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What does it mean to be human? We've all heard it said: It's who you are that matters, not what you do. Really? Where do the scriptures teach that? After all, from the first page of the Bible forward, human beings were made to rule over the Earth, to gather up the raw materials of planet Earth, and to carve out a world. Theologically rich yet down to earth and practical, Garden City speaks to all of us who are searching for our calling in life or just trying to find meaning in the everyday. In the end this audiobook is an invitation to ask the ancient, primal, human question: Why am I here, and what should I do about it?

©2015 Zondervan (P)2015 Oasis Audio

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Work & play as worship: a must listen for any age

What made the experience of listening to Garden City the most enjoyable?

The author is very eloquent and for the most part, seamless in his transitions and verbosity. Listening to the book is highly instructive and motivating. I couldn't help listening to it, even for a moments drive to pick up some milk from Safeway.

What other book might you compare Garden City to and why?

There really is not another book on the market like this one. It's straightforward, affirming, and refreshing. I did hear a sermon series identical to this at Salem Alliance Church a couple years back, but loved the rich depth Comer goes into it.

What does John Mark Comer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think listening to an author read their own material offers more depth and connection. I would have missed spots here and there just reading the book on my own. Comer's moments of emphasis, encouragement, and wit are 3/4's there without hearing his personality through the audio recording.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I was bummed about was vocal citations for references. Comer will state, "One of my favorite Hebrew scholars..." or, "an amazing, life-changing book I read said...". These are just a couple of a heaping handful of moments in the book. He cites at moments but not thoroughly. Reading the book, he probably cites them properly, as I'm sure Zondervan requires. Just wish he did in the audiobook for my further reading, even just the name of that Sabbath book, scholars, authors, etc.

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looking forward to listening again and starting a group study. we have started observing Sabbath for about 2 months now and it has been life giving.

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Wow

I can’t fully articulate how impactful this book was for me. It put into words concepts I’ve carried in my heart and affirmed the way God has lead me.

John Comer is a phenomenal writer and visionary. Powerful analogies that truly lead me to the main thing and it has settled in my heart.

I have to get the print book for my library.

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very good it led to good processing lots of opportunities to rethink what I do

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  • Leah
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  • 05-15-18

Great info and perspective

I really enjoyed this book and loved the fresh perspective on work and creating. I have a whole new understanding of why we were put here and what our purpose is. This gave me a new appreciation for the job I already have and how I can serve others through it.

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  • Doug S.
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  • 10-24-17

Impactful

This has been the best book I've read in 5 years! I Loved it! Thank you!

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Phenomenal

Utterly phenomenal. Changed my life. John Mark Comer is a voice to a generation that longs to know the Father more and more. A voice for a generation that poses the tough questions ABOUT God, TO God, and gets answers FROM God.

This book is life-changing.

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excellent voice recording

Overall, it's a good introduction to key themes in the Torah. Sometimes moves too quickly but excellent for devotions. Description of how his family celebrated Sabbath is worth the price of the book.

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Life changing

I am a highly career motivated college student and this book really refined the way I see calling and filled in some gaps where I had identified an emptiness of God and spiritual logic in my vocational journey. John Mark is also very nice to listen to, not at all monotone or overly emphatic.

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Best popular level book on vocation out there.

What does John Mark Comer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A fantastic book on what it means to be human and the importance of our work in the world. It's rooted in the Creation story, relevant for our present day, and looks forward to the consummation of the present age when our culture making is uninhibited by sin and the curse. His chapter on Sabbath is also to be appreciated.

This book is an easy read. There's some theological depth but don't let that scare you off. John Mark is an accessible author who carries his readers along winsomely.

This book will be mandatory reading for future church staff.

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  • Kay Grieves
  • 08-29-18

Awesome!

A truly refreshing, thought-provoking book. if you've ever wondered "what's the point...?" you need to read this.

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  • eclectic reader
  • 04-25-18

Releasing

This was truly inspiring and releasing. It allowed to really take a look at my own life and revaluate it. Clear, logical, totally biblical and positive

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  • simon
  • 04-16-18

gives you a good focus on work

gives a better understanding on our duty and blessing to work, helps us see that God appreciates our labour even if our boss doesn't!!
I also prefer it when it's read by the author!