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  • A Praying Life

  • Connecting with God in a Distracting World
  • By: Paul Miller
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

A Praying Life is an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers, and successes in prayer. Readers will appreciate Paul Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature. Parents will find his family-life experiences especially helpful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book to get deeper into God's life

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-12

A must listen

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Reviewed: 05-24-17

I have listened to over 200 books, half of which are "Christian". This would be in the top 5.

  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

  • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,102

In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the feint of heart

  • By joseph on 11-19-12

To Listen is to Honor the Innocents

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Let's face it, the subject matter is not edifying. I started listening to it as it was a classic. It is hard to listen to, harder to write and incomprehensible to imagine to all but a few. True, it is a bit long and tedious. However, soon you keep on listening as a testament to all of the innocent victims and martyrs of the Soviet Regime. Some people like the narrator, some don't. He has a penchant for long books like War and Peace. I don't think he's distracting.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Mingling of Souls

  • God's Design for Love, Sex, Marriage, and Redemption
  • By: Matt Chandler
  • Narrated by: Jared C. Wilson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid - and timeless - insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God's design for love and intimacy. Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage... even Arguing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Challenging and Encouraging

  • By =Drew on 10-14-15

Can We be Real for a Moment?

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-16

I'm one of those "white haired, wrinkled face" experienced guys Matt refers to at the end of the book. I've been a disciple for over 40 years, 15 of which in hearing God's voice. I've also followed Jesus through a divorce after 26 years as well as sudden, premature widowhood. A friend recommended the book and I saw the high rating. My obligation is to the people reading reviews; so here goes, both good and bad:
- A great book for advice to single people in their 20s who need to know about God, dating and marriage.
- One of the biggest lines is in the beginning of the book. Essentially it's a veiled "Do as I say, not as I did" mea culpa. Then he goes on to say that since he didn't walk the "party line" that he preaches, it makes him even more the expert. Matt then spends the rest of the book reciting the "party line" that most every Christian knows is the ideal marriage relationship. I call "BS", but what else is he supposed to do, since he makes a living preaching the gospel? If he ever got a divorce, he's out of a job and a career! He could have been more vulnerable and addressed that situation instead of ignoring it. So, many Christians don't talk about what is really going on but can't be spoken - it's like 'The Emperor's New Clothes'.
- He does have many excellent guidelines and tips to keep a marriage going.
- He preaches more on principles than on a relationship.
- He's a little naïve when it comes to marriage counseling. It doesn't always work! It takes at least two people. Church leadership needs to understand that divorce in an of itself is not sin, otherwise God is a sinner (see Jer. 3:8). Stop the spiritual abuse!
- I think he takes way too much "Pastoral License" with the Bible and reads/inserts too much of his opinion into the Song of Solomon.
- God is more than the sum of our theological and mental concepts. He is real and yearns for a real relationship as well. If a person has a daily quiet time and journals his/her conversations with God, the results will be much better than to "white knuckle" a bad marriage.
- In short, if you're knew to the Christian scene, get the book. However, if you've been around the block a number of times, you'll find a lot of this information too basic for you and there are a lot of other books out there.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,409

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy makes sense

  • By Alexandra on 02-11-14

Good avice, but need to adapt it to where you live

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-16

I listened to this book since he's so influential in the media. Thousands have given the accolades, so I will address a few other nuances here. Like some reviewers, I am actually offended by his tone of voice in the audio book. There is no need for that! Kudos to him for tapping into the Christian Church circuit and providing advice for those who need it. He gives simple, straight-forward advice that works in most of the country, where the cost of a house may be four times your annual income. For us San Francisco Bay readers, it won't work - well, at least not in any decent time frame. Housing may be over ten times your income, and moving out of state is not the solution. Take what good advice as you can and adapt it to where you live.

  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • By: Bessel Van der Kolk MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,874
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,210

In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's a Reason for the High Ratings

  • By Paul F. on 03-17-15

There's a Reason for the High Ratings

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Reviewed: 03-17-15

What an excellent book. Those with PTSD will benefit the most, but anyone who has experienced trauma or knows someone who has will also benefit. Teachers, counselors, therapists and others will gain a better understanding on how and why the body experiences and hides the trauma.

73 of 73 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 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

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

You'll Find What You Want in this Book

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Reviewed: 08-08-14

You will find what you are looking for in this book. For those in the Gay Community, you will latch on to the Author's justification in the passages. For those "non-affirming" (his term for Christians who don't accept the concept of Gay Christians), you will see his lack of being honest with the context. He reads his viewpoint into the scripture and comes out with conclusions which are skewed. There are some interesting points, but I would not take this stand into a debate. It's one thing to take a position and quite another to have it tested by opposing viewpoints. I agree with James Pyle's review (which see) for the most part. For those of us Christ followers who have spent decades in His Word, we find it interesting how he came up with some of the conclusions. I read the book to see what positions are out there in this world that I should know about. For that reason alone, some should read this book. I wasn't convinced by his scholarship, only by his sincerity. One other point is that he acknowledges no sin on his part in causing a church split. That, along with other points along the way, tells me he is more interested in justifying his position than anything else.

15 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Life After Loss

  • A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss
  • By: Bob Deits
  • Narrated by: Steve Blane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems terribly daunting, if not impossible. But with great compassion, Life After Loss offers a way through it. Drawing on numerous first-hand stories and almost 40 years of pastoral counseling to inform his advice, Bob Deits provides helpful exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life after Loss Review

  • By Geino Äotsch on 11-27-13

A Good Reference After Reading Other Books

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-02-14

As a mature Christian who has experienced both divorce and the sudden death of a spouse, I find this book to be very good in laying out steps to recovery. I find his comparing the grief from divorce to be very similar to the grief from a death to belittle the latter. Divorce does not compare. So, for those who have not experienced a death from an immediate family member, this is a great reference. For those with the death experience looking for a great "first book", I'd recommend "I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye" first. When you are ready to move to recovery steps, listen to this.

  • I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye

  • Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
  • By: Brook Noel, Pamela D. Blair Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Grief Book yet

  • By Paul F. on 08-02-14

Best Grief Book yet

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-14

As someone who lost a spouse way too soon, suddenly and unexpectedly, I have found this book to be the best of the five I've read or listened to so far. Start with this book, then you can go on to others.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 437

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them. The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation; yet there has not been a major book from a Christian perspective exploring why they exist for many years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely insightful and applicable!!!

  • By Lori on 01-20-15

A definite "must read" but with some caveats

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Reviewed: 07-20-14

As a decades-old Christian who has experienced the sudden, unexpected death of a younger spouse, I think there are wonderful insights and a definite "must read" for those on a path to healing. That being said, I have a few comments to future readers: 1 - when the author experiences true loss (not thyroid cancer), he will revise this book to make it more first-person and with more empathy; In the meantime, he does a great job with other people's stories of loss; 2 - I differ greatly to his Calvinistic view of the sovereignty of God. His view is that God in involved in every micro-detail of what happens. This I find disparages the character of God and makes Him an "unindicted co-conspirator" to the individual evils that befall his people. That heaps spiritual abuse on top of people who are already hurting. Instead, God's sovereignty should be that - whatever God chooses to do, no one can stop, but that God also allows evil and accidents to happen. Then, Romans 8:28 should be interpreted that in whatever happens to us, God is able to make something good out of it if we let Him. 3 - Timothy Keller treats the Book of Proverbs as they though they are always right in every case. I beg to differ. I'd say that Proverbs are - generally speaking - wise words that come to pass, but not in each and every case. For example, a soft answer does not always turn away wrath, but generally speaking it's a good rule to follow. So, as long as the reader knows these items up front and can decide for themselves, I think this is a very good book.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful