• How Should We Then Live

  • The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
  • By: Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (674 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book, he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.

How Should We Then Live? has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L'Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer.

©2005 Francis A. Schaffer (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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Want To Be Left Alone? Better Read Schaeffer

I listened to this just after watching the ten part video series of the same name. This makes a great follow-up to the video series. And even though the videos total five hours of time this book goes into the subject with more depth. Francis Schaeffer, more than any other Christian author in the 20th century properly identifies the basic problem with man and how to fix it. If you have seen the ten part series you will know that Schaeffer is a bit if an anachronism. His dress and manner of speech is from another, simpler, time. Despite personally living almost as a man out of time he has the pulse of our society on his fingertips. In this book you will learn what is really means to try to live according to the principles of Biblical Christianity in this age of declining morality. The last section deals with the pervading malady of mankind today: the persuit of Personal Peace and Affluence. Schaeffer exhorts the faithful to abandon the idea that we should just want to be left alone and accumulate material wealth. This, he says, is the very antithesis of Christianity.

Kate Reading narrates this book. At first this seemed a bit strange after hearing Francis Schaeffer talk for five hours on the videos but then her voice blended into the background and I was able to listen past her and hear the text itself.

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Schaeffer's classic confronts and challenges

Where does How Should We Then Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is the only audiobook I've listened to in its entirety.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed reviewing several well-known aspect of world history, and learning of many other unfamiliar ones, woven together in a coherent worldview.

What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

I don't disapprove of her performance at all... this was my first audiobook and it was a bit of a challenge to engage the male author while hearing his words in a female voice. I'm not sure I ever made the connection completely.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Schaeffer's indictment of Christians who have held to thoroughly orthodox views in most areas while ignoring Scriptural teaching on race and compassionate use of wealth.

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Perspective-changing book

What other book might you compare How Should We Then Live to and why?

I had read Total Truth before, which includes many references to Francis Schaeffer. My daughter had some coursework in High School which included Schaeffer, so I was interested in hearing some of his original work. Total Truth is a great book as well.

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This was a fantastic book! Does a great job at showing the big picture history of different worldviews, and helped me to see much better how they show up in our world today. I'm listening to it for a second time now!

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Need the hard copy

Some books just shouldn't be made into an audio book. This is one such book. Too much depth to follow the narrative in audio format.

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A story of the decline of the humanness of man.

read the book when it came out. audio version revealed much missed and forgotten wisdom.

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Absolute eye opening!!!

This book was an absolute master piece. The insights that God has blessed this man with is beyond belief. I will be listening again cause the depth of info was so much that it can not be taken in with one listen. I will never look at history and ideas in the same way that I have.

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Excellent info

Probably would be a good text to have as there is much historical info. Interesting and makes me want to read more of Francis Schaffer work.

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A True Classic

Just as relevant in 2022 - if not even more so, that when it was written.

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I wish I had understood ...

... what is explained in this book back when it came out over 40 years ago. Every Christian desperately needs to understand these things which explain where we are as western civilization. It is fatal to believe life is all about being happy and having lots of luxury, fatal to freedom and hazardous to individual souls. Yet, that is now the society we live in. It may sound like a hand-printed sign carried by a man in some comic strip, but repent and be saved!

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Splendid overview of what was and could be

To begin, the narrator was incredible. There were many difficult names and dates involved in this reading, yet she did not stumble.
The book itself is fascinating in its depth of historicity and its summary of what this means for our time.
I intend to listen again after cogitating on this for a while, as there is much to learn.

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  • 11-20-21

Captivating!

This book is very interesting, and very well narrated by the narrator, she did really an excelent job.

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  • Dave
  • 03-31-21

Recommend! Challenging, will listen again.

The first part comes across a little confusing, but as the picture builds it turns into a brilliant lead into the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-20

Very Relevant for Today's World Troubles

Even though he wrote this some years ago, it is uncanny how relevant it is for our current situation in 2020.

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  • Gian Urbani
  • 12-31-19

As relevant now as when it was written!

Few writers have the ability to see the big picture and explain it so well. These prophetic words have never been more true as in our time. Solid mind food and a reminder of the TRUTH! Beautifully read too.

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  • Jad Letcher
  • 03-04-15

A profound overview of philosophical thought.

Recommended to the young person seeking to understand more in-depth the current moral and philosophical condition of the post-modern man. At the conclusion of the book you will be left thinking, challenged to better grasp the elusive problems of the existential questions of purpose and meaning and also compelled, as by a call to arms, to be a voice in our society reminding people of the necessity of the absolute!

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