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  1. The Plain Choice

    The Plain Choice

    A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life

    Narrator: Connie Barton
    Runtime: 5.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone, and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin too powerful to escape. Sherry hangs by a thread, unable to see how she can go on living, until it happens: On a morning of no particular significance, she walks into a church, and bam - the truth of Jesus' forgiving love shatters her world and cleaves her life in two. She goes to bed stunned; she wakes up a Christian. Unwilling to return to the darkness of her former life, Sherry attacks her faith head on. Soon the life Sherry Gore remakes for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible features head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Only then does she realize, in a fit of excitement, that there are others like her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and she realizes she has found her people. The plain choice that Sherry makes is not easy - and life still brings unexpected pain and heartache - but it changes everything for her, as she becomes one of the few people on Earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside. She has found her place. And her story proves that one can return from the darkest depths to the purest light with the power of God.
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  2. Praying the Names of God

    Praying the Names of God

    A Daily Guide

    Author: Ann Spangler
    Narrator: Connie Wetzell
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
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    A twenty-six-week devotional study by the bestselling coauthor of Women of the Bible. Names in the ancient world did more than simply distinguish one person from another, they often conveyed the essential nature and character of a person. This is especially true when it comes to the names of God recorded in the Bible. Praying the Names of God explores the primary names and titles of God in the Old Testament to reveal the deeper meanings behind them. El Shadday, Elohim, Adonay, Abba, El Elyon—God Almighty, Mighty Creator, Lord, Father, God Most High—these are just a few of the names and titles of God that yield rich insights into his nature and character. Praying the Names of God shows readers how to study and pray God’s names by focusing each week on one of the primary names or titles of God. • Monday—readers study a portion of Scripture that reveals the name. • Tuesday–Thursday—readers pray specific Scripture passages related to the name. • Friday—readers pray Scripture promises connected to the name. By incorporating the divine names and titles into their prayers—and learning about the biblical context in which the name was revealed—readers will gain a more intimate understanding of who God is and how he can be relied on in every circumstance of their lives. Praying the Names of God is a unique devotional, one that offers a rich program of daily prayer and study designed to lead people into fresh encounters with the living God.
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  3. 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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  4. Disruptive Compassion

    Disruptive Compassion

    Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be

    Narrator: Wayne Campbell
    Runtime: 6.66 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    No one ever said we'd save the world by playing it safe. As the daily newsfeed full of suffering and injustice scrolls by, it's all too easy to question what one person can really do to enact the profound change the world needs. Like moviegoers, we often watch and witness with care, but assume the script has already been written. Disruptive Compassion dares to make a bold counter: you possess the power to provoke real and meaningful change. Why? Because God has empowered you to rewrite the story of tomorrow. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus created a model for revolutionaries that has been followed ever since. These principles are just as powerful to guide our journey today. With raw and inspiring stories from the world's most desperate places and his own journey to find meaning, Convoy of Hope founder and CEO Hal Donaldson will take you on a tour along the frontlines of courage and compassion. Let this audiobook be your crash course in what it means to become a revolutionary, as you learn how to evaluate the resources you already have, navigate real concerns and risks, check your motives, and ultimately become equipped as an agitator with purpose. With principles and insights gleaned from two decades of relief work, Hal reveals what he’s learned from the journey and what we can take with us as we join the revolution. Disruptive Compassion be your invitation to move beyond pity, helplessness, and outrage, and let it be your playbook for making a difference right where you are.
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  5. The Bright Life

    The Bright Life

    40 Invitations to Reclaim Your Energy for the Full Life

    Author: Jen Wise
    Narrator: Nan Kelley
    Runtime: 6.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Life takes it out of you. But the reset you’ve been desperate for is within reach. Writer and Bible teacher Jen Wise knew that holistic faith—that reaches into every facet of life—is what brings grace and renewal. But she didn’t begin to live this truth until her world fractured. So as she searched Scripture for a better way, she discovered Jesus’ invitation for just that: small steps able to lead us into a bright new beginning. So to the woman who feels her all is never enough, The Bright Life is your invitation to a new start. You were created to be healthy, strong, vibrant, and to rest in the unforced rhythms of grace Jesus so lovingly makes available to us all. Come along and learn how to avoid habits that seem smart but are deceptively self-sabotaging, pick up habits of wholeness that actually stick, and try surprising ways to practice kindness toward yourself and generosity toward loved ones. The Bright Life extends a daily invitation with striking insights, tips to reclaim your energy, and a three-part practice of looking inward, upward, and outward as you step into a brighter way. This 40-day reset weaves story and Scripture together to cultivate a peaceful place where, through the attentive love of Jesus, you can experience the unforced rhythms of grace.
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  6. The Big Picture

    The Big Picture

    Getting Perspective on What's Really Important in Life

    Author: Ben Carson
    Narrator: John Pruden
    Runtime: 9.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $21.99 Member Price: $17.59 (or 4 credits)
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    In his grade school days, Ben Carson would hardly have been voted “most likely to become a famous surgeon.” His classmates had already given him another label: class dummy. Then a light clicked on for Ben—and a consuming passion for learning that catapulted him from “zero” test grades to a Yale scholarship, a pioneering role in modern medicine, and an influence that has extended from inner-city schools to corporate boardrooms and Washington corridors of power. What made the difference? Belief in his own potential, a commitment to education and making the most of his opportunities to learn, determination to make the world a better place, and faith in a God who knows no limits. Seeing the Big Picture.In The Big Picture, Ben Carson reveals the spiritual and philosophical foundations that undergird not just his dramatic career, but his approach to all of life. As in his best-selling Gifted Hands Dr. Carson shares colorful behind-the-scenes anecdotes. As in Think Big, he describes his practical principles for success. But The Big Picture is more than an autobiography or a personal-effectiveness manual. Rather, it’s a multifaceted look at the faith and vision that can see us all through hardship and failure, and stir us to bold exploits on behalf of something greater than ourselves. Dr. Carson begins by describing how he cultivated a Big-Picture perspective in his own life. Then he discusses ways to which all of us can approach parenting, family, business and friendships with the Big Picture in mind. Finally he looks at some pressing social issues—in particular, racial diversity, health care, and education—and considers how we ought to view them and what we should do about them in light of the Big Picture. Drawing on a vast array of experiences in roles ranging from trailblazing surgeon to public speaker, to husband and family man, Ben Carson shows how we can turn the course of our lives, out communities, our country, and our world by keeping the Big Picture always in mind.
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  7. More Power to You

    More Power to You

    Declarations to Break Free from Fear and Take Back Your Life

    Narrator: Charity Spencer
    Runtime: 6.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Each of the 52 devotions in More Power to You by Bible teacher Margaret Feinberg examines a popular lie in our culture, helps us understand how that lie shows itself in our lives, and invites us to replace that lie with a biblical affirmation of truth that will bring joy to your soul. In a culture that constantly tells us we're not good enough, not beautiful enough, and not doing enough, it's easy to feel as if we have nothing to offer. Lies about who we are and how we are failing slip into our thinking until we believe they are reality. But that's not what God intends for us. In More Power to You, Margaret Feinberg exposes these false beliefs and shows you that the places of your deepest hurts can become wellsprings of your greatest healing. Here Margaret shares the daily practice that has been so life changing for her: the 90-Second Daily Declaration Challenge. You'll launch into each day by reading the Daily Declaration aloud, paying attention to what the Holy Spirit may be highlighting for you. Then you'll read through the weekly devotions that examine each line of the Daily Declaration, exploring the what and the why behind those biblical truths. These brief but powerful devotions are designed to unleash the true you--and remind you of who you really are. More Power to You equips you to embrace your true identity every day. You'll find power in knowing you are already worthy in God's eyes. As you begin to live out that truth, you will break free from the negative thoughts that hold you hostage and experience the joyous life God wants for you.
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  8. Now What Do I Do?

    Now What Do I Do?

    Runtime: 2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Now What Do I Do? The Guaranteed Solution When Things Go Wrong—by the bestselling author of Boundaries, Dr. John Townsend—is a quick-read book that will help you tap into the power of seven key principles to solve everything from crises that explode without warning to chronic issues that have lingered for years.
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  9. Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

    Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

    My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse

    Narrator: Devon O'Day
    Runtime: 6.67 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Ruth Tucker recounts a harrowing story of abuse at the hands of her husband, a well-educated, charming preacher no less, in hope that her story would help other women caught in a cycle of domestic violence and offer a balanced biblical approach to counter such abuse for pastors and counselors. Weaving together her shocking story, stories of other women, and powerful stories of husbands who truly have demonstrated Christ's love to their wives, with reflection on biblical, theological, historical, and contemporary issues surrounding domestic violence, she makes a compelling case for mutuality in marriage and helps women and men become more aware of potential dangers in a doctrine of male headship.
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  10. Dream Big, Think Small

    Dream Big, Think Small

    Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time

    Author: Jeff Manion
    Narrator: Stu Gray
    Runtime: 4.67 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Dream Big, Think Small, by Jeff Manion, provides a roadmap for making a true and lasting difference in your life and the lives of others. With strong, inspiring stories and simple, practical steps, Manion shows readers what thinking small can do to impact the world for years to come.
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  11. Loving God

    Loving God

    The Cost of Being a Christian

    Narrator: Tommy Cresswell
    Runtime: 9.02 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." But how many of us know what this looks like in daily life? Does loving God mean going to church, tithing, having regular prayer times? Is it a feeling in our hearts? A few years after Chuck Colson became a Christian, he realized that the more he learned about God's love for him, the more he wanted to know how to love God. This book is the masterpiece Colson wrote after searching Scripture, history, and his own difficult experiences to answer his deepest question. He discovered that loving God is obeying God - rarely easy, sometimes inconvenient, often painful, and entirely satisfying. When we love God, we know the pleasure of living out our true calling. Billy Graham considers Loving God "one of the most spiritually satisfying books I have ever read." Joni Eareckson Tada refers to it as "the complete volume on Christian living." With fascinating stories and engaging theological insights, Loving God has been bringing people closer to Jesus for over 30 years. In this hour of opportunity for the church and for our own spiritual lives, Loving God will inspire you to love God with your whole being. It's what you were created to do.
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  12. Misfit Table

    Misfit Table

    Let Your Hunger Lead You to Where You Belong

    Runtime: 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Too often the world speaks words of harm, and too often we believe them--and so we live stories God never intended for us. Yet God longs to rewrite and redeem your story. Tiffini Kilgore, founder of the lifestyle and design boutique House of Belonging, grew up in a broken home before marrying at the tender age of sixteen. Years later, divorced and with three small children, she remarried. The seasons that followed brought two more children, another broken marriage, chronic disease, major surgeries, and cycles of abuse--leaving Tiffini feeling alone and unloved. Hungry for healing and a safe space, Tiffini began seeking Jesus through journaling and soon found bread crumbs of grace leading her down a new path. There, she found a rich table set for misfits just like her--a place of nourishment and restoration. Where she was fed lies of worthlessness, God fed her truth that she was his treasured daughter. Where she was told she was a helpless victim, God offered her the cup of his strength. Where she once held an empty future, God gave her hope and a fresh start. In cultivating an ongoing dialogue with her Abba Father, God transformed Tiffini's pain into passion, and ultimately, fierce belonging. Tiffini writes as a modern-day mystic, with lyrical force and deep tending of the soul, in this audiobook for anyone who has ever felt out of place or at odds in the world. Each chapter features compelling narrative as well as a poignant response from 'Papa' God as Tiffini calls him, and the result is a stirring invitation to come home to where you belong. Come and sit, take and eat, and join the battle cry to take God at his word.
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  13. Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance

    Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance

    Author: Bob Buford
    Narrator: Max Bloomquist
    Runtime: 5.61 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Halftime. Time to pause, midway in the game of your life, and consider how to make the transition from professional success to significance. Revised and expanded for a new generation of leaders, Bob Buford's best seller shows how you can make the second half of your life even more rewarding than the first.
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  14. Axiom

    Axiom

    Powerful Leadership Proverbs

    Author: Bill Hybels
    Narrator: Larry Black
    Runtime: 5.65 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Winning leaders have winning points-of-view—succinct, practical, portable leadership proverbs that help them arbitrate decisions and arouse troops to action. In Axiom: The Language of Leadership, Pastor Bill Hybels reveals sixty God-given, from-the-gut truths that continue to raise his game and his vision, thirty-plus years into his local-church leadership experience.
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  15. Our Mothers, Ourselves

    Our Mothers, Ourselves

    How Understanding Your Mother's Influence Can Set You on a Path to a Better Life

    Runtime: 2.42 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $13.99 Member Price: $11.19 (or 2 credits)
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    No one has influenced the person you are today like your mother. The way she handled your needs as a child has shaped your worldview, your relationships, your marriage, your career, your self-image—your life. Our Mothers, Ourselves can help you identify areas that need reshaping, to make positive choices for personal change, and to establish a mature relationship with Mom today. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend steer you down a path of discovery and growth beyond the effects of six common mom types: The Phantom Mom The China Doll Mom The Controlling Mom The Trophy Mom The Still-the-Boss Mom The American Express Mom You'll learn how your mom affected you as a child and may still be affecting you today. And you'll find a realistic and empowering approach to filling your unmet mothering needs in healthy, life-changing ways through other people. Our Mothers, Ourselves is a biblical route to wholeness and growth, to deeper and more satisfying bonds with your family, friends, and spouse—and to a new, healthier way of relating to your mother today.
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