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  1. The Starfish and the Spirit

    The Starfish and the Spirit

    Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations

    Runtime: 10.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $26.99 Member Price: $21.59 (or 5 credits)
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    "Leveraging the metaphor Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom popularized in their NYT best-selling book, The Starfish and the Spider, Rob Wegner, Lance Ford, and Alan Hirsch show why the distributed structures of starfish organizations are uniquely fit to the church. They can function without a rigid central authority, and their regenerative abilities make them nimbler in reacting to external forces. Seeding starfish networks inside today's churches will prepare the church of tomorrow to be agile while still maintaining the necessary accountability to be effective. Rather than advocating the adoption of a starfish structure in place of the hierarchy of the spider, Wegner, Ford, and Hirsch emphasize the advantages of adapting the structure and order inherent in a spider organization toward a hybrid model--either a Spiderfish approach (leaning toward centralization) or a Starder approach (leaning toward decentralization). The Starfish and the Spirit is about creating a culture where church leaders view themselves as curators of a community on mission, not the source of certainty for every question and project. It is about creating a team of humble leaders 'in the middle' of the church, not at the top--leaders who naturally reproduce multiple generations of leaders, from the middle out on mission. Imagine a church led by a team whose gifts and talents are completely unleashed, enabling everyone to show up and step up with all they really are. The joy and vigor coming from the collective strength, intelligence, and skill in the community of leaders not only brings greater potency but better yields for your ministry as well. What would it be like to see this kind of healthy leadership reproduced into the second, third, and fourth generation, on multiple strands? Accompanying figures and tables are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  2. Everybody, Always

    Everybody, Always

    Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

    Author: Bob Goff
    Narrator: Bob Goff
    Runtime: 5.93 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $22.99 Member Price: $18.39 (or 4 credits)
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    What happens when we stop avoiding difficult people and simply love everyone? In his wildly entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times best-selling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes listeners on a life-altering journey into the secret of living without fear, care, constraint, or worry. The path toward the outsized, unfettered, liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits. Driven by Bob's trademark hilarious and insightful storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned - often the hard way - about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same. 
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  3. How Can I Be Blessed? (Series: Crucial Questions, #24)

    How Can I Be Blessed? (Series: Crucial Questions, #24)

    Author: R.C. Sproul
    Narrator: Bob Souer
    Runtime: 1.03 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $5.98 Member Price: $4.78 (or 1 credit)
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    Summary The Bible is clear that true blessing is only found in the presence of God and in His kingdom. Some of the Bible's clearest teaching about life in the kingdom of God is found in the Sermon on the Mount. It is there that we find the Beatitudes, a series of promises of blessing. In How Can I Be Blessed?, Dr. R.C. Sproul explores these sayings in order to clearly explain what they mean for Christians and to hold up the glorious promise of life in God's kingdom. Chapters The Beauty of Being Blessed Blessed Are the Poor Blessed Are Those Who Mourn Blessed Are the Meek Blessed Are Those Who Hunger Blessed Are the Merciful Blessed Are the Pure in Heart Blessed Are the Peacemakers Blessed Are the Persecuted Resources Part of the Crucial Questions booklet series
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  4. Blessed Are the Unsatisfied

    Blessed Are the Unsatisfied

    Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World

    Author: Amy Simpson
    Narrator: Erin Bennett
    Runtime: 6.48 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $14.98 Member Price: $11.98 (or 3 credits)
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    We know that our material comforts and temporal accomplishments are not enough to fully satisfy us. Momentary pleasures, whether of pure or darker motivations, are fleeting at best. But Christians often hear the idea that following Jesus means that we should be living a life of full satisfaction. How many of us actually experience that kind of life? Amy Simpson wants to debunk this satisfaction myth in the church. After forty years of walking with Jesus, she writes, "I am deeply unsatisfied not only with my ability to reflect Jesus, but also with the very quality of my intimacy with him. I strongly suspect that the abyss of my nature has not been entirely satisfied by Jesus." Hers is a freeing confession for us all. Simpson explains that our very unsatisfaction indicates a longing for God, and understanding those longings can bring us closer to relationship with him. And that is where true spiritual health and vitality reside. Read on to discover anew what it truly means to be satisfied in Christ.
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  5. Relaxation and Christian Meditation

    Relaxation and Christian Meditation

    Runtime: 1 Hr 17 Min - Unabridged
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    What things are most important to you? It all comes down to what matters most to us. How can we still get our basic needs met for 'love and happiness', 'purpose and meaning'? And we can not discover these and hear God unless we relax.
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  6. Teach Us to Pray

    Teach Us to Pray

    Narrator: Arthur Morey
    Runtime: 2.77 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    One of the most basic and vital dimensions of the Christian life is the practice of prayer. Frequently our prayers begin with a petition or request, so the content of our prayers is informed by our circumstances. But what if the opposite were true? What if we allowed our prayers to inform our lives? What would our lives be like if prayer altered our living and began to shape the contours and content of our daily experiences? Gordon Smith invites us to learn three movements of prayer―thanksgiving, confession, and discernment―in order to be formed and transformed by prayers that seek God's kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven." Whether you are a beginner in the life of prayer or further along, this small book is a resource for deepening your prayer practice.
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  7. AHA

    AHA

    The God Moment That Changes Everything

    Author: Kyle Idleman
    Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    We've all had "aha!" moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. According to pastor and bestselling author Kyle Idleman, we can experience this same kind of "aha!" in our spiritual lives. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our lives for good. Awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, we see ourselves and our need for a Savior with renewed honesty. This realization leads to action, obeying God's commands and following the example set by Christ. As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision—an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father.
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  8. Engaging with Atheists

    Engaging with Atheists

    Runtime: 2.65 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Many Christians are fearful of engaging in conversation with atheists - believing that they will be hostile to Christian beliefs and conversations about the Bible. This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the questions and issues that atheists of various kinds have about Christian faith, and to reach out to them with the good news of the Gospel.
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  9. The Fight to Flourish (Audio Bible Studies)

    The Fight to Flourish (Audio Bible Studies)

    Engaging in the Struggle to Cultivate the Life You Were Born to Live

    Author: Jennie Lusko
    Narrator: Jennie Lusko
    Runtime: 1.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $10.99 Member Price: $8.79 (or 2 credits)
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    God Never Promises It’s Going to Be Easy, But He Promises He’ll Always Be There. Just like some plants need darkness to grow, many of us grow stronger in our faith in the dark and difficult times. It is in the sacred space of pain and promise that we begin to flourish. In this six-session video Bible study, Jennie Lusko offers biblical hope in your struggles through personal and vulnerable examples of God not only helping her survive the darkness but thrive in it. Fighting and flourishing are meant to blend together. God can help you make the most out of your struggle because a flourishing life in every season is worth fighting for. Through Jennie’s study, you’ll be strengthened in dark times, encouraged where you are, and reminded you never fight alone. A fresh and thriving life is waiting for you. The Audio Bible Study series provides a unique learning experience. Instead of sitting down to watch a video teaching for Bible study, listen to the same quality Bible study content on the go! Whether you listen on your commute, while walking outside, or over a lunch break, you can access high-quality audio Bible studies wherever you are. Get the most out of the teaching by diving into the accompanying study guide (sold separately) to walk through reflection questions and individual Bible study to go deeper.
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  10. True Worshipers

    True Worshipers

    Seeking What Matters to God

    Author: Bob Kauflin
    Narrator: Bob Kauflin
    Runtime: 4.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $10.98 Member Price: $8.78 (or 2 credits)
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    Everyone worships. But Jesus tells us that God is seeking a particular kind of worshiper. In True Worshipers, a seasoned pastor and musician guides readers toward a more engaging, transformative, and biblically faithful understanding of the worship God is seeking. True worship is an activity rooted in the grace of the gospel that affects every area of our lives. And while worship is more than just singing, God’s people gathering in his presence to lift their voices in song is an activity that is biblically based, historically rooted, and potentially life-changing. Thoroughly based in Scripture and filled with practical guidance, this book connects Sunday worship to the rest of our lives—helping us live as true worshipers each and every day.
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  11. Freedom Starts Today

    Freedom Starts Today

    Overcoming Struggles and Addictions One Day at a Time

    Author: John Elmore
    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 7.3 HRS. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $19.99 Member Price: $15.99 (or 4 credits)
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    Every church is filled with people who are struggling-often secretly-with addictions of all kinds. Porn, pills, food, money, alcohol, social media, body image, status, sex, anxiety-the list goes on and on. John Elmore is no stranger to addiction. Fifteen years ago, he put a loaded shotgun to his head and later had three doctors tell him he was going to die of alcoholism. More than fifteen sober years later, he leads the world's largest weekly recovery gathering, re:generation, where people journey toward healing in Christ. In Freedom Starts Today, he makes a huge promise to the addicted: you can be free from your struggle, and much sooner than you may think. Through easily digestible readings grounded in Scripture and the practice of daily surrender, Elmore shows you how to break the cycle of addiction, make war against sin, and find your identity in who you are and not the shame of what you have done-one day at a time. Leave behind struggles, addiction, and shame as you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the love, mercy, and forgiveness of the God who is not only by your side but on your side.
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  12. Decluttering at the Speed of Life

    Decluttering at the Speed of Life

    Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

    Narrator: Dana K. White
    Runtime: 6.12 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $20.99 Member Price: $16.79 (or 4 credits)
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    You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff--you can get rid of clutter for good! While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out--for good! But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the reader's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter--the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent--as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter. Sections of the book include Why You Need This Book (You Know Why) Your Unique Home Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life Change Your Mind, Change Your Home Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions Working It Out Room by Room Helping Others Declutter Real Life Goes On (and On) As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going.
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  13. What They Taught Me

    What They Taught Me

    Recognizing the Mentors Who Will Take You from Dream to Done

    Narrator: Kelsey Chapman
    Runtime: 3.5 HRS. - Unabridged
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    Do you feel stretched thin and burned out? Do you wonder how everyone else always seems to be five steps ahead? As an entrepreneur, Kelsey Chapman understands the doubts that hold us back-the moments we wonder, Am I capable? Am I qualified? Am I enough? She also knows what it's like when God brings the right people to guide us through difficult seasons. In What They Taught Me, Kelsey weaves the stories of nine regular women who stepped into her life at the exact right moment. Each woman gave Kelsey a model and example that informed and inspired her during the most critical times of her life personally and professionally. Combining personal stories with practical advice, Kelsey gives you the tools to grow your mindset and core beliefs about yourself by linking arms with other women who've been there, done that; live out your purpose when you let go of comparison and competition and embrace a community of encouragement where women support women; and pass on the wisdom you've gained from your own experiences as you take the time to pour your insight into the people God places in your life. Join Kelsey in reinventing the concept of mentorship and learn to cultivate meaningful relationships by investing in the lives of other women.
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  14. Who Stole My Church?

    Who Stole My Church?

    What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 9.00 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Has your church been stolen out from under you?A storm hits a small New England town late one evening, but the pelting rain can’t keep a small group of church members from gathering to discuss issues that lately have been brewing beneath the surface of their congregation. They could see their church was changing. The choir had been replaced by a fl ashy “praise band.” The youth no longer dressed in their “Sunday best.” The beautiful pipe organ sat unused. How will this group overcome a deepening rift in their fellowship and nourish the relationship between the young and old? Can their church survive or even thrive?Who Stole My Church? is a fictional story that tells the all too real tale of many church communities today. In this book you can walk alongside an  imaginary community, led by real life pastor Gordon MacDonald and his wife, Gail, and discover how to meet the needs of all believers without abandoning the dreams and desires of any.
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  15. Experiencing Grief

    Experiencing Grief

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 2.58 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    At one time or another, we will all find ourselves facing a dark journey—the passage through grief. Experiencing Grief is written for a person who is in the wake of despair grief leaves. This brief but powerful book will help lead readers out of their grief experience through five stages of grief. At the end of the journey is peace and a seasoned, more mature faith.
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