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  1. 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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  2. 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
    Regular Price: $15.99 Member Price: $12.79 (or 3 credits)
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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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  3. 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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  4. A Crazy, Holy Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory

    A Crazy, Holy Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory

    Narrator: Henry Arnold
    Runtime: 4.27 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    When pain is real, why is God silent? Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. In this essential collection of essays, including one never before published, Frederick Buechner finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. He writes about what it means to be a steward of our pain, and about this grace from God that seems arbitrary and yet draws us to his holiness and care. Finally he writes about the magic of memory and how it can close up the old wounds with the memories of past goodnesses and graces from God. Here now are the best of Buechner’s writings on pain and loss, covering such topics as the power of hidden secrets, loss of a dearly beloved, letting go, resurrection from the ruins, peace, and listening for the quiet voice of God. And he reveals that pain and sorrow can be a treasure—an amazing grace. Buechner says that loss will come to all of us, but he writes that we are not alone. Crazy and unreal as it may sometimes seem, God’s holy, healing grace is always present and available if we are still enough to receive it.
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  5. 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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  6. Crook in the Lot

    Crook in the Lot

    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 4.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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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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  7. 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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  8. Understanding Sexual Abuse

    Understanding Sexual Abuse

    A Guide for Ministry Leaders and Survivors

    Author: Tim Hein
    Narrator: Derek Perkins
    Runtime: 5.50 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    It is said that the true test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. As many as one in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse during childhood, and it s estimated that as many as half of the incidents are never reported. This means that countless millions in our societies, both children and adults, carry this complex, often hidden pain. What does the path to healing look like for survivors? And how can ministry leaders, pastors, and counselors best help them as they walk this difficult road? Drawing on both his own experience and his wife's experience as survivors of childhood sexual abuse, minister and lecturer Tim Hein offers his expertise, practical guidance, and empathy both for ministry leaders and for survivors themselves. How can we best respond when a survivor shares their secret with us? Where can survivors turn for encouragement when the road to recovery seems so long and lonely? Hein presents clinical data and resources alongside pastoral wisdom and care, addressing both psychological and spiritual aspects of sexual abuse. Both for those who have suffered sexual abuse and those in a position to help them, this book is a rich resource. Filled with both sober truths and the hope of Christ, it calls survivors to take courage and walk unafraid down the road of healing.
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  9. Where is God When It Hurts?

    Where is God When It Hurts?

    Narrator: Maurice England
    Runtime: 10.05 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In this Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn’t know what to say.
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  10. Beyond the Storm

    Beyond the Storm

    How to Thrive in Life's Toughest Seasons

    Narrator: Lisa Rene Pitts
    Runtime: 6.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $20.99 Member Price: $16.79 (or 4 credits)
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    A handbook of help and hope when facing personal tragedy. When the storms of life blow in unexpectedly, wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of destruction, why does one person fall apart while another perseveres and even finds a deeper sense of purpose afterward? In Beyond the Storm, Debra Morton reveals why, providing the techniques and strategies that helped her and many others not only survive but also thrive, even in the most painful of circumstances. While ministering to victims of Hurricane Katrina and grieving the death of her granddaughter, Morton realized that the key to pushing forward in the midst of setbacks was having a defined set of coping skills. So she created the “Storm Playbook,” which teaches how to renew your hope, reclaim your passion, and experience fulfillment and joy again. That playbook is here for you to use immediately, along with interactive tools, journaling questions, and scripture studies that will guide you through pain and struggle and into strength and victory once again. Beyond the Storm is an essential help for flourishing after the devastating effects of life’s blows so you can actively pursue the purpose you were designed to fulfill. Charts, journaling prompts, and memory verses are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.
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  11. Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

    Narrator: Sandra Burr
    Runtime: 4.91 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Here is a sixty-day devotional companion for those who have suffered the loss of someone they love.
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  12. 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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  13. Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness

    Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness

    30 Short Morning and Evening Reflections

    Runtime: 4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Thirty short yet powerful morning and evening reflections offer encouragement, hope, and inspiration to people dealing with a life-threatening illness, and to their family members and caretakers. Here are honest insights and personal stories from a pastor who continues his own journey with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
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  14. 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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  15. We Are Charleston

    We Are Charleston

    Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel

    Narrator: Barry Scott
    Runtime: 8.63 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    On June 17, 2015, at 9:05 p.m., a young man with a handgun opened fire on a prayer meeting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine members of the congregation. The captured shooter, twenty-one-year-old Dylan Roof, a white supremacist, was charged with their murders. Two days after the shooting, while Roof’s court hearing was held on video conference, the families of his nine victims, one by one, appeared on the screen—forgiving the killer. The “Emanuel Nine” set a profound example for their families, their city, their nation, and indeed the world. We Are Charleston not only recounts the events of that terrible day but also offers a history lesson that reveals a deeper look at the suffering, triumph, and even the ongoing rage of the people who formed Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church and the wider denominational movement. In many ways, this church’s story is America’s story—the oldest A.M.E. church in the Deep South fighting for freedom and civil rights but also fighting for grace and understanding. Fighting to transcend bigotry, fraud, hatred, racism, poverty, and misery. The shootings in June 2015, opened up a deep wound of racism that still permeates Southern institutions and remains part of American society. We Are Charleston tells the story of a people, continually beaten down, who seem to continually triumph over the worst of adversity. Exploring the storied history of the A.M.E. Church may be a way of explaining the price and power of forgiveness, a way of revealing God’s mercy in the midst of tremendous pain. We Are Charleston may help us discover what can be right in a world that so often has gone wrong.
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