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    9.4 hrs • 4/25/2016 • Unabridged

    Nineteenth-century America was rife with Protestant-fueled anti-Catholicism. Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez reveals how Protestants nevertheless became surprisingly and deeply fascinated with the Virgin Mary, even as her role as a devotional figure who united Catholics grew. Documenting the vivid Marian imagery that suffused popular visual and literary culture, Alvarez argues that Mary became a potent, shared exemplar of Christian womanhood around which Christians of all stripes rallied during an era filled with anxiety about the emerging market economy and shifting gender roles. From a range of diverse sources, including the writings of Anna Jameson, Anna Dorsey, and Alexander Stewart Walsh and magazines such as the Ladies’ Repository and Harper’s, Alvarez demonstrates that Mary was represented as pure and powerful, compassionate and transcendent, maternal and yet remote. Blending romantic views of motherhood and female purity, the virgin mother’s image enamored Protestants as a paragon of the era’s cult of true womanhood, and even many Catholics could imagine the Queen of Heaven as the Queen of the Home. Sometimes, Marian imagery unexpectedly seemed to challenge domestic expectations of womanhood. On a broader level, The Valiant Woman contributes to understanding lived religion in America and the ways it borrows across supposedly sharp theological divides.

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    The Valiant Woman by Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez

    The Valiant Woman

    9.4 hrs • 4/25/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.1 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Bart D. Ehrman, bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today, examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament—and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity. Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally—including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Erhman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament—how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus’ message but helped shape it. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels. Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener—crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down. As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts.

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    Jesus before the Gospels

    10.1 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.2 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged

    “The present generation has, for the most part, been reared not only in an atmosphere of negative unbelief but of hostile unbelief. They live in a world where materialism and skepticism are rampant and dominant. In the great majority of homes the Sunday newspaper is the only thing read on the Lord’s Day. “Doubt as to moral and spiritual truth is distilled through a score of channels. Our seats of learning are hotbeds of agnosticism. Our literature, with rare exceptions, makes light of God and jokes about sacred things. The newspapers, the radio broadcasts, public utterances, and private conversations are steadily but surely removing the foundations of righteousness and destroying what little faith in spiritual things still remain. “The vast majority in the English-speaking world are totally ignorant of the contents of the Bible, know not that it is a Divine revelation, yea, question whether there be any God at all. Yet modern skepticism is rarely candid but is rather a refuge in which multitudes are sheltering from an accusing conscience. With such we are not here concerned, for where a prejudiced mind and a caviling spirit obtain, argument is useless; and we can but leave them unto the sovereign mercy of the Lord.”

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    The Doctrine of Revelation by Arthur W. Pink

    The Doctrine of Revelation

    13.2 hrs • 2/2/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 80.5 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    More than a Bible you listen to, the NIrV Audio Bible, Pure Voice is an experience that helps you enter into God’s Word … so God’s Word can enter into you. Featuring a single voice, this complete, unabridged, and digitally produced New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) audio Bible brings scripture to life one vivid recording at a time. This audiobook features: Digital mastering for unprecedented clarity and audio quality The complete Bible—includes both the Old and New Testaments The New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) text Single-voice narration for a clear, consistent rendering of the Bible text Brief book introductions, with a quick preparatory overview of each book of the Bible Location markers to make finding and keeping your place as you listen as easy as hitting “fast-forward” or “reverse”

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    NIrV Audio Bible, Pure Voice

    80.5 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.9 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    In Gettin’ There, bestselling author Steve Farrar delves into the book of Psalms to give men a new sense of continuity, direction, purpose, and perspective. The Psalms are like a marked trail through life, showing that others have walked ahead and faced many of the challenges, temptations, heartaches, and perplexities that men will encounter on their journeys. Farrar shows that when a man begins to understand that the strong and caring hand of God is sovereign over everything in his life—including his trials and heartaches—his confidence, hope, and joy will increase dramatically in the God who created him and desires to use him.

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    Gettin’ There

    5.9 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.8 hrs • 9/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Second in a new series of expository guides to the Bible, Timothy Keller’s Judges for You walks you through the book of Judges, showing how the flawless God is at work in the most flawed situations and the most failing people. Combining a close attention to the detail of the text with Timothy Keller’s trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, this resource will both engage your mind and stir your heart. Judges for You is a uniquely flexible resource. It can simply be read as a book; used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or utilized by anyone who has a teaching ministry. It’s an excellent resource for helping small-group leaders understand and apply the text, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today’s world. Judges for You is part of a curriculum and is designed for both small groups and individuals.

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  7. 6.2 hrs • 3/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Galatians for You walks you through the book of Galatians, showing how the gospel message changes the whole of our lives. The book’s close attention to detail, along with Timothy Keller’s trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, make Galatians for You a uniquely flexible resource. It can be utilized by anyone who has a teaching ministry, to help small-group leaders understand and apply the text in their study groups, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today’s world. It can also be used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions, or it can be read for personal study and instruction. Galatians for You is the latest resource from New York pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller, and the first in the new God’s Word for You series.

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  8. 5.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    For several decades, Michael Coogan’s introductory course on the Old Testament has been a perennial favorite among students at Harvard University. In God and Sex, Coogan examines one of the most controversial aspects of the Hebrew Scripture: What the Old Testament really says about sex, and how contemporary understanding of those writings is frequently misunderstood or misrepresented. In the engaging and witty voice generations of students have appreciated, Coogan explores the language and social world of the Bible, showing how much innuendo and euphemism is at play and illuminating the sexuality of biblical figures as well as God. By doing so, Coogan reveals the immense gap between popular use of Scripture and its original context. God and Sex is certain to provoke, entertain, and enlighten readers.

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    God and Sex

    5.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.0 hrs • 7/1/2012 • Unabridged

    A classic devotional study on the Song of Solomon. One of the abiding legacies of Hudson Taylor to the church is this small volume. In simple yet profound imagery, he laid out the deep truth of the Christians' personal union with Jesus Christ. The key to understanding the Song of Solomon, he believed, was found in the New Testament in the Incarnate Word. Dividing the Song of Solomon into six sections, Dr. Taylor explained the significance and symbolism of the speaker in each section and how the mysteries of grace and love are revealed. His insights continue to stir new appreciation of one of the most overlooked and often misunderstood books of the Bible.

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    Union and Communion

    2.0 hrs • 7/1/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.1 hrs • 12/20/2010 • Unabridged

    In the early nineteenth century, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements. To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus. This work was never published during Jefferson’s lifetime but was inherited by his grandson and printed for the first time in the early twentieth century. The original bound manuscript, popularly referred to as The Jefferson Bible, is held by the United States National Museum in Washington.

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    The Jefferson Bible

    3.1 hrs • 12/20/10 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.1 hrs • 2/1/2010 • Unabridged

    Is it the end of the world as we know it? The ancient Mayans were expert astronomers, and their advanced calendar cycles end on December 21, 2012. This has spurred worldwide speculation that December 21, 2012 will be a catastrophic day of apocalypse for the entire globe. The doomsday scenarios include destructive solar storms, massive earthquakes, a polar shift of the earth’s magnetic fields, and total annihilation. Missing from all the furor is a biblical perspective. Bestselling author and prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock examines the following questions: Why December 21, 2012? Can we trust the Mayan alarm clock? Does the Bible say anything about 2012? What signs will tell us that Armageddon is near? This audio provides a fascinating survey of both the historical past and the prophetic future.

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  12. 5.8 hrs • 7/15/2005 • Unabridged

    31 Days To Get The Message: Traveling With Paul takes Paul’s New Testament letters (Romans, First and Second Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, First and Second Thessalonians, First and Second Timothy, Titus, and Philemon) and divides them into thirty-one daily listening segments. Paul’s messages to believers, to churches, and to his closest friends provide a roadmap for us today in our individual lives and in the ministry of the church.

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    31 Days To Get The Message

    5.8 hrs • 7/15/05 • Unabridged
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  13. 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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