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  • Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition | Bruce L. Shelley

    Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition

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    • By Bruce L. Shelley
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
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    With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "EXCELLENT RESOURCE - GOOD, SIMPLE, CLEAR OVERVIEW"
  • The Catholic Church: A History | The Great Courses

    The Catholic Church: A History

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor William R. Cook
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    How did the Catholic Church become one of the most influential institutions in the world-a force capable of moving armies, inspiring saints, and shaping the lives of a billion members? Explore these and other questions as you follow the development of this important institution in 36 informative, fascinating lectures. With Professor Cook by your side, you'll step into the world of the early church, witness the spread of Christendom, and learn about the origins of fundamental church institutions.

    P. Johnson says: "Thorough history presented in a compelling manner"
  • Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples | Thom Rainer,Eric Geiger

    Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples

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    • By Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Based on case studies of 400 American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too complex. Simple churches are thriving, and they are doing so by taking these four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. Each idea is examined here, simply showing why it is time to simplify.

    Wes Stanton says: "Simple Church: Simplistic, but useful"
  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church | Lauren Drain

    Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

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    • By Lauren Drain
    • Narrated By Lauren Drain
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    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

    Donald says: "Get Thee Behind Me Phelps"
  • Vertical Church: What Every Heart Longs For, What Every Church Can Be | James MacDonald

    Vertical Church: What Every Heart Longs For, What Every Church Can Be

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    • By James MacDonald
    • Narrated By Wayne Shapherd
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    Though exceptions do exist, the reality is that church in America is failing one life at a time. Somewhere between pathetically predictable and shamefully entertaining, sadly sentimental and rarely authentic, church has become worst of all...godless. Vertical Church points to a new day where God is the seeker, and we are the ones found. In Vertical Church God shows up, and that changes everything.

    D. R. WATKINS Jr. says: "Best church book I've read in a while"
  • The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church --- and How It Died | Philip Jenkins

    The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church --- and How It Died

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip Jenkins
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The Lost History of Christianity will change how we understand Christian and world history. Leading religion scholar Philip Jenkins reveals a vast Christian world to the east of the Roman Empire and how the earliest, most influential churches of the East---those that had the closest link to Jesus and the early church---died. In this paradigm-shifting book, Jenkins recovers a lost history, showing how the center of Christianity for centuries used to be the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, extending as far as China.

    Mike says: "An Amazing look at a Forgotten History"
  • Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City | Timothy Keller

    Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

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    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
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    Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It’s not enough to simply know what to believe (theology), or on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology) - they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ.

    Thomas says: "Wisdom for Urban Churches - Deep, Wide & Practical"
  • The Doctors of the Catholic Church | Marilynn Hughes

    The Doctors of the Catholic Church

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    • By Marilynn Hughes
    • Narrated By Forrest Thomas
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    Understanding the 33 Doctors of the Catholic Church can require a lot of study. And even so, it is hard to get into the spirit of the teachings from the Doctors. Their lives are as varied as their accomplishments. To learn even a little bit about these unique souls who were chosen to experience and describe for the faithful the depth and interior meaning of the teachings of the Church has profound value. But it also shows the individual grandeur of these great figures in Church history.

  • The Modern Scholar: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: A History of the Church in the Middle Ages | Thomas Madden

    The Modern Scholar: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: A History of the Church in the Middle Ages

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    • By Thomas Madden
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    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden turns his scholarly eye on the intrigue and politics swirling about the Medieval Church. Professor Madden explores the compelling events that shaped the culture and forever altered history, from the Monophysite Controversy to reform movements to the Inquisition, Black Death, and Great Schism.

    Steven says: "Modern Scholar Wins!"
  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints | Sam Brower,Jon Krakauer

    Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

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    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
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    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
  • Why Men Hate Going to Church | David Murrow

    Why Men Hate Going to Church

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    • By David Murrow
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
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    David Murrow's groundbreaking new book reveals why men are the world's largest unreached people group. With eye-opening research and a persuasive grasp on the facts, Murrow explains the problem and offers hope and encouragement to women, pastors, and men. Why Men Hate Going to Church does not call men back to the church - it calls the church back to men.

    G says: "An honest view of church from a man's perspective"
  • The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church | Thomas F. Madden

    The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church

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    In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity's original adherents were martyred. Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.

    J. A. McCarron says: "Great course"
  • Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith | Martha Beck

    Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

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    • By Martha Beck
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    Leaving the Saints is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, known as the apostles, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct.

    Sheila says: "Decide for yourself"
  • Church of Lies | Paul T. Brown,Flora Jessop

    Church of Lies

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    • By Paul T. Brown, Flora Jessop
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    "My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too. was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives."

    Daryl says: "An Outlaw's Outlook a tthe FLDS"
  • Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture | Brandon Hatmaker

    Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture

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    • By Brandon Hatmaker
    • Narrated By Adam Black
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    People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don't know where to start. In fact, "serving the least" is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church explains how today's church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, listeners will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor.

    John says: "Awesome"
  • The Preacher's Son | Carl Weber

    The Preacher's Son

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    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor, Lizian Mitchell, Cherise Booth, and others
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    The Preacher's Son captivates with all the intensity expected of a Weber novel. Bishop T.K. Wilson is a pillar of the community, pastor of the largest African-American church in Queens, NY, and has always tended to he needy. Running for borough president, he faces one shocking revelation after another that could not only derail his campaign, but also force him to reevaluate his family values.

    Mrs. Julius says: "Flygirl"
  • Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church | Scott Hahn

    Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church

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    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible. It was the "New Covenant," the "New Testament," in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books produced by the apostles and their companions; but they did so because these were the books that could be read at Mass.

  • Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith | Barbara Brown Taylor

    Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
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    After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock - but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing "compassion fatigue".

    Illini Two says: "Barbara Brown Taylor at her best"
  • So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore: An Unexpected Journey | Jake Colsen,Wayne Jacobsen

    So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore: An Unexpected Journey

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    • By Jake Colsen, Wayne Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Wayne Jacobsen
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    What would you do if you met someone you thought just might be one of Jesus' original disciples still living in the 21st century? That's Jake's dilemma as he meets a man who talks of Jesus as if he had known him, and whose way of living challenges everything Jake had previously known. So You Don't Want to Go To Church Anymore is Jake's compelling journal that chronicles 13 conversations with his newfound friend over a four-year period and how those exchanges turn Jake's world upside-down.

    Leo Free says: "THANKFUL"
  • The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives | Peter Scazzero

    The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives

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    • By Peter Scazzero
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
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    Something is desperately wrong with most churches today. Many parishoners present themselves as spiritually mature but are stuck at a level of immaturity that current models of discipleship have not addressed. Discipleship that really transforms a church must integrate emotional health with spiritual maturity. The Emotionally Healthy Church, winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, offers a strategy for discipleship that accomplishes healthy living and actually changes lives.

    Betty says: "A Must for Every Sincere Christian"
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