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  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

  • Third Edition with Bonus Content, New Reflections
  • By: Nabeel Qureshi, Lee Strobel - foreword
  • Narrated by: Nabeel Qureshi, Michelle Qureshi, Lee Strobel, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, now expanded with new bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By Amanda Gill on 10-04-18

Why a third edition??

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I realize that I had read the first book in paper form. I actually bought this edition to allow some other people to hear it for discussion.

Zondervan is a master of sales craft. If you read the first book, there is no reason to get this 3rd edition. It seems exploitative that they had to resort to taking advantage because Nabeel is with the Lord,now. It may reach some people who hadn't read it, before.

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  • Against the Flow

  • The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism
  • By: John Lennox
  • Narrated by: William Crockett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four teenage friends, born in the tiny state of Judah about 26 centuries ago, but captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to the top echelons of administration. Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Springs to Life(but the reader...awful)

  • By Susan on 08-11-18

Daniel Springs to Life(but the reader...awful)

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Daniel is a well known book in the Bible written at the time where many royal princes were moved from Jerusalem to Babylon.
In our day, this would be like moving from Utica, New York to New York City. John Lennox, as usual defines the issues of the day and emphasizes the protection, believers, in the Living God, can count on still. His protection(the virtual shutting of the mouths of hungry lions) is a well known story. The "punishment" for continuation of Daniel's habit of praying to his Lord 3 times a day was well known, but the craftiness of his enemies backfired. King ‎Nebuchadnezzar was impressed by Daniel's preservation, in such an environment, and bowed to Daniel's Lord(at least temporarily). He threw the bad guys into the Lion's den, and their stomachs were filled with these tasty morsels.
Even people, who are not convinced that Jehovah reigns over the earth, should read this book. A lot of truth and great history is contained in these audio bytes!

  • Never Stop Walking

  • A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World
  • By: Christina Rickardsson, Tara F. Chace - translator
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 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

Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. When one door closed on the only life Christiana had ever known, a new one opened. As Christina Rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden, far from the despairing favelas of her childhood. Accomplished and outwardly “normal”, Christina is also filled with rage over what she’s lost....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Vent

  • By Susan on 06-30-18

A Vent

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

The writing was poor(although it may have not translated well). So...it was a difficult read which took me days...which is abnormal for me. I persevered because I do know children who have been adopted from orphanages in foreign countries and have been diagnosed with RAD. I thought that Christina's perspective might help me to understand why some of these children rip off doors and seem to want to destroy the new and loving home they have been given. At least, the book, ponderous as it was, has helped me to do that in some small measure. A couple of sentences and her perspective at 32 instead of 8 helped me to have hope for those kids I have met in various places. How do you get over seeing your own father killed?? How do you get over the feeling that you have been ripped from the arms of someone who loves you!

I am sad that Christina still seems to have very little tangible source of strength since she has relegated God to the "fairy tale" realm. It is also sad that she apparently didn't have an editor or perhaps the book may have been more tolerable.

On.a positive note, I would like to introduce this book to some of the people at the church where I go who seem to think that people who are homeless have brought it on themselves...some of us even drive a Lexus!

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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

Genius

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I have no idea what this guy was writing about....but it wasn't anything I didn't already know! The author, et.al.,obviously thinks he knows everything and has the stats to prove it!!!

  • Even in Our Darkness

  • A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life
  • By: Jack S. Deere
  • Narrated by: Jack Deere
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Prepare yourself for an unvarnished look at the Christian life, told now for the first time. A powerful memoir of finding beauty and friendship through the pain of loss, tragedy, and brokenness, Even in Our Darkness explores what it means to know God and be known by him. Jack Deere tells the true story of his life growing up near Fort Worth, Texas in the 1950s and the disintegration of his family following his father's suicide. In his mid-20s, Jack would rise to fame and success as a leading scholar, popular speaker, and best-selling author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even in Our Darkness is a must read

  • By James Sheets (Author of The Love Language of God: Loving God, God's Way) on 03-06-18

Beauty????

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I read a lot of memoirs and biographies. Some are very inspiring. This was not one of those. I can’t tell if he is really a Christian. Sorry I wasted my time on this book.

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  • Safely Home

  • By: Randy Alcorn
  • Narrated by: Steve Sever
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Here is a soul-stirring story of two college friends who reconnect after 20 years. One is living life apart from God, in comfortable corporate America; the other is living for Christ under intense persecution in China. This challenging book will convince readers to live in the light of eternity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will this be the day that I die?

  • By Johnny Excitement on 01-17-08

Remember This Is A Novel

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-17

What disappointed you about Safely Home?

I guess he didn’t have an editor. I was born in China of missionary parents. My father was not imprisoned when the sleepy, village where they labored, was besieged by Mao’s dragoons. He did not leave the safety of Hong Kong to return to their former mission as some people did. They told their tales of sacrifice and terror never mentioning that it was inflicted. I do like to think that there were some Chinese, who where transformed by Christ.
I listened to this book because a friend brought the booklet”Heaven”,by this author, home. I am glad I didn’t recommend this to her. It should have been abbreviated by 50%. I know elements of it are partly true and that much suffering still goes on. I really disliked the totally
fictitious ending. I know it is a novel, but that elaboration was not necessary.

What could Randy Alcorn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

As mentioned above...it should have been abbreviated, and the ending could have been an hour shorter.

What about Steve Sever’s performance did you like?

His narration was great considering the material. The pace was just right and his enunciation, impeccable.

What character would you cut from Safely Home?

The transporting angel.

Any additional comments?

I am usually careful not to read novels, but I was looking for something that would clarify the gospel to someone unsaved. Glad that I finished it before recommending it to anyone else.

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,473

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Wimper No More!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Would you listen to Make Your Bed again? Why?

Yes.....it was very encouraging at a time when I am transitioning to.....I have no idea. I am homeless, destitute, old, no longer able to practice my profession and out of ideas! I have spent the summer with inspiring young people and have met a great many interesting people. If we only affect the lives of 10 people, in our lifetime, and those ten go on to affect another ten...it is easy to see how the effect becomes a Tsunami!! We all need to stop whimpering about what we don’t have and what we can’t do....start by making your bed as soon as you get out of it!!

What other book might you compare Make Your Bed to and why?

I read a lot...but have never encountered such a concise and graphic presentation of a lot of ten things to change some of your habits and ways of thinking. You can not change some things about yourself...but you can handle how you think about and view yourself in relation to others.

What about William H. McRaven’s performance did you like?

The man has been through a lot of trials...but he has changed the lives of many by sharing them in simple language and a precise clip suitable to the explanation of his life.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

I might not even have a bed to make at times...but I will always remember that there are people in worse condition than I am. There are a few things that can’t be taken away, and there may be a use for me again some day!

Any additional comments?

I have already recommended this book to several people including a teacher whom I hope will read it to her kids.

  • The Drug Hunters

  • The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines
  • By: Donald R. Kirsch PhD, Ogi Ogas PhD
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity - by chewing, brewing, and snorting - some Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old hunter frozen in the Italian Alps, was found to have whipworms in his intestines and Bronze Age medicine, a worm-killing birch fungus, knotted to his leggings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Aargh!

  • By Curmud the prof on 05-20-17

Nothing New

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No...unless they knew nothing about drugs at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Donald R. Kirsch PhD and Ogi Ogas PhD again?

Probably not since they see to have nothing to say. Their history of pharmaceuticals was accurate enough but contained nothing not already in Wikapedia.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was ok but he didn’t always pronounce the drug names(especially generic names) correctly.

Was The Drug Hunters worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

I just have to wonder how this thing got published.

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  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,826

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Insightful Until You Think A Little Deeper

  • By Mark Brandon on 10-31-14

GLOOM AND DOOM.....AND HE MAY BE RIGHT

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Would you try another book from Peter Thiel and Blake Masters and/or Blake Masters?

This is a short book, but I have to admit that I had to listen to it twice. I am old. Yes, I would like to explore some of his other books because although I would probably assign him to the Silicon group; he might actually be outside the box. He has shown himself to be a more independent thinker. I found it interesting that he vaguely leaves a space for God, but he makes the same mistake as many others. If man were in charge of the world, his gloom and doom scenario might really be upsetting.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Because of the assumption that man is just a highly evolved creature, it is dark and depressing.

Which character – as performed by Blake Masters – was your favorite?

Elon Musk

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

Any additional comments?

He lauds the great investment he made in Facebook. He may not be prepared for the collapse of this pretty ridiculous alternate reality.

  • The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

  • The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist
  • By: Larry Alex Taunton
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. "Nobody is not a divided self, of course," he once told an interviewer, "but I think it's rather strong in my case." Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror; and, after 9/11, something of a neocon.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I shouldn’t be surprised at the duplicity of the author

  • By George on 11-27-17

Two Sets of Books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-17

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

It was excellent writing from personal experience with the subject which makes it priceless because Hitchins is dead. Although the author and Mr. Hitchins seemed to be at opposite extremes of a very wide spectrum of beliefs about God; they were friends. They read the Gospel of John together on two separate car trips. One trip was through the beautiful Shenandoah, a place where the beauty created by God is hard to miss. The second trip was when Hitchins was clearly dying of the cancer that would take him very soon. It was a trip, which also included Taunton's sons, through Yellowstone and environs. This is another place where the majesty and variety of God's creation is abundantly evident.Mr. Hitchins secret was that he was as schizoid, as we all can be at times. He presented a fiercely anti-God or "there is no God" stance to satisfy his followers and allow him to write books like "God is Not Great:How Religion Poisons Everything". His real thoughts were brought out by several Christian friends, who tried to assuage his doubts about God's existence and interaction with His created creatures, whom He loves.Mr. Taunton does not confirm any change of faith or deathbed conversion expressed overtly, but he does leave room for the possibility that the second set of books may have won in the end. It is God alone who gives us all the grace to believe the truth about Him...I pray that He was merciful to Christopher Hitchens.

What other book might you compare The Faith of Christopher Hitchens to and why?

I can't think of a book that doesn't draw a conclusion about whether or not a person did "Call on the Lord for forgiveness of sins and confess that the Risen Savior is his own".Most books are written because an atheist was drawn by the love of Christ and sometimes because an avowed Christian changes to vow unbelief. This book reaches no conclusion about an actual change although it is clear that he vacillated, as we all do.

What does Maurice England bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am an audio fan so I think that hearing the dialogue was most important for a book of this sort,especially.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I guess it made me feel sad. I hope to see him in Heaven, but it is always sad when a person chooses not to believe while there is Hope. At the final judgement, every knee shall bow to the Christ, who is who He said he was...the King of Heaven and Earth. I feel sad for those deceived by Satan.

Any additional comments?

This was one of the most well written and honestly written books about a man, who most would describe as a most vehement atheist. As he faced a gradual demise...still able to think relatively rationally...did he decide that belief in Christ was rational and that not believing could damn his soul forever??? Man was created with a free will. God wants us to believe,love and follow him because our desires are shaped by Him. Rejection of the real God is a choice that God allows(as in Eve and Adam eating the one forbidden fruit, in the beautiful garden created for them).

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