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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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  • Peggy
  • Ft. Worth, TX, USA
  • 01-09-15

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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An excellent treatise for even today.

Too few have come to read the simple logic presented in this historical description of political and cultural history and direction.
Sadly the direction moves along as if books such as this are mere pebbles in the way.
With the Bible as a light to lighten our paths, we can know that the Gospel is the only solution for some, but the world will march on toward toward its end.
Schaefer's work is indeed genius in written form, from a man who knows the Lord and the Word and the World.

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Discover how we got to be a divided nation

What made the experience of listening to How Should We Then Live the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed most the artists: musicians, painters, sculptors, playwrights, and architects and how they applied the new philosophies of the day to their craft. It is a fantastic look at the philosophies of the western world and how they influenced the world.

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The book is not a narrative but a look at world trends and philosophies that have brought our nation and the world to the very divisive place it is today. Quite amazing considering it was written 30 years ago.

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fascinating and captivating

this book is an eye opener and when read or listened to along with Mark Levin's Ameritopia show you where as a society we are and will head

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A very thoughtful and well-preserved discourse

If you are a Christian (or seeker for that matter) who wondered how we have gotten. to where we are in what to many seems a world gone mad, this book will provide significant insight. It is rare in these days for people to think about why we believe what we do about the universe. The author takes a walk through history and explores the philosophical tributaries that have led to modern thought.

I very much recommend it.

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This man was truly a Biblical Prophet.

Love it! this truth is astounding and has manifested right now! Only God can help us.

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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!