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  1. A Boy of Heart Mountain

    A Boy of Heart Mountain

    Based on and Inspired by the Experiences of Shigeru Yabu

    Narrator: Ova Saopeng
    Runtime: 3.93 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The remarkable true story of a boy's resilience in the face of injustice. At the onset of World War II, nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in concentration camps. Shigeru Yabu, a young boy from San Francisco, was forced from his home and moved, with his family, to the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Wyoming. A Boy of Heart Mountain is a poignant coming-of-age story about how one ten-year-old Japanese American boy named Shig tried to make sense out of being imprisoned for several years on the prairie. Forced from his home, his school, his friends, and his beloved dog, Shig and his family have to figure out how to get by in this strange and unfriendly place. He learns about many things there. He learns about loss, and about love, and about loneliness. And he learns about how important it can be to have a good companion or two alongside you in bad times and good times.
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  2. The Upside

    The Upside

    A Memoir

    Author: Abdel Sellou
    Narrator: Ray Chase
    Runtime: 5.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $13.99 Member Price: $11.19 (or 2 credits)
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    You Changed My Life is Abdel Sellou's memoir of growing up on the streets of Paris as a cheeky young Algerian immigrant, honing his talents as a petty thief and scam artist before meeting the man who would forever change his life, as Abdel would change his. In 1992, Count Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo, on the heels of his wife's diagnosis with a terminal illness, suffered a paragliding accident that left him a quadriplegic. Forty-two years old, trapped inside his luxurious Paris town house, he was an outcast for the first time in his life.
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  3. Born Again

    Born Again

    What Really Happened to the White House Hatchet Man

    Narrator: Jon Gauger
    Runtime: 13.45 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $32.98 Member Price: $26.38 (or 6 credits)
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    In 1974 Charles W. Colson pleaded guilty to Watergate-related offenses and, after a tumultuous investigation, served seven months in prison. In his search for meaning and purpose in the face of the Watergate scandal, Colson penned Born Again. This unforgettable memoir shows a man who, seeking fulfillment in success and power, found it, paradoxically, in national disgrace and prison. In more than three decades since its initial publication, Born Again has brought hope and encouragement to millions. This remarkable story of new life continues to influence lives around the world. This expanded edition includes a brand-new introduction and a new epilogue by Colson, recounting the writing of his bestselling book and detailing some of the ways his background and ministry have brought hope and encouragement to so many.
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  4. Call of a Coward

    Call of a Coward

    The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife

    Narrator: Patty Fograty
    Runtime: 4.05 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Moses never wanted to be a leader. Jonah ran away from his missions call. And when Marcia Moston's husband came home with a call to foreign mission's, she was sure God had the wrong number. His call conflicted with her own dreams, demanded credentials she didn't have, and required courage she couldn't seem to find. She promised to follow where God led, but she never thought the road would lead to a Mayan village on a Guatemalan mountainside.
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  5. Preemptive Love

    Preemptive Love

    Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time

    Narrator: Jeremy Courtney
    Runtime: 7.15 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.
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  6. George MacDonald

    George MacDonald

    A Biography of Scotland's Beloved Storyteller

    Narrator: Johnny Heller
    Runtime: 14.88 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Scotland's beloved storyteller. George MacDonald, nineteenth-century Scottish novelist and poet, was reintroduced to twentieth century Christians by C.S. Lewis, whose reading of MacDonald’s Phantastestriggered his own spiritual awakening and conversion. Other renowned writers have voiced similar acknowledgements. G.K. Chesterton said of MacDonald, “If we test the matter of originality of attitude, George MacDonald was one of the three or four greatest men of the nineteenth century.” W.H. Auden adds, “In his power . . . to project his inner life into images . . . which are valid for all, he is one of the most remarkable writers of the nineteenth century.” Despite acclaim by his peers, historians, Christian statesmen, and literary giants of the past 100 years, MacDonald’s life and writings continue to be a source of controversy. Challenging the traditional religious views of his day, MacDonald was continually stretching, reaching, probing, questioning, and searching for truth. Author Michael R. Phillips leads the listener through those controversies to bring a fresh and insightful look at the man, his times, and his work.
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  7. Messenger

    Messenger

    The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs

    Narrator: Jeni Stepanek
    Runtime: 11.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    When her son, Mattie, was born with a rare disorder now known as Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy, Jeni Stepanek was advised to put her child in an institution and “let nature take its course.” Instead, she nurtured a boy who grew to become a young man who transformed his hardships into a message of hope and peace that touched millions. Mattie J.T. Stepanek was a best-selling author, publishing six collections of his Heartsongs poetry and one collection of peace essays that all became New York Times best-sellers and eventually sold more than two million copies; he gave inspirational talks to thousands and became the National Goodwill Ambassador for Jerry Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy Association. But his legacy lives strongest in his choice—his decision to celebrate life and perceive it as a blessing even during the most painful moments. It is that legacy that Jeni Stepanek honors with Messenger. Telling the story of Mattie as only his mother could, Jeni Stepanek recounts the intimate moments of her little boy’s life, a life that became larger than life as his message spread across the world. In describing her son’s trips to the beach, his love of reading, his obsession with Legos®, his planning of a surprise birthday party for his mom, we see an ordinary child who just so happened to be facing a life-threatening health situation. In recounting Mattie’s sadness at losing all of his siblings to the same disease, his astonishing intellect, his belief that he was channeling God’s message into his poetry, and his dedication to spreading the message of peace he so believed in, we see the extraordinary boy who lived every day given to him to the fullest.
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  8. Why I Jumped

    Why I Jumped

    My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue & Return to Hope

    Author: Tina Zahn
    Runtime: 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $15.39 Member Price: $12.31 (or 3 credits)
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    Not long ago, network news carried the stunning video of a young woman trying to jump to her death off the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay. By God's providence, the Wisconsin State trooper who had been chasing her, Les Boldt, caught her by her wrist just as she began her plunge to certain death, and with the help of other officers, lifted her to safety.
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  9. Love Has a Face

    Love Has a Face

    Mascara, a Machete, and One Woman's Miraculous Journey with Jesus in Sudan

    Runtime: 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The unforgettable memoir of a woman bringing the love of Jesus to the orphans of Sudan. Termites for dinner. Bombs in the backyard. A nation torn by decades of war still on the brink. Can one life really make a difference here? Born without her left hip and leg, Michele Perry is no stranger to seeming impossibilities. So when she arrived in war-torn Southern Sudan - with little more than her faith in God's promises - she did what everyone told was crazy: she opened a home for orphaned children in the middle of guerilla warfare territory and has now become "mama" to over one hundred little lives.
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  10. The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin

    The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin

    What She Believes and What It Means for America

    Runtime: 5.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    From the moment she joined John McCain on the Republican ticket in 2008, Sarah Palin has stirred a firestorm of emotion rarely seen in American politics. These passions arise from critical fault lines she exposes in our country, fissures that reveal much about who we are and where we are heading as a nation. The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin examines these critical divisions, looking at them through the lens of Palin’s life and faith.
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  11. Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

    Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

    A Memoir. . . of Sorts

    Narrator: Ian Morgan Cron
    Runtime: 8.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother's desk-me as a towheaded two year old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat-I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today.
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  12. Saving Each Other

    Saving Each Other

    A Mother-Daughter Love Story

    Runtime: 9.95 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    At the age of 14, Ali was given a terrifying prognosis of four to six years to live. Saving Each Other begins just as Victoria and Bill learn of Ali’s disease, starting them on a powerful journey to save their only daughter. They even brought together a team of more than 50 of the world’s leading experts in autoimmune and NMO-related diseases to create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.
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  13. The Real Wizard of Oz

    The Real Wizard of Oz

    The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum

    Narrator: Brooke Heldman
    Runtime: 11.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Enchanting generations of fans, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900, was written by a man whose life was nearly as adventurous as his heroine Dorothy’s legendary trip. Ambitious and always drawn to the unconventional, L. Frank Baum was not just the author of more than sixty books; he was at the forefront of moving picture technology and championed women’s rights.
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  14. The Good Neighbor

    The Good Neighbor

    The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

    Author: Maxwell King
    Narrator: LeVar Burton
    Runtime: 14.13 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.   The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
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  15. Hand of Providence

    Hand of Providence

    Narrator: Chris Fabry
    Runtime: 7.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    According to recent opinion polls, Ronald Reagan is the most popular of modern presidents, and yet to most biographers the man is still an enigma. This is because, as Brown explains, no one has ever focused on this great man's faith. This book explores the life and personality of Ronald Reagan by focusing on his deep-felt Christian beliefs and showing how faith guided him along his distinguished career and led him to his unprecedented success. With the support of Ronald Reagan's own words and writings and first-hand interviews of Ronald Reagan's family, friends, and co-workers, Brown weaves a magnificent story of Reagan's strong devotion to God that will not only inspire Christians to enter public service and allow their faith to motivate all their actions but also help point others to the Cross of Jesus Christ-a cause that was near and dear to President Reagan's heart.
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