Have you ever referred to God as the man upstairs? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the second storey of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives. In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God's living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you've always dreamed of. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Freeman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119031/bk_acx0_119031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Catholic new-media personality and best-selling author Lisa M. Hendey is fueled by a lifelong passion for her faith. In The Grace of Yes, she guides listeners through pivotal moments of her journey and the eight virtues that have helped her - and will help listeners - learn how to say yes to God. Beloved Catholic blogger Lisa Hendey explores eight spiritual virtues that she believes are foundational to the Christian life. In opening windows to pivotal moments of her own spiritual journey, she helps listeners learn about belief, generativity, creativity, integrity, humility, vulnerability, saying no, and starting over, and shows how these virtues lead to generous living and the ability to joyously say yes to God. Hendey reflects candidly on real-life struggles: the identity adjustment of leaving a blossoming career to become a stay-at-home mom; the temptation of Divahood as her online celebrity grew; the freedom and opportunities of empty-nest status versus the middle-aged body's pull to slow down; her encounters with spiritual community during treatment for cancer; and the contrast between the profound lingering grief she confronted at a Rwandan genocide memorial and the astounding willingness of survivors there to forgive. Listeners encounter Hendey's own struggles and successes while soaking up her characteristic warmth and good advice. Hendey provides questions for personal reflection and a prayer to close the exploration of each virtue. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa M. Hendey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sant/000191/bk_sant_000191_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The popular Patheos blogger and a prominent figure within the Emerging Church Movement and Progressive Christianity explains how the "American Christianity" we are currently taught is actually a fear-saturated distortion of biblical faith. Benjamin L. Corey thought he was suffering a crisis of faith, but it turned out to be a spiritual awakening. Corey became aware that the constant fear of hell and judgment that defined his Christian faith was out of sync with the idea that God acts from love and promises to deliver us from fear. In the wake of this realization came newfound insights - from reading the Bible to reexamining American life and the church's role in the wider world. Corey learned that what he had been taught was a distorted version of Christianity that was not only untrue but caused real spiritual harm. He also discovered that he wasn't alone. Many Christians are yearning to distinguish between the Christianity that has become a rigid American civil religion and the authentic Christian faith embodied in Jesus. As he recounts his own spiritual journey, Corey offers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for every Christian increasingly frustrated with the church today. Do not be discouraged, he assures them. You do not need to give up your faith; you can rediscover the reality of a vibrant Christianity that delivers us from fear and inspires and guides us all today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006388/bk_harp_006388_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A modern story of one mans rite of passage to manhood.I’ve taken on many roles throughout the course of my life. A native Floridian and father to three, I’m also a stepfather to two. I’m an attorney who has represented hundreds of clients throughout Florida and the United States, but I’ve been a traveler as well. Many of my travels have involved learning from shamans so some of my insight comes with that language. I’m a husband to one, an ex-husband, a father, a friend. I’m a professional, a businessman, a mentor and an eager student. Some days I’m a Cross-fitter, others I’m an ice cream aficionado.Regardless of the roles, you embody in your life, your language, or spiritual path you’re on, I hope you can find value here.Most recently, I became an author when I published my first book and I guess writing this makes me a blogger now too. I’m a man who was inspired to create a dialogue and venue devoted to men where they can find value connecting with others about what it means to be a man, our challenges, and opportunities to be the best we can be. Regardless of the roles, you embody in your life, your language, or spiritual path you’re on, I hope you can find value here. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff L. Cohen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/183889/bk_acx0_183889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Insightful blogger, speaker, and author Nika Maples makes the connections between God's original creation and how He can permanently re-create us in our heart and spirit. Do you desire to change or completely start over? Starting over is not as difficult as we think. The Genesis account of Creation reveals a divine sequence, showing us the secrets to new life. When we invite the Creator to make us new, we release any blame and regret we carry and embrace His foundation for re-creation, a new life. There we find exactly Who was presiding over the genesis of the earth. He can re-create us with a similar process: first bringing us revelation, then giving us benefits such as purpose and guidance, and finally teaching us to build a legacy. Through the divine sequence of Creation, we can learn simple spiritual disciplines for abiding in Christ and staying in step with the Spirit. If we want to begin again, we start at the Beginning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nika Maples. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/002358/bk_hove_002358_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a follow up to her two best-selling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect listen for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table. Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding listeners of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, listeners will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shauna Niequist. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001447/bk_zond_001447_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most of us at one time have said, or thought, something like: So I procrastinate, it s not like it's hurting anyone! Enough about you, back to me. I deserve this, so I'm treating myself! If I can't have it, she shouldn't either. I'll get around to it...or not. It's not really gossip if it's all true, right? (And the granddaddy of them all) But that doesn t make me a bad person! Are these really sins, you ask? After all, they re not murder, theft, or violence. Don't they just mean we're human? Writer, speaker, and blogger Elizabeth Scalia takes a look at 13 of these little sins that, if left unexamined and unconfessed, can have a serious impact on our spiritual lives and relationship with Christ. Through her honest (and sometimes funny) examination of these same sins in her own life as well as Church teaching on each one, she helps us ask ourselves the tough questions and gives us the tools to kick these bad habits before they kick us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003531/bk_hove_003531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz. For listeners who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part - collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to listeners the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Bogel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/002249/bk_hove_002249_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.