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  1. My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir

    My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir

    Author: Macy Halford
    Narrator: Karen White
    Runtime: 12.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This is the beautifully written and heartfelt memoir of a young woman from Dallas, Texas, wrestling with the evangelical Christianity of her childhood by examining the one item from it that she is still attached to, the daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.Raised in an evangelical household by her beloved grandmother and mother, Macy Halford eventually leaves Dallas for a career in journalism in New York City. She has only the devotional to remind her of her religious past-and learns quickly that, though the book sells nearly a million copies a year, no one she knows there has heard of it.Finally, excavating her spiky relations with her upbringing, she quits her coveted job at the New Yorker in order to look more deeply into the background of the devotional-with its daily selection from the sermons and writings of the Scottish evangelical preacher Oswald Chambers-wrestling with who Chambers really was, what ideas informed his teaching and beliefs, and why the book means so much to her.Halford interweaves her own story with that of the Chambers family: Oswald, who died ministering to British soldiers in Egypt in World War I, and his devoted wife, who spent her life publishing his speeches, sermons, and books. The result is that Halford has penned a captivating and candid memoir about what it means to be a Christian, a reader, and a seeker in the twenty-first century. New York Times Pick of Six New Paperbacks to Check Out This Week.
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  2. Gray Matter

    Gray Matter

    A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer ... One Patient at a Time

    Narrator: Larry Wayne
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    A perfect blend of medical drama and spiritual insight, Gray Matter is a fascinating account of Dr. David Levy's decision to begin asking his patients if he could pray for them before surgery. Some are thrilled. Some are skeptical. Some are hostile, and some are quite literally transformed by the request.Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patient's diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer request. From there, listeners follow as Dr. Levy performs the operation, and then we wait-right alongside Dr. Levy, the patients, and their families-to see the final results. Dr. Levy's musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about God, faith, and the power of prayer are honest and insightful. As we see him come to his ultimate conclusion that, no matter what the results of the procedure are, "God is good," we cannot help but be truly moved and inspired.
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  3. God in Sandals

    God in Sandals

    Runtime: 12 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This intimate biography about the human side of Jesus is an imaginative journey through the Biblical narratives of his life so that, by sharing in the experiences of those who knew him, we, too, can better understand the meaning of his coming.
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  4. Save Me From Myself

    Save Me From Myself

    How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story

    Narrator: Ray Porter
    Runtime: 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The amazing true story of an out-of-control rock star, his devastating addiction to drugs, and his miraculous redemption through Jesus Christ<p>In February 2005, more than ten thousand people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian “Head” Welch—the former lead guitarist of the controversial rock band Korn—was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as observers from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light.
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  5. The Coolness of Josh

    The Coolness of Josh

    Author: Marc Swift
    Narrator: Marc Swift
    Runtime: 4.30 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    What does it mean to really live life? Marc Swift takes us on a tender journey of unexpected twists and turns that ends in a celebration of life, even after the death of his son. This is the awesome true story of Josh, a twenty-two-year-old man who, after two suicide attempts and a traumatic revelation, is restored to the unconditional love of his father and to the happy home he never had.In this powerful narration by the author and father of Josh, The Coolness of Josh comes to life, giving you a front-row seat to his life experience. The actual tape-recorded voice of Josh is heard for a full chapter in the audiobook, revealing his heart in a telephone conversation with his father. Hearing Josh’s voice exponentially increases the power of the story. The song “I Love the Way” is included in its entirety as a bonus track at the end of the audiobook. The music also comes to life in a clever and satisfying overdub that parallels the narration of the chapter. This book represents Marc Swift’s tribute to God’s love, grace, mercy, and healing and reflects his great love for his beloved son, Joshua David Swift.
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  6. I Will Love You Forever

    I Will Love You Forever

    A True Story about Finding Life, Hope, and Healing While Caring for Hospice Babies

    Runtime: 6.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In August 2012, a baby girl was born without a right or left hemisphere of her brain. Doctors said she was essentially in a vegetative state, unable to see or hear-that there was no hope for her. Relinquished by her birth parents under the state's Safe Haven Law, this two-week-old unnamed baby girl found her way to Cori and Mark Salchert's home. Despite the infant's grim medical diagnosis, Cori knew she couldn't allow this beautiful baby girl to spend her few days on Earth alone and unloved. Cori took the baby girl home and named her Emmalynn.I Will Love You Forever reveals one woman's decades-long quest to find healing and redemption after the accidental death of her sister as a child. Since 2012, God has used hospice babies-those left to live and die without family to care for them-to mend Cori's broken heart. Bringing these fragile hospice babies into their home, Cori and her family have promised not only to hold them briefly, until their last breath on this side of heaven, but to love them forever and always. The loving actions of Cori and her family show that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.Cori's poignant story will strengthen your faith and touch your heart.
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  7. Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes

    Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes

    Runtime: 1.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In Wittgenstein in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Wittgenstein’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world.
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  8. Eddie Rickenbacker: Boy Pilot and Racer

    Eddie Rickenbacker: Boy Pilot and Racer

    Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
    Runtime: 2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Eddie Rickenbacker was a World War I Flying Ace, a Medal of Honor winner, and even a racecar driver. But did you know that his first attempt at flying was to ride his bicycle off the roof of his house while holding an umbrella?
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  9. Ruined

    Ruined

    Narrator: Pamela Almand
    Runtime: 9.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    It happened on a Sunday night, even though I'd been a good girl and gone to church that morning. One brisk November evening during her senior year at a small midwestern Christian college, two armed intruders broke into the house Ruth Everhart shared with her roommates, held all five girls hostage, and took turns raping them at gunpoint. Reeling with fear, insecurity, and guilt, Ruth believed she was ruined, both physically and in the eyes of God. In the days and weeks that followed, Ruth struggled to come to grips with not only what happened that night but why. The same questions raced through her mind in an unrelenting loop?questions that would continue to haunt her for years to come: Why me? Where was God? Why did God allow this to happen? What am I being punished for? Told with candor and unflinching honesty, Ruined is an extraordinary emotional and spiritual journey that begins with an unspeakable act of violence but ends with tremendous healing and profound spiritual insights about faith, forgiveness, and the will of God. "In addition to her theological analysis, Everhart is at her best when dismantling the sexism that surrounds rape...This is a touching and empowering story of healing."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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  10. Jesus

    Jesus

    A Story of Enlightenment

    Narrator: Deepak Chopra
    Runtime: 7.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Jesus is a fresh and inspirational reimagining of a young man’s transformational journey from carpenter’s son to revolutionary leader to the man whom many believe to be the savior of the world. Very little is known or recorded about Jesus in his formative years. In the Gospel stories, we witness the birth of Jesus and then see him as a young boy of twelve intensely questioning the rabbis in the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus does not reappear until age thirty, when he emerges as the potent and stirring rebel baptized by John at the River Jordan. What happens to Jesus in those lost years? How did Jesus the young boy become Christ the Savior? With his characteristic ability for imparting profound spiritual insights through the power of storytelling, Chopra’s Jesus will capture the life of Jesus as never before. “The ethereal power of [Chopra’s] voice and the evocative manner in which he sets the stage remain effective. Perhaps the most compelling elements of the story line involve Judas and Mary Magdalene, two of New Testament history’s most complicated and controversial figures.”--Publishers Weekly
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  11. The Letters of Samuel Rutherford

    The Letters of Samuel Rutherford

    Narrator: Derek Perkins
    Runtime: 33.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    An important collection of inspiring devotionals The seventeenth-century devotional letters of Samuel Rutherford, most of which were written during imprisonment for the sake of the gospel, are presented for the edification of a new generation of readers. Published more than 350 years ago, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford have been a source of encouragement and inspiration for Christians throughout the world.
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  12. King Solomon

    King Solomon

    The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power

    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 8.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    King Solomon had all the fame and fortune that any man could want. He was the world's wisest and wealthiest king. And yet, tragically, he threw it all away for the love of money, the pleasures of sex, and the powers of an earthly kingdom. In studying the life of Solomon, we see both the true greatness and the tragic failure of our own humanity-from godly devotion to self-serving excess. Even in the midst of our best intentions, we are all prone to succumb to the same temptations of money, sex, and power. And if Solomon's incredible wisdom could not prevent him from such tragic mistakes, then how are we to triumph over the same temptations? Philip Graham Ryken shows us how, by the grace of God, to prevent those downfalls and to seek God's glory amid earthly temptations through this rich, Christ-centered study of the life of Solomon.
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  13. Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

    Nietzsche in 90 Minutes

    Runtime: 1.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Nietzsche's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world.
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  14. The Life Of Robert E. Lee

    The Life Of Robert E. Lee

    Narrator: Lloyd James
    Runtime: 2.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    “In preparing the Life of Lee for Children, for use in the Public Schools, I beg leave to place before teachers good reasons for employing it as a supplementary reader. “First, I urge the need of interesting our children in history at an early age. From observation I find that the minds of children who study history early expand more rapidly than those who are restricted to the limits of stories in readers.—Mary L. Williamson, 1898
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  15. Taking My Life Back

    Taking My Life Back

    My Story of Faith, Determination, and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing

    Narrator: Rebekah Gregory
    Runtime: 5.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of terrorists' homemade bombs packed with nails and screws went off three feet away, Rebekah's legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. Eighteen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, her left leg was amputated.Despite the extraordinary trauma she underwent and the nightmares she continues to have, Rebekah sees it as just another part of her personal journey, a journey that has led her through abuse, mistakes, and pain and into the arms of Jesus. This stirring memoir tells the story of her recovery, including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race, and explores the peace we experience when we learn to trust God with every part of our lives-the good, the bad, and even the terrifying.Listeners will be moved by the joyous way Rebekah is determined to live her life, seeing every obstacle as part of how God forms us into the people we are meant to be. Listeners will also find comfort in the message that it's not what they can or can't do that makes the difference, but rather what God, in his mercy, does through them despite it all. Life is hard, but with God all things are possible.
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