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  1. 4.9 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    If not you, who? If not now, when? This was the challenge answered by Stephen Foreman and his wife, Emily, when they traded in their American white picket fence for a giant, dusty sandbox as missionaries in the deserts of North Africa. Stephen had given Emily a well-read copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs on their first date, a telling foreshadowing of the ultimate cost he would pay when, at 39, he was shot and killed by al-Qaeda operatives in 2009. His life and death planted a seed of boldness and inspiration in the hearts of local believers. This seed would grow and multiply efforts to help reach the very goal that Stephen was willing to give his life for—glorifying God and seeing his Kingdom established among the nations. In this memoir, Emily, left with four kids and an undying calling to reach the Muslim world, recounts their heartrending yet uplifting story of sacrifice and love for a people held captive by the ultimate Enemy. Stephen did not die in vain. This promise echoes through the book’s pages and far beyond, in the minds and lives of countless individuals touched by a man who daily put his life in the hands of God. Because of security issues and the need to protect other workers and local believers in the country, the book employs pseudonyms for all major characters, including the authors.

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    We Died Before We Came Here

    4.9 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 3.7 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    What is there about a dying church that brings glory to God? Mark Clifton’s convicting answer is “Nothing.” Because a local church is intended to represent the work of God in a community, when that church “loses it saltiness,” not only is God’s work pictured as irrelevant in that community, but also dishonor and disrepute may well become associated with God’s name as a result. In Reclaiming Glory, Clifton draws not only upon his own burden for revitalizing dying churches but also upon years of church replanting experience to offer passionate counsel for how to breathe new life into a dying church … all for the glory of the God who is building his church upon the immovable rock of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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    Reclaiming Glory

    3.7 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.3 hrs • 1/11/2016 • Unabridged

    The apostle Paul gave the gospel the first place in his preaching, endeavored with all his might to proclaim it clearly, and even went so far as to pronounce a curse upon all those who would pervert its truth. Yet how sad it is that many, even among those considering themselves evangelicals, have reduced the gospel message to a few trite statements to be repeated, and view conversion as a mere human decision. In The Gospel Call and True Conversion, Paul Washer challenges such easy believism as he examines the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people.

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  4. 1.0 hrs • 12/15/2015 • Unabridged

    After His resurrection, Jesus gave His disciples a mission: to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them. That remains the continuing mission of the church today. In this book, Dr. R. C. Sproul explores the Great Commission by laying out the biblical basis for missions, defining the gospel and evangelism, and addressing the need to mobilize Christian believers for missions. He also touches on methods of evangelism, while pointing ultimately to the One who promised that He would build His church. This book is a challenge to the church and to individual Christians to obey Jesus’ command to go and make disciples.

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  5. 9.8 hrs • 8/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years performing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place?” It sure didn’t work in Somalia. How does faith survive—let alone flourish—in a place like the Middle East? How can good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when darkness surrounds you? How can we say “greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world” when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? The Insanity of God tells a story—a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at its heart a very human story—of the Ripkens’ own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.

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    The Insanity of God

    By Nik Ripken, with Gregg Lewis
    Read by Joe Geoffrey
    9.8 hrs • 8/1/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.7 hrs • 7/28/2015 • Unabridged

    People are leaving the church J. D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be. When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity. But there is a cost to this. To see ministry multiply, we must release the seeds God has placed in our hands. And to do that, we must ask ourselves whether we are concerned more with building our kingdom or God’s. In Gaining By Losing, J. D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.

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    Gaining by Losing

    Foreword by Larry Osborne
    8.7 hrs • 7/28/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.2 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the Urban Perspectives newsletter, and the author of Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life, has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years. His groundbreaking Toxic Charity shows us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.

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    Toxic Charity

    5.2 hrs • 1/6/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.4 hrs • 8/15/2014 • Unabridged

    China, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq … God is at work. Christians are testifying. The gospel is advancing. In this captivating travelogue, a veteran missions mobilizer leads readers to experience global Christianity, exploring the faith and lives of Christians living in some of the world’s most perilous countries. The incredible accounts recorded here—stories that span the globe from China to Afghanistan—highlight the bold faith and sacrificial bravery of God’s people. Ultimately, this book magnifies Christ’s saving work in all the earth and encourages Christians to joyfully embrace their role in the gospel’s unstoppable advance!

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    Dispatches from the Front

    7.4 hrs • 8/15/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.1 hrs • 9/30/2013 • Unabridged

    What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture. But what he discovered through trial and error has revolutionized the world of missions. Bruchko, which has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide, has been called “more fantastic and harrowing than anything Hollywood could concoct.” Having lived with the Motilone Indians since 1961, Olson has won the friendship of four presidents of Colombia and made appearances before the United Nations because of his efforts. Bruchko includes the story of Olson’s 1988 kidnapping by communist guerrillas and the nine months of captivity that followed. This revised version of his story is an amazing reminder that simple faith in Christ can make anything possible.

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    Bruchko by Bruce Olson

    Bruchko

    Foreword by Robert Walker
    Epilogue by Janice Franzen
    Read by Gary Dikeos
    7.1 hrs • 9/30/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.6 hrs • 11/30/2012 • Unabridged

    Although it is a foundational confession for all Christians, much of the theological significance of Jesus’ identity as the “Son of God” is often overlooked or misunderstood. Moreover, this Christological concept stands at the center of today’s Bible translation debates and increased ministry efforts to Muslims. New Testament scholar D. A. Carson sheds light on this important issue with his usual exegetical clarity and theological insight, first by broadly surveying Jesus’ biblical name as the “Son of God,” and then by focusing on two key texts that speak of Christ’s sonship. The book concludes with the implications of Jesus’ divine sonship for how modern Christians think and speak about Christ, especially in relation to Bible translation and missionary engagement with Muslims across the globe.

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    Jesus, the Son of God

    2.6 hrs • 11/30/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 2.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    “A religious fundamentalist, a political operative, a primitive sermonizer, and an accomplice of worldly secular powers. Her mission has always been of this kind. The irony is that she has never been able to induce anybody to believe her. It is past time that she was duly honored and taken at her word.” Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens’ meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa’s reputation be judged by her actions, not the other way around. With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white-collar criminals throughout the world.

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    The Missionary Position

    Foreword by Thomas Mallon
    2.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 14.9 hrs • 3/13/2012 • Unabridged

    Why is the city a battleground of hostile principalities and powers? What is the mission of the church in the city? How can the church be supported in accomplishing that mission? These are the questions that Robert Linthicum treats in his comprehensive and probing biblical theology of the city.  In the Bible the city is depicted both as a dwelling place of God and his people and as a center of power for Satan and his minions. The city is one primary stage on which the drama of salvation is played out. And that is no less the case at the end of this pivotal century as mega-cities become the focal point of most human activity and aspirations around the world.  This is a timely theology of the city that weaves the theological images of the Bible and the social realities of the contemporary world into a revealing tapestry of truths about the urban experience. Its purpose is to define clearly the mission of the church in the midst of the urban realities and to support well the work of the church in the urban world.

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    City of God, City of Satan

    14.9 hrs • 3/13/12 • Unabridged
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  13. 11.5 hrs • 3/13/2012 • Unabridged

    The Reformation restored the scriptures to the people, but the job was only halfway finished. Today the church is awakening to the truth that ministry is not just the domain of clergy, but belongs to the entire body of Christ. God is moving her to complete her unfinished business of placing the ministry back in the hands of the people.  Unfinished Business has played a pivotal part in helping the church reclaim ministry at the grassroots level. First published in 1990 as The New Reformation, it has become a classic resource for church life. Expanding on and updating the original material with fresh examples and references to eight key important movements, this new edition lays foundations for the church to move from:  – Passive to active – Maintenance to mission – Clergy to people of God – Teacher/caregiver to equipping enabler  Pointing us back to the church as an organism, not an institution, author Greg Ogden shows how each of us is called to help finish the Reformation’s unfinished business: expressing the priesthood of every believer practically in the church, the world, and all avenues of life.

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    Unfinished Business

    11.5 hrs • 3/13/12 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.6 hrs • 1/1/2011

    What’s the secret to being truly smart when it comes to managing your finances, possessions, and your very life? The creator of all things invites you to enter into deeper levels of generosity with him, so you can become wise in your giving and generous in living. When we begin to grasp God’s extravagant love and generosity toward us, we begin to be generous toward him and others in his kingdom. The result: our generosity becomes a visible expression of our love for him.

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    The Genius of Generosity

    Presented by Chip Ingram
    2.6 hrs • 1/1/12
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  15. 6.2 hrs • 11/1/2011 • Unabridged

    People are hungry to make a difference in their community, yet most don’t know where to start. In fact, “serving the least” is often one of the most neglected biblical mandates in the church. Barefoot Church shows readers how today’s church can be a catalyst for individual, collective, and social renewal in any context. Whether pastors or laypeople, readers will discover practical ideas that end up being as much about the Gospel and personal transformation as they are about serving the poor. Here they will see how the organizational structure of the church can be created or redesigned for mission in any context. Drawing from his own journey, Brandon Hatmaker proves to readers that serving the least is not a trendy act of benevolence but a lifestyle of authentic community and spiritual transformation. As Hatmaker writes, “My hope is that God would open our eyes more and more to the needs of our community. And that we would see it as the church’s responsibility to lead the charge.”

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    Barefoot Church

    Foreword by Ed Stetzer
    Read by Adam Black
    6.2 hrs • 11/1/11 • Unabridged
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  16. 5.4 hrs • 2/22/2011 • Unabridged

    While “missions” used to be the territory of experts and missionary professionals, globalization has made the issues and needs of our world accessible to average Americans. Many American Christians feel overwhelmed by the scope of the brokenness in the world and conclude all they can do is go on with their lives. Others respond by giving and praying, and still others want to do more. What Can I Do? shows that global mission is something we all can be part of in tangible ways. And while that might include going on a short term mission trip or providing financial support, there are many more ongoing and holistic forms of engagement. This book helps readers see that the roles they already have—business leader, scientist, teacher, student, parent, or neighbor—can provide ways to engage in global mission. Mission is what we were created to do. It includes evangelistically calling people to follow Jesus wherever we go, whatever we do. But it’s more than that. This book will help us explore the way our ordinary, everyday tasks of work and life can be part of God’s mission to heal a broken world.

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    What Can I Do?

    5.4 hrs • 2/22/11 • Unabridged
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