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How Should We Then Live Audiobook

How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

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Publisher's Summary

As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book, he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.

How Should We Then Live? has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L'Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer.

©2005 Francis A. Schaffer; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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    Robert D. Johnson 07-07-12

    Follower of Christ, husband of one, father to four, student of philosophy, fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball... that's all you need to know.

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    "Schaeffer's classic confronts and challenges"
    Where does How Should We Then Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the only audiobook I've listened to in its entirety.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed reviewing several well-known aspect of world history, and learning of many other unfamiliar ones, woven together in a coherent worldview.


    What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't disapprove of her performance at all... this was my first audiobook and it was a bit of a challenge to engage the male author while hearing his words in a female voice. I'm not sure I ever made the connection completely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Schaeffer's indictment of Christians who have held to thoroughly orthodox views in most areas while ignoring Scriptural teaching on race and compassionate use of wealth.


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    David Sharp St Louis, MO 07-30-12
    David Sharp St Louis, MO 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Perspective-changing book"
    What other book might you compare How Should We Then Live to and why?

    I had read Total Truth before, which includes many references to Francis Schaeffer. My daughter had some coursework in High School which included Schaeffer, so I was interested in hearing some of his original work. Total Truth is a great book as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic book! Does a great job at showing the big picture history of different worldviews, and helped me to see much better how they show up in our world today. I'm listening to it for a second time now!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 12-09-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 12-09-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Want To Be Left Alone? Better Read Schaeffer"

    I listened to this just after watching the ten part video series of the same name. This makes a great follow-up to the video series. And even though the videos total five hours of time this book goes into the subject with more depth. Francis Schaeffer, more than any other Christian author in the 20th century properly identifies the basic problem with man and how to fix it. If you have seen the ten part series you will know that Schaeffer is a bit if an anachronism. His dress and manner of speech is from another, simpler, time. Despite personally living almost as a man out of time he has the pulse of our society on his fingertips. In this book you will learn what is really means to try to live according to the principles of Biblical Christianity in this age of declining morality. The last section deals with the pervading malady of mankind today: the persuit of Personal Peace and Affluence. Schaeffer exhorts the faithful to abandon the idea that we should just want to be left alone and accumulate material wealth. This, he says, is the very antithesis of Christianity.

    Kate Reading narrates this book. At first this seemed a bit strange after hearing Francis Schaeffer talk for five hours on the videos but then her voice blended into the background and I was able to listen past her and hear the text itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pluff2 03-09-15
    pluff2 03-09-15
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    "overall well organized and steeped in history "

    very intelligent and informative so much-needed information you will need to go through it more than once

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Ft. Worth, TX, USA 01-09-15
    Peggy Ft. Worth, TX, USA 01-09-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent info"

    Probably would be a good text to have as there is much historical info. Interesting and makes me want to read more of Francis Schaffer work.

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    "Breathtaking. Beyond insightful..."

    A must have to reread and/or relisten at least annually... The take aways make it all snap into focus with a glaring clarity. That this book was written in the mid 70s astounded me. It could been written about current events...

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    Rafael Perez 08-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Prophetic!"

    Unfortunately the contents of this book is here and now! Highly recommended book. Thinking about having my teenagers read!

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    Mike Campbell Greenville, SC USA 07-08-16
    Mike Campbell Greenville, SC USA 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a classic that is needed more today than ever"

    Content is suberb and the reading by Kate Reading was excellent as always. Some later chapters could use a revision based on recent history (there is a lot of discussion concerning the USSR which is valid but not as relevant / relateable to the younger reader since the timeline discussed ends prior to the fall of the "iron curtain").

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    John Matthews 02-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Francis Schaeffer is a fantastic philosopher."

    I believe everyone in America should read this book at least once. Especially in our rapidly declining culture.

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    Richard S. Dillard Swansea, IL USA 02-12-16
    Richard S. Dillard Swansea, IL USA 02-12-16

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    "Comprehensive..."

    ... treatment of what preceded postmodernism, and what note awaits us in the post-postmodern era.

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