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  • Lies We Believe About God

  • By: Wm. Paul Young, C. Baxter Kruger - foreword
  • Narrated by: Wm. Paul Young, C. Baxter Kruger - foreword
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Wm. Paul Young has been called a heretic for the ways he vividly portrays God's love through his novels. Here he shares 33 commonly uttered and sometimes seemingly innocuous things we say about God. Paul exposes these as lies that keep us from having full, loving relationships with our creator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Opened my eyes and my heart

  • By claire on 04-04-17

I want to believe...

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

... I want to believe the right things about God. Isn't that why any of us listened to this work by Wm. Paul Young? The second half of chapter titles had me gasping: "You need to be saved", "Sin separates us from God", etc. It's as if he was saying that the bedrock of my Christian upbringing was itself a Lie (with a capital "L").

I appreciated very much how Young dedicated a section at the end to showcase the passages of Scripture that seem to point to a God who is restoring all things, which includes every human soul. In addition to wanting to believe the right things about God, because I believe that all other beliefs stem from what we believe about God, I want to believe that God is merciful enough to save everyone, because heaven knows that He is powerful enough to do so.

I just finished reading Revelation, however, and it seems to smack in the face of this hope that all will be saved. A very violent book, Revelation, especially if you take it literally. 1/3 of Israel will be killed?? Blood up to the horse's bridle? All in the Lamb's Book of Life (which was decided before the foundations of the world) will be saved and all others will be thrown into the "lake of fire"??

But is it all literal, Revelation? When we die, will Peter be standing there behind a literal podium with a literal, GIGANTIC (hopefully) book of the "saved"? Will Jesus show up when your name isn't in there and say "depart from me, I never knew you"?

I want to believe the right things about God.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,678

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Cheap Humor

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Why is this on the app by default?? I tried deleting it, and the cover still remains. Why on earth is it a priority of Audible's to have "Go the F--K to sleep to be the first thing their customers see?

  • Messy Grace

  • How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction
  • By: Caleb Kaltenbach
  • Narrated by: Caleb Kaltenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 195

Caleb Kalenbach is the Lead Pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA. Raised in the LGBT community, he was exposed to how some Christians treated the LGBT community, and grew to hate Christians. In high school, he joined a Bible study to disprove the Bible, but ended up following Jesus instead. Later, his parents followed Jesus, too. This is the subject of his first book, Messy Grace - holding on to the truth of God's Word while being filled with grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For such a time as this

  • By Laura Evans on 11-04-16

Identity in Christ

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

"Some will switch their primary identity from their same sex attractions to a disciple of Christ."

That line spoke to me. This book does a good job of articulating what can be extremely disheartening in the Church today with how it by and large cannot communicate with people who are not like them. I will never know the struggle of being judged by my appearance or how I talk because those do not give me away as gay, but I do know how it feels to be judged by my sexual orientation and nothing else.

As Caleb says, you won't agree with everything he says, but he's not telling you what to think. He's sharing his story as well as his convictions of what he reads in the Bible that praises healthy sexual expression, and condemns sexual expression that does not seem to honor God.

I'm still wrestling with what it means to be a "Gay Christian", and all the questions that come with that identity. I am thankful that my primary identity is as a disciple/child of God, and I pray He uses my life to bring all sorts of people together, all for the glory of the LORD.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God and the Gay Christian

  • The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
  • By: Matthew Vines
  • Narrated by: Matthew Vines
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The revisionist side of the discussion

  • By David on 07-29-15

A Call to Love

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I listened to this immediately after listening to Justin Lee's "Torn". Though there is some overlap, I appreciated the academic nature of Matt's book. I would recommend both books to anyone dealing with this complex issue. Thanks for sharing your story, Matthew.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Torn

  • Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
  • By: Justin Lee
  • Narrated by: Justin Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events - his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible - that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance. But more than just a memoir, Torn provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members - or who struggle with their own sexuality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i loved this book.

  • By Tiffany Jauregui on 09-10-15

A CALL TO LOVE WITH PATIENCE

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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: 03-16-16

A phenomenal work of care and compassion by Justin Lee. Thank you. -Kenneth Vert Jones

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny

  • Step into Your Purpose
  • By: T. D. Jakes
  • Narrated by: T. D. Jakes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,368

We each have a destiny. Finding the courage to drive past the challenges, the pains, and even the shortcuts of life to the deeper purpose of living is to thrive in one's divine destiny. Most people have sensed destiny pulling them to just the right place or person. Whether it is the spouse you meet, the children you bear, or the promotion you receive, everyone has a purpose to pursue. Sometimes it is understanding our destiny that helps us accept what on the surface appears to be failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Word in Due Season

  • By Biker Bri on 08-12-15

I found my density... I mean... My destiny.

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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: 09-19-15

Hopefully you got the BTTF reference up there. ;). Such a great book. Thank you so much for sharing your gift to the world, Rev. Jakes. You are are an inspiration to so many. Thanks for giving me the encourage that I'm here on purpose for a purpose, and that purpose is to fulfill *dramatic pause*... My destiny. Love ya, sir! God bless you!!!