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Thomas

Hazel Park, MI, USA

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  • The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (298)

    Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

    Joseph says: "Two great (but quite different) gems from CSL"
    "Incredible Reader for a Great Book"
    Overall

    I read "The Great Divorce" many years ago. I just finished listening to this recording of it, and I can't imagine how anyone could do a better job of reading it. My being a Lewis fan makes me critical of those who try to interpret him; this reading is incredible.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dallas Willard
    • Narrated By Thomas Penny
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (67)

    In an era in which many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ's teachings in a fresh way for today's seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God by knowing him as an essential part of the here and now, rather than only as part of the hereafter.

    Thomas says: "Incredible Book"
    "Incredible Book"
    Overall

    Absolutely incredible book. Caused me to obtain the print copies of all 3 in this series (1. Hearing God, 2. The Spirit of the Disciplines, 3. The Divine Conspiracy) so that I could study them more closely, as well as MP3 copies of the other two. All are good; this is the best. He has since written others, BTW, which I've also obtained.

    Willard is a philosophy professor, very intelligent, and a very clear writer. Unlike other Christian philosphers I've read, though, he does not soft-peddle Christianity or Christ. He actually shows how the Church in general has softened much New Testament truth. He is teaching nothing new here ("new", with regard to Christianty, is generally synonymous with "distorted"); he goes back to the Word itself, attempting to look at it with no bias, no preconceived notions except that it is true.

    In my group of favorite authors, he has joined A.W.Tozer and C.S.Lewis; that is heady company indeed. I cannot recommend his (or their) works highly enough.

    If you are a Richard Foster fan ("Celebration of Discipline"), you should understand that Foster considers Willard his mentor. Foster's first pastorate was at a small church that Willard attended; Willard's influence was very strong.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of Saint Augustine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Saint Aurelius Augustinus
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Considered to be the first autobiographical work in history, this timeless book is completely applicable to everyone who has experienced the struggle between good and evil in his own soul. Saint Augustine, born in Constantine in 354 C.E., was raised by a devout Christian mother. He abandoned the Christianity of his upbringing and had an illegitimate son. After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, he began his great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387 C.E. The Confessions describe his conversion, shedding light on the questions that had troubled him on his way to the Cross. Outside Scripture it is the most famous - and perhaps the most important - of all spiritual books.

    Thomas says: "A Great Classic Well Read"
    "A Great Classic Well Read"
    Overall

    I am currently listening to this book, and find it greater than I'd expected. The reading is very good (although the sound quality is that of a good telephone interview on the radio, which is my only complaint). If you have any experience with either the King James Version of the Bible or Shakespeare, you should have no trouble with the translation. One reviewer said it was English from the 1200s! That would, indeed, be hard to understand, unless you knew German as well as English. This is more like the 1600s. The "thees and thous" many complain about are simply the singular form of the second person pronoun (you). "Thou" is nominative (subject), and "thee" is objective (object). When we lost that distinction, and the singular/plural distinction, our language bacame more inexact.

    Of the several things I've downloaded so far, this is my favorite. Thanks, Audible!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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