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  1. 5.0 hrs • 3/24/2016 • Unabridged

    Watching his father perform medical procedures back in India had convinced Paul that medicine was about blood and guts and ulcers. To his amazement, he found that it was really about causes and cures, alleviating pain, and treating ill people with dignity. The son of missionary parents, Paul Brand did not plan on becoming a doctor. After training as a builder, he was called by God into medicine and spent a lifetime treating leprosy and restoring hope to thousands of sufferers. Dr. Paul Brand became the first surgeon in the world to use reconstructive surgery to correct the deformities of leprosy in the hands and feet. He strove to eliminate the stigma of the disease and rebuild the lives of those destroyed by it. A humble, brilliant servant, he influenced faith and medical communities around the world, reminding us that all men are created in the image of God.

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    Paul Brand

    5.0 hrs • 3/24/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.0 hrs • 2/11/2016 • Unabridged

    Ida stamped her foot. Her friends were wrong. “I will not be a missionary to India like my parents!” she retorted. “Don’t any of you say I will be, because I won’t—never, ever, ever.” Ida had never forgotten the faces of starving Indian children. She hated India—it was full of horrible situations she could do nothing about. Ida Scudder was sure she would never follow in the footsteps of her medical missionary father. But when she witnessed Indian women dying because their religious beliefs didn’t allow male doctors to treat them, Ida heard herself pray, “God, if you want me to, I will spend the rest of my life in India trying to help these women.” Serving for nearly sixty years, Dr. Ida Scudder lived out the truth and compassion found in Christ. She pioneered a first-rate medical school and hospital, brought life-saving health care to rural people, and left an inspiring legacy that still touches millions of people each year with healing and hope.

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  3. 4.6 hrs • 1/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Once timid and unsure of her own salvation, New Zealander Florence Young rose to her calling and became a fearless and faithful witness for Jesus Christ. Eventually serving in the remote Solomon Islands and, for a season, in China during the deadly Boxer Rebellion, Florence began her service close to home. This one woman’s mission to the Solomon Islanders, or Kanakas, working on her family’s Australian plantation soon expanded to their home islands. There, as Florence and others helped Kanaka believers reach out to villages steeped in cannibalism and revenge killings, thousands of people were transformed by the love of God.

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    Florence Young

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  4. 5.0 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    William burst into the house. “I have found my destiny!” he shouted. “I have found a place where there is so much human misery in such a small space that there is a lifetime’s worth of work there for me!” Horrified by the poverty and suffering most people took for granted in industrial England, William Booth dedicated his life to bringing the gospel to the outcasts of society who would never enter a church and weren’t welcome there. At age fifteen William vowed, “God shall have all there is of William Booth,” and not even resistance from the church and government, lack of financial support, or vicious attacks by angry mobs could stop him from spreading the light of the gospel through the streets of England. Today, all around the world, General William Booth’s Salvation Army operates thousands of evangelistic and social service centers, changing countless lives with the love of God and the courage of their convictions. This bestselling, missionary biography series—Christian Heroes: Then & Now—chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for his kingdom and glory.

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  5. 4.1 hrs • 4/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author Bill O'Reilly takes on the man and his world in a historical examination of Jesus. Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked across Galilee; everywhere he traveled he gained followers. His contemporaries are familiar historical figures: Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus, Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate. It was an era of oppression, when every man, woman, and child answered to the brutal rule of Rome. In this world, Jesus lived, and in this volatile political and historical context, Jesus died—and changed the world forever. Packed with fascinating details, this fast-paced narrative will transport readers back in time. In an exploration of the political and social landscape at the time of Jesus’s life, O’Reilly takes on the questions surrounding his death. Who was involved in the trial and sentencing of Jesus? What circumstances led to his conviction? What were the motivations in killing Jesus? In the same way that the author gave fresh insight into the lives and times of Lincoln and Kennedy, this is an intimate portrait of the Jesus of history. Adapted from O’Reilly’s bestselling historical thriller Killing Jesus and geared toward young readers, The Last Days of Jesus is a riveting, fact-based account of the life and times of Jesus that is sure to make kids reconsider the man they thought they knew.

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    The Last Days of Jesus

    4.1 hrs • 4/1/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 4.9 hrs • 2/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Betty Greene coaxed her Grumman seaplane to two thousand feet … and suddenly, silence—total silence. The plane engine had stopped! Her passengers gasped, but Betty knew she must remain calm. They had only one slim chance for survival: the twisting jungle river below them. As a young girl growing up on the shores of Lake Washington, Betty Greene had two passions: a love for Christ and a love of flying. As a young World War II WASP pilot, Betty dreamed of combining her two passions by using wings to serve God. Betty’s dream became reality when she helped found the Mission Aviation Fellowship. Her faith-filled adventures and faithful service helped create what is today a global ministry that operates over eighty aircraft in nineteen countries.

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  7. 4.4 hrs • 2/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Jim and Pete turned to see the Auca men, their deadly spears raised, running toward Nate, Ed, and Roger. Jim stood in the river, his hand on his pistol. Should he defend himself? He already knew the answer. Each man had promised the others that he would not save himself by killing those they had sought out in Jesus’ name. Jim Elliot and his coworkers surrendered their lives in Ecuador’s jungle, trusting that their sacrifice would not be in vain. Decades later, this dramatic event has challenged countless Christians to live with one great purpose: to bring the gospel to those who have never heard.

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  8. 5.2 hrs • 2/28/2014 • Unabridged

    William’s amazing journey to India would prove to be just the beginning of a missionary quest filled with hardship and heartache as well as tremendous victories. Often referred to as “the father of modern missions,” William Carey displayed a single-minded determination to set his face like a flint to the task of bringing the gospel to those lost in darkness. His life of service and sacrifice is a guidepost to Christians of all generations.

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  9. 4.9 hrs • 2/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Ben visited Maranda’s family the night before the young girl’s brain surgery. He spoke to her parents, outlining the risks one last time. “The surgery should take about five hours. There’s a strong likelihood that Maranda could bleed uncontrollably and die right there. Or she could survive and be paralyzed and never speak again. There is no way to know what will happen.” As a child growing up in Detroit, Ben Carson has a dream of becoming a physician, a dream that rose out of struggles with poverty, racism, and poor grades. As Ben persevered and strove for academic excellence, his life became one of compassion and service. Today, Benjamin Carson, MD, is known as the American neurosurgeon with gifted hands. The first surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head, he directed pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital for over a quarter of a century. His life continues to be a model of what it means to care deeply, serve brilliantly, and lead courageously.

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    Ben Carson

    4.9 hrs • 2/28/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.1 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Unabridged

    Mary Slessor pondered David Livingstone’s words: I don’t care where we go as long as we go forward. I’m not going anywhere, Mary mused. I’m twenty-seven years old. I work in a cotton mill twelve hours a day. God, Mary prayed, send me somewhere, anywhere, just send me to be a missionary. God would indeed answer the prayer of the fiery, red-haired woman from Scotland. For thirty-nine years, Mary Slessor would labor in love among the unreached, often treacherous, tribes of Africa’s Calabar region. Braving sickness, danger, and death on all sides, Mary became the cherished “White Ma” to entire tribes. Her faith, steadfastness, and pioneering spirit brought her beloved adopted people their first brilliant, contrasting example of the life and freedom found in Jesus Christ. Mary Slessor’s story is an ageless epic of a woman who would stop at nothing to reach the lost with the life-giving gospel of Christ.

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  11. 5.7 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    As America’s first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) spent thirty-eight years working in Burma, then one of the most hostile countries on earth. Judson was ignored, mocked, beaten, and tortured, yet he never lost sight of his goal to translate the Bible into the Burmese language. Today, over 150 years after his death, his translation remains the only translation of the Bible in Burmese.

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  12. 5.2 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    “The Cakchiquel man became indignant when Cam offered him a tract in Spanish. ‘Do you have one in Cakchiquel?’ he asked. ‘There are none, I’m sorry,’ replied Cam. ‘Well,’ retorted the man, ‘if your God is so great, why can’t he speak my language?’”  In one decisive moment, Cameron Townsend understood that God had called him to translate the Bible into the language of his Guatemalan friends. For Cam, the obstacles were small when compared to the growing reward of helping the diverse people of Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru read God’s life-changing Word for themselves. Quick on his feet and slow to give up, Cam started Wycliffe Bible Translators with the dream of making the Good News available in every language. Since 1942, Wycliffe has translated Scripture into hundreds of languages, spreading God’s Word to people all over the world.

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  13. 5.0 hrs • 6/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Suddenly, Corrie’s ordered life was lost in the insanity of war. With bravery and compassion, her family and countless other Dutch citizens risked everything to extend God’s hand to those innocents marked for certain execution in a world gone mad. Corrie ten Boom’s life of determination, faith, and forgiveness in the face of unimaginable brutality and hardship is a stunning testimony of the sustaining power of God.

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  14. 5.1 hrs • 3/1/2013 • Unabridged

    When he became God’s smuggler, Brother Andrew was already familiar with risk. As a boy, the intrepid Andrew van der Bijl joined the Dutch Resistance against the Nazi occupation. As a young man, he fought eagerly in the Dutch East Indies—until the horror of war turned the adventure seeker to a life of alcohol and desperation. Redeemed by God, the Dutchman became a daring messenger of hope, smuggling Scripture through closed borders and equipping persecuted Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Today Brother Andrew and the ministry of Open Doors continue to shine the light of Christ in the world’s darkest places.

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  15. 4.6 hrs • 3/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Flying soon captured Nate’s heart. His air-service ministry to isolated missionaries put him on a path of destiny that would ultimately end with a final airplane flight with four missionary friends to the “Palm Beach” landing strip in the jungles of Ecuador. The men’s lives given that day not only opened a door to the gospel for the unreached “Aucas”; it has been said that possibly no single event of the twentieth century awakened more hearts to God’s call to serve in missions.

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  16. 5.6 hrs • 3/1/2013 • Unabridged

    One of the famous Doolittle Raiders who first attacked Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jacob DeShazer knew this one-way mission was dangerous. Indeed, it led to his capture as a prisoner of war. Beaten, malnourished, and alone in his cell, Jacob was given a Bible—and far away from home, this American soldier became a Christian.

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