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

    Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • 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"
  • Church of Marvels: A Novel | Leslie Parry

    Church of Marvels: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leslie Parry
    • Narrated By Denice Stradling
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    New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs.

    Sandi says: "If Dickens needed a NY location for a story.."
  • Drama in the Church Saga | Dynah Zale

    Drama in the Church Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dynah Zale
    • Narrated By Karen Pittman
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    Tressie faithfully prays every night that God will send her a thug. It isn't long before her prayers are answered, and she meets a handsome ex-convict named Payce Boyd. He is a fine roughneck, everything Tressie imagined and more - that is until Tressie experiences firsthand the reality of being a thug's girl. Seeking solace and comfort in the sanctuary, Tressie soon learns valuable lessons and shocking truths about herself and others.

    Lovingmy3 says: "awesome"
  • Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive | Thom S. Rainer

    Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated By Maurice England
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    No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than 25 years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered 12 consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those 12 themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.

    Jody says: "Amazing and Insightful"
  • When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers | Marcellino D'Ambrosio

    When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    • Narrated By Marcellino D'Ambrosio
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    Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, and Jerome. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us.

    Mike C says: "Masterful summary of the early Church Fathers"
  • Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration | Samuel R. Chand

    Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Samuel R. Chand
    • Narrated By Jonathan Peterson
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    Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Sam Chand contends that toxic culture is to blame. Quite often, leaders don't sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. This work describes five easily identifiable categories of church culture (inspiring-accepting-stagnant-discouraging-toxic), with diagnostic descriptions in the book and a separate online assessment tool.

    Brad says: "This Book will cause problems!"
  • The Purpose-Driven Church | Rick Warren

    The Purpose-Driven Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rick Warren
    • Narrated By Jay Charles
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    Every church is driven by some controlling force: tradition, finances, programs, events, personalities, or even the building itself. But author and pastor Dr. Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, believes that a church can only be truly healthy if it becomes "purpose-driven," built around the 5 goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven 5-part strategy that will enable your church to become warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. By shifting the focus away from church-building programs, Dr. Warren emphasizes a people-building, inclusive process that will allow your church to grow without compromising its message and mission.

    Frans says: "Disappointed"
  • The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church | Pope Francis

    The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church

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    • By Pope Francis
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    In the year since he was elected, Pope Francis' simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, he has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope - we want to hear what he has to say. Collected from Pope Francis' speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church.

    Brian Skradzinski says: "Faith Filled"
  • Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City | Timothy Keller

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

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • 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"
  • 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"
  • Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples | Thom Rainer,Eric Geiger

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • 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.

    George says: "Yielding to the Holy Spirit"
  • 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.

    Scott says: "Good info.....tedious style"
  • Church Folk | Michele Andrea Bowen

    Church Folk

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    • By Michele Andrea Bowen
    • Narrated By Denise Burse
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    Weaving together the turbulent 1960s Civil Rights movement with the chaos within the Greater Hope Gospel United Church, Bowen carries a message of hope that transcends human failings. Young, handsome Rev. Theophilus Simmons and his new bride Essie settle into pastoral life as the "first couple" of the congregation.

    Kofee says: "This Author Has a Way of Sliding in the word..."
  • 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"
  • Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens | Neil Cole

    Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens

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    • By Neil Cole
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
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    According to international church starter and pastor Neil Cole, if we want to connect with young people and those who are not coming to church, we must go where people congregate. Cole tells listeners how to plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God in the places where life happens and where culture is formed: restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, locker rooms, and neighborhoods.

    Barry says: "A home coming of sorts"
  • The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology | John Sweeney

    The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology

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    • By John Sweeney
    • Narrated By John Sweeney
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    Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on, and followed, and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera, and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world.

    Misty says: "Interesting and shocking revelations"
  • Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations | Thom Rainer,Ed Stetzer

    Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Thom Rainer, Ed Stetzer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
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    Churches committed to following Christ's example want this world changed for the sake of eternity. While the supernatural piece of making that happen goes without saying, how does a body of believers do its part to be in that "sweet spot" where true spiritual transformation occurs?

    Kevin says: "Valuable Information: Buy The Hardcopy"
  • The Prayer Ministry of the Church | Watchman Nee

    The Prayer Ministry of the Church

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    • By Watchman Nee
    • Narrated By Josh Miller
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    Prayer Ministry of the Church is a collection of five messages on prayer by the great Chinese pastor and teacher, Watchman Nee.

    Larry says: "deep insight"
  • Reimagining Church | Frank Viola

    Reimagining Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Frank Viola
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    A revolution is moving through the body of Christ, challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very notion of corporate worship - a movement inspired by the divine design for holy fellowship. It's a fresh concept rooted in ancient history.

    Jason says: "Exceptional and thought provoking!"
  • 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"
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