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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.

Latest read: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

Friday, 10 September 2010 4 comments

Non-Fiction: Christianity. Hardback from Thomas Nelson. Published 2010. 240 pages. Free review copy from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book. And, here it is:

Many years ago our oldest son was battling cancer at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Somehow word reached a couple who were members at the church where Max Lucado preaches and they came to visit us, bringing me my first glimpse of his work. Because of their kindness, and because I enjoyed the book, I have continued to read many of the works that Lucado has published through the years.

When I first saw the title I was reminded of the “Million Miles” book I recently read by Donald Miller, and in many ways the message is the same. But I think it’s such a great lesson that the more people discuss it, the better. Lucado’s books seem to all follow the same pattern, and this one is no exception. It’s a quick read, but still has some excellent reminders of what is really important. Lucado is donating all of his royalties from the book to World Vision, which is a great example of practicing what he’s preaching in this book.

Publisher’s Summary:

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These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.

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.

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.

Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Hanson Bourke

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 Leave a comment

Non-Fiction: Christianity. Paperback from Thomas Nelson. Published in 2009. 240 pages. Free review copy from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book. And, here it is:

When faced with a book written for women, I always have to battle with a fair bit of reader’s apprehension. Many such books have such a banal focus that I end up wanting to throw them across the room in frustration. As a consequence, my usual practice is to avoid them like the plague. Yet because the topic at hand seemed pertinent to me, I swallowed my usual misgivings and dove in. As I began to read I was thrilled by the first chapter, but my spirits fell by the second chapter: all of a sudden we were talking about letting God know we don’t like not being sexy anymore and being told we look worse because we are older. Not only do I disagree that older means we look worse and aren’t appealing anymore, I began to fear we were headed down the path to “superficial land”. Thankfully I persevered and blessedly, Hanson did not continue to dwell on appearance but moved on to some very sound advice on ways to consciously consider what you will do with the rest of your life. I liked the “reflect” and “act” insets in each chapter and think the book would make an excellent small group study.

So, besides wishing that the author had reminded us of a more biblical rather than society led approach to physical aging, I found this to be a very thought provoking book, full of excellent reminders re-evaluate what is important as you continue to journey through life.

Publisher’s Summary:

A woman’s guide to the second half of life.

Do you ever wonder if the best of life is in the past? Are you longing for more passion and purpose in the second half of your life? Take a deep breath and prepare for a great adventure as Dale Hanson Bourke resoundingly affirms that midlife is a time for reflection but also a time for action. In Embracing Your Second Calling, she challenges women to respond to God’s call specifically for this season of life and offers practical ideas for finding new meaning.

Bourke’s vulnerability and story-driven approach offers essential principles and specific suggestions as well as interactive elements including:

— Questions for reflection and going deeper
— Ideas on how to become more involved
— Prayers for wisdom and commitment
— Action steps for moving forward

For women searching for God’s purpose and passion in middle age and beyond this book offers an inspirational road map to meaning and adventure.

Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff

Wednesday, 21 April 2010 3 comments

Non-fiction: Christianity/Humor. Unabridged audio from Zondervan. Published in 2010. Read by the author. 4 hours and 24 minutes. Free (during April 2010) from christianaudio.com.

Before downloading this free audio from christianaudio.com, I had heard of the Stuff Christians Like book and website, but knew pretty nothing about them beyond their existence and that humor was involved. I am glad that I got a chance to listen to the book — especially after just listening to David Sedaris. It is interesting to think about the parallels between their humor (self-depreciating, aware of the absurd) as well as the differences (sometimes dark statements of the way things are, compared to mostly joyful teasing towards improvement). I definitely enjoyed Acuff more than Sedaris. I should however stipulate that while Acuff made me laugh more often, Sedaris made me laugh harder when he finally found my funny bone.

One small complaint about the audio editing: it’s difficult to tell when he’s switching subjects because in the editing process they left absolutely no time between the end of each chapter and the title of the next section. I’m sure it helped to keep the file size down but it made it very difficult to realize that he was finished with one topic and on to another.

Sometimes, we fall in love on mission trips even though we know we’ll break up when we get back. Sometimes, you have to shot block a friend’s prayer because she’s asking God to bless an obviously bad dating relationship. Sometimes, you think, “I wish I had a t-shirt that said ‘I direct deposit my tithe’ so people wouldn’t judge me.”

Sometimes, the stuff that comes with faith is funny. This is that stuff.

Jonathan Acuff’s Stuff Christians Like is your field guide to all things Christian. You’ll learn the culinary magic of the crock-pot. Think you’ve got a Metro worship leader—use Acuff’s checklist. Want to avoid a prayer handholding faux pas? Acuff has you covered.

Like a satirical grenade, Acuff brings us the humor and honesty that galvanized more than a million online readers from more than 200 countries in a new portable version. Welcome to the funny side of faith.

You can download a free copy of the audio until the end of April:

christianaudio.com

Or if you’d prefer a hard copy:

Amazon.com
Powells.com

The Reformation for Arm Chair Theologians by Glen Sunshine

Saturday, 3 April 2010 Leave a comment

Non-fiction: Christianity. Unabridged Audio from Hovel Audio. Originally published 2005. Recorded in 2009. 6 hours 27 minutes. Read by Kate Reading. Downloaded from Audible.com.

Though it started off well enough, the end of this book seemed to me to deteriorate into a description of war rather than a discussion of doctrine. To be fair there was a fairly decent discussion of the issues involved in the Reformation at first, and the wars were fought over doctrine. Unfortunately there were times that the author went into preaching mode explaining which doctrine he felt was correct rather than just describing what each of the sides thought.

That said, there is a lot of information to be gleaned about the Reformation from this easy to understand book if you’re willing to bypass the sermonizing and somewhat dry ending. The publisher’s summary indicates that there are study questions and suggestions for further reading, but neither of these are actually included in the audio version. (Unless they’re hidden somewhere and to unlock them you have to spin in a circle quoting the 95 Thesis before they’ll appear.)

Written by experts but designed for the nonexpert, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. An essential supplement for first-time encounters with primary texts, a lucid refresher for scholars and clergy, and an enjoyable read for the theologically curious. This readable, accessible narrative of the Protestant Reformation includes questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading, making this an ideal book for adult group study.

Audio available here:
Audible.com

To purchase a hard copy:
Amazon.com