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D. R. WATKINS Jr.

LOCKPORT, NY USA
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  • After You Believe

  • Why Christian Character Matters
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we’re here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Spirituality

  • By Wayne on 04-11-11

Thought Provoking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

The Christian West has really fallen down on the issue of properly formed character and personal integrity. N.T. Wright confronts this issue and offers options for further growth as a Christian person.

  • America's Original Sin

  • Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
  • By: Jim Wallis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. "It's time we right this unacceptable wrong", says best-selling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raced in America - so true!

  • By Michanne on 04-11-16

A primer for theology of racism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Would you consider the audio edition of America's Original Sin to be better than the print version?

This audio book will give the reader a foundation upon which one can build and grow in knowledge of racial deprivation that has occurred in the U.S.A. over a period of four centuries.

  • 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 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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

Good book, very candid

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Right to the point, and I a few laughs based on the authors comments which were refreshingly honest.

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  • Vertical Church

  • What Every Heart Longs For, What Every Church Can Be
  • By: James MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shapherd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Resource

  • By Carlos A Rosado on 10-12-14

Best church book I've read in a while

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-14

If you could sum up Vertical Church in three words, what would they be?

James MacDonald really presses every button and rings every bell for anyone who is in church ministry leadership. Everything he said is true and I knew it the moment I heard it. I just had never put it all into words the way he has in the Vertical Church book. Listen to it if you dare and be ready for some inner conversion among those who are intellectually honest about the future of the Christianity in the Western World.

What other book might you compare Vertical Church to and why?

This book has the potential to become a Christian classic so how about "Pilgrim's Progress." This book comes to us at a crossroads in what must be a turn of the tide to church glory or continued fall of the church into the slough of despond.

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  • Answer Your Call

  • Reclaim God's Purpose for Faith, Family, and Work
  • By: Dick Lyles, Martha Lyles
  • Narrated by: Dick Lyles, Martha Lyles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

"What does God want me to do with my life now?" If you've ever asked that question, Answer Your Call can help. Each person has a unique set of natural gifts meant to be used in concert with God's supernatural graces. Answer Your Call offers insightful advice on how to live your calling at home, in the workplace, and in your community. It goes beyond mere theory, using questions, short quizzes, and practical exercises to help you discover what God is asking of you now. Interspersed with Scripture and catechism quotes, as well as wisdom from popes and saints, Answer Your Call will guide you to carry out God's purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book by Far!!!

  • By Jairo Castillo on 04-20-15

Answer the call to hear this audibook

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-13

Where does Answer Your Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a Five Star book. I fully intend to listen again to the entire book.

What did you learn from Answer Your Call that you would use in your daily life?

This book is filled with a number of keen insights that i was able to utilize.

  • Lifesigns

  • Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective
  • By: Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Narrated by: Dan Anderson O.F.M.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In Lifesigns, Nouwen explores three elements of what he considered the call of all people: Intimacy - the gospel invitation to communion with God and relationship with others; Fecundity - the exhortation to be open to a fruitful life of both growth and change; Ecstasy - the Gospel wish and promise of Jesus that "your joy may be complete". Nouwen shows how these elements are essential to our movement from the "house of fear" to the "house of love".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good spiritual reading

  • By D. R. WATKINS Jr. on 12-06-12

Good spiritual reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-12

Any additional comments?

This book was used during the August 2011 Regional Deacon Convocation which was held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Two breakout sessions were held, which were well attended. Dr. Michael W. Higgins, the official estate appointed biographer of Fr. Nouwen was our featured speaker on the this book and related subject matters. I recommend the audiobook for your listening enjoyment.

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  • The Roots of Obama’s Rage

  • By: Dinesh D’Souza
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

D’Souza explains that the reason Obama appears to be working to destroy America from within is found, as Obama himself admits, in The Dreams of My Father: a deeply hostile anticolonialism. Instilled in him by his father, this worldview has led President Obama to resent America and everything we stand for. D’Souza masterfully shows how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to understand Obama.

  • By Daryl on 02-05-15

Very insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-10

This book gives the listener a more international view of what "chip on Obama's shoulder" really looks like. Mr. Obama is an actual African-American. He is not an American Negro. He is unlike the offspring of Negro slavery. He is anti-colonial, and he considers America and its close allies to be colonial exploiters of the Third World, the home of his African ancestors. He wants to bring America down. The voters better wake up before the 2012 Election and make this guy a one-term president before he transforms America into a place where its citizens have to eat cold rice out of a small bowl with their fingers, while waiting for the occasional bucket of raw fish heads from our new Chinese masters.

36 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

  • By: Kevin R.C. Gutzman
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Instead of the system that the Constitution intended, judges have created a system in which bureaucrats and appointed officials make most of the important policies. While the government claims to be a representative republic, somehow hot-button topics from gay marriage to the allocation of Florida's presidential electors always seem to be decided by unelected judges. What gives them the right to decide such issues? The judges say it's the Constitution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best PIG to date

  • By Matthew Groom on 05-16-08

A reality check on Constitution

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-10

The U.S. Constitution was written and ratified by the founding fathers of America to be a system of government. The whole misguided notion of it being a living document is specious. This book is well worth the time time it takes to listen.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful