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  • Simplify

  • Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
  • By: Bill Hybels
  • Narrated by: Kelly Ryan Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Overscheduled. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Too familiar? You are living at a velocity you know deep down is unsustainable. Your life is off course - too crammed with busyness, too out of focus. You keep waiting for things to get better, but they never do. In Simplify, best-selling author Bill Hybels identifies core issues that drive this kind of living and offers action steps to help you live a better way. By eradicating clutter from your inner world, you can experience immediate rewards: greater energy, clearer purpose, richer relationships, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for those too busy to read

  • By Henry Maicki II on 06-08-15

Great Practical Wisdom

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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: 07-18-15

Definitely recommend reading and implementing the principles in here, especially if you're like me and struggle with creating structure and discipline in your life. It really can change things for the better.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Design of Everyday Things

  • By: Donald A. Norman
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came science. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how - and why - some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Badly needs updating

  • By Sean on 10-29-11

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

The author was so smart in his approach to writing this book. He was able to write in such a way that withstood time and technology so the principles would last. The art of usability certainly isn't a new one. As much to learn about creating usable products from this industry classic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scouting the Divine

  • My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey
  • By: Margaret Feinberg
  • Narrated by: Margaret Feinberg
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Popular author and speaker Margaret Feinberg invites you to accompany her on the spiritual adventure of a lifetime. Explore how ancient livelihoods illuminate meaningful Christian truths that apply to life today. Spend time with a grape grower, a shepherdess, a beekeeper, and a farmer, all of whom bring fresh insights to familiar Scriptures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps her best book yet!

  • By M. Johnson on 06-20-18

2nd Time Through = even better

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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: 03-09-15

I love Margaretfeinberg! This book is beautifully written, captivating, engaging and worth reading at least once. It's on my short list of personal favorites!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Wonderstruck

  • Awaken to the Nearness of God
  • By: Margaret Feinberg
  • Narrated by: Margaret Feinberg
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Awaken to the wonder every day! In Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg invites you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. Come learn how to recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine, unearth extraordinary moments on ordinary days, identify what’s holding you back in prayer, and discover peace in knowing you’re wildly loved.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not pleased!!!

  • By Douglas Burleson on 09-17-18

I love MaFeinberg

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

This just wasn't my personal favorite of hers. I recommend anything of hers but my favorite is Scouting the Divine. Beautifully written, great research, great Biblical parallels. You can't go wrong with her though.

  • Better Dads, Stronger Sons

  • How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character
  • By: Rick Johnson
  • Narrated by: Rick Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The relationship between a father and a son is like none other. Dads have a God-given role to protect and provide for their families, always striving to teach their sons the life skills they'll need to grow into honorable men. But many dads struggle with feelings of inadequacy regarding their fathering abilities. They want to be better dads. Rick Johnson can tell them how.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much "how to be a man", not enough substance

  • By Ron on 01-22-14

Very Stereotypical view of Fatherhood

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

For those of us who don't easily fit into the "typical" mold of "manhood" (love sports, fishing, don't show emotion, etc.) this book may resonate very little. It's not the author's fault, he's being true to himself, but for me it ended up being more discouraging than anything else. His advice is based from that very traditional view of manhood, so you might pass this one up if that's not you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryan M. Litfin
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

This novel of page-turning action and adventure poses the question, "If a society had no knowledge of Christianity, and then a Bible were discovered, what would happen?" Four hundred years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges. In this kingdom, called Chiveis, snow-capped mountains provide protection, and fields and livestock provide food. The people live medieval-style lives, with almost no knowledge of the "ancient" world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Find. I Loved It!

  • By Kevin King on 04-30-12

Love it - so engaging

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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: 02-25-13

This is such an engaging and well-written fiction book. The author really gave thought to creating this future world and spent time developing the characters so you can connect with them.

I LOVE the narrator. As an actor, I'm the worst critic of these poor people. This is the first narrator that I've actually loved. He does an amazing job subtly introducing new voices for each character and does it convincingly - I could listen to him read anything and I'd enjoy it.

Great book - fun to listen to and a creative way at presenting timeless Truths that make you think. I recommend it!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Cross Roads

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed

  • By aaron on 11-17-12

Not Great - Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-28-13

Initially, the book reminded me of a duplicate of "The Shack" sans creativity; however, as the book progresses the story, plot and themes to vary from one of its inspirations, The Shack.

Overall, the author researched his characters well, but the story lacked clarity and fluidity. Very hard to follow mingled with abstract concepts earned itself a place on the back of my "bookshelf".

I was inspired through the many wonderful quotes that the author used to kick off each chapter. I also appreciated the humor in some of the characters - particularly Maggie.

The Narrator's voice, in my opinion, was too old school; almost a "Price is Right" announcer sound. This made much of the dialog very schmaltzy to me. In fact, I was borderline offended as he narrates "Cabby's" lines - a 16 yr old boy with Down Syndrome. I understand the actor's challenge of wanting to diversify and read this character and I don't have a better solution, but it was fairly offensive.

This may inspire you if the concepts are new; however, it may not be worth the 6 hours of investment if you're looking for inspiration.