• Sensible Shoes

  • A Story About the Spiritual Journey
  • By: Sharon Garlough Brown
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (503 ratings)

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Sensible Shoes

By: Sharon Garlough Brown
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
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Publisher's Summary

2013 Midwest Publishing Awards Show Honorable Mention

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support, and personal revelation.

©2013 Sharon Garlough Brown (P)2014 Sharon Garlough Brown

Critic Reviews

"Filled with spiritual insight, truth, beauty, and discovery - not to mention deft and beautiful prose. A story to open eyes, to comfort and remind us of the importance of relationship." Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author of Havah: The Story of Eve

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Boring, boring, boring, and narrator only reads.

I almost always search for books with a Christian aspect, but this "story" is more of a new age inner-man study/self-help book. Not much story at all, as if the characters were written only to be tools of teaching. The narrator s/l she is just reading and every character's voice sounds the same so you have to pay very close attention to the names. I wasn't even able to finish the book, only made it to ch. 5 (but almost every chapter is at least an hour long), and it never got any better. It talks very in-depth about walking a spiritual meditation labyrinth and other similar new age pilgrimage, sacred journey, inner labyrinth, spiritual director type things, and something about lectio divina, sacred reading??? Anyway, too much new-age type stuff for me, and waaayyy too boring, and not much actual story. Will try to return and will not be listening to any more by this author or this narrator, they both go on my NO list.

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Life changing and transforming...

Loved it! Narrator did a great job! Easy to listen to. couldn't stop listening at times. We're reading this book as apart of a book club at our church and it was just what we all needed right before our retreat!
I could relate to all main characters in some form and I was right there on that emotional journey with all of them.
Message that stuck with me was, sticking with what stirs me... that was the first message that has opened the door for the Spirit to do His work... It's been a great journey with these women and the disciplines learned has reawaken my hunger to delve deeper into God's love.

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Life changing!

This was such an awesome book! It could be great for a study group and really helped me look inside myself and peeled off a few onion layers that helped me get even closer to God!

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couldn't stop listening

This book is so rich and full. I loved seeing how these 4 strangers became close friends. The spiritual guidance sections were deep and I went along with them in my devotional times.

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Wonderful book

This is probably one if the best books I have either read or listened to! If you are looking for help in your walk with God, then this is a must! Give you some food for thought!

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What a wonderful treasure!

I totally enjoyed hearing this story! It brought me to tears a number of times. Not only is it a great story but I learned so much as I
personally connected with the characters. Loved it so much I ended up buying the entire series and I’m so looking forward to the next one! Highly recommend!!!

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  • 05-31-16

Thought provoking

This lead me on a Spiritual Retreat on my own.
A time of self discovery. Leading to a deeper relationship with God and Jesus.

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Enjoyed hearing how these ladies’ lives bloomed in community

I loved hearing the story of how these women got to know one another, and eventually learned some things about themselves that led to growth in their personal lives. It was real and tender, and I found myself excited to see them overcome some difficult life experiences with hope and new found strength. I loved it!

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I write this with tears in my eyes

Beautiful! A journey of four women’s to discover the deep love God has for them! It brought to mind so many pieces of my personal story! I started off thinking I could connect with Mara - but by the end I connected personally with all four! ❤️❤️❤️❤️.
The depth and truth and tenderness of these journeys are a gift!

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Up lifting

Intertwined in the story of each characters life story were many aspects of my own life. It revealed hope and healing.

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  • Skippy
  • 01-09-21

Wonderful Journey

This story was full of life where so much of the women’s stories link. I’d tried to read this book in paper form ages ago but struggled. This Audible version breathed life in to the story. The Lord brought life to it for me.
The narration was excellent with the different voices each having life both in their struggles and joys.
A brilliant book from cover to cover. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-21

A novel that's also a teaching book

I found this book to not only be enjoyable but also so encouraging, deep and reflective of God's true heart for our hearts. I plan on listening to it again!

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  • S. Murphy
  • 11-23-19

WONDERFUL

This is a wonderful book full of love heartache joy sorrow and just real life but this is a uplifting book that will stay with you

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  • Chaps
  • 05-30-19

an insightful journey with so many relatable elements

4 characters each different giving the reader all the more areas to relate to personally. their journey gives a real glimpse into the therapeutic journey of awareness... linking past events with present contraints ... and also provides an insoght in to how someone with faith hands over their daily and life long worries and walks into freedom....

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  • Miss V Wilson
  • 08-27-17

Precious treasure

Sensible Shoes had me captivated from the outset. It is deeply rich and challenging and there is precious treasure to be found in the pages. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. And my heart is stirred to see Sharon lead a spiritual retreat here in Scotland. Watch this space!

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  • Northern Light
  • 11-20-22

A wonderful novel for all on a journey of faith

I enjoyed it so much that I want to go back to the beginning and listen to it all over again. Definitely a story to deepen and strengthen your faith. It also shows the importance of fellowship with others, being honest with ourselves and recognising our own human frailties, and of course being able to take it all to God in prayer. I would definitely recommend this. Superb narration as well.

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  • Anon
  • 09-18-22

Where are you going ?

A very thought provoking but good read. A bit of a slow start but I persevered and pleased I did. Narration and change in character voices done well. Worth reading especially if you're feeling a little stuck on your own Christian journey.

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  • Nzilani K.
  • 09-14-22

Very relatable

Loved this book. I think anyone reading it will relate to someone on this journey. It's inspired me as I start a similar journey. I'm excited about what God can do in us when we walk closely with him and other believers.

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  • JS
  • 08-27-22

Wonderful story of spiritual journeys

I would recommend this book to any Christian, although anyone would enjoy it.
A story of a small group of women and their own unique spiritual journeys as they come together from different walks of life.
As the characters reflected, learnt and grew with God through a course they were on, so did I learn and grow. I had something to learn from each of their stories.
Nicely narrated with an easy to listen to narrator.
Thank you for this book. I don’t often write reviews but this is a book I am already recommending.

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  • Jojo loebig
  • 05-22-22

life changing

absolutely loved this book!
Each characters journey resonated with my spirit and I kept having to pause the book to have a moment with God.
The holy spirit brought so much healing to my heart through this book. cannot wait to start book two in this series!

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  • MISS BRM BRANNIGAN
  • 08-01-18

So hard to put down!

Seemed a bit heavy to start with but once I got into it, it was so hard to put down, well written, great insight, and you walk away feeling like you've made four new friends in your life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-18

Great Book

Really enjoyed it!! Played the audio book while driving. Will be going on to Book 2 now :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-22

Brilliant

This book is brilliant & life changing! It's very different to other 'normal' books/novels. I can't wait to do the study books alongside reading the paper version now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

Inviting and filled with self-reflection

The storylines were all so inviting and throughout the book it is hard not to reflect on your own spiritual life. It's a beautiful way to introduce new spiritual disciplines into your own life. I recommend reading this as a group as it does help with processing all these spiritual disciplines.

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  • sue
  • 06-04-21

awesome story. very thought provoking

Recommend this for anyone to listen too.
Easy listening, I think I'll listen to it again later. I know there are parts I missed

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  • L. Watkins
  • 04-02-21

A balm for the soul

Fantastic book with identifiable characters that have issues that often resonate personally. Love the progression of their journey. Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-21

a beautiful start

looking for something to renew your faith this story is so inspiring. the bible studies are a great add as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Life changing

This book has been so thought provoking and got me asking questions about my own life that I had never before considered. Love it and can't wait to listen to the sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-20

Awesome book!

Amazing approach and very well written! Enjoyable listening! and food for thought! Thankyou I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-20

Brilliant!

Loved it. So good to follow the journey of those women and be encouraged to follow Jesus.