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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
    (96)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    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.

    Linda 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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  • Maxwell's Leadership Series: Self-Improvement 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    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.

    Michael says: "Nothing new but a good refresher"
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunday Morning Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By K. T. Richey
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (310)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (262)

    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.

    christy says: "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."
    "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
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    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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  • One Chance: A Thrilling Christian Fiction Mystery Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Daniel Patterson
    • Narrated By Mim Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    With the exception of a double homicide twenty-three years ago, nothing big happened in tiny Franklin, Florida. Most of Officer Penelope Chance's cases were relatively minor incidents. In spite of her prayers, the truth was sometimes she wished a case like this would cross her desk. Something to get her blood pumping and give her brain a good workout. So when she gets the call about an attempted murder, she can't help but get excited... But when she learns who the victim is... And who's suspected of the crime... her blood runs cold.

    Reader's Paradise says: "Its in His Hands"
    "Its in His Hands"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Chance the most enjoyable?

    I could feel the characters in he way Mim Drew told the story, the audio made it more real. As I listened I kept wondering as a police office how did Penny keep her faith?
    I'm sure at times it was challenged, but it certainly didn't take anything from the storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Inspiration/Christian Fiction with some mystery thrown in.


    What about Mim Drew’s performance did you like?

    I did like it, she has a voice that pulls you in.


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

    Penelope's First Case


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lead Me, Holy Spirit: Longing to Hear the Voice of God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stormie Omartian
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Readers can walk in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in every area of life. With a sure hand, Stormie helps readers to see that the Holy Spirit wants those who know Him to hear His gentle leading when He speaks to their heart, soul, and spirit. He wants to help believers enter into the relationship with God they yearn for, the wholeness and freedom God has for them, and the fulfillment of God's promises to them. He wants to lead them.

    Jane says: "Written by someone who really knows God"
    "Principles to Live By"
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    If you could sum up Lead Me, Holy Spirit in three words, what would they be?

    Activation is Key


    What other book might you compare Lead Me, Holy Spirit to and why?

    Forgotten God by Francis Chan
    Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala
    The Holy Spirit by Kevin L. DeYoung


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She had a voice that kept me listening


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

    Only is Guidance


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  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Richard J. Foster
    • Narrated By Richard J. Foster
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    In the 20 years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. Now you can explore the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith and discover how only by and through these practices can the true path to spiritual growth be found. Richard J. Foster is a Quaker and the founder of Renovaré, an infrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the Church in all her multifaceted expressions.

    Mike says: "For those serious about walking with Jesus"
    "Fulfilling LIfe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Celebration of Discipline to be better than the print version?

    I won't compare the audio to the print version, yes I have both and use both for different purposes. While at work I listen and during study time in a small group at church, but I also listen when it comes time to doing homework and I also read the print version.
    So I like both for different and the same reasons.It all depends on whether you are visual or audio being.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Holy Spirit is always my favorite character during study because He leads us into all truth and will help me to remember. In this listen you clearly can feel the Holy Spirit showing you how to walk in these Disciplines.


    What does Richard J. Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sound - and being able to apply the sound with the words, you can hear them, they don't get muddled with other books you read, because audio is personalized to the story teller.


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

    ReTHINK Your LIfe or

    Disciplines are a necessity


    Any additional comments?

    In the same way we have work ethics, and morals for our personal life we really need to look at these Disciplines for our Spiritual life.

    1 of 1 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
    (288)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    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"
    "Outstanding Spirit"
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    What made the experience of listening to Forgotten God the most enjoyable?

    The author has several videos on his website which was a great accompaniment of this audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Holy Spirit because without Him we would have nothing. Francis Chan the author says "God put His Spirit in us so we could be known for our power. Sadly, most believers
    and churches are known for talent and intellect rather than supernatural power"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In Chapter 7 the author shared that God talks to the disciples about peace in John 14-16, I enjoy learning new things about the bible that I've missed


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

    Nothing Happens Without Him


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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