What does it mean to be human? We've all heard it said: It's who you are that matters, not what you do. Really? Where do the scriptures teach that? After all, from the first page of the Bible forward, human beings were made to rule over the Earth, to gather up the raw materials of planet Earth, and to carve out a world. Theologically rich yet down to earth and practical, Garden City speaks to all of us who are searching for our calling in life or just trying to find meaning in the everyday. In the end this audiobook is an invitation to ask the ancient, primal, human question: Why am I here, and what should I do about it?
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Overall, it's a good introduction to key themes in the Torah. Sometimes moves too quickly but excellent for devotions. Description of how his family celebrated Sabbath is worth the price of the book.
I am a highly career motivated college student and this book really refined the way I see calling and filled in some gaps where I had identified an emptiness of God and spiritual logic in my vocational journey. John Mark is also very nice to listen to, not at all monotone or overly emphatic.
A fantastic book on what it means to be human and the importance of our work in the world. It's rooted in the Creation story, relevant for our present day, and looks forward to the consummation of the present age when our culture making is uninhibited by sin and the curse. His chapter on Sabbath is also to be appreciated.
This book is an easy read. There's some theological depth but don't let that scare you off. John Mark is an accessible author who carries his readers along winsomely.
This book will be mandatory reading for future church staff.
If you are a Jesus follower or just someone who feels that pull to change the world...If you were brought up with the rapture teaching or Left Behind way of thinking about the future...if you crave rest and balance-this book covers all of these things in a way that feels delightful and satisfying!
I whole heartedly recommend this book, especially for Millennials or those of you trying to better understand the heartbeat of the Gen Y's in & out of the church. This book has been a love letter from God & a hall pass to get out & truly live! Thank you John Mark Comer, I'm grateful for your art!
Art Director; Musician; College Teacher; Bible Student; Father; Husband
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that was very inspirational a lot of good ways to describe the validity of our daily lives. No matter your occupation, no matter what you do every day, given how little it is, it has significant period. I especially appreciated The chapter on Sabbath, as the Sabbath-keeper myself, it was very awesome to see somebody saying a lot of the things that I say and believe about it. Great book, especially for those of us are trying to understand what we can do for the kingdom.
Wife, Mama, and Commuter-Student
The author is very eloquent and for the most part, seamless in his transitions and verbosity. Listening to the book is highly instructive and motivating. I couldn't help listening to it, even for a moments drive to pick up some milk from Safeway.
There really is not another book on the market like this one. It's straightforward, affirming, and refreshing. I did hear a sermon series identical to this at Salem Alliance Church a couple years back, but loved the rich depth Comer goes into it.
I think listening to an author read their own material offers more depth and connection. I would have missed spots here and there just reading the book on my own. Comer's moments of emphasis, encouragement, and wit are 3/4's there without hearing his personality through the audio recording.
The only thing I was bummed about was vocal citations for references. Comer will state, "One of my favorite Hebrew scholars..." or, "an amazing, life-changing book I read said...". These are just a couple of a heaping handful of moments in the book. He cites at moments but not thoroughly. Reading the book, he probably cites them properly, as I'm sure Zondervan requires. Just wish he did in the audiobook for my further reading, even just the name of that Sabbath book, scholars, authors, etc.
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