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  1. 6.0 hrs • 10/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Sometimes grace gets messy. Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian … and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you—even when it’s messy.

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    Messy Grace

    Foreword by Kyle Idleman
    6.0 hrs • 10/20/15 • Unabridged
  2. 5.6 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain—did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre. As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific “love” stories they ask, “What’s up with sex in the Old Testament?” The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it’s hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God’s word. However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking “love” story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God’s word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it’s often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.

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    Prostitutes and Polygamists

    5.6 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
  3. 8.7 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Before you can resolve the issues of our day, you must be able to clarify them. Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of daily discourse, yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield—once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor—has written a followup to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ, but about personal struggles that the questioners only dare to ask someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey. Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today’s key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today—even going back to God’s original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ. Chapters:Conversion: The Spark of a New IdentityIdentity: The Flame of Our Union in ChristRepentance: The Threshold to God and the Answer to Shame, Temptation, and SinSexual Orientation: Freud’s 19th-Century Category MistakeSelf-Representation: What Does It Mean to Be “Gay”?Conflict: When Sisters DisagreeCommunity: Representing Christ to the World

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  4. 3.0 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Kay Arthur approaches this vital topic not to shock or offend, but to boldly equip you to experience God’s absolute best for your life—whether you’re married or single—by understanding and obeying His will regarding sex. This practical, powerful guide will take you through the Scriptures to answer the questions you’re most likely struggling with:Why do we have sex anyway?What does God allow when it comes to sex—when, where, and with whom?If we both want it, who are we hurting?Are homosexuals born that way, or can they change?Why does God restrict my freedom—doesn’t He want me to be happy?Are these feelings that seem so uncontrollable normal?What do I do if I’ve messed up?And much more Experience the ultimate liberation by understanding and living according to God’s will for sex. As Kay explains, “Sex really is beautiful. Yet the beauty of sex shines all the more brilliantly when seen in the pure light of God’s Word.”

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    Sex … according to God

    3.0 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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    5.6 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    A passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world, by an Egyptian-American journalist and activist When the Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article in Foreign Policy magazine in 2012 titled “Why Do They Hate Us?” it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than four thousand posts on the website, broke all records for the magazine, prompted dozens of follow-up interviews on radio and television, and made it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is an explosive issue, one that engages and often enrages the public. In Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a campaigner and commentator on women’s issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya as second-class citizens. Eltahawy has traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and action on their behalf, confronting the “toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.” A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.

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    Headscarves and Hymens

    5.6 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.9 hrs • 4/22/2014 • Unabridged

    As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships. Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as:Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not?How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate?What does the story of Sodom and Gomorrah really say about human relationships?Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen?What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations? Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian is likely to spark heated debate, sincere soul searching, even widespread cultural change. Not only is it a compelling interpretation of key biblical texts about same-sex relations, it is also the story of a young man navigating relationships with his family, his hometown church, and the Christian church at large as he expresses what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.

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    God and the Gay Christian

    5.9 hrs • 4/22/14 • Unabridged
  7. 9.0 hrs • 5/14/2013 • Unabridged

    As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed “God Boy” by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: he also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events, his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the “ex-gay” movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible, that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance. But more than just a memoir, Torn provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members, or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that “in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace,” Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.

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    9.0 hrs • 5/14/13 • Unabridged
  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
  9. 12.0 hrs • 11/2/2010 • Unabridged

    This book features a number of autobiographical accounts as to how various persons have come to change their minds about women in leadership. Well-known evangelical leaders—individuals and couples, males and females from a broad range of denominational affiliation and ethnic diversity—share their surprising journeys from a more or less restrictive view to an open inclusive view that recognizes a full shared partnership of leadership in the home and in the church based on gifts not gender. This book offers a positive vision for the future of women and men together as partners of equal worth without competitiveness in the work of equipping this and the next generation of Christian disciples for the work of ministry and service in the Kingdom of God.

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    How I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership

    Edited by Alan F. Johnson
    With writings by Stuart Briscoe, Jill Briscoe, Tony Campolo, Bill Hybels, Lynne Hybels, John Ortberg, Nancy Ortberg, and others
    Read by Jay Charles
    12.0 hrs • 11/2/10 • Unabridged
  10. 9.9 hrs • 9/21/2010 • Unabridged

    Outreach to those who struggle with same-sex attraction is severely lacking in most churches. As a result, most Christians learn more about homosexuality from movies, the internet, television, and so-called diversity training than they learn in their own congregations. Many people who struggle with same-sex attraction are torn by the debate while yearning to hear the redemptive truth of the Bible and be touched by the unyielding love of Christ.  Author William Campbell believes that Christians can have a significant positive influence on how the larger culture frames the issue of same-sex attraction. He combines twenty years of study with current surveys and research by national leaders of ministries to homosexuals. Campbell packs his book with insights, tools, and practical guidelines for creating ministry in any size or type of congregation. Implementing these ideas not only helps bring Christ’s presence to those with unwanted same-sex attractions, but also enables Christian congregations to become more relevant to a changing world. This book covers such topics as the nature/nurture debate, law vs. grace, and scripture’s call to holiness.  Readers are equipped with understanding and language to converse about each topic in a truthful, loving, and insightful manner. Likewise, Campbell suggests ways churches can build ministry in five critical areas: leadership training, preaching, support groups, mentoring/counseling, and outreach. Turning Controversy into Church Ministry provides the right blend of information, practical steps for action, and guidelines for Christian renewal so that controversy about homosexuality can become the launch pad for vital ministry.

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    Turning Controversy into Church Ministry

    9.9 hrs • 9/21/10 • Unabridged
  11. 4.7 hrs • 7/12/2009 • Unabridged

    Recapture your heart’s truest longings. Deep in her heart, every woman longs for a man to see her beauty and cherish it. We long to be pursued and courted, and to make love to someone who truly loves us for keeps. Yet today, “healthy and normal” implies giving ourselves sexually with no expectation of depth, intimacy, or commitment. We’re expected to handle our relationships with men with no jealousy when they’re threatened, no fear of their ending, and no grief when they do. The proof of our equality with men has become our ability to flatline a broken heart. Compassionate counselor Paula Rinehart understands the high price a woman pays in loosening her sexual boundaries, and the unique role sex plays in forging a bond meant to last a lifetime. She shows you how to break free from the bondage of misused sexuality and how to create a whole new start with men.

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    Sex and the Soul of a Woman

    4.7 hrs • 7/12/09 • Unabridged
  12. 9.5 hrs • 7/3/2009 • Unabridged

    Answers to real-life, nitty-gritty private questions Christians are asking about sex Louis and Melissa McBurney offer frank, humorous, sensitive, and biblically grounded answers to the thousands of sex questions readers have sent to the editors of Marriage Partnership, a publication of Christianity Today International. The authors deal with sensitive issues that need to be talked about, but within a solid spiritual, psychological, and therapeutic context. This book is perfect for newlyweds, newlyweds of twenty-five years, or for parents to give their engaged son or daughter who is soon to be married. The McBurneys give frank, honest answers to real, honest questions that many Christians have always wanted to ask, but were too embarrassed or afraid. The author’s authentic, unblushing, yet thoroughly Christian perspective is presented in a two-column format. Their humor, husband-wife dialogue, and to-the-point answers provide an ideal reference for all the stages of married sex.

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    Real Questions, Real Answers about Sex

    Foreword by Dr. Les Parrott and Dr. Leslie Parrott
    9.5 hrs • 7/3/09 • Unabridged
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