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  • Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders

  • By: Craig H. Heller, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Craig H. Heller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
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Sleep is the subject of intense scientific debate among biologists and neuroscientists. Why must we spend about one-third of our lives asleep? What exactly is sleep? Why does a lack of sleep impair our cognitive abilities and leave us vulnerable to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to reduced resistance to infectious disease?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what to listen to BEFORE you see a doctor!

  • By DaemonZeiro on 06-03-15

Rigorous

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Reviewed: 02-20-16

Very good reference. But you have to be a natural academic or medical specialist in the field - else the depth is mind numbing.

  • Jesus for the Non-Religious

  • By: John Shelby Spong
  • Narrated by: John Shelby Spong, Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 161
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    4 out of 5 stars 87
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity". In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilaratng and ultimately frustrating

  • By Paula on 04-27-07

Validates and Liberates

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-07

Traditional Christianity says "Grace" is "Amazing" when extended by a judge in the sky as he both makes up rules between his eye_blinks / our 'epochs' then circumvents the rules in order to gift us with wholly undeserved love.

Grace is even more amazing when One fully human (Jesus) can extend it freely, infinitely, making no judgment upon any recipient requiring an abiding bureaucracy to author and posit means of redemption. Reverance, awe, wonder, is appropriate toward the One (Jesus) who transcends the anger and fear that are the existential consequence of self conciousnessness, vulnerability and mortality.

Inerrancy takes a spin in the mix-master and emerges puree. Spong debunks oft supposed 'history' in the Gospels and shows them to be a (valid, but not historical) liturgical tradition employed by 1st century writers to represent the powerful and transcendent EXPERIENCE of life and love in Jesus. He helps the reader re-frame Christian vocation as seeking that very real experience of infinitely powerful love and complete freedom – the divine life in the human Christ.

“Jesus for the Non-Religious” underpins my evolving intuitions as a recovering [ fill in label of a common “Christian” movement ] with scholarship that is validating and liberating. This is what Jesus does: He validates and liberates.

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