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  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,232
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,204

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

I’m telling all my friends.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Thank you for this book Bryan Stevenson.
It was inspiring, heartbreaking, and hopeful. And thank you for fighting for the poor and marginalized.

I’m telling all my friends to read this book. It’s life changing.

  • Blessed

  • A History of the American Prosperity Gospel
  • By: Kate Bowler
  • Narrated by: Kate Bowler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

How have millions of American Christians come to measure spiritual progress in terms of their financial status and physical well-being? How has the movement variously called Word of Faith, Health and Wealth, Name It and Claim It, or simply prosperity gospel come to dominate much of our contemporary religious landscape? Kate Bowler's Blessed is the first book to fully explore the origins, unifying themes, and major figures of a burgeoning movement that now claims millions of followers in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great research, fascinating information

  • By Jonathan Barlow on 02-25-15

A necessary history that helped me better understand a large part of the global church and influence of this popular theology.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Every time I'd tell people that I was reading a history of the American prosperity gospel they'd begin to ask questions and share stories. And they always asked something like "well, what does she say? Does she say it's bad?" To which I would have to respond "Well, SHE doesn't really say it's bad. She just lays out the history and the facts on the message, the different expressions of it and a bit of the stories the main characters and then let's you decide!" That's one of the things I appreciated about it - It wasn't judgemental or bitter, yet it did describe some of the more troubling events and expressions of the last 50 years.
I really enjoyed this book and felt like I was taking an extremely interesting history class that ended with me thinking about my own faith and religious history in a fresh way. Thank you Kate Bowler!
If you are curious as to what to expect - I got the audiobook after reading Kate Bowler's New York Times article called Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me - take a look at it and then get the book if you want more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tramp for the Lord

  • By: Corrie ten Boom
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

After her release from a concentration camp, Corrie ten Boom set out to become what she called a “tramp for the Lord,” traveling around the world at the direction of God and proclaiming his message everywhere. Throughout her life-long experiences, she learned a few lessons in God’s great classroom, which she here shares with listeners. Corrie introduces us to her former prison guard, who asks her for forgiveness; a war-crippled lawyer with a soul as twisted and deformed as his limbs; and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book to inspire you

  • By teachermice on 03-11-16

So encouraging!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

Corrie ten Boom's simple faith and deep love for God are contagious. Her stories are moving and her applications simple. She doesn't pile on the guilt and yet she makes me want to work harder then ever before for God! It might help awaken your first love!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Leadership & Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,194

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • struggled

  • By Misty on 01-24-17

Like staring into a microscopic mirror.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-13

I heard a speaker say "if you are pointing your finger at someone else, you need to realize that three fingers are pointed back at yourself." That might be the best way to describe this book. It constantly turns it back on the reader to seriously examine their own problems and areas of self deception.

This book was recommended to me from a speaker and author whose focus is leadership.

I think it is a great listen for all developing leaders (which is hopefully every leader).

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Cross and the Switchblade

  • By: David Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 339

Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hope when there is no hope

  • By Carole on 08-19-11

I Couldn't "Put it Down"!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-13

Would you listen to The Cross and the Switchblade again? Why?

Paul Michael did a great job narrating it. His character voices were just right; not too extreme, but enough of a change to add to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

As a believer, I found the stories of God's love and power changing lives inspiring. My guess would be that even if you don't follow Jesus, you would be touched by the compassion of the main characters and the power of love to change lives.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were three or four spots I found myself tearing up because of the scene.

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this book enough. It was so inspiring and challenging. And a very easy listen, thanks to the writing and narration.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful