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  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • In the Midst of Wickedness (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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    5 out of 5 stars 80

Born into a loving family, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) pursued a life as a pastor, teacher, theologian - and spy. He spoke out about the trouble in Germany when Adolph Hitler came to power, urging the Christian church to rescue disparaged people groups and resist Hitler’s evil empire. Accused of being a troublemaker, Dietrich continued on fearlessly in the midst of wickedness. His work as a spy in the German resistance and participation in a plot to assassinate Hitler led to imprisonment and eventual execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • history brought life

  • By I Audit on 10-15-15

The history aspect alone makes this my Benge fave

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Reviewed: 04-22-19

I know, this story isn't a fairytale ending in any way, shape or form. But, anyone that serves God with all their heart knows that life isn't always a bowl of cherries. Ok, so you've been warned, this isn't a happy-happy story.

After saying all that, it was interesting to hear about the 2 world wars from a German prospective. At the beginning of WWI, even the kids thought it was a happy, wonderful time to begin a war. But, as soon as you lose someone in a war, it's not so happy anymore. When Hitler began his march towards WWII, the attitude in Germany that wasn't pro-Hitler; was a very sad, here-we-go-again-attitude.

Although, hearing the line-upon-line march towards Nazism is hard to hear; hopefully it keeps us watchful for the same mistakes in our future. Hearing this story, reminds me to not always take the easy and safe road. Sometimes, you have to take the hard road that doesn't end in a happy ending, except it does end in an eternal happy ending. This bit of history is well worth your time and money to listen to.

  • Florence Young: Mission Accomplished

  • Christian Heroes: Then & Now
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A rip current overturned the whaleboat with eight Kanaka Christians aboard. Only three of the men could swim, and the others clung to the upturned boat. Sharks circled the three as they struggled to get to shore. The three survived, but the others could not be found. When Florence heard the news, she resolved to go on despite the dangers. Once timid and unsure of her own salvation, New Zealander Florence Young rose to her calling and became a fearless and faithful witness for Jesus Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful testimony

  • By Sharon Wickey on 04-20-19

A missionary who was bendable to God's call

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Reviewed: 04-19-19

Florence Young was quite impressive. Not only, did she start reaching the Kanakas in Australia; but when it looked like that mission field was closing she became a missionary to China. She constantly had her ear pointed towards Heaven to hear where God wanted her next. This was probably one of my favorite missionary stories as Florence broke the mold, several times. Oh, can't reach the Kanakas for the time being? Well, God says to go to China. China's door closes temporarily but the Kanaka door is opening again; back to Australia. I have no words. It makes me think that I need to keep my ears pointed towards Heaven too. I don't want to miss God's next adventure! Mary

  • Jacob DeShazer

  • Forgive Your Enemies (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

One of the famous Doolittle Raiders who first attacked Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jacob DeShazer (1912-2008) knew this one-way mission was dangerous. Indeed, it led to his capture as a prisoner of war. Beaten, malnourished, and alone in his cell, Jacob was given a Bible - and far away from home, this American soldier became a Christian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I especially love this story!

  • By MDY on 04-17-19

I especially love this story!

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Reviewed: 04-17-19

My father was a POW during WWII. He was in the Bataan Death March and imprisoned in the Philippines, Japan and Korea. It was wonderful to hear that God helped Jacob turn his hate into great love for the Japanese. I have always heard most of my adult life that the call went out for missionaries for Japan after WWII. But, I hadn't heard, until now that there were missionaries that answered the call. Thanks for writing this book.

  • Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World

  • Christian Heroes: Then & Now
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

As a 14-year-old intent on living a "modern" life, the last thing Isobel Kuhn (1901-1957) wanted to grow up to be was a missionary. But as it turned out, this young agnostic's life was redirected - from crisis and doubt to hope and strength. Convinced that God wanted her to preach the gospel as a China inland missionary, Isobel bravely served among the Lisu people in remote mountainous regions of China and Thailand. After 20 years of ministry Isobel returned to the United States, writing stirring stories of faith and inspiring generations of listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The real life of a missionary, way back when!

  • By MDY on 04-14-19

The real life of a missionary, way back when!

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Reviewed: 04-14-19

I love Isobel Kuhn's life as a missionary. She sounds really real. She talks about not being able to bathe, having fleas and lice, chickens eating the scraps under the table at inns she stayed at, livestock sharing the community bed....shall I go on. It doesn't sound like a life of luxury in way, shape or form. Oh and this book includes small glimpses of marital disagreements. In short, this book specifically gives me hope as a Christian. Plus, it's so amazing how she reaches the Lisu people in Asia. She had to wait almost 10 years to finally reach her goal of reaching the Lisu. That's another thing that caught my ear is that she had to wait. What, wait!! In our day of instant gratification, there should be no waiting....ha, ha! All in all, a very good read and very enlightening.

  • Lillian Trasher

  • The Greatest Wonder in Egypt
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
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    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

When Lillian Trasher (1887-1961) founded Egypt's first orphanage, others thought that a lone American woman with no means of support would surely be killed or starve to death. But Lillian - certain of God's guidance - stood by her earlier promise to Him, "If ever I can do anything for You, just let me know - and I'll do it."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nile Mother indeed Send From JesusChrist

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-16-17

As always, the Benges' outdid themselves!

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Reviewed: 03-15-19

The story of Lillian Trasher is out of this world, because God's ways are always above the norm. From start to finish, I was mesmerized. I googled her orphanage and it's still going on, what a legacy!

  • Masters of Mayhem

  • Book Two in the Mad Mick Series
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 394
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    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 360

Conor Maguire and his daughter, Barb, planned to weather the apocalypse by keeping to themselves, hidden from the world in their compound deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their approach failed, allowing bad men to get too close and kidnap Barb. After rescuing her in a violent bloodbath that decimated the kidnappers, Conor realized it was time to enlist his community to work together to improve their security. They had better work fast.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THE MAD MICK!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 02-24-19

Franklin Horton outdid himself!

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Reviewed: 03-15-19

First of all, I noticed that the story is a good 8, almost 9 hours long. The new characters Wayne and his group and Dr. Marty and Shannon are a welcome addition. The dialogue between Barb and anyone is always edge-of-your-seat-dialogue. Who knows what's going to happen next once Barb gets going? Who knew when the Mad Mick was first introduced in the Locker 9 series that he would take preeminence amongst all the books written by Franklin Horton? Wow, wow, wow!

  • David Livingstone

  • Africa's Trailblazer (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

With the heart of an explorer and the passion of an evangelist, David Livingstone mapped vast, unexplored areas of Africa, sharing the gospel with whomever he encountered. His stamina, perseverance, and dogged determination created the legacy of a trailblazing explorer with an undying hunger to make Christ known wherever his steps led him. David Livingstone's captivating adventures and tireless zeal continue to inspire countless men and women to bring the gospel message of God's love to those souls who have never heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Cheryl Kelly on 01-18-15

Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

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Reviewed: 03-12-19

That's all I ever knew about David Livingstone was that phrase. But, he was oh so much more. In one of the Benges' books a missionary states that they did not want to be a Veranda Missionary. David definitely wasn't a veranda missionary, he went as far as his health, finances and his dreams would take him and then he went further. I didn't even know that he had been married and that he had children, too. I am so glad that I got to know him better and that I learned to not be satisfied with the status quo, ever.

  • Gladys Aylward

  • The Adventure of a Lifetime (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 129

Without formal education or a missionary organization to back her, Gladys (1902-1970) raised her own finances for the overland trip that would bring her to the country and people that God had etched so deeply on her heart...China! What follows is an amazing adventure of faith and determination. Gladys Aylward, a housemaid from England, dared to trust God in the face of dire and seemingly hopeless circumstances. Her life is one of the truly great missionary stories of our era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book for youth

  • By Jackie O. on 01-05-15

Never say anything like, just a maid!

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Reviewed: 03-12-19

I thought I knew a lot about missionary history, but after reading this and other Christian Heroes: Then and Now books; I feel that I know nothing. Gladys was a maid, not a theologian, Doctor or nurse.....a maid. But God doesn't care who you are and what you are doing currently. I can do all things through Christ which Strengthens me. And wow, did Gladys do so many things through Christ. Just when I think that the Benges' can't come up with another hero of God that I've never heard of....boom, they write about someone else that is so impressive. I can't believe I have never heard of Gladys Aylward, what a hero and saint of God.

  • Mission Critical

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054

Court Gentry's flight on a CIA transport plane is interrupted when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. They want to kick Gentry off the flight but are overruled by CIA headquarters. The mystery man is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. When they land in an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force who kidnaps the prisoner. Only Gentry escapes. His handlers send him after the attackers, but what can one operative do against a trained team of assassins?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!! Mark Greaney is at the top of his game!

  • By Wayne on 02-21-19

As always, written well, read well!

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Reviewed: 03-08-19

I don't know how either writer or narrator does it? Suspense up until the last second, every time. Love that Greaney brought back Zoya and I loved the dialogue between Zoya and Court. Then Jay Snyder, went from British to American to Russian to Scottish accents. How does he do it??? Well worth your money for hours of entertainment on the edge of your seat.

  • Eric Liddell

  • Something Greater Than Gold (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
  • By: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72
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    5 out of 5 stars 65
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    5 out of 5 stars 65

Eric's (1902-1945) refusal earlier that week to run on Sunday in the Olympic 100-meter race had stunned the world. Now his incredible victory in the 400-meter race further strengthened his believe in God's promise, "He who honors Me, I will honor." Years later, Eric Liddell would be tested far beyond mere physical ability as a missionary to China. His character, perseverance, and endurance are a challenging example for all who would obey the call to bring the gospel to the nations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and easy to get through in a day

  • By Ismeeno1 on 09-15-15

Chariot's of Fire 2.0

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Reviewed: 03-05-19

Although this is a short history of Eric Liddell, it's a must listen. I kind of knew that Eric was a national hero in Scotland and the UK at that time, but clearly I didn't know how much of a hero. I definitely did not know the extent of his Christian testimony to the world and to the Christian world. I am so glad that I bought this and learned the rest of the story.