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  1. The Rescuer

    The Rescuer

    One Firefighter's Story of Courage, Darkness, and the Relentless Love That Saved Him

    Author: Jason Sautel
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    He helped save people every day—but he had no idea how to save himself. Jason Sautel had it all. Confident in his abilities and trusted by his fellow firefighters, he was making a name for himself on the streets of Oakland, California. His adrenaline-fueled job even helped him forget the pain of his childhood—until the day he looked into the eyes of a jumper on the Bay Bridge and came face to face with a darkness he knew would take him down as well. In the following months, a series of traumatic emergency calls—some successful, others impossible-to-forget failures—drove Jason deeper into depression. Even as he continued his lifesaving work, he realized he could never rescue everyone, and he had no idea how to save himself. In the end, Jason was forced to confront the truth: only the relentless power of love could pull him back from his own deadly fall. Action-packed, spiritually honest, and surprisingly romantic, The Rescuer transports readers inside the pulse-pounding world of firefighting and into the heart of a man who needed to be broken before he could finally be made whole.
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  2. The Pastor's Family

    The Pastor's Family

    Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

    Runtime: 3.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Featuring insights from the perspective of both a pastor and his wife---The Pastor's Family identifies the complicated burdens and expectations ministry brings to the life of a family. Brian and Cara Croft identify the unique challenges that pastors face as husbands and fathers. They also discuss the difficulties and joys of being a pastor's wife and offer practical advice on raising children in a ministry family.
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  3. Hero Maker

    Hero Maker

    Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 6.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Everybody wants to be a hero, but few understand the power of being a hero maker. In Hero Maker you will learn how to bring real change to your church and community by developing the practical skills to help others reach their leadership potential. Drawing on five powerful practices found in the ministry of Jesus, Hero Maker presents the key steps of apprenticeship that will build up other leaders and provides strategies for how you can activate gifts, help others take ownership, and develop a simple scorecard for measuring your kingdom-building progress. Besides rich insights from the Gospels, Hero Maker is packed with real-life ministry stories ranging from paid staff to volunteer leaders and from established churches to new church plants. Whether you lead 10 people or 10,000, Hero Maker will not only help you maximize your leadership, but in doing so you will also help shift today's church culture to a model of reproduction and multiplication. Authors Dave Ferguson (a Chicago pastor and church planter) and Warren Bird (an award-winning writer) make a compelling case that God's power and purpose are best revealed when we train and release others, who in turn do likewise. Become that rare breed of leader who brings change into our world by sacrificially investing in others who become the heroes. By becoming a hero maker, you will join a movement of influencers that are impacting hundreds, thousands, and perhaps millions of people around the world.
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  4. How to Be Present in an Absent World

    How to Be Present in an Absent World

    A Leader's Guide to Showing Up, Paying Attention, and Becoming Fully Human

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 7.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Take Ownership of Your Life in Every Area of Influence Many people today feel overworked, overbooked, and burned out. They long for purposeful and meaningful lives. We're plugged into every social network we can find, yet we feel more disconnected than ever. And in our most honest moments, we can't help but look in the mirror and ask: How long can I keep this up? Montgomery, Webb, and Silva believe the pain we experience as leaders is a function of absence--living disconnected from our true selves and lacking deep, meaningful relationships with others. The remedy lies in rediscovering what it means to be truly present as a leader by embracing our humanity and extending it to those we lead. How to Be Present in an Absent World is a guide for cultivating a self-awareness that empowers you to take ownership of your life in every area of influence. It provides a biblical way to handle the daily pressures of life without denying, escaping, or outrunning the present, past, or future. Montgomery and his coauthors, Webb and Silva, equip you with the kind of self-understanding that allows you to overcome obstacles--whether in your church, in your job, or in your family--that were previously discouraging and seemingly insurmountable.
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  5. Prostitutes and Polygamists

    Prostitutes and Polygamists

    A Look at Love, Old Testament Style

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 4.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain—did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre. As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific “love” stories they ask, “What’s up with sex in the Old Testament?” The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it’s hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God’s word. However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking “love” story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God’s word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it’s often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.
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  6. Renovate Your Relationships

    Renovate Your Relationships

    A Proven Guide to Setting Boundaries and Building Bridges with Those Who Matter Most

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 7.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    What do you do when a relationship goes off course? Whether it’s with a manipulative boss, a critical neighbor, or a controlling spouse, a challenging relationship can leave you feeling worn down, confused, and helpless. How do you narrow the gap between where things are and where you want them to be? How do you decide whether to lean in with understanding or set more healthy boundaries? In Renovate Your Relationships, Scott Vaudrey gives you the tools you need to bring healing and new life to even your most difficult relationships. With real-life stories and practical ideas, Scott explores how to - diagnose destructive patterns in specific relationships, - avoid over-acceptance of others or over-protection of yourself, and - foster new and healthy relational patterns with the most important people in your life. - Using groundbreaking practical tools, Scott unearths the root causes of relational breakdowns and gives you the confidence you need to move into life-giving patterns of loving others—and yourself—well.
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  7. Blue Like Jazz

    Blue Like Jazz

    Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 5.9 HRS. - Unabridged
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    'I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened.' ?Donald Miller In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God. For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture. For anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real. For anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life. Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
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  8. Hope of Nations

    Hope of Nations

    Standing Strong in a Post-Truth, Post-Christian World

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 7.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Every week a terrorist attack, riot, or political scandal makes the headlines - and we feel the world around us shaking again. We struggle to separate truth from biased statements and hope from naïveté. We wonder how we got here and where these uncertain days will take us. One of the world's top investigative reporters, John S. Dickerson, addresses this post-truth, post-Christian society in Hope of Nations. Hope of Nations shows us how and why the world is changing, where those changes will lead, and what it looks like to live like Christ in today's society. With fascinating historical and political background, Dickerson helps us understand: The five major forces driving global change in the world today Why violent displays of Islam continue resurfacing The incoming moral, social, and political impact of American millennials Ten ways to respond biblically to trends shaping the world right now How to live with Christian courage and compassion in tumultuous times "Times of great social upheaval are times of great spiritual opportunity", writes Dickerson. "You can live the adventure of this era with great purpose. You can know with confidence that the Creator of the universe appointed you to bring light and life to this moment in human history." Among the youngest award-winning journalists and a seminary-trained pastor, Dickerson brings his reporting skills, generational perspective, and biblical insights to this groundbreaking book. Get a larger view of what is happening with your community, your government, and your international neighbors in this thoughtful look at global events in light of your unique Christian calling.
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  9. I Still Believe

    I Still Believe

    A Memoir

    Author: Jeremy Camp
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 5.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    When Jeremy Camp lost his beloved wife, Melissa, just months after their wedding, the last thing he wanted to do was sing praise to God. But even as he struggled through unimaginable grief and fought to hold on to his faith, God had other plans: Pick up your guitar. I have something for you to write. Jeremy obeyed, pouring out his heart, writing about the hope that God was still there, even in his deepest grief. The song he wrote that day, “I Still Believe,” has gone on to inspire millions around the world. This is the story behind that song and the movie that was inspired by it. It’s an inside look at Jeremy’s life—from his difficult childhood and teenage years to the tragic passing of Melissa and the spiritual journey that followed, which inspired some of his best-loved songs and led him, eventually, to find love again. I Still Believe is a powerful heart-wrenching book about the strength of undying love and the power of faith.
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  10. Believe Storybook

    Believe Storybook

    Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 3.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Presented by bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee, the Believe Storybook shows children how they can think, act, and be more like Jesus. With 60 old and new testament stories from the Bible that showcase the themes, combined with captivating and dramatic illustrations by Steve Adams, children and adults alike will be inspired to become more like their savior and the person they were meant to be. The Believe Storybook is part of the national church-wide program led by bestselling author Randy Frazee that shows children how they can think, act, and be more like Jesus.
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  11. What's Next?

    What's Next?

    The Journey to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference

    Author: Chris Hodges
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 4.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $17.99 Member Price: $14.39 (or 3 credits)
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    Bestselling author and influential pastor Chris Hodges offers Christians a practical guide for what to do next to deepen their faith. The journey toward deeper faith and spiritual maturity is a lifelong pursuit, with plenty of stops and bumps along the way. Inevitably, there comes a point when Christians, new believers and veterans in the faith alike find themselves asking, 'What do I do next? How do I stay motivated to grow deeper in my relationship with God when I feel complacent, intimidated, or confused? What can I do to get back on track when I hit a spiritual rut?' In What's Next, Chris Hodges reveals the four steps to spiritual maturity: knowing God, finding freedom, discovering purpose, and making a difference. He shows how they are part of both a linear path and a cycle that Christians continue returning to at increasingly deeper levels as they grow. Accessible and clear, concise and profound, What's Next? is a trail guide leading to a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Father and the joy that comes from the journey.
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  12. White Lies

    White Lies

    Nine Ways to Expose and Resist the Racial Systems That Divide Us

    Author: Daniel Hill
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 7.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    White Lies is a thoughtful, practical guide for confronting and dismantling White supremacy and promoting racial justice in healthy, effective ways. White supremacy presents one of the greatest threats to the soul of our nation and the kingdom of God--but we can do something about it. Drawn from more than twenty years of working in cross-cultural communities and learning from some of the greatest leaders of color, pastor and racial justice advocate Daniel Hill offers clarity on what White supremacy is and how it is much more than extremist groups spewing hatred, but lamentably is an ideology that infiltrates us all. As more and more White Christians are awakening to the pervasive bias for white culture, ideas, and actions that shape every aspect of society, many are eager to fight for racial justice. But what steps can be taken to make good, lasting change? How can White Christians get involved without causing more harm? In this practical and illuminating guide, Hill provides nine practices rooted in Scripture that will position you to be an active supporter of inclusion, equality, and racial justice. With stories, studies, and examples from his own journey, Hill will show you: - How to get free of the impact of White supremacy individually and recognize that it works systemically - How to talk about race in an intelligent and respectful way - How to recognize which strategies are helpful and which are harmful - What you can do to make a difference every day, after protests and major events We cannot experience wholistic justice without confronting and dismantling White supremacy. But as we follow Jesus--the one who is supreme over all things--into overturning false power systems, we will become better advocates of the liberating and unconditional love that God extends to us all.
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  13. The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise

    The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise

    Author: Chris Hodges
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 8.88 Hrs - Unabridged
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    We have real hope we’re called to share. But how we share it makes a difference. Christians today face a dilemma: in a world that seems to reject everything we believe, how do we walk closely with God without caving to pressure or alienating those we hope to reach? In this eye-opening new book, Chris Hodges provides a solution by examining the life of the prophet Daniel, who persevered in a corrupt culture that closely resembles our own—and emerged as an influential force in God’s redemptive plan. Full of scripture and seasoned with Hodges’ candid personal insights, The Daniel Dilemma shows us that we can hold firmly to biblical beliefs without becoming obnoxious, insulting, or mad. We can stand strong while loving others well. Because standing for truth isn’t about winning the argument; it’s about winning hearts. And when we learn the secret of connecting before correcting, we discover that we can respond to today’s hard questions without compromising grace or truth. With fresh insights and practical ideas, Hodges encourages Christians struggling with our cultural reality to hold God’s standards high and his grace deep—just as Jesus did, and just as his followers today are called to do.
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  14. I Choose Peace

    I Choose Peace

    Raw Stories of Real People Finding Contentment and Happiness

    Author: Doug Bender
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    From the influential and ever-growing movement 'I Am Second' comes a remarkable collection of well-known lives transformed from restless to happy by the power of God. When I Am Second launched in 2008, the organization meant simply to tell stories of people whose lives changed utterly when they placed God first and themselves second. Although the organization has exploded in size and influence since, that original mission has remained the same--and continues to have enormous power today. I Choose Peace is the highly anticipated new book from I Am Second, gathering together stories of people who searched everywhere for fulfillment and wholeness and found it only when they surrendered to God. People whose stories appear include the following: Chip and Joanna Gaines Kathie Lee Gifford Albert Pujols Shawn Johnson Phil and Kay Robertson Brian 'Head' Welch Moving, compelling, and profoundly inspiring, the stories found here remind us that our hearts will always be restless until they find their rest in God.
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  15. Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

    Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

    Becoming a New Person in Christ

    Author: Randy Frazee
    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 6.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee helps readers grasp the vision of the Christian life and get started on the journey of discipleship. After unfolding the revolutionary dream of Jesus and showing how our lives fit into the big picture of what God is doing in the world, Frazee walks readers through thirty short chapters exploring the ten core beliefs, ten core practices, and ten core virtues that help disciples to think, act, and be more like Jesus Christ.
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