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  1. When Parenting Isn't Perfect

    When Parenting Isn't Perfect

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 6.40 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Perfection is the enemy of parenting. Jim Daly sees and hears from mothers and fathers trying hard to pursue perfection. They listen to the best experts and read all the right books. When someone gives them a "World's Best Mom" or "Number One Dad" coffee mug, they want it to be true. And they want their children to pursue perfection, too. It's admirable for parents to be the very best moms and dads they can be for their children. But sometimes in so doing, they leave grace behind - both for themselves and for their children. Jim believes that our quest for perfection, a quest that he believes is particularly strong among Christians, runs counter to God's own boundless gift of grace. We can become Pharisaical parents, quoting endless rules and holding everyone to impossible standards. But God doesn't want us, and our kids don't need us, to be perfect. As parents we're called to simply do our best. And when we fail - which we will - we're called to try again tomorrow. Though he's the president of Focus on the Family, Jim does not promise that his book will be a catalyst for a perfect family. But it can help point the way toward a good family - one that feels safe and warm, one filled with love and laughter. This book will encourage mothers and fathers to embrace the messiness of parenthood and show grace to their own less-than-ideal children. Jim, through his own experiences, expertise, and array of stories, will lead both moms and dads to a better understanding of what being a good family is all about.
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  2. The Seven Longest Yards

    The Seven Longest Yards

    Our Love Story of Pushing the Limits while Leaning on Each Other

    Runtime: 7.08 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Quadriplegics do not simply walk again - yet millions watched as Chris Norton took ten nearly impossible steps. With his fiancée, Emily, supporting at his side, those unbelievable steps became the start of an extraordinary journey for them both. The Seven Longest Yards tells the unforgettable love story of how Chris and Emily battled unbelievable odds with faithful determination to discover that life's lowest moments can be our greatest gifts. In a moment, Chris went from a talented 18-year-old college football player with a promising future to flat on his back with a broken neck and a 3% chance of ever moving or feeling anything below his neck, much less walking again. The life Chris dreamt of - including his hope for finding love - was shattered. At least, so he thought. Determined to prove the doctors wrong and to find love, Chris pushed himself through grueling, daily workouts until four years later, Chris walked across the stage to receive his college diploma, with Emily's help and the world's astonished applause.                                           Meanwhile, Emily faced her own challenges as she sunk into a deep battle against anxiety and depression. Despite a devoted fiancé, a fulfilling career working with youth, and a strong faith, she couldn't shake the mental darkness that clouded their promising future. Day by day, decision by decision, Chris and Emily committed themselves to taking the extra step, trusting God, and leaning on the help of others.  In a story of unforgettable grit and courageous faith, this extraordinary couple’s journey led them to ultimately tackle the longest seven yards together - down the wedding aisle and into a new life. And what a new life it has become: as Chris and Emily have adopted five beautiful girls and welcomed seventeen (and counting!) foster children into their home and hearts. From their private struggles to shared blessings, their moving memoir told from both of their unique perspectives is your stirring invitation to put one foot in front of the other, especially in the face of the impossible. You might just find, as they have, that God can transform our lowest points into life's greatest gifts.
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  3. Scoot Over and Make Some Room

    Scoot Over and Make Some Room

    Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs

    Author: Heather Avis
    Narrator: Heather Avis
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Author and Instagram star Heather Avis has made it her mission to introduce the world to the unique gifts and real-life challenges of those who have been pushed to the edges of society. Mama to three adopted kids - two with Down Syndrome - Heather encourages us all to take a breath, whisper a prayer, laugh a little, and make room for the wildflowers. In a world of divisions and margins, those who act, look, and grow a little differently are all too often shoved aside. Scoot Over and Make Some Room is part inspiring narrative and part encouraging challenge for us all to listen and learn from those we're prone to ignore. Heather tells hilarious stories of her growing kids, spontaneous dance parties, forgotten pants, and navigating the challenges and joys of parenthood. She shares heartbreaking moments when her kids were denied a place at the table and when she had to fight for their voices to be heard. With beautiful wisdom and profound convictions, this manifesto will empower you to notice who's missing in the spaces you live in, to make room for your own kids and for those others who need you and your open heart. This is your invitation to a table where space is unlimited and every voice can be heard. Because when you open your life to the wild beauty of every unique individual, you'll discover your own colorful soul and the extraordinary, abundant heart of God.
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  4. Cherish

    Cherish

    The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage

    Author: Gary Thomas
    Narrator: Gary Thomas
    Runtime: 5.33 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    A countless number of marriages right now consist of two people just going through the motions. Thomas insists that this pattern can be reversed when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words. Ultimately, Cherish can help bring hope, light, and life into any marriage.
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  5. Beyond Boundaries

    Beyond Boundaries

    Learning to Trust Again in Relationships

    Narrator: John Townsend
    Runtime: 6.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    How do you know you're ready to trust again ... and what does it take to be ready?Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk.In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you're trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, Townsend gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for.Beyond Boundaries will help you reinstate closeness with someone who broke your trust; discern when true change has occurred; reestablish appropriate connections in strained relationships; create a safe environment that helps you trust; and restore former relationships to a healthy dynamic.You can move past relational pain to trust again. Beyond Boundaries will show you how.
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  6. Sticky Faith

    Sticky Faith

    Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

    Narrator: Jay Charles
    Runtime: 5.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Fuller Youth Institute Executive Director Dr. Kara E. Powell and youth expert Chap Clark use research from the Fuller Youth Institute College Transition Project to show parents how to actively encourage their children’s spiritual growth so that it will stick to them into adulthood and empower them to develop a living, lasting faith.
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  7. Doing Life with Your Adult Children

    Doing Life with Your Adult Children

    Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

    Author: Jim Burns
    Narrator: Wayne Campbell
    Runtime: 4.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    If you have an adult child, you know that parenting doesn't stop when a child reaches the age of eighteen. In many ways, it gets more complicated. Both your heart and your head are as involved as ever, whether your child lives under your roof or rarely stays in contact. In Doing Life with Your Adult Children, parenting expert Jim Burns helps you navigate the toughest and the most rewarding parts of parenting your grown kids. Speaking from his own personal and professional experience, Burns offers practical answers to questions such as these: Is it OK to give advice to my grown child?What's the difference between enabling and helping?What boundaries should I have if my child moves back home?What do I do when my child doesn't seem to be maturing into adulthood?How do I relate to my grown child's significant other?What does it mean to have healthy financial boundaries?How can I support my grown children when I don't support their values?Including positive principles on bringing kids back to faith, ideas on how to leave a legacy as a grandparent, and encouragement for every changing season, Doing Life with Your Adult Children is a unique audiobook on your changing role in a calling that never ends.
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  8. Understanding People

    Understanding People

    Why We Long for Relationship

    Author: Larry Crabb
    Narrator: Fred Stella
    Runtime: 7.55 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Every attempt to help people must first begin with an effort to understand people," says Dr. Larry Crabb. "And the only fully reliable source of information on that topic is the Bible." In this Gold Medallion Award-winning classic, Dr. Crabb affirms the power of the Scriptures to address the intricacies and deep needs of the human heart. Exploring the inseparable link between spiritual and psychological realities, Understanding People offers a vital lens on how we're put together-who we really are and what makes us tick in our relationships with other people, with God, and with ourselves. In three parts, this book first points us to the Bible as our source of insight into perplexing heart issues. Then it helps us come to grips with our brokenness as God's image-bearers, and it shows how we can reclaim our ability to reflect him in our growth toward maturity and healed relationships.
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  9. Real Relationships

    Real Relationships

    From Bad to Better and Good to Great

    Narrator: Dean Sluyter
    Runtime: 5.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The bestselling husband and wife team, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott offer expert advice and practical tools for improving the most important aspect of human life: relationships. Updated and expanded to include the latest research on relationship building and vital information on social networking, Real Relationships reveals the secrets for healthy, authentic, and meaningful connections that lead to a better life.
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  10. The Mediterranean Love Plan

    The Mediterranean Love Plan

    7 Secrets to Lifelong Passion in Marriage

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 6.38 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The Mediterranean Love Plan unveils the “7 Secrets of Passion” from some of the most romantic countries in the world:  Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Israel.   Most couples marry in a flurry of passion, but soon find themselves wondering “How do we keep love interesting, fun and romantic?  How do we keep the spark growing for decades?” Steve and Misty Arterburn offer unique, ground-breaking answers to these age-old questions. Romance is much more than a date night out or a week away.  A passionate, long-lasting love requires two people who are sensually in love with life and each other. In this fascinating book, the authors explore research on seven activities that prompt passion, then describe how Mediterranean cultures practice these secrets in everyday life. Steve and Misty also share how these fun-to-apply secrets have taken their own marriage from confused to confident, from discouraged to delighted– and how you can do it too.   The Mediterranean Love Plan will help couples become more playful, creative, connected and romantic -- burning with passion that stands the test of time.
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  11. What Happened to My Little Girl?

    What Happened to My Little Girl?

    Dad's Ultimate Guide to His Tween Daughter

    Author: Nancy Rue
    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 5.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    A girl learns as much about being a woman from her father as she does from her mother – and the learning starts much younger than we think. Tween expert Nancy Rue, and her husband, Jim, guide fathers in relating to their tween daughters as they make the transition from girl to young woman.
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  12. Boundaries with Kids

    Boundaries with Kids

    How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Children

    Narrator: Henry O. Arnold
    Runtime: 5.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Yes, you CAN say no to your child and still be a loving parent. Discover how boundaries make parenting better today! What the award-winning, bestselling Boundaries has done for adult relationships, Boundaries with Kids will do for you and your children. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend provide the help and guidance you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions. With wisdom and empathy, they take you through the ins and outs of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. Learn how to: set limits and still be a loving parent bring control to an out-of-control family life apply the ten laws of boundaries to parenting define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids . . . and much more! Plus, check out Boundaries family collection of books dedicated to key areas of life - dating, marriage, raising teenagers, and leadership. Workbooks and Spanish editions are also available.
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  13. The Good Dad

    The Good Dad

    Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be

    Author: Jim Daly
    Narrator: Jim Daly
    Runtime: 5.9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    It's never too late to be a better father Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is an expert in fatherhood---in part because his own 'fathers' failed him so badly. His biological dad was an alcoholic. His stepfather deserted him. His foster father accused Jim of trying to kill him. All were out of Jim's life by the time he turned 13. Isn't it odd---and reminiscent of the hand of God---that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a kid and son were pretty messed up? Or could it be that successful parenting is discovered not in the perfect, peaceful household but in the midst of battles and messy situations, where God must constantly be called to the scene?
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  14. The Marriage Builder

    The Marriage Builder

    Creating True Oneness to Transform Your Marriage

    Narrator: Dick Hill
    Runtime: 6.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In The Marriage Builder, bestselling author Larry Crabb argues convincingly that the deepest needs of human personality—security and significance—ultimately cannot be satisfied by a marriage partner. Says Crabb, we need to turn to the Lord, rather than our spouse, to satisfy our needs. A discussion guide for couples allows readers to dig into the book and apply it to their own lives and marriages.  
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  15. The Better Mom

    The Better Mom

    Growing in Grace between Perfection and the Mess

    Author: Ruth Schwenk
    Narrator: Crestina Hardie
    Runtime: 5.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Mothering is messy. Our joy and hope in raising children doesn't change the reality that being a mom can be frustrating, stressful, and tiring. But just as God is using us to shape our children, God is using our children and motherhood to shape us.   In The Better Mom, author Ruth Schwenk, herself a mother of four children, encourages us with the good news that there is more to being a mom than the extremes of striving for perfection or simply embracing the mess. We don't need to settle for surviving our kids' childhood. We can grow through it. With refreshing and heartfelt honesty Ruth emboldens moms to: Find freedom and walk confidently in purpose Create a God-honoring home environment  Overcome unhealthy and destructive emotions such as anger, anxiety, and more Avoid glorifying the mess of mom-ing or idolizing perfection Cultivate life-giving friendships  At the heart of The Better Mom is the message that Jesus calls us to live not a weary life, but a worthy life. We don't have to settle for either being apathetic or struggling to be perfect. Both visions of motherhood go too far. Ruth offers a better option. She says, "It's okay to come as we are, but what we're called to do and be is far too important to stay there! The way to becoming a better mom starts not with what we are doing, but with who God is inviting us to become."
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