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Stephen

SUGAR LAND, TX, United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • Whose Bible Is It?: A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jaroslav Pelikan
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Winner of the John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences, Jaroslav Pelikan is Professor Emeritus of history at Yale University and past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This examination of the history of the Bible reflects half a century of study and research by the author. In Whose Bible Is It?, Pelikan traces the transformation of the Bible from its earliest oral traditions to its modern forms.

    Stephen says: "Too Verbose Not Enough "Big Picture" Bible History"
    "Too Verbose Not Enough "Big Picture" Bible History"
    Overall

    If you're looking for a concise history of how the bible as we know it came together, you'll be disappointed. In my opinion, the author is an intellectual who uses entirely too many words. After 2 hours, I finally gave up listening. Maybe I'm inpatient, but if an author can't grab my attention from the first or second chapter, I'm not sure I want to read his book. It's definitely not what I would classify as a "good book." I was really hoping to find a decent audio version about bible history, but I guess I'll have to resort to reading, perhaps the book, "The Story of the Bible" by Larry Stone.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1266)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "Too Verbose"
    Overall

    I like CS Lewis, especially the modern movie renditions of his works. However, this book was just way too wordy for me, more like poetry. I think if you're an intellectual highbrow you might enjoy it, but I'm just way to concise to wade through the prose. If he had cut out about half the words it would have been a better read for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christian History Issue #43: How We Got Our Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Hovel Audio
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ever wonder how Christian scholars knew which ancient books were to be regarded as Christian Scripture? Ever think about how the Bible came to be translated into English, and eventually the more familiar King James Bible? Ever wonder how we got our Bible? This collection of highly informative articles answers these and many other questions about how God worked through history to accomplish His will.

    Stephen says: "I Was Hoping For A Book"
    "I Was Hoping For A Book"
    Overall

    This is not a book, but a collection of what appears to be magazine articles on christian history. I was hoping for a book or at least a more chronological history of the bible explaining how the books of the bible came together to form the "canon" or inspired scripture. Instead, this audio book starts in the 1500's with the translation of the King James Bible and then reverts back to 100-200 AD in subsequent articles. It then jumps around a bit more from article to article, but not in a smooth chronological format. However, I did enjoy learning about John Wycliffe and William Tyndale and the amazing role they played in church history and the English bible translation. Their lives are fascinating and I would really like to read a biography on each them.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ken Sande
    • Narrated By Ken Sande
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Conflict-resolution expert Ken Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.

    Rachael says: "Conflict Resolution Simply Explained"
    "Christ-Centered Conflict Resolution"
    Overall

    This is the most comprehensive material I've found on conflict resolution for the Christian. Abundant scripture references really show God's deep concern that we be reconciled and live in peace with others, including difficult people.This is a terrific reference manual for anyone facing conflict, especially in a troubled marriage. God spoke to me very clearly through this book. Maybe he will speak to you too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Safe People

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
    • Narrated By Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Relationships, whether friendships or romances, can be painful when we repeatedly choose the wrong people to get involved with. Safe People offers solid, Bible-centered guidance for making safe choices in relationships, helping us identify the nurturing people we need in our lives as well as the people we must learn to avoid. The award-winning authors analyze 20 traits of "unsafe people," what makes people trustworthy, issues within ourselves that jeopardize relationships, and ways to avoid unhealthy entanglements. Learning the lessons of Safe People will not only enable you to protect your own heart; it will also teach you how to become the kind of safe person others need in their lives.

    Tanya says: "Safe People"
    "I've Been Picking Unsafe People Unaware"
    Overall

    I bought this audiobook on a hunch I might need to work on myself in this area. Wow! I didn't realize just how much I struggle with character discernment. Great book, very practical, logical and well written. Cloud and Townsend are excellent authors. There's so much good material here I may have to order the hard copy to study it again. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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