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  1. 9.3 hrs • 7/15/2016 • Unabridged

    When it comes to badness, there’s nothing new under the sun. In her bestselling book Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs breathed new life into ancient stories depicting eight of the most infamous women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Delilah. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, Bad Girls already has helped thousands of women experience God’s grace anew by learning more about our nefarious sisters. And there are more where they came from! With Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz reveals the power of God’s sovereignty in the lives of other shady ladies we know by reputation but have rarely studied in depth: Bathsheba, the bathing beauty; Jael, the tent-peg-toting warrior princess; Herodias, the horrible beheader; Tamar, the widow and not-so-timid temptress; Athaliah, the deadly daughter of Jezebel; and three other ancient women, whose names we do not know but who have much to teach us: the ashamed Adulteress, the bewitching Medium of En Dor, and the desperate Bleeding Woman. The eye-opening stories of these eight bad girls demonstrate one really life-changing concept: the sovereign power of God to rule our hearts and our lives with grace, compassion, and hope.

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    Really Bad Girls of the Bible

    9.3 hrs • 7/15/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.2 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    You know Ruth’s story. Now meet her in person, and prepare to be changed. Walk with Ruth as she travels from Moab to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future. Hold Naomi’s hand and watch love put the pieces of her broken life back together. And hang out with Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer, who blesses both women and honors God. With bestselling author Liz Curtis Higgs by your side, you’ll tarry in the corners of their ancient houses, listen to their conversations, and consider every word of every verse. Think of it as time travel without gimmicks, gizmos, or a DeLorean: a novel approach to Bible study that leaps from past to present, gleaning timeless truths that speak to the heart.

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    The Girl’s Still Got It

    7.2 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.6 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A famed historian once noted that, regardless of what you think of him personally, Jesus Christ stands as the central figure in the history of Western civilization. A man violently rejected by some and passionately worshipped by others, Jesus remains as polarizing as ever. But most people still know very little about who he really was, why he was really here, or what he really claimed. Intended as a succinct introduction to Jesus’ life, words, and enduring significance, Who Is Jesus? offers non-Christians and new Christians alike a compelling portrait of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, this book encourages listeners to carefully consider the history-shaping life and extraordinary teachings of the greatest man who ever lived.

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    Who Is Jesus?

    3.6 hrs • 4/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.8 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ met face-to-face with people just like you—broken, imperfect, sometimes fearful, and without hope. The Day I Met Jesus is a beautifully crafted narrative that chronicles the remarkable encounters of five women in the Gospels who were desperate to find wholeness, security, and purpose. Like all of us, these women struggled with the regrets of their pasts, the stresses of their presents, and the worries of their tomorrows. Join Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth on a fascinating journey back in time as they retell the dramatic accounts of five women who met Jesus. Elegantly written and profoundly stirring, this book blends creative narrative with uncommon insight, spiritual depth, and practical application. If you are someone who seeks a renewal of hope, faith, and love, The Day I Met Jesus will make your Bible come to life and usher you into a fresh encounter with your Lord.

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    The Day I Met Jesus by Frank Viola, Mary E. DeMuth

    The Day I Met Jesus

    4.8 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.1 hrs • 2/18/2015 • Unabridged

    In Elijah, Hamilton Smith traces the major events of the life of Elijah, the prophet of God, with all the highs and lows in his work as a prophet. Elijah knew only too well the inadequacies of his own humanity—he was a man who was “subject to like passions as we are.” But Elijah knew the living God, was conscious of his presence, and was aware that prayer brought him into contact with the greatest power in the universe. By experience, he comes to understand that the God of creation, power, and judgment is supremely the God of grace. At each step, the author presents clear, practical lessons for Christians today as they too seek to present God’s word with authority to an indifferent or antagonistic world. “May we too catch the spirit of Elijah and learn to walk in separation from evil, in dependence on God, and devotedness to God; while waiting to be rapt to glory at the coming of the Lord.”

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  6. 19.2 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    On the shore of the Sea of Galilee, in first century Palestine, a spirit possessed a woman, Mary of Magdala—a generous and learned woman of business. Mary drew together a community of outcasts, rescued from lives of poverty and humiliation. Longing for children, she brought into her circle a Greek slave girl, Demetria, and adopted her as a daughter. Though she was a devout Jew, it was natural for Mary to show compassion to all—despite the fact that others often looked upon her as a gentile, a prostitute, and a leper. Because of the demon that afflicted her, Mary resolved never to wed. Still, three men loved her. Marcus Quintius Severus, quintessential Roman noble, could have any woman he wanted. But not this woman, for he had made a sacred vow never to speak to her of his love. Mummius, gifted Egyptian scribe and magus, served Mary as steward and physician. Jesus, itinerant rabbi, recognizing in Mary the Wisdom of God, liberated her by driving out her demon in a terrible battle. This novel is the story of how Mary brings her spiritual power to light as leader and beloved disciple, the one who truly understood Jesus’ message and lived it fully.

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    Disciple

    19.2 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 18.1 hrs • 3/11/2014 • Unabridged

    James Martin, SJ, gifted storyteller, editor at large of America magazine, popular media commentator, and New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, brings the Gospels to life in Jesus: A Pilgrimage and invites believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through scripture, prayer, and travel. Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus’ life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The person at the heart of the Gospels can seem impossibly distant. Stories about his astonishing life and ministry—clever parables that upended everyone’s expectations, incredible healings that convinced even skeptics, nature miracles that dazzled the dumbstruck disciples—can seem far removed from our own daily lives, hard to understand, and at times irrelevant. But in Jesus you will come to know him as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.

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    Jesus

    18.1 hrs • 3/11/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.6 hrs • 10/1/2013 • Unabridged

    “I didn’t think he’d do it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, wait a minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, the descendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.” So begins James Goodman’s original and urgent encounter with one of the most compelling and resonant stories ever told—God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. A mere nineteen lines in the book of Genesis, it rests at the heart of the history, literature, theology, and sacred rituals of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For more than two millennia, people throughout the world have grappled with the troubling questions about sacrifice, authority, obedience, and faith to which the story gives rise. Writing from the vantage of “a reader, a son, a Jew, a father, a skeptic, a historian, a lover of stories, and a writer,” Goodman gives us an enthralling narrative history that moves from its biblical origins to its place in the cultures and faiths of our time. He introduces us to the commentary of Second Temple sages, rabbis and priests of the late antiquity, and early Islamic exegetes (some of whom imagined that Ishmael was the nearly sacrificed son). He examines Syriac hymns (in which Sarah stars), Hebrew chronicles of the First Crusade (in which Isaac often dies), and medieval English mystery plays. He looks at the art of Europe’s golden age, the philosophy of Kant and Kierkegaard, and the panoply of twentieth-century interpretation, sacred and profane, including the work of Bob Dylan, Elie Wiesel, and A. B. Yehoshua. In illuminating how so many others have understood this story, Goodman tells a gripping and provocative story of his own.

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    But Where is the Lamb?

    9.6 hrs • 10/1/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.9 hrs • 11/1/2010 • Unabridged

    God often chooses unsuspecting heroes and writes unlikely endings to his stories. Many of the characters in the Bible are even unnamed, yet their adventures reveal the kind of lasting impact that God intends each of us. Why do the vast majority of us live out unremarkable days in spite of our God-given hunger for significance? Unsung is one thing, but why settle for uninteresting? Or even worse, uninvolved? If you have the eyes of faith to see and the courage to act, you can join God’s roster of unforgettable heroes. Each of the eight chapters in this audiobook: Focuses on one unnamed hero and shows how God works through everyday people Gives insight into how God intends to fill our lives with significance and adventure Combines stories of Bible heroes, incredible accounts of modern-day unnamed heroes, and solid biblical insight Concludes with “Releasing Your Heroic Potential” questions to help individuals or small groups identify next steps

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    Unnamed

    3.9 hrs • 11/1/10 • Unabridged
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  10. 1.5 hrs • 10/1/2010 • Unabridged

    “I am very anxious that you should know something about the history of Jesus Christ. For everybody ought to know about him. No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle, and so sorry for all people who did wrong, or were in any way ill or miserable, as he was.” Charles Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord around the same time he was finishing David Copperfield, but to listeners raised on a diet of Dickensian wit and indignation, his rendering of Jesus’ life may come as something of a surprise. You won’t find even the shadow of a Micawber or a Mrs. Gamp anywhere in this brief volume; no Pecksniffs, Podsnaps, or Mulberries, either. Instead, Dickens approaches his subject with simple reverence, retelling the New Testament in a manner suitable for his own young children—who were, in fact, his only intended audience. Indeed, he strictly forbade publication of The Life of Our Lord during his lifetime and begged his sister to make sure that they “would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house.” It wasn’t until the death of Dickens’ last living son that the manuscript was finally published in 1934.

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    The Life of Our Lord

    1.5 hrs • 10/1/10 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.0 hrs • 2/12/2010 • Unabridged

    Is Jesus relevant to us today? Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war. Yet few have ever held forth as movingly as Jesus on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy. Paul Johnson offers listeners a lively biography of the man who inspired one of the world’s great religions and whose lessons still guide us in current times. Johnson’s intelligent and conversational style, as well as his ability to distill complex subjects into succinct and highly readable works, makes this book an ideal match of a major historian with a major subject. The result is an accessible biography and an insightful analysis of how Jesus is important in the present era.

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    Jesus by Paul Johnson

    Jesus

    5.0 hrs • 2/12/10 • Unabridged
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  12. 5.2 hrs • 7/2/2009 • Unabridged

    There are countless paths to follow when seeking spiritual guidance, but thousands of years of theology and religion cannot replace the premier example that Jesus himself set for us. In A Portrait of Jesus, bestselling writer Joseph Girzone recaptures the truth of Jesus that is presented to us in the Gospels and gives a compelling vision of the person Jesus’ contemporaries must have known. Girzone seeks to personify Christ in the minds of readers by asking some simple questions: “What did people see in Jesus as He walked down the street? How did He approach others and what would these people take away from meeting Him? What do His actions tell us about how we can live our lives today?” Girzone’s empowering and loving understanding of the heart of Christianity will make this another groundbreaking classic in the tradition of his other works, Joshua and Never Alone.

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    A Portrait of Jesus by Joseph F. Girzone

    A Portrait of Jesus

    5.2 hrs • 7/2/09 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.2 hrs • 6/29/2009 • Unabridged

    Celebrated for their courage, vision, hospitality, and spiritual giftedness, it’s no wonder women were so important to God’s plan revealed in the Old and New Testaments. It wasn’t their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary but the power of the one true God whom they worshipped and served. In Twelve Extraordinary Women, you’ll learn more than fascinating information about these women, you'll discover—perhaps for the first time-the unmistakable chronology of Gods redemptive work in history through their lives. These women were not ancillary to His plan, they were at the very heart of it.

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    Twelve Extraordinary Women

    7.2 hrs • 6/29/09 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.0 hrs • 3/1/2009 • Unabridged

    Common people … Story after story marked by scandal, stumble, and intrigue. Who are these people? They’re the people of the Bible. And they’re us. We find our stories in theirs. We find our hope where they found theirs. In the hands of an uncommon God. In the midst of them all … hovering over them all … is the hero of it all: God. Maker. Shaper. Rescuer of sinking hearts. God—passing out high callings, second chances, and moral compasses to all comers and takers.  In this gathering of inspiring stories from his numerous bestselling books, master storyteller Max Lucado revisits some of his favorite biblical characters—all of whom were very human and imperfect, just like us. If God can find a place for them … he just might have a place for us too.

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    Cast of Characters

    6.0 hrs • 3/1/09 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.3 hrs • 11/11/2008 • Unabridged

    You know the women of the Bible, but you don’t know them like this … It’s easy for Christian women—young and old—to get lost between the opportunities and demands of the present and the biblical teachings of the past. They live in a confusing world, caught in the crossfire between church and culture. Although home and family still remain central, more women than ever, by choice or by necessity, are blending home, career, and ministry. They need strong biblical role models to help them meet these challenges. Building on solid scholarship and a determination to wrestle honestly with perplexing questions, author Carolyn Custis James sheds new light on ancient stories that brings the women of the Bible into the twenty-first century. This fresh look at the women in the Bible unearths surprising new insights and a powerful message that will leave readers feeling challenged, encouraged, and deeply valued. Rediscover and be inspired by Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Tamar, Hannah, Esther, Mary, and others

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    Lost Women of the Bible

    10.3 hrs • 11/11/08 • Unabridged
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  16. 12.7 hrs • 10/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Charles Swindoll presents the Bible’s real Moses—the Moses who tried to decline his assignment from God; the Moses who dazzled Pharaoh; the Moses who received the Ten Commandments; the Moses who was disobedient and weak; the Moses who was the greatest leader of God’s people in all of history. Through his faith and selfless dedication, Moses continually chose to follow God’s will through difficult and seemingly impossible situations. This is the fourth volume of Swindoll’s Great Lives from God’s Word series.

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