Summary: The spiritual legacy of a literary master -- and mentor.To many who have discovered....+
The spiritual legacy of a literary master -- and mentor.
To many who have discovered his books, C. S. Lewis is more than simply a writer; he has been a spiritual mentor. Here, over fifty Christians share how meeting the mind and imagination of Lewis in his books sparked the beginning or changed the course of their spiritual journey. These inspiring reflections have been shared by ordinary laypeople as well as many well-known leaders and writers, including:
Liz Curtis Higgs
George Gallup Jr.
Francis S. Collins
David Lyle Jeffrey
This unique celebration of Lewis' spiritual legacy will be treasured by all those who treasure Lewis' words.
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Summary: Hope from Heaven. On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone and....+
Hope from Heaven. On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone and son of Lindy Boone Michaelis, accidentally stepped through a skylight and fell three stories onto a cement floor. As Ryan lingered between life and death in intensive care, Pat and Lindy decided to take action in a big way: They went on Larry King Live, shared their faith, and asked millions of TV viewers to pray for Ryan. Heaven Hears is the amazing story of what happened next. You won't want to miss this story of tragedy and triumph from the Boone family. It's a story of the immovable faith of a mother, the incredible power of prayer, and the undeniable evidence that heaven hears us.
Summary: Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others. As a young....+
Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others. As a young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness. His immense talent and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of Europe’s most renowned philosophers, theologians, and musicians in the early twentieth century. Yet Schweitzer shocked his contemporaries by forsaking worldly success and embarking on an epic journey into the wilds of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to serve as a lifelong physician to “the least of these” in a mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and superstition. Enduring hardship, conflict, and personal struggles, he and his beloved wife, Hélène, became German prisoners of war during WWI — and Hélène later battled persistent illnesses..Ken Gire’s novelesque narrative sheds new light on Schweitzer’s faith-in-action ethic and his commitment to honor God by celebrating the sacredness of all life.The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures in the thriving African hospital community that began in a humble chicken coop, in the millions who have drawn inspiration from his example, and in the challenge that emanates from his life story into our day. Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness — and he was. He made his life his greatest sermon to a world in desperate need of hope and healing.
Summary: Your deepest pain can be your greatest hope. This powerful memoir from Grammy....+
Your deepest pain can be your greatest hope. This powerful memoir from Grammy Award-winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through. Ashley Cleveland grew up in a Southern family fractured by alcoholism, homosexuality, and the collapse of her parents' marriage. She knew from the start that she was the "good-for-nothing" black sheep of her divided home, and she quickly learned to play the part. Yet in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful. Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use. This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that broken places often supply the best things we have to give away.
Summary: Lew Wallace gained world-wide fame as the author of the bestselling novel Ben-Hur.....+
Lew Wallace gained world-wide fame as the author of the bestselling novel Ben-Hur. But did you know that as a boy, he played hooky from school? Governor, foreign minister, Civil War general, inventor, artist, and author, Lew Wallace spent his boyhood in the fields and rivers of his native Midwest. Join Lew as he rescues his baby brother from death and entertains friends with portraits from his “magic pencil.”
Praised by parents, teachers, and historians, the Young Patriots Series is an ideal way to sweep today’s young readers into history. The everyday details of family life, the time period in which they lived, what they wore, and the challenges they faced in school create a window through which children can access history. The evidence of character, responsibility, ability, and courage showcase situations to which every child can relate.
Summary: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented....+
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that always wrapped up neatly, or subjects that were deemed safe, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence, and existential boredom. Television shows became the place to go to see stories of the triumph and betrayals of the American Dream.
This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-showrunner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and “difficult” as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked ambition.
Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for television but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), in addition to dozens of other writers, directors, studio executives, actors, production assistants, makeup artists, script supervisors, and so on. Martin takes us behind the scenes of our favorite shows, delivering never-before-heard story after story and revealing how cable television has distinguished itself dramatically from the networks, emerging from the shadow of film to become a truly significant and influential part of our culture.
Summary: “I’ve struck it!” Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. “And....+
“I’ve struck it!” Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. “And I will give it away--to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.”
Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his “Final (and Right) Plan” for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion--to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment”--meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for one hundred years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent,” and that he was therefore free to speak his “whole frank mind.”
The year 2010 marked the one hundredth anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.
Summary: Drawing on the history of his own family, Pulitzer Prize winner Hamlin Garland....+
Drawing on the history of his own family, Pulitzer Prize winner Hamlin Garland chronicles the experiences of a generation. A Son of the Middle Border, Garland’s bittersweet narrative of growing up on a Wisconsin farm, captures in vivid, moving detail the stories of the thousands of courageous and optimistic Americans who sought new and prosperous lives on the mid-western frontier and discovered not only the grandeur of the plains, but the immense toll nature demands from those who try to tame the land.
Summary: Mere Christianity is C. S. Lewis’ forceful and accessible doctrine on Christian....+
Mere Christianity is C. S. Lewis’ forceful and accessible doctrine on Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books--The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality--Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of his religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, C. S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that “at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice.”
Summary: Travel back in time to the boyhood of one of the most popular poets of the....+
Travel back in time to the boyhood of one of the most popular poets of the early twentieth century. "Bud" Riley spent his childhood in mid-nineteenth century Indiana, where stagecoaches were a common sight, rope swings were the only thrill rides, and telling spooky stories by firelight was the best entertainment of all.
Summary: Here is the Whitney only family would know... Somewhere outside the glare of....+
Here is the Whitney only family would know... Somewhere outside the glare of the concert spotlights... behind the tawdry entertainment news headlines... beyond the crush of the scandal-seeking paparazzi... lies the truth about Whitney Houston. And few individuals are better qualified to show us that complicated, funny, generous, troubled, extremely loyal Whitney than the friend she called "brother," Bebe Winans. With obvious affection, yet remarkable transparency, Winans opens a window into their 28 years of friendship and family closeness to offer a view of the Whitney only a handful of people knew - the Whitney beyond The Voice. The entertainment press incessantly told us what Whitney did. Now, thanks to this tender, honest account, we understand what she thought and felt. Winans' audio book is a beautifully honest portrait of this astonishingly gifted woman, offering tremendous inspiration and a deeper understanding of human nature and God's grace.
Summary: The best-selling album has inspired a heart-melting audio book. In Love Story,....+
The best-selling album has inspired a heart-melting audio book. In Love Story, one of Christian music’s most remarkable singer-songwriters brings to listeners her proven gift for mining the gritty soil of everyday experience and emerging with poignant gems of spiritual insight. Based on the songs of the popular album, Music Inspired by The Story, Dove Award winner Nichole Nordeman takes us inside some of the pivotal moments of the people of Scripture, revealing a very human side that we’ve rarely glimpsed. In the process, she offers us startlingly frank glimpses of her own struggles and faith journey, inspiring us to take the hand of the One who walks with us -- who has always walked with us -- from beginning to end.
Summary: The Lord of the Rings trilogy has delighted millions of fans worldwide in book....+
The Lord of the Rings trilogy has delighted millions of fans worldwide in book and movie form. With the theatrical release of the two-part film The Hobbit slated for 2012 and 2013, attention will once again turn to J. R. R. Tolkien's classic works. In a culture where truth is relative and morality is viewed as old-fashioned, we welcome the chance to view the world through hobbit eyes: we have free will, our choices matter, and living a morally heroic life is possible.
In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Tolkien expert Matthew Dickerson shows how a Christian worldview and Christian themes undergird Tolkien's Middle-earth writings and how they are fundamentally important to understanding his vision. This revised and expanded edition of Following Gandalf includes new material on torture, social justice, and the importance of the body.
Summary: Find wisdom and inspiration in one of the greatest adventures ever told.
Find wisdom and inspiration in one of the greatest adventures ever told.
Let this audio book be your guide as you discover hidden truths embedded in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure. As one of the best-selling books of the last 100 years, and now a blockbuster movie, the magical charm of The Hobbit has delighted millions. But there is a spiritual dimension that will strike an even deeper chord. The Spiritual World of the Hobbit will take you behind the scenes, revealing Tolkien's beliefs and motivations. From there it will walk you step-by-step through the story itself, uncovering powerful themes of providence, mercy, and courage that are as important in our own lives today as they were to the hobbits in Middle-Earth.
As you take a closer look at this timeless tale of good vs. evil, you will be filled with wonder once again. For you will see that at the heart of The Hobbit, Tolkien embedded images of faith and spiritual longing that are sure to inspire us all.
Summary: The same love is calling us all by name. When acclaimed worship artist and....+
The same love is calling us all by name. When acclaimed worship artist and songwriter Paul Baloche released his 12th album, The Same Love, each new song was birthed from an inspired moment, an experience Paul describes as an “other than” place. But there were also moments in between the songs where Paul felt there was more to be said. This audio book is a collection of those moments, a progression of thoughts and prayers different from the lyrics but the same as the songs. This is not a devotional, or an audio book that describes something. This is a devotion, an audio book that is something.
Summary: In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis' death, celebrated Oxford don....+
In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis' death, celebrated Oxford don Dr. Alister McGrath presents us with a compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis, the author of the well-known Narnia series. For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series has captured the imaginations of millions. In C. S. Lewis -- A Life, Dr. Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely path of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing a bestselling fantasy series for children. Dr. McGrath uses his extensive research and thorough examination in chronological order of Lewis’ correspondence and archival materials to present a new picture of Lewis’s life. This definitive biography paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became a compelling, though reluctant, prophet for our times. You won’t want to miss this fascinating portrayal of a creative genius who inspired generations.
Summary: Daily readings drawn from every century and every tradition of the Christian....+
Daily readings drawn from every century and every tradition of the Christian faith. Christianity through the ages... Ignatius, C.S. Lewis, John Calvin, Augustine, Catherine of Siena, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Polycarp, John Wesley, Karl Barth, and Billy Sunday. These names, and so many others, fill the pages of church history. Yet they remain strangers to most of us. How Great Is Our God will introduce you to Christianity’s most influential thinkers from every century and every tradition--modernized for today’s reader. As you hear the convictions of these men and women across two millenniums, their words will echo in your life--grounding you in the wisdom of the ages, and instilling a deeper understanding of the heart of our faith...and the greatness of our God!
Summary: When mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California....+
When mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with twenty-five dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite the RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment. Rosenfelt recounts the adventure of moving his animal companions across the United States with humor and warmth, and tells the tale of how he and his wife became passionate foster parents for rescue dogs, culminating in the creation of the Tara Foundation and successfully placing several thousand dogs with loving families. About the Author: David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming the Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of five stand-alones and ten previous Andy Carpenter novels, most recently "Leader of the Pack." He and his wife live in Maine with the twenty-five dogs they have rescued. About the Narrator: Jeff Steitzer has appeared in “Inherit The Wind” on Broadway, and in “Mary Poppins” in regional theaters throughout the country. Jeff has had roles on the televisions shows, The Fugitive, Law & Order, and 30 Rock, and has provided the voice of the Multiplayer Announcer for all HALO video games.
Summary: Enjoy this fascinating thirty minute-long discussion between two artists at....+
Enjoy this fascinating thirty minute-long discussion between two artists at the top of their craft--LA Meyer, author and creator of the Bloody Jack series of novels, and narrator extraordinaire Katherine Kellgren, who voices the entire audiobook series. At last count, the Bloody Jack audiobooks have won three Odyssey Honor awards, four Audie Awards, and have made numerous 'Best of' lists. About the Author: L.A. Meyer received a master of fine arts from Boston University, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lives in Corea, Maine. About the Narrator: Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York and Frankfurt. Her recent work includes everything from the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie, to appearances on Comedy Central. She has recorded numerous plays and dramatizations of novels for the radio, including winners of the AudioFile Earphones Award and the Peabody Award. She is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Summary: If you think a gang of real-life geeks can’t take on the world and win big...think....+
If you think a gang of real-life geeks can’t take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don’t sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards–and turned it into a fortune! About the Author: David Kushner is the author of Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Wired, Spin, Salon, and The New York Times. He lives in New Jersey. Visit his website at www.davidkushner.com.