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  1. 7.9 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    What should a Christian say when confronted with today’s burning political questions? How can a person of faith use the Bible as a resource when navigating controversial cultures issues?Skyline Church Pastor James L. Garlow presents Well-Versed, the ultimate scripture-based guide for Christians looking for answers, reassurance, and resources on the issues of today. Topics include: Israel, Social Justice, Sexual Identity, Debt, Taxes, Abortion, Bioethics, the Role of Government, War, Islam, Entertainment, and more.

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    7.9 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.1 hrs • 6/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on. Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether. His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. Understood properly, and built into our lives as Christians who are zealous to serve the Lord, they will serve to protect us from burnout, and keep us working for God’s kingdom and glory.

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    Zeal without Burnout

    2.1 hrs • 6/15/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 2.8 hrs • 4/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Before ascending to heaven, Jesus instructed his followers to “make disciples of all nations.” But what does this command actually entail? What does it look like for Christians to care for one another’s spiritual well-being and growth? In this introduction to the basics of discipling, veteran pastor and author Mark Dever uses biblical definitions and practical examples to show how Christians can help one another become more like Christ every day. The eighth volume in the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series, this short book explains how discipling should function in the context of the local church, teaching pastors and church leaders how to cultivate a culture of edification and growth in their congregations.

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    Discipling

    2.8 hrs • 4/30/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.2 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Speakers often use the words vision, boldness, and influence to describe the characteristics of effective leaders. Perry Noble, in The Most Excellent Way to Lead, makes the case that the heart of great leadership lies elsewhere. Perry, despite “winning” the label “least likely to succeed” in high school, beat the odds against him. Today, he inspires thousands of people every weekend to live for something greater than themselves. He credits this achievement to the leadership principles he has learned from the Bible. Surprisingly, the essence of leadership that produces genuine growth is buried in a Bible chapter often read at weddings. In this groundbreaking book, Perry walks us through that leadership chapter, describing the fifteen qualities of an inspirational leader.Whether you are an entrepreneur or a new parent, this book will encourage you to see every opportunity in life as a chance to lead in the “most excellent way.”

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    The Most Excellent Way to Lead

    6.2 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.2 hrs • 2/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Fast food. Fast cars. Fast and furious. Fast forward. Fast … church? The church is often idealized (or demonized) as the last bastion of a bygone era, dragging our feet as we’re pulled into new moralities and new spiritualities. We guard our doctrine and our piety with great vigilance. But we often fail to notice how quickly we’re capitulating, in the structures and practices of our churches, to a culture of unreflective speed, dehumanizing efficiency, and dis-integrating isolationism. In the beginning, the church ate together, traveled together and shared in all facets of life. Centered as they were on Jesus, these seemingly mundane activities took on their own significance in the mission of God. In Slow Church, Chris Smith and John Pattison invite us to leave franchise faith behind and enter into the ecology, economy, and ethics of the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loved the church.

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    Slow Church

    8.2 hrs • 2/29/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.7 hrs • 2/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Most Christians resist the idea that we are to pursue happiness. We are more comfortable with the idea of finding joy or being blessed. But seeking happiness seems too superficial or too flighty for people of faith. In Happy Church, Tim McConnell offers a radical call for Christians to reclaim happiness. Happiness flows from the joy of the Lord and being glad in Christ. When the church expresses happiness, we are making a countercultural choice that the world cannot help but notice. “It’s time to bring the happy back,” he says. “It’s time to get serious about happiness.” This is a book to read with your small group or congregation, with discussion questions to help you become happy together. You’ll discover that God’s call to the church is to radiate happiness—because we live in a world that desperately needs it.

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    Happy Church

    5.7 hrs • 2/15/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.0 hrs • 11/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Small groups are the key to impacting lives in your church. But a healthy small-group environment—one that fosters meaningful, lasting connections—doesn’t just happen. So pull up a chair. Let’s talk about how to make it happen. Bill Willits and bestselling author Andy Stanley share their successful approach, which has resulted in nearly eight thousand adults becoming involved in small groups at North Point Community Church in Atlanta. Simply put, the five principles clearly described here have passed the test. This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy—strategy that builds a small group culture. Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind God desires for each of us. The kind He uses to change our lives. Put this proven method to work in your ministry and enjoy the tangible results—God’s people doing life together.

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    Creating Community

    3.0 hrs • 11/15/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 3.5 hrs • 11/15/2015 • Unabridged

    In this uplifting and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors’ wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance—whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands’ preaching. Filled with life-giving truth from God's Word, this book will help pastors’ wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches.

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    The Pastor’s Wife

    3.5 hrs • 11/15/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.8 hrs • 10/30/2015 • Unabridged

    In Many Are Called, Dr. Scott Hahn, one of the most celebrated scholars and influential Catholic writers living today, enthusiastically encourages Catholics around the world to renew their focus on the sacred role of the Catholic priest. Using his unique ability to present deep spiritual and theological ideas in the language of everyday life, Dr. Hahn examines the biblical and historical roots of the priesthood to explain the centrality of the priest in the life of the Church. He brings reinvigorated attention to the many roles of the priest—provider, mediator, protector, teacher, judge, and more—all of which are united in the priest’s place as spiritual father to God’s people, and ultimately he shows that it is through the priest, empowered by God, that the continuing presence of Jesus Christ makes itself known to our world. Lively, insightful, and engaging, Many Are Called will serve as an inspiration to students and seminarians considering a vocation, to clergy renewing their call, to Catholic readers looking to deepen their faith, and to seekers curious about one of Catholicism’s defining but least understood elements. With a foreword by the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, this is a truly special book, one that speaks to the restless heart of humanity and reveals that our pleas for a spiritual father have already been answered.

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    Many Are Called

    Foreword by Archbishop Timothy Dolan
    2.8 hrs • 10/30/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.5 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    Is biblical preaching doomed to extinction? In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that his people were perishing for lack of knowledge about him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to fill needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the word of God is becoming scarcer all the time. Jesus told Peter, “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ’s shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them. In this book, eleven pastors and scholars issue a fervent plea for preachers to preach the word. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards.

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    Feed My Sheep

    7.5 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.8 hrs • 4/9/2015 • Unabridged

    Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with perceptive insight from the life of Moses, Barton explores topics such as facing the loneliness of leadership, leading from your authentic self, reenvisioning the promised land, and more.

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    Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

    Foreword by Leighton Ford
    Read by Teres Byrne
    6.8 hrs • 4/9/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.0 hrs • 2/20/2015 • Unabridged

    What's at stake in our worship? Everything. In this prophetic wake-up call for the contemporary church, Mark Labberton reconnects Christian worship with biblical justice. From beginning to end, worship must pursue justice and righteousness, translating into transformed lives that care for the poor and the oppressed. Labberton shows how to move beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world.

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    The Dangerous Act of Worship

    7.0 hrs • 2/20/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.2 hrs • 9/24/2013 • Unabridged

    In the past, church leaders have turned to small groups or other kinds of discipleship programs to encourage spiritual growth in their churches. Yet despite good intentions, the deeper spiritual life and transformation they had hoped for remained elusive. STIR calls church leaders to reclaim an essential, biblical truth—that the process of spiritual growth is more than a one-size-fits-all program, it happens best through intentional relationships with others in the body of Christ. Three distinct, sequential stages of spiritual development typically occur as people mature in their spiritual walk with Christ, and they need different kinds of relationships to support their growth through those different seasons. STIR describes those stages—learning together, journeying together, and following together—and shows how progress into and through these stages is best made in the context of relationships that change in nature over time. Readers will learn how to intentionally establish and strengthen the unique kinds of relationships that are catalytic for growth at each stage of their journey. Church leaders will come away with a new paradigm for encouraging spiritual formation in their local church by providing appropriate encouragement and support to people at all stages of growth.

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    STIR

    5.2 hrs • 9/24/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 4.0 hrs • 8/20/2013 • Unabridged

    Featuring insights from the perspective of both a pastor and his wife—The Pastor’s Family identifies the complicated burdens and expectations ministry brings to the life of a family. Brian and Cara Croft identify the unique challenges that pastors face as husbands and fathers. They also discuss the difficulties and joys of being a pastor’s wife and offer practical advice on raising children in a ministry family. In addition to addressing the challenges of marriage and raising children, they also highlight the joys of serving together as a family and the unique opportunities pastors have to train their children and lead their families. With discussion questions for use by couples and pastoral reading groups, this book is ideal for pastors and their spouses, pastoral ministry students and their wives, as well as elders, deacons, and others who wish to remain faithful to the care of their families while diligently fulfilling their calling in ministry. The Pastor’s Family equips pastors with time-tested wisdom to address the tension of family and congregational dynamics while persevering in their calling.

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    The Pastor's Family

    4.0 hrs • 8/20/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.0 hrs • 4/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Follow your own lead! The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley’s passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency. Drawing on two decades of experience mentoring a rising generation, seasoned visionary Andy Stanley shows how to: • Discover and play to your strengths • Harness your fears • Leverage uncertainty • Enlist a leadership coach • Maintain moral authority This is the perfect guide for any new leader—or for the mentor of a future leader.

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    Next Generation Leader

    4.0 hrs • 4/15/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.1 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    A radical call to reform, Church Zero is a punk-rock approach to the pressing issue of gaining ground as rapidly as the early church. With a fresh perspective forged in the dirty trenches of international post-Christian societies, Peyton Jones pulls no punches as he brings this message to the American church: We have lost our way. The American church is losing ground fast: losing the generation under age 30 and drawing few nonbelievers toward Christ. Christ gave us a leadership model for commando outreach, and we have ignored it for too long. Will we continue down the path of self-preservation, defending our stalled church structures? Or will we follow the blueprint Jesus lays out before us?  Church Zero challenges readers to once again become outspoken and radical—someone who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out!

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    Church Zero

    6.1 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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