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  • In Ashes Born

  • A Seeker's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

An old friend. A new course. A deadly ship with a secret cargo. Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar, but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover. The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova, a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael's nightmares. Together Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Looking forward to more!

  • By Tavis on 12-14-16

What an extended introduction...

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

I just can't continue to the next book, sorry. All the while I was wondering when the adventure might begin and now I know, in the next book.

  • The Emotionally Healthy Leader

  • How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World
  • By: Peter Scazzero
  • Narrated by: Peter Scazzero
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Do you feel too overwhelmed to enjoy life, unable to sort out the demands on your time? Are you doing your best work as a leader yet not making an impact? Have you ever felt stuck, powerless to change your environment? In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, best-selling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision-making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for every pastor

  • By JLC4040 on 09-16-15

Should include "Church" in the title

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

This just wasn't what I was looking for. I imagine that people more interested in church work or ministry would appreciate this book's message more since that seems to be the book's main focus.

  • Vanishing Grace

  • What Ever Happened to the Good News?
  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Henry O. Arnold
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Yancey aims this audiobook at Christian listeners, showing them how Christians have lost respect, influence, and reputation in a newly post-Christian culture. “Why do they hate us so much?” mystified Americans ask about the rest of the world. A similar question applies to evangelicals in America. Yancey explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved 3/4 of the book

  • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

A better read for more conservative evangelicals...

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-05-16

This book is a message especially for Christian American conservatives, in my opinion, particularly those who seem all too willing to marry their religion with their civil politics.

  • A Grace Disguised

  • How the Soul Grows Through Loss
  • By: Jerry Sittser
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

By sharing personal experiences, the author shows how responding to loss can be a way to greater depth, compassion, joy, and appreciation of simple blessings....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Processing loss

  • By Craig P Davis on 02-11-16

Inspiring book for Christians who experience significant loss.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-15

This is a very thoughtful and inspiring book written to people in general dealing with grief, with a Christian emphasis.

I was pleased to hear the author, at least throughout the beginning and middle of the book, acknowledge randomness and chance in the world especially in his significant experience of loss. However, I believe it was in chapter 12 that he claimed God's sovereignty of "total control" of all events of life. This appeal to sovereignty was not an isolated event and in following chapters he made the same claims. I hardly think appealing to meticulous sovereignty is helpful to non-Christians and even for many Christians this is controversial, though we have come to understand that this provides them with a level of comfort in their grief. I'd much rather have had him offer an explanation of how grief can be endured in light of God NOT in "total control."

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  • The Inescapable Love of God

  • Second Edition
  • By: Thomas Talbott
  • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Will the love of God save us all? In this audiobook Thomas Talbott seeks to expose the extent to which the Western theological tradition has managed to twist the New Testament message of love, forgiveness, and hope into a message of fear and guilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight into a controversial topic

  • By Kevin Eaton on 02-08-16

Excellent! Where has this been all my life?!

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Reviewed: 12-26-15

I've been an Open Theist since first reading Greg Boyd's 'God of the Possible' back in 2012. I came to hold to Universal Reconciliation after reading Thomas Allin's 'Christ Triumphant' in 2014. In 'The Inescapable Love of God', Thomas Talbott has brought so much illumination to how UR is philosophically compatible with free will theism and has helped me to better imagine even a greater theodicy. What a great book! This is a game changer for me!

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  • When the Church Was Young

  • Voices of the Early Fathers
  • By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • Narrated by: Marcellino D'Ambrosio
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, and Jerome. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful summary of the early Church Fathers

  • By Mike C on 08-22-14

Very good. Definitely from a Roman Catholic view

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

The author spends much time on heresies which is all well and good, but doesn't even mention the Constantinian or Augustinian heresies.

I'd recommend it for sure.

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  • The Genesis of Desire

  • Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture
  • By: Jean-Michel Oughourlian
  • Narrated by: Bob Goding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

How can a couple be saved when they have declared war on one another? By helping them realize that desire originates not in the self, but in the other. There are strategies that can help, which Dr. Oughourlian has prescribed successfully to his patients. This work, alternating between case studies and more theoretical statements, convincingly defends the possibility that breakups need not be permanent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a book that explains mimetic theory!

  • By humblethinker on 06-04-15

Finally a book that explains mimetic theory!

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Perhaps I haven't exposed myself to enough books on the subject to really substantiate that comment but the point is that this book does a good job of explaining mimesis and mimetic theory from an anthropological perspective, but from a practical I perspective in relationships I already have. I'm interested in the theological aspects of mimetic theory, in particular to affecting and effecting a theory of atonement. This book doesn't deliver directly on that subject but from a psychological, neurological and interprersonal (interdividual per the book) it succeeds.

Two technical issues I have with the book:
1) the narrator sounded more like he was just reading the script. He made it difficult to know when he was moving to another section or continuing in the current paragraph. It would have been better if he focused on crafting the shape of the written text in his delivery.

2) one could tell that this book was translated into English. Some phrases and words seemed wooden and some illustrations the author used were perhaps more sensible in French culture than American.

All-in-all I'd recommend this book to someone wanting to be informed about Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, desire and rivalry.

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  • Disarming Scripture

  • Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did
  • By: Derek Flood
  • Narrated by: Dan McGowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Moving beyond typical conservative and liberal approaches, which seek to either defend or whitewash over violence in the Bible, Disarming Scripture takes a surprising yet compelling approach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the book to read!

  • By humblethinker on 05-29-15

This is the book to read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-29-15

Derek Flood has something here... Several something's. Having lived most of my life as an inerrantist, conservative evangelical I found his arguments insightful and compelling. I'm glad to be free of the cognitive dissonance that inerrancy entails... No longer worrying about defending scripture and God. My amygdala need not be triggered in a falsely perceived need to defend the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture. This is a fine work, Derek, and I'm a better person for having read it.
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  • Undeniable

  • Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,832

Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Leasurly read for those who don't want equations

  • By StefP on 02-05-15

As aChristian who adheres to evolutionarytheory...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Why? See below...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Undeniable?

His pep-talk about potentially seeding the solar system, galaxy and even universe with life!

Any additional comments?

Bill Nye's recently published book, Undeniable, is largely a response to the debate in 2014 between Nye and Young Earth Creationist, Ken Ham. I recommend this book to anyone still on the fence re evolution, which, for the most part are Christians. Very much the gentleman and good humored, Bill Nye elaborates on the topics touched on in the debate and adds much more toward making the case for evolution as well as debunking many YEC claims. Nye is engaging, humorous and self-deprecating.

Nye performed the reading himself and the book is better for it. I couldn't think of anyone to more authentic and dynamic to deliver the story. While it is about science Nye is draws you in and convinces you that he is sharing something wonderful with you, his story -OUR story- rather than lecturing or forcing information on you. His more expressive moments took me back to his shows I watched as a kid.

As a Christian who adheres to evolutionary theory without reservation I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Though firm and steady in his affirmation of evolution he is never insulting or disparaging of faith, Young Earth Creationists nor of Ken Ham. It seems he knows that Xian minds are changing on the topic of evolution, that the tide is turning and that it is important for all to embrace evolution and science. It's as though he's destroying his opponents by making them his friends... killing them softly with kindness, loving them into the truth. ;-) Some authors I've read on the subject give you the feeling that even if you were swayed you'd have a hard time being a fan. Nye comes across as though he's in your corner ready to welcome all who finally embrace evolution regardless of their faith. I think every American conservative evangelical should read this book, especially those who watched the debate.
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