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  1. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament

    Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament

    Author: Mark Vroegop
    Narrator: Bob Souer
    Runtime: 5.21 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God's goodness. Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God-but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust. Exploring how the Bible-through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations-gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives."
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  2. Hope When It Hurts

    Hope When It Hurts

    Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God's Purpose in Your Suffering

    Runtime: 6.80 hrs. - Unabridged
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    Suffering is real. But so is hope.Kristen and Sarah have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these thirty biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of life yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life.This beautiful, cloth-bound book will gently encourage and greatly help any woman who is struggling with suffering whether physical, emotional or psychological, and whether for a season or for longer. It is a book to buy for yourself, or to buy for a member of your church or friend. For anyone who is hurting, this book will give hope, not just for life beyond the suffering, but for life in the suffering.Each chapter contains a biblical reflection, with questions and prayers, and a space for journaling.
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  3. The Problem of Pain

    The Problem of Pain

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Runtime: 4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    C.S. Lewis sets out to disentangle this knotty issue, but wisely adds that in the end no intellectual solution can dispense with the necessity for patience and courage.
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  4. Crook in the Lot

    Crook in the Lot

    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 4.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $13.95 Member Price: $11.16 (or 2 credits)
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    Originally published in 1737, The Crook in the Lot continues to bring comfort and inspire countless souls, and it remains one of the most beloved of all Puritan classics. Its depth of explanation regarding God's role in our afflictions and sufferings is without equal. Thomas Boston-a well-known, influential, and beloved Puritan-was famous for his ability to communicate sound biblical truths in a way that conveyed clarity and insight. In this Puritan classic, he not only reveals a theological understanding of the problem of pain and suffering but also preaches from tangible experience; Boston himself had problems in life that caused him great physical and emotional pain. This short but powerful treatise remains deeply relevant today.
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  5. When I Lay My Isaac Down

    When I Lay My Isaac Down

    Author: Carol Kent
    Narrator: Carol Kent
    Runtime: 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This audio book outlines eight transformational power principles that Gene and Carol Kent learned in the process of facing the news that forever changed their lives: Their twenty-five-year-old son, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with an impeccable military record, shot and killed his wife's ex-husband.
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  6. Dying and Death: Getting Rightly Prepared for the Inevitable

    Dying and Death: Getting Rightly Prepared for the Inevitable

    Narrator: Al Kessel
    Runtime: 3.83 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Can any good come from thinking about death? Our natural tendency is to answer that question no! But what if our meditation on death was informed by a theological understanding of death, a recognition of the comfort Jesus's death affords Christians, and ethical guidance for dealing with death in these complicated days of modern medical developments? Rather than being morbidly unhelpful, authors Joel R. Beeke and Christopher W. Bogosh contend that meditating on dying and death can be profitable, even necessary, for us. Are you prepared to say that your death will be 'gain' (Phil. 1:21)?
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  7. 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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  8. What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)

    What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)

    (And How to Avoid Being That Person Who Hurts Instead of Helps)

    Runtime: 5.15 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    When someone we love is grieving, we want to be there. But it’s easy to feel paralyzed, worried that we might say or do the wrong thing. Nancy Guthrie has personal experience dealing with pain and knows what words of encouragement are helpful and what words are harmful. Drawing from her own life experiences—including the loss of two young children—Guthrie has written this helpful resource for Christians who want to be better friends to those who are suffering. Practical and down-to-earth, this book includes examples and helpful tips from real grieving people who have been helped (and hurt) by friends who meant well, equipping readers to come alongside and comfort loved ones who are hurting.
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  9. When God Breaks Your Heart

    When God Breaks Your Heart

    Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances

    Author: Ed Underwood
    Narrator: Ed Underwood
    Runtime: 4.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Underwood shares how the story of Lazarus brought renewed hope during his darkest moments of suffering and doubt in his personal battle with leukemia, bringing to life God's powerful answer to the question of pain and suffering - that Jesus loves and cares for us.
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  10. When Is It Right to Die?

    When Is It Right to Die?

    A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying

    Runtime: 5.35 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    More and more people who are terminally ill are choosing assisted suicide. When is it Right to Die? offers a different path with alternatives of hope, compassion, and death with real dignity. Joni Eareckson Tada knows what it means to wrestle with this issue and to wish for a painless solution. For the last 50 years she has been confined to a wheelchair and struggled against her own paralysis. And she sat by the bedside of her dying father, thinking, So much suffering, why not end it all quickly, painlessly? The terminally ill, the elderly, the disabled, the depressed and suicidal, can all be swept up into this movement of self-deliverance. Skip the suffering. Put a quick end to merciless pain and mental anguish. These are tempting enticements to the hurting. Joni doesn’t give pat answers. Instead, she gives warm comfort from God and practical help to meet the realities for those facing death. When Is It Right to Die tells the stories of families who have wrestled with end-of-life questions and found that death with dignity does not necessarily mean three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins. Behind every right-to-die situation is a family. A family like yours. In her warm, personal way, Joni takes the reader into the lives of families and lets them speak about assisted suicide. What they say is surprising. Whether you have a dying family member, facing moral and medical choices, or struggling with a chronic condition that feels overwhelming, this book will help you find practical encouragement and biblical advice to help you make difficult decisions. This book is revised and updated to examine the current events, trending issues, and the rising acceptance of assisted suicide in this country.
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  11. Lessons on the Way to Heaven

    Lessons on the Way to Heaven

    What My Father Taught Me

    Narrator: Tim Gregory
    Runtime: 5.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Once you hear this new book, you can't go back to your old life. Texas businessman Mike Fechner had it all. Money. Investments. Prestige. Until he did the unthinkable. He sold his company and poured his life’s earnings into a ministry for the poor. With a strong faith in God at his core, this millionaire-turned-missionary envisioned a long future serving the urban Dallas poor and the people of poverty-stricken Africa. Then came the unimaginable. Mike was diagnosed with terminal cancer. What Mike did and how he lived as his life ticked away provide lasting lessons that will prove more valuable to you than any investment, any estate, or any social standing could ever be. And it just might drastically change how you live your life from this day forward.
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  12. Be Still, My Soul

    Be Still, My Soul

    Embracing God's Purpose and Provision in Suffering

    Runtime: 4.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    This exceptional collection of 25 short readings drawn from classic and contemporary theologians, Bible teachers, and missionaries will encourage anyone going through a period of trial. Since the beginning of humanity, the question of suffering – why it happens and how God works in it – has existed.
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  13. Braving Sorrow Together

    Braving Sorrow Together

    The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard

    Runtime: 5.33 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    “Little did I know at the time that I’d one day look back and remember it as the beginning of what I call our ‘weeping years.’” — Ashleigh Slater We all have “weeping years,” seasons where the trials seem to come one after another. For Ashleigh and her husband, their weeping years included miscarriage, multiple job losses, feelings of betrayal, panic attacks, anti-depressants, cross-country moves, and even suicidal thoughts.  Loss is a constant of life, but the intensity of those years changed Ashleigh, altering how she understood and responded to grief. This book tells her story.  Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard  explores loss and trial in a conversational, storytelling manner. It gently encourages those experiencing grief of any kind to seek comfort in God and in the “me too” of community. Ashleigh gives an honest and vulnerable account of her personal stories of loss, as well as those of her friends, with reflections from literature and Scripture sprinkled throughout. She examines the nature of grief and loss in several universal arenas, such as relationships, health, career, and the home. Anyone who ever struggles (and that’s all of us) will be able to move through trial with more wisdom, releasing anxiety and receiving the help and comfort God so bountifully provides.   Readers of Braving Sorrow Together will be encouraged that they are not alone, inspired to reach out to close friends, and reminded that God—the Author of all of our stories— can be trusted through the tears.
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  14. Just Show Up

    Just Show Up

    The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together

    Runtime: 4.00 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Kara Tippetts's story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer. It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara's story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing "God with us" through fierce and beautiful friendship. In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.
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  15. Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back

    Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back

    Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
    Runtime: 5.40 hrs. - Unabridged
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    After life is shattered by loss or a traumatic experience--whether big or small--it can seem impossible to heal or even move on. Deep down you believe God intends good for you, but you just don't have the energy or strength to figure out how to move forward.  Author Laurie Pawlik has been there, and here she shares how she flourished despite multiple losses. Through practical tips and thought-provoking questions, she helps you take small yet powerful steps toward healing and letting go. She also offers insights and encouragement from the lives of strong women in the Bible. You'll glimpse the painful losses these women experienced and learn how they flourished despite seasons of hardship and grief. You'll discover how God shows His presence and power in the valleys, deserts, and storms. And you'll feel a fresh sense of hope that, with God, you can redefine yourself, remake your life, and grow forward into a beautiful new season.
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