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  • The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare | Johnnette Benkovic,Thomas Sullivan

    The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Johnnette Benkovic, Thomas Sullivan
    • Narrated By Therese McLaughlin
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    In The Rosary, Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of Living His Life Abundantly and the founder of Women of Grace, teams up Thomas K. Sullivan, the creator of the Warrior Rosary, to explore why the rosary is the weapon for such a time as this. Together, they've gathered some of the most astonishing historical and contemporary accounts of victories associated with the rosary along with their own inspiring personal experiences.

    Die Falknerin says: "Ave Maria"
  • New Seeds of Contemplation | Thomas Merton

    New Seeds of Contemplation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Montaldo, Sharon Cross
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    New Seeds of Comtemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, the Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections to those of Thoreau.

    Jaime says: "Pure holy inspiration!!!"
  • Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi | Richard Rohr

    Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By John Quigley
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    Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down-to-earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.

    David says: "Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr"
  • The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life | David Steindl-Rast

    The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Steindl-Rast
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    The Way of Silence draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the practice of "deep" listening: turning away from noise and distraction, paying attention, and embracing quiet. The Way of Silence embraces paradox: absence versus presence in silence. Dynamic tranquility. The all-oneness of aloneness. Humbly, trusting in God, you'll practice emptying your mind in order to receive wisdom, insight, and understanding.

    Amazon Customer says: "Really, really bad"
  • Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy | Joan Chittister

    Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joan Chittister
    • Narrated By Joan Chittister
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    Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister brings to bear the insights of her years of teaching and contemplation to provide us with a way forward as we search for meaning and purpose in our lives. She offers a much-needed message in a crowded modern world that can seem overwhelming and confusing. Through her examination of spiritual calling, gifts, change, and discernment, Sister Joan leads us to the place where - finally - we know we fit; where we are our fullest selves and can be a gift to the world.

    connie says: "too general; not Chittester's best"
  • Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation | Richard Rohr

    Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By John Quigley, John Feister, Christopher Holmes, and others
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    In Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr focuses on finding God in the depths of silence. The divine silence invites us to compassion for others and wholeness of being, and offers us peace. This book contains reflections made by Fr. Rohr at the 2013 Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky, plus comments on those reflections by members of other faith traditions.

    Susan Marney says: "Something is wrong with the speed setting!!"
  • Wendell Berry and the Given Life | Ragan Sutterfield,Bill Mckibben – foreword

    Wendell Berry and the Given Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ragan Sutterfield, Bill Mckibben – foreword
    • Narrated By Ragan Sutterfield
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    For the past 50 years, Wendell Berry has been helping seekers chart a return to the practice of being creatures. Through his essays, poetry, and fiction, Berry has repeatedly drawn our attention to the ways in which our lives are gifts in a whole economy of gifts. Berry presents us with the sort of coherent vision for the lived moral and spiritual life that we need now. His work helps us remember our givenness and embrace our life as creatures.

    carly forward says: "The Narrator is extremely ........ frustrating"
  • Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope | Joan D. Chittister

    Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joan D. Chittister
    • Narrated By Joan D. Chittister
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    Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister explores the landscape of suffering and hope. Meant to help listeners cope with their own suffering and disappointment, this book is, in Sister Joan's own words, "an anatomy of struggle and an account of the way hope grows in us, despite our moments of darkness, regardless of our regular bouts of depression.

    M. Sheahan says: "Wisdom and grace"
  • Jesus and His Church | Richard Rohr

    Jesus and His Church

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
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    Influenced by the charismatic renewal movement, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr's presentation emphasizes personal faith and faith commitment. Jesus and His Church, includes the following six talks: Jesus, the Scandal of God; Jesus, the Battleground of God; Jesus, the Victory of God; Jesus, the Gathered Power of God; Jesus, the Shared Weakness of Man; and Jesus, the Healing Power of God.

  • The Fragment | Davis Bunn

    The Fragment

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Davis Bunn
    • Narrated By Therese McLaughlin
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    It's 1923, and Paris is beginning to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic. Naïve young American Muriel Ross stumbles into a plum assignment photographing antiques for a globetrotting US senator. But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that her employer is on a mission far more momentous - and potentially deadly - than a mere shopping trip.

  • In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics | Joan Chittister

    In God's Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joan Chittister
    • Narrated By Joan Chittister
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    The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. With a selection for every week of the year, this popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.

    Peter Z. says: "Stop, Think, Pray, and Replay"
  • Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Christian and Human Maturity | Ronald Rolheiser

    Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Christian and Human Maturity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ronald Rolheiser
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. He takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom.

    Judith says: "A must read for the mature Christian"
  • Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life | Henri J.M. Nouwen

    Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Henri J.M. Nouwen
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    Love, Henri consists of over 100 letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri's career up through his last 10 years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights, the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri's work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ulimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.

    Jean says: "loved it!"
  • Thoughts in Solitude | Thomas Merton

    Thoughts in Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Montaldo
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    Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. In thoughtful and eloquent prose, Merton writes of our inalienable right to solitude and interior freedom. Society, he tells us, depends for its existence on the personal solitude of its members.Thoughts in Solitude stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton's most enduring and popular works.

    Darwin8u says: "The solitary life is above all a life of prayer."
  • In the Footsteps of St. Paul | Richard Rohr

    In the Footsteps of St. Paul

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
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    In retracing the second and third missionary trips of St. Paul, Father Richard Rohr breaks open the life of this saint, recasting him as a mystic and as the first Christian theologian. Rohr presents Paul's revolutionary and all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul's revolutionary thinking about sin, saints, and spirituality.

    Chandler says: "A great spiritual journey!"
  • Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life | Joan Chittister

    Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joan Chittister
    • Narrated By Mary Ann Jacobs
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    Between the Dark and the Daylight explores the concerns of modern life, of the overworked mind and hurting heart. These are the paradoxical - and often frustrating - moments when our lives feel at odds with everything around us. Only by embracing the contradictions, Chittister contends, may we live well amid stress, withstand emotional storms, and satisfy our yearnings for something transcendent and real.

    Erik says: "Deep thoughts in journal entry style"
  • Prayer: Our Deepest Longing | Ronald Rolheiser

    Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ronald Rolheiser
    • Narrated By Alan Hirt
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    Whether you struggle to believe in God, are a beginner in prayer, or are more advanced in your spiritual practice, renowned spiritual master Ronald Rolheiser will gently lead you to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Your own yearning and intuition mark the starting point. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears common misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge.

    Karen Mathews says: "spritual food"
  • The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing | Daniel P. Horan

    The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel P. Horan
    • Narrated By Daniel P. Horan
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    Millions of Christians and non-Christians look to Thomas Merton for spiritual wisdom and guidance, but to whom did Merton look? In The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton, Franciscan friar and author Daniel Horan shows how, both before and after he became a Trappist monk, Merton's life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition.

    papa k says: "A Strong Fulcrum to Lift the Church and the World"
  • The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death and Salvation | Jon M. Sweeney

    The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death and Salvation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon M. Sweeney
    • Narrated By Jon M. Sweeney
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    At the close of the tumultuous Middle Ages, there lived a man who seemed destined from birth to save the world. His name was Peter Morrone, a hermit, founder of a religious order, and depending on to whom you talk, a reformer, an instigator, a prophet, a coward, a saint, and possibly the victim of murder. A stroke of fate would, practically overnight, transform this humble servant of God into the most powerful man in the Catholic Church.

    Greg says: "Hard history lesson"
  • The Passion and the Cross | Ronald Rolheiser

    The Passion and the Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ronald Rolheiser
    • Narrated By Douglas James
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    Ronald Rolheiser, one of the most influential spiritual writers of our day, offers profound reflections on the central mystery of our Christian faith. His beautifully written meditations on the passion and the cross invite you to a new understanding of redemption and offer insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering. Take a journey into the deeper meaning of pain with guidance from a trusted spiritual advisor.

    Rian Alexander says: "Do yourself a favor. This writing is for everyone"
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