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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 8.0 hrs • 3/27/2008 • Unabridged

    No family today is more dysfunctional than Joseph’s. No faith is challenged more severely than was Joseph’s while he waited on death row. Yet Joseph stood firm, exemplifying what is possible when ordinary people maintain their connections with God. Like an epic novel filled with intrigue, tension, and torrential emotions, Joseph’s triumphiant story touches us all. This third volume in Charles Swindoll’s Great Lives series presents a fresh look at one of the most intriguing characters in the Old Testament and focuses on the virtue of forgiveness in the face of deceit and betrayal.

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  5. 11.4 hrs • 3/27/2008 • Unabridged

    David, unlike any Bible character before him, had the charisma to inspire a great nation. Yet in other ways he was a most ordinary man-often gripped by destructive passion, rocked by personal tragedy, and motivated by political gain. Yet, he is the one character the Bible describes as a “man after God’s own heart.” In this first volume of the “Great Lives series Charles Swindoll shows how David proved his love for God many times over in an extraordinary life that left an enduring legacy of faith. 

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  6. 3.3 hrs • 9/11/2007 • Unabridged

    Jimmy Carter has been teaching Sunday school ever since he was a young midshipman in Annapolis; in later years he conducted religious services on submarines on which he served, and even led the occasional class in Washington while he was president. For the last 25 years, President Carter has taught the adult Bible study at his church in Plains, where several hundred visitors join him each Sunday to understand the wisdom of the Bible and apply it to their lives. Bringing Peace to a Changing World presents four classes President Carter taught on the Book of Isaiah in December 2001. Exploring the historical and contemporary resonances of Isaiah's prophecies, culminating in his vision of a leader known as "Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6), President Carter addresses such vital issues as faith, free will, and the importance of honoring the values we celebrate even as the world changes around us. Recorded at a time of national grief and healing, when the world was torn by conflict and fear, these classes include President Carter's reflections on his personal experience waging peace in the Middle East and elsewhere, and conclude with practical, inspiring examples of how each of us can answer the call to demonstrate peace on earth and put these prophesized ideals into practice in our lives and communities.

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  7. 0.3 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Audio Theater

    An old and mysterious legend was told thousands of years ago about Abraham of the Bible. It seems that his father was a seller of idols and statues. People bought those idols and statues as way of warding off evil and pleasing the gods. But Abraham, even as a child, did not believe that those statues had any power at all. Then, one night, after his father asks Abraham to watch the storehouse of statues, something strange happens—something that teaches Abraham a lesson about life and starts him on a life-long journey. The biblical story of Abraham and the idols is presented in a fresh and vital manner in this unique straight-to-audio dramatization, complete with sound effects.

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    Abraham and the Idols by A. C. Fellner

    Abraham and the Idols

    Performed by A. C. Fellner
    0.3 hrs • 1/1/07 • Audio Theater
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  8. 11.7 hrs • 8/18/2000 • Unabridged

    David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing a mortal is capable of, yet men and women adored him and God showered him with many more blessings than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual appetite and prowess were matched only by his violence, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. A charismatic leader, exalted as “a man after God’s own heart,” he was also capable of deep cunning, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch reveals this commanding individual in all his glory and fallibility.  In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David’s life—his slaying of the giant Goliath and his swift challenge to the weak rule of Saul, the first Jewish king; his tragic relationship with Saul’s son Jonathan, David’s cherished friend (and possibly lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, where his dynasty would hold sway for generations. Yet for all his greatness, David was also a man in thrall to his passions—a voracious lover who secured the favors of his beautiful mistress Bathsheba by secretly arranging the death of her innocent husband; a merciless warrior who triumphed through cruelty; a troubled father who failed to protect his daughter from rape and whose beloved son Absalom rose against him in armed insurrection.  Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life in these pages with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail. At the center of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood—not the cartoon giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday school stories or the immaculate ruler of legend and art but a magnetic, disturbingly familiar man—a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia.

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    King David

    11.7 hrs • 8/18/00 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.2 hrs • 7/5/2000 • Unabridged

    People need stories to make sense of the world—to hold their lives together and to fasten on to those values that last. The greatest stories are found in the Bible, enduring through the centuries. In Genesis, acclaimed television journalist Bill Moyers brings together some of the world’s liveliest minds for spirited round-table discussions of the ageless stories from the Bible’s first, towering book. Creation, temptation, murder, exile, and family strife—these emerge from every page of Genesis and speak to us today. Genesis invites readers into a lively and accessible discussion of the manifold meanings of these stories and engages us in a fascinating exploration of the relationship between interpreter and text. Among the scores of writers, theologians, artists, and thinkers in the series are Mary Gordon, Phyllis Trible, John Barth, Faye Kellerman, Samuel Proctor, Aviva Zornberg, Walter Brueggemann, Robert Alter, Oscar Hijuelos, Charles Johnson, Stephen Mitchell, Leon Kass, Elaine Pagels, Bharati Mukherjee, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Elizabeth Swados, and Renita Weems—all in a dazzling, multilayered chorus of voices. With the same interplay of text and art that made The Power of Myth and Healing and the Mind so dynamic and unforgettable, Genesis has the capacity to enrich people’s lives intellectually and spiritually.

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    Genesis

    9.2 hrs • 7/5/00 • Unabridged
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