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  1. Learning To Be

    Learning To Be

    Finding Your Center After the Bottom Falls Out

    Runtime: 4.7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    It felt as though every nerve in my body was popping. Imagine large strong hands slowly applying pressure while breaking a family-size package of uncooked, dry spaghetti. I was the spaghetti. Breaking down one piece at a time. This is how Juanita Rasmus begins the wise, frank, and witty account of what she later called 'The Crash' and what her counselor labeled 'a major depressive episode.' This experience landed Juanita, a busy pastor, mother, and community leader, in bed. In addition to exhaustion and depression, on the spiritual front she experienced a dark night of the soul. When everything in her life finally came to a stop, she found that she had to learn to be-with herself and with God-all over again. Pastor Juanita writes from her life with kind attention to the life of the listener. She offers both practical and spiritual insights but never pat answers. If you are longing for a trustworthy companion through dark days, this book is here for you. Each chapter includes life-giving spiritual practices to help you discover your own new ways of being.
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  2. The Power to Bless

    The Power to Bless

    How to Speak Life and Empower the People You Love

    Author: Alan Wright
    Runtime: 6.1 HRS. - Unabridged
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    Blessed people flourish by a power that transcends human talent or hard work-a mystical grace empowers them to be joyful and fruitful. But does it ever feel like others are blessed while you're stuck? With honesty and warmth, Alan Wright shares his inspiring journey from craving blessing to living the blessed life. The absence of his father's affirmation left him struggling for years with symptoms of the unblessed life: shame, pretense, and drift. But when he grasped the most powerful blessing in the Old Testament-the mysterious, ancient blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh-he learned how to receive blessing and how to bless the lives of his loved ones. And you can too. With biblical insight and practical wisdom, The Power to Bless shows you how to craft a positive, faith-filled blessing. By learning a few simple, biblical skills for imparting life-changing blessings, you'll be more spiritually blessed than you'd ever imagined, and you'll be equipped with the power to bless the people you love.
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  3. Companions in the Darkness

    Companions in the Darkness

    Seven Saints Who Struggled with Depression and Doubt

    Author: Diana Gruver
    Narrator: Marie Hoffman
    Runtime: 6.3 HRS. - Unabridged
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    The church's relationship with depression has been fraught: for centuries, depression was assumed to be evidence of personal sin or even demonic influence. The depressed have often been ostracized or institutionalized. In recent years the conversation has begun to change, and the stigma has lessened-but as anyone who suffers from depression knows, we still have a long way to go. In Companions in the Darkness, Diana Gruver looks back into church history and finds depression in the lives of some of our most beloved saints, including Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Without trying to diagnose these figures from a distance, Gruver tells their stories in fresh ways, taking from each a particular lesson that can encourage or guide those who suffer today. Drawing on her own experience with depression, Gruver offers a wealth of practical wisdom both for those in the darkness and those who care for them. Not only can these saints teach us valuable lessons about the experience of depression, they can also be a source of hope and empathy for us today. They can be our companions in the darkness.
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  4. Healing the Wounded Soul

    Healing the Wounded Soul

    Break Free From the Pain of the Past and Live Again

    Author: Katie Souza
    Narrator: Hillary Huber
    Runtime: 6.28 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Pain is NOT the end of your story. Katie Souza was a career criminal, and after being convicted of a number of felonies, she was sent to federal prison to serve almost twelve years. While serving what would be her final prison sentence, Katie encountered God in a way that dramatically changed her life. She immediately became an outspoken advocate for Jesus, and her infectious love for Him caused many women inside her cell block to accept Him as their Savior. Her story is a vivid demonstration of the desperate need we have for the healing of soul wounds–the often unidentified impediment that holds us back. Through this remarkable story and teaching, you will be able to find a pathway to healing and receive the blessings God is pouring out.
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  5. In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership

    In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership

    Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God

    Author: Mike Bonem
    Narrator: Mike Harding
    Runtime: 9.9 HRS. -
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    Mike Bonem recently wrote an article for Leadership, the premier journal for church leaders, on Good to Great to Godly, in which he explored the issue of how secular insights on business and leadership could or should be applied in churchesand how that intersects with the spiritual dimensions of the role. The article was exceptionally well-received, in large part because leaders at all levels and in all sizes of churches want to be better leaders but don't get the appropriate training or education. In this new book, Bonem seeks to help leaders think more productively about issues such as financial management, strategic planning, systems thinking, growth--all the things that businesses also have to consider. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, but is also a church leader and consultant, which make him uniquely situated to help church leaders think about applying practices and insights from the secular business and management literature.
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  6. Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking

    Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking

    Narrator: Ron Hutchcraft
    Runtime: 5.6 HRS. - Unabridged
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    Losing means grieving. Grieving means choices. Choices mean hurt or healing. You've lost someone you love. Or you're on the brink of losing your marriage. Your dreams. Your health. Or perhaps the trauma of your past pursues you into the present. Your life's going to change. Which way it goes won't be decided by your loss, but by the choices you make. At the crossroads of grief, one road will lead to hope and healing. The other, to more hurt. Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking is an honest look at both roads, and how your greatest loss can lead to your greatest gain. Author Ron Hutchcraft writes from the deep well of his own devastating loss and grief, and points you to the practical steps that lead to peace and wholeness. This book is a pathway to hope-a roadmap through the pain of grief and loss. Discover new strength through a new closeness to others and to God. And make the decisions that lead to comfort, growth, and life.
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  7. Scars That Have Shaped Me

    Scars That Have Shaped Me

    How God Meets Us in Suffering

    Runtime: 4.31 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from schoolmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce. Vaneetha Rendall Risner begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace. In The Scars That Have Shaped Me, published by Desiring God, Vaneetha does more than share her stories of pain; she invites other sufferers to taste with her the goodness of a sovereign God who will carry us in our darkest of days.
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  8. When Anxiety Strikes

    When Anxiety Strikes

    Help and Hope for Managing Your Storm

    Narrator: Ann Richardson
    Runtime: 6.5 HRS. - Unabridged
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    'Fear not.' 'Do not be afraid.' 'Peace be with you.' Phrases like these appear in the Bible more often than almost any other proclamation. We long to follow these commands. Yet for many, something inside us is wary, ready for anything and everything to go wrong. In fact, a quarter of Americans struggle with anxiety disorders-and Christians are not immune. Jason and Dena Hobbs are familiar with this struggle, professionally and personally-Jason as a clinician, Dena as someone with anxiety, and both as pastors of congregations full of anxious people. They also know the shame and confusion that so often accompany these disorders, especially for people who think their faith should be strong enough to overcome these struggles. With their deep understanding, they've written When Anxiety Strikes, an eight-week guide to managing anxiety, grounded in both Scripture and research. Structured for daily listening, with integrated practices for everyday life, the book addresses seven themes: breath, body, movement, mind, change, spirit, and community. Concise stories, readings, questions, and activities guide listeners to tackle the realities of living with anxiety. When Anxiety Strikes offers real solutions to find a solid landing place when the storm of fear looms.
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  9. Dirt: Dirt

    Dirt: Dirt

    Growing Strong Roots in What Makes the Broken Beautiful

    Author: Mary Marantz
    Narrator: Mary Marantz
    Runtime: 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Dirt is a story about the places where we start. From a single-wide trailer in the mountains of rural West Virginia to the halls of Yale Law School, Mary Marantz's story is one of remembering our roots while turning our faces to the sky. From growing up in that trailer, where it rained just as hard inside as out and the smell of mildew hung thick in the air, Mary has known what it is to feel broken and disqualified because of the muddy scars leaving smudged fingerprints across our lives. Generations of her family lived and logged in those hauntingly treacherous woods, risking life and limb just to barely scrape by. And yet that very struggle became the redemption song God used to write a life she never dreamed of. Mixed with warmth, wit, and the bittersweet, sometimes achingly heartbreaking places we go when we dig in instead of give up, Dirt is a story of healing. With gut-wrenching honesty and hard-won wisdom, Mary shares her story for anyone who has ever walked into the world and felt like their scars were still on display, showing that you are braver, better, and more empathetic for what you have survived. Because God does his best work in the muddy, messy, and broken-if we'll only learn to dig in.
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  10. 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
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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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  11. True Worshipers

    True Worshipers

    Seeking What Matters to God

    Author: Bob Kauflin
    Narrator: Bob Kauflin
    Runtime: 4.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
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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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  12. It's Happening

    It's Happening

    A Generation is Crying Out, and Heaven is Responding

    Runtime: 7.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Since May of 2016 Deeper Fellowship Church, pastored by William McDowell, has experienced an unprecedented move of God with more than fifty healings and other miracles.It’s Happening captures these amazing experiences with God and reveals to readers what God has been showing McDowell about miracles, encounters, and revival. McDowell examines various cries for revival in the Bible—some desperate, some persistent, and many misunderstood. It all started in 1998, when McDowell had an open vision about a place where people were discipled and trained in life, worship, and the arts. He never forgot the vision and went on to become a world-renowned worship leader and gospel recording artist. His music has topped Billboard charts, and his third album was nominated for a Grammy award. Many years later he and his wife opened their home to a small group of people once a month where they would worship, pray, fellowship, and study the Word together. This established core team, full of faith and expectation, established Deeper Fellowship Church. This book invites readers to stop praying for revival and start seizing it! Readers will be challenged to position themselves to join in the move of God that is already happening and be a catalyst in spreading it.
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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. Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

    Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

    Narrator: Sean Runnette
    Runtime: 4.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Join John Wooden and Jay Carty to discover the building blocks and key values—from confidence to faith—that have brought Coach to the pinnacle of success as a leader, a teacher and a follower of God.
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  15. Kingdom Woman

    Kingdom Woman

    Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilities

    Runtime: 6.26 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    A kingdom woman gives the devil as much reason to fear as a kingdom man. She lives confidently in the knowledge that Christ died and rose for her so that she can experience the significance of the destiny to which she has been called. In Kingdom Woman, Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, remind women of their calling from God to be free, delivered, healed, and hopeful. The authors bring insight that encourages women to correct distorted perceptions and understand who they really are in Christ?never settling for less when connected with the One who gives them hope. All believers are covered by God’s covenant with Abraham. Evans and Hurst want women to know these rights and confidently claim and live by them. The new covenant offers more than a life of mediocrity. A kingdom woman is called and empowered to live a life of victory through Christ!
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