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  • 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

  • By: Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born. 7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the author had narrated the book herself.

  • By Theresa on 06-15-13

I loved and hated this book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

The basic idea is reducing categories of life to 7 (ex: wardrobe of seven things, diet of seven foods) in order to fast to see things more clear. Fasting definitely gives clarity from the noise of the world but otherwise the initial good idea leads to a legalistic brag-fest that shames all material goods while ensuring you know about the good things this family is accomplishing.

This book shames wealth of all kinds and dismisses any excess. I agree very much that gluttony, ignorant worldwide consumerism, dismissing the health of our bodies and earth are terrible. I like that she pushes people out of their comfort zone to address the mandate to take care of the needy.

But, to ignore that stewarding wealth correctly is also a way to alleviate many worldwide issues is ignorant. Creating companies that don't abuse workers, are fair in wages, that don't harm the earth are just as important as being a wise consumer. Not everyone has land to garden or the option to choose sustainable companies or buy organic products. Its ironic how privileged her choice of poverty living is while shaming those not living her way.

I wish this book had been more balanced, bragged less, and shamed less. At times her humor was cute and funny but ruined by brash and rude commentary.

Love the rich and poor, listen to what God ask you to do, whether it's big or small. It's all important. Skip this book if you are looking how to serve God's Kingdom.

  • Gay Girl, Good God

  • The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been
  • By: Jackie Hill Perry
  • Narrated by: Jackie Hill Perry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 804

In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal

  • By Christina on 09-09-18

Thank God for people who actually address real issues!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I was curious to see Jackie's perspective, two major sections in this book blessed me in particular (the rest did as well, just these stood out for me most); she addresses marriage as an idol in the church, and she talks about having trouble with men. I've had the same feelings myself with men (feeling angry and put off by even a good guy,) maybe because we both experienced abuse. It gave me hope plus I love being single, too, which the church cant seem to grasp that for some bizarre reason.

Smooth read, solid narration, highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unashamed

  • By: Lecrae Moore
  • Narrated by: Lecrae Moore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,172

Two-time Grammy-winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity - childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring Testimony

  • By LRenee on 11-09-16

Honest View of the Christian Life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Bottom line of this book for me was that I found it immensely relatable.

I didn't grow up in the 'hood life' like Lecrae but have suffered various sexual and physical abuse. It's a daily battle and a struggle I didn't even know I had seeking out men's approval.

Anyway, I've seen the fake Christian life and how unhelpful it was for my life but deep in my heart I knew there was more to God than what was being offered at my hypocritical neighborhood church. My life changed when I was older and my relationship with Christ became a real one and I've been a work in progress ever since; finally experiencing true peace only his presence brings.

I also work in the film industry and in the art world and understand that fitting in but not.
Lecrae was honest and straight forward about everything he speaks about and of course, how ultimately God pulls us back to him regardless of what we're getting ourselves into and we either listen or we don't and reap the consequences.

I'm glad he pointed out what religiousness looked like by what he sought after himself thinking it was what Christian meant to be. I've wanted someone in media to point this out since I was about 13 because you see the absurdness of it.

Fantastic work. Honest and true.
Thank you Lecrae for being open and listening to God as he leads.

  • The Wait

  • A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love
  • By: DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson, Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment and former Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and award-winning actress Meagan Good have learned sometimes all we can do is wait for "the one" to come into our lives. They spent years crossing paths, but it wasn't until they were thrown together while working on the film Jumping the Broom that their storybook romance began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wait Caused Me To Change

  • By Bernard on 05-02-17

Good but not for me.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-16

If you are already celibate this book may inform you about what is in store for you but it really is a persuasion type book for those not waiting to take steps into waiting. I think in that regard it's a great book. The verbiage is occasionally confusing as they address both Christians and non-Christians; so sometimes it takes a while to get to the point.

Second, I wish they had waited longer to write this book. Granted, God's timing is His timing and if this is when they believed it was to be released so be it. However, I just feel that only four years of marriage, though they had many revelations during courtship and entering into marriage, I want to see and hear about the deeper fruits to come because I do believe waiting will bring more revelation to them once they've had some serious road blocks in their marriage.

Everything just seemed too happy and I want to hear about a time where it was because of this bond they created early it kept them together. I also think they say how their experiences were without getting personal enough. I want to feel like I know them after reading but I just felt like I knew the circumstances they were in and the principles they hold. Which is fine but not nearly as impactful in my opinion.

All this said, I look forward to what projects they work on together in the future as their marriage becomes deeper and richer!

24 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,022

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Mixed Feelings

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I finished this book conflicted.
I loved the conflict and how the romance developed.
It was painfully realistic at times, which is a good thing for me because there's nothing worse than a horribly fake romance story.

(Forgive my vagueness of the next few sentences, I don't want to ruin the book for anyone.)
The end gift and the ultimate choice of the subject matter ended sour.
I lost respect for the main character despite understanding her choice.
I also found it hard to respect her initially because of her hideous choice in men.
So when something good comes along and she makes the end choice, I just felt there should have been at least one more fight.

What I really want to know though, is where she is now. The end just sort of dropped her off into this next stage of life and I wanted to know how this affected her.

Ultimately, I cared for all the characters and that's a great sign of a great story and I won't forget it.

I would still recommend it, despite it leaving me with too many questions.

  • The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

  • The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist
  • By: Larry Alex Taunton
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. "Nobody is not a divided self, of course," he once told an interviewer, "but I think it's rather strong in my case." Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror; and, after 9/11, something of a neocon.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I shouldn’t be surprised at the duplicity of the author

  • By George on 11-27-17

Wonderful Book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I loved this book.
All the people involved reminded me of so many people I know myself.
Nothing but a true friend can have loving observation and you can sense that in the writing.

This is a book of listening to the deeper haunts of the soul.
Obviously it has a Christian lean since it's written by a Christian man, but it is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it to anyone.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,683

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Bottom Line: Keep What Brings You Joy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-15

This is, although not directly speaking toward psychology, a way of helping us remove emotional attachments to things we hold on to for the wrong reasons. When we keep things that we don't need (or don't hold sentimental or joyous value;) we become buried in our stuff and have a physical and mental mountain that keeps us from doing the things we love. Easy read, a bit sensational at times but I understood her points clearly.

  • Guts

  • The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
  • By: Kristen Johnston
  • Narrated by: Kristen Johnston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should win awards for best audiobook performance

  • By Ohjohnny on 03-19-12

Honest

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-14

Guts is funny and brutally honest through the eyes of Kristen Johnston. I enjoy her perspective on everything going on and the comedic way she was able to describe some of the most horrible situations.

The bottom line is tell the truth. Be honest with yourself but lets face it, that's hard to do and she makes this clear.

I am also thrilled the author read her book. She has a lot of energy in the way she reads and to me it comes off exactly how she would be thinking it in her head which brings so much life into it.

  • What Christians Believe

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In these classic essays, which began as talks on the BBC during World War II, Lewis creatively and simply explains the basic tenets of Christianity. Taken from the core section of Mere Christianity, this book provides an accessible way for people to discover these timeless truths. For those looking to remind themselves of what they hold true, or those looking for a snapshot of Christianity, this book is a wonderful introduction to the faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible.

  • By Rastein on 09-20-14

Incredible.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-14

Lewis gets straight to the heart of what being Christian actually is. He hits the hard stuff swiftly and doesn't waste time. He uses solid logic around the issues he had as a believer and when he didn't believe. It's a fast listen and absolutely wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Beauty of the Real

  • What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses
  • By: Mick LaSalle
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Even as actresses become increasingly marginalized by Hollywood, French cinema is witnessing an explosion of female talent - a Golden Age unlike anything the world has seen since the days of Stanwyck, Hepburn, Davis, and Garbo. In France, the joy of acting is alive and well. Scores of French actresses are doing the best work of their lives in movies tailored to their star images and unique personalities. Yet virtually no one this side of the Atlantic even knows about them. Viewers who feel shortchanged by Hollywood will be thrilled to discover The Beauty of the Real.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great but Bias

  • By Rastein on 09-20-14

Great but Bias

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-14

I really enjoyed this book. Its beautifully written and I enjoyed the way this book not only stuck with cinematic examples but dove into French culture including literature and other art forms.

My only issue is the clear bias that shows up within the book. I picked this book to read about French cinema, not to read about what other cinema styles and choices should be according to this author.

I'm sure over time there will be (and this is slowly happening now) a combining of styles from all countries. We each as individuals will still have our preferences and theres no need to bash what is not approved according to our decision.

Overall, I really appreciated the way this was written and will probably listen to it again in the future.