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  • Love Big, Be Well

  • Letters to a Small-Town Church
  • By: Winn Collier
  • Narrated by: Trevor Thompson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 24
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Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor - not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the "Letter writing" format

  • By Louise Reed on 03-14-18

I wish I could get back my $10.00.

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Reviewed: 01-17-19

The narrator did a great job. I would listen to him read cereal boxes. The content of the book is lukewarm prose, overly familiar. It is like the marginal uncle who gets too besotted at a family gathering and wants to hold hands with everyone. Not a fun read.

  • On Reading Well

  • Finding the Good Life through Great Books
  • By: Karen Swallow Prior, Leland Ryken - foreword
  • Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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Acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior takes fans on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring 12 virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life. In reintroducing ancient virtues that are as relevant and essential today as ever, Prior draws on the best classical and Christian thinkers, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reading as a means of learning virtue

  • By Adam Shields on 02-14-19

The English Department might save Christianity.

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Reviewed: 01-12-19

Prior enfleshes the spirit of C. S. Lewis in her perusal of the character novels of the past. She points to how virtue must be demonstrated by believable characters in great works of fiction.

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  • Knowing Christ Today

  • Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
  • By: Dallas Willard
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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At a time when popular atheism books are talking about the irrationality of believing in God, Willard makes a rigorous intellectual case for why it makes sense to believe in God and in Jesus, the Son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Story, Solid Food for Thought

  • By C Bismuth on 02-13-15

Homerun!

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Reviewed: 12-30-18

Willard, as is his custom, deepens our walk of faith by encouraging us to act upon what is ultimately true. We can KNOW; we can have moral knowledge. Furthermore, we can be wrong in our moral knowledge. Explore all this and more in Willard's classic work.

  • How the West Won

  • The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
  • By: Rodney Stark
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We all have a bias

  • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

best book ever.

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Reviewed: 12-18-18

Stark is one of the best at challenging the accepted status quo. He takes no prisoners in his history writing.

  • The God Who Is There, 30th Anniversary Edition

  • By: Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
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    5 out of 5 stars 68

For decades, The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer's remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history, and art came from and where they are going. This edition includes a foreword by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer's seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Relevant,Loving God

  • By Miss Dixon, Amazon Customer on 06-09-17

Schaeffer is the bomb.

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Reviewed: 12-02-18

Schaeffer nails cultural captivity to the wall in this evangelistic treatise. This book is not a formula, since no evangelistic formulae can exist due to the uniqueness of individual persons. Yet he adds several components which others have missed.

  • Total Truth

  • Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
  • By: Nancy Pearcey
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 205
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
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    5 out of 5 stars 168

Does God belong in the public arena, or is religion solely a private matter? Nancy Pearcey makes a passionate case that Christianity is not just religious truth, but truth about all reality. It is total truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional book, topic with major flaw at end.

  • By A. Arnwine on 05-26-15

Masterpiece, the Pieta of worldview treatises.

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Reviewed: 11-16-18

Loved every moment. I ordered the hard copy halfway through knowing I wanted to take notes in the margins.

  • The Story of Reality

  • How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between
  • By: Gregory Koukl, Nancy Pearcey - foreword
  • Narrated by: Gregory Koukl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
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    5 out of 5 stars 256
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It's more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching. Christianity is a picture of reality. It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Bad Editing

  • By Mark V. Groen on 02-05-17

Koukl makes it so clear.

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Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is the Reader's Digest version of the Bible, Western philosophy, History, and biblical prophecy rolled into one concise, beautiful book.

  • Jonathan Edwards

  • By: George M. Marsden
  • Narrated by: Jim Denison
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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In this definitive and long-awaited biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant Christian. George Marsden evokes the world of colonial New England in which Edwards was reared - a frontier civilization at the center of a conflict between Native Americans, French Catholics, and English Protestants. Drawing on newly available sources, Marsden demonstrates how these cultural and religious battles shaped Edwards' life and thought. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • " Inspiring book and we'll narrated!"

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-18

comprehensive

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Reviewed: 10-06-18

great work tying most of Evangelical Christianity to Edwards. A genius, a writer, but ultimately he was a pastor.

  • The Victory of Reason

  • How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
  • By: Rodney Stark
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
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    5 out of 5 stars 18
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In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium. In Stark's view, what has propelled the West is not the tension between secular and non-secular society, nor the pitting of science and the humanities against religious belief. Christian theology, Stark asserts, is the very font of reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential for today's changing times (2018)

  • By Larry on 11-27-18

Christians Have Every Reason to Rejoice

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Reviewed: 09-07-18

I love Rodney Stark. He is constantly challenging the flat accepted history with vital new interpretations of data creating a vivid and convincing sketch of the past in a sweeping panorama. Stark is a favorite.

  • Love Your God with All Your Mind

  • The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul
  • By: J. P. Moreland
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

In Love Your God with All Your Mind, J.P. Moreland presents a logical case for the role of the mind in spiritual transformation. He challenges us to develop a Christian mind and to use our intellect to further God's kingdom through evangelism, apologetics, worship, and vocation.This is an invaluable book aiding the concerned Christian in the battle for the Christian intellect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Alan on 12-28-10

Moreland offers real hope with this book.

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Reviewed: 09-04-18

Moreland cuts to the core of the human condition and offers hope via solutions to the lack of spiritual growth in individuals and churches. Get out of your behavioral rut and learn how to love God with all of your heart. I read this book in one day-it was riveting.