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Christian Audio Free Download — September 2010

Monday, 13 September 2010 Leave a comment

I’m a little late but wanted to remind you to check out the free audiobook this month:

Spiritual Leadership
by J. Oswald Sanders

Free September 2010

With more than 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership has proven itself a timeless classic in teaching the principles of leadership. J. Oswald Sanders presents and illustrates those principles through biographies of eminent men of God – men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon.

Christianity needs a powerful voice in today’s world. Such a voice can come only from strong leaders guided by God and devoted to Christ. Spiritual Leadership will encourage you to place your talents and powers at His disposal so you can become a leader used for His glory.

This edition of Spiritual Leadership has been been completely revised. The language is updated with a modern flavor and a study guide has been added, designed as a tool to help you grow and successfully apply the principles in this classic book.

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Christian Audio Free Download – August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010 Leave a comment

This month’s free audio from christianaudio.com:

Free August 2010

Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road
by Tim Keller

Why would someone risk his safety, destroy his schedule, and become dirty and bloody to help a needy person of another race and social class? And why would Jesus tell us “Go and do likewise”? Like the wounded man on the Jericho road, there are needy people in our path- the widow next door, the family strapped with medical bills, the homeless man outside our place of worship. God call us to be ministers of mercy to people in need of shelter, assistance, medical care, or just friendship.

WWW Wednesdays — 14 July 10

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 Leave a comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

While painting our bathroom last week I finished listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

After that, to keep the boredom level down as I continued to paint, I downloaded Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It’s slow moving, but not in a bad way. It’s set in the UK and I am enjoying recognizing places and British ideas. I also started on my new Booksneeze review book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell. I am feeling compelled to take lots of notes as I go along, so I am not getting through it very quickly. It’s a very interesting book.

At this point in time I don’t have any plans for a next read. I’m always interested in suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment about a book (or books) you’ve enjoyed.

WWW Wednesdays

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 1 comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

For the last of our motorcycle trip, I downloaded and listened to Tripwire by Lee Child. It’s the third Jack Reacher novel. As with any novel of it’s kind, it had a lot of stereotypical characters and plot-lines, but the story was engaging and made for good riding listening.

Yesterday I started listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I’m really enjoying it so far.

I got a new book from Booksneeze that is on my next read list. It’s by John C. Maxwell and is titled Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.

How about you? What are your three W’s?

Christian Audio Free Download — July 2010

Thursday, 1 July 2010 Leave a comment

This month’s free audio download from christianaudio.com:

The Pursuit of God
by A. W. Tozer

During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940’s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit Of God. He wrote all night, the words coming to him as fast as he could put them down. When the train pulled into McAllen, the rough draft was done. Although written in such a remarkably short period of time, Tozer’s passionate classic offers not only a deeper understanding of Biblical Truth, but a personal encounter with the very Source of that Truth.

Talking About Detective Fiction by P. D. James

Saturday, 26 June 2010 2 comments

Non-fiction: Writing. Unabridged audio from BBC Audiobooks America. Published in 2009. Read by Diana Bishop. 4 hours and 18 minutes. Purchased from Audible.com.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book! It’s not long, but it was very interesting to hear James discuss detective fiction, make comments about her own work and the different detective fiction authors throughout the years. I spent a good part of the time looking for a pen to write down which stories were her favorites from different authors. She discussed some stories I have read and others that were new to me. It was great to get some new ideas. Diana Bishop did a fantastic job with the narration as well.

Publisher’s Summary:

To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P. D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her as a novelist for nearly 50 years. She explores the metamorphosis of a genre that has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.

For a hard copy:
Amazon.com
For the audio:
Audible.com

Categories: Audiobooks

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Saturday, 19 June 2010 Leave a comment

Fiction: Crime. Unabridged audio from Random House Audio. Published in 2010. Recorded in 2010. Narrated by Simon Vance. 20 hours and 20 minutes. Purchased from Audible.com.

It’s always interesting to me to add the publisher’s details to my posts. There are many times that I look at their descriptions and wonder if I’ve read the same book they’re describing. This book is another of those cases. Of course, everyone reads a book through their own lens of experience and will not interpret everything the same way. It just seems to me that they are making Salander out to be a bit more of a solo vigilante than I read her as being in this final book of the Millennium trilogy. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest)

The story was a great ending to the series and I really enjoyed listening to it. I did not find it to be nearly as suspenseful as the previous two books, however. While reading the other two books I was often not sure if things would be turning out okay for the characters. There was only one point in this book where I wasn’t sure if someone would make it, and the feeling was not strong. I was able to put the book aside for about a week right at that point in the story and did not feel overly compelled to listen to it to make sure this person would be okay. It also seemed to me that when things went wrong they were resolved very quickly without too many bad consequences. Any time the “bad guys” made a play the “good guys” caught them very quickly and adjusted their actions to deal with it. I don’t think the first books were like that. It was still a great book and I wouldn’t want my little piddling complaints to make you think this book is not worth reading. The trilogy was enjoyable and it makes me sad to think that there will be no more books from Larsson.

Publisher’s Summary:

The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

Find a hard copy:
Amazon.com
For the audio:
Audible.com

Categories: Audiobooks, Fiction