

    I did, but I don't have the luxury of that kind of time.


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  • Sunday Morning Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By K. T. Richey
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (16)

    Shante is an internationally known conference speaker and best-selling author who just received the shock of her life. Deandrea is an aggressive psychologist with two doctoral degrees who is struggling to keep her family together with her husband's busy schedule. Misha is a soft-spoken teacher who is in a battle to keep her child from being taken from her. All of them are facing challenges in their marriages and ministries. After a chance meeting at a First Ladies' conference, secrets of their pasts are revealed.

    Nina says: "loved it"
    "Reconciliation begins here"
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    Shante, Deandrea, and Misha live very different lifestyles, but they have one thing in common: they are married to successful pastors. Shante; is a successful Minister and bestselling author who receives 2 pieces of information that will change hers and Max’ life. Deandrea once a psychologist with her own practice, gives it up to support her husband’s work in the church. Finds she is struggling to keep her family together and struggling with the decision she made to support him. Misha’s exterior is soft-spoken but the battle that rages inside of her speaks volumes when let loose.
    All of them are facing challenges in their personal lives and ministries. But we know God will use our own stuff to bless another, and that is exactly what He tries to do in this trio while at a First Ladies' conference.
    While at the conference secrets are uncovered, judgments are passed and with each invitation from God they begin to wonder WHY? I absolutely loved this story the issues were very real and several times I laughed, cried and did a Sunday morning shout, for the characters. Three women who despite their less than perfect circumstance, realize that if they rely on each other and their faith they can watch their friendship and their lives transform into what God has ordained.
    Richey tells a captivating story that takes the readers on a journey into the challenges that face these First Ladies. Companion reads which are also part of this series is Lady Preacher which is Shante Dogan’ story followed by Deandrea Simmons story in The Long Ride Home and lastly in The Veil we meet Misha Holloway. But in Sunday Morning Blues they all come together for healing, advice and renewal.
    An outstanding read and turning points you won’t forget.

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  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (312)

    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    Loretta says: "listen today and put information to use today"
    "Something Unexpected"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code to be better than the print version?

    I think as readers we need both versions, the audio to listen to over and over until we get it. The print form allows us to mark and grow with our book marks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code?

    Understanding that things I have thought for YEARS someone was finally saying it.


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

    This is my first but depending on the topics it might not be my last because I do enjoy his TV talk show


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code?

    Its ok for me to not give people the benefit of the doubt and that it's ok to truly see people for what they are.


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  • A Good Dose of Pleasure: The Morgan Men

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Zuri Day
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    One sexy Morgan man may have finally met his match in a talented and beautiful young widow. But will their ambitions come between them? When artist Anise Cartier leaves Nebraska for L.A., she's finally ready to put the past and its losses behind her. And she soon finds a welcoming committee in the form of one very handsome doctor, Gregory Morgan. Their attraction is instant. So is their animosity. Gregory is in a fierce competition for a multimillion-dollar medical research grant.

    Reader's Paradise says: "Absolutely Pleasurable"
    "Absolutely Pleasurable"
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    That ole saying when you close one window another one opens is so true for Anise Cartier. When she finally decides to move from her past and into the future she ends up welcoming into her heart; Doctor Gregory Morgan, and I must say what a fine specimen he is. Not just in my imagination via the description of Lovely, but his deed and actions is all together LOVELY.
    Their hearts connected at first glance, maybe not love but definitely a connection. Anise and Gregory’s attraction is fueled by lust and continues like a burning fire, one which easily ignites. But anything worth having doesn’t come easy and for this couple it has its ups and downs.
    Gregory is in a competition for a medical research grant. The grant will make a research center possible, a dream of his since losing his father. Anise has taken up residence at Creative Space a place artist have shared ideas for upwards of 50 years. Now the lease is coming to an end and its creativity vs medicine neither wants to lose and both are very strong minded.
    In the midst of this battle is it possible for love to come out on top or will the fire fizzle to ash? A Good Dose of Pleasure I believe was written in First Person Point of View and I travelled to New York and Virginia with Anise. When she described how she was feeling after being touched by Gregory I felt the heat. Ms Day did her thang with this read.
    I loved listening to this story.

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  • Looking for Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Trice Hickman
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    John Small may be a successful Wall Street banker, but at heart he's a country boy from the sleepy town of Nedine, South Carolina. John wants to open Nedine’s first black-owned bank. But big dreams can bring big problems and John’s snooty New York City girlfriend is just the beginning. John is about to learn some hard truths about money, power, love, and loyalty. And when his future, and his family's legacy, is in danger, help will come from where he least expects it...

    Reader's Paradise says: "Loving the Past and Present"
    "Loving the Past and Present"
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    Looking for Trouble by Trice Hickman

    Amazon Headline: Loving the Past and the Present

    I’ve been keeping up with this author since 2011 I started my journey with Unexpected Interruptions and kept it going from there. These characters have truly become special to me. This is a large clan and sometimes it’s a little difficult to keep it straight. Don’t believe that it has anything to do with the author’s writing because it doesn’t. I still have to ask my sister “how is he/she related to us” (smile)

    I was blessed a few years ago to be part of a community called A Chapter a Month. While in this community this is where I got to know so much about the lives of the Small family, at the helm is Grandma Allene (Isaiah’ mother).
    The next generation was started by Isaiah and his wife Henrietta Small who gave birth to John, Billy and Phyllis. John went on to give birth to Victoria Small who gave birth to a gifted child named Alexandria.

    Looking for Trouble fuses the past with the right here and now. Grandma Allene and Alexandria share the same gift and it is through this connection that Grandma Allene crosses time to speak to Alexandria, and to teach her about her gift. Trouble is brewing in the Small family and its going to take the natural and unnatural to stop it from boiling over into their lives.

    As I got more familiar with Grandma Allene it took me to Scripture the bible talks about gifts of the Spirit and manifestations, God makes believers aware of needs that He wants to meet through them, this is what Grandma Allene taught.
    Hickman does an excellent job of keeping the lines clear while managing dual narration from Alexandria’s point of view in the here and now and John’s from the past.

    Outstanding story I can’t wait to read Troublemaker..
    A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author for my honest and thoughtful review.


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  • I Ain't Me No More: Book One of the Always Diva Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By E. N. Joy
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
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    Helen wasn't just born the devious vixen of New Day Temple of Faith. There had to be something rooted deep within her to make her inflict and feed off other people's pain. Perhaps it was her own pain that she had suppressed for so many years - an unimaginable pain - that created an internal prison of which her mind was the only captive. But once the demons within her break free, those around her better beware, as Helen surely becomes the epitome of the saying, "Hurt people, hurt people".

    Reader's Paradise says: "This Can't Be Life"
    "This Can't Be Life"
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    What did you love best about I Ain't Me No More?

    The delivery, I was not expecting this one to be delivered in the way it was. I was surprised by the end but so happy for the delivery, because Helen got on my NERVES


    What did you like best about this story?

    Helen's growth and revenge...(sorry but I did like it Dub)


    What about Diana Luke’s performance did you like?

    The reflection in her voice just at the right times.


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

    INDEED!


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this book 3/2014, however Its tough for me to review this one because sometimes we as reviewers give too much away and this listen was very emotional. I had to stop listening many times and get my emotions in check. so what I will say it this. Ms. Joy did the thing with this title. You can tell even though she had demons, she tried, but sins of the past sometimes meet us at the front door.

    Remember that person who just seemed hateful for no reason? Or the guy who would beat you for no reason, understanding Helen's story teaches the readers that HURT people HURT people, but discovering the truth about God's grace and mercy is something Helen will bump right into. But is Helen ready?

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