High Lodge is a vacant monstrosity. A blemish on an otherwise bustling city. And over a dead body in its uppermost floor, an unlikely meeting between two strangers with a common secret will set into motion events that might burn both their worlds to the ground.A superhuman drunk. A failed protégé. An agent with a vendetta. A detective with limitless wasted potential. A crime family who mysteriously vanished long ago. A beat cop with a fanboy complex. A hidden church with a secret gospel. All swirling chaotically around one man: Gaunt. Sullen. Reclusive. A mythical legend in his field. A ridiculous outcast to his peers. A silent abstraction. And maybe, just maybe, the most dangerous monster of all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: W J Hull. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/159831/bk_acx0_159831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The best-selling author of Misquoting Jesus, one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today, examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament - and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity. Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally - including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Erhman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament - how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus´ message but helped shape it. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels. Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener - crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down. As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, debates on New Testament authorship, and the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005017/bk_harp_005017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Testimonies abound in the Christian faith, but there is perhaps none more powerful than A Woman´s Silent Testimony. In his new book, Dr. Daniel Tomlinson draws parallels from pregnancy and birth to spiritual truths in the Word of God. Conception is an allegory to new birth, fetal life represents our life on earth, and birth is analogous to our physical death and our ultimate new life in heaven with God.Just as Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected, we die, are buried, and resurrected, both in the physical and metaphorical senses. Even more compelling are the comparisons Dr. Tomlinson makes about pregnancy and familiar characters found in the Bible. Jonah died to his self, he was buried in the great fish, and he was resurrected to bring light to the Gentiles. Paul underwent many ´´labor pains´´, facing persecution from the Jews he spoke the gospel to, before seeing the birth of a new child—the church.While a birth is a joyous occasion, a mother will sometimes experience postpartum depression. This experience is mirrored in our lives as Christians. There are mountains and valleys, and when we are in the valleys, it´s faith in God that will bring us back to the mountaintop. It´s these and other parallels that give new meaning to pregnancy and A Woman´s Silent Testimony.Dr. Tomlinson is the author of Birth Pangs: How Pregnancy Reveals God´s Plan for the Ages. He has practiced obstetrics and gynecology since 1988 and has witnessed over 5,000 births. He can be seen on his local CBS news affiliate as a medical expert. He lives with his wife, Julie, in Medford, Oregon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shawna Windom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tate/000625/bk_tate_000625_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fifth volume in Piper´s acclaimed The Swans Are Not Silent series illustrates powerful and enduring lessons through the missional sufferings of Tyndale, Judson, and Paton.Jesus´ words in John 12 are sobering: unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it will bear little fruit. The history of Christianity´s expansion proves that God´s strategy for reaching unreached peoples with the gospel includes the sufferings of his frontline heralds - the missionaries who willingly die a thousand daily deaths to advance God´s kingdom.Pastor John Piper´s latest addition to The Swans Are Not Silent series focuses on this flesh-and-blood reality in the lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton. The price they paid to translate the Word of God, to pave the way for missionary mobilization around the world, and to lead the hostile to Christ was great. Yet their stories show in triplicate how the gospel advances not only through the faithful proclamation of the truth but through representing the afflictions of Christ in our sufferings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/013608/bk_blak_013608_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us - people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it´s safe to say what they´re really thinking. For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn´t afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows listeners how the gospel works in them and in their lives when: They can´t get their act together They think God is giving them the silent treatment They think church would be better without all the people They´re not happy with the person in the mirror And much more Wilson frees listeners from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Roy Grimsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/002124/bk_hove_002124_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce suffered lifelong opposition and endured for the causes of gospel truth, missionary zeal, and political justice. They found, in solid doctrine and humble joy, the tough roots for habitual tenderness in response to their adversaries - without doctrinal or moral flinching. They are examples of remarkable grace. In the third book of the Swans Are Not Silent series, best-selling author John Piper looks at the lives of these three great men and focuses on how they not only endured great opposition but did so with joy and without bitterness. Their lives exemplify how to set a pace and finish the race before us, encouraging every heart that it is possible to jump the hurdles in our paths. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/013385/bk_blak_013385_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Athanasius. Owen. Machen. When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in AD 426, his successor was so overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy that he declared, ´´The swan is silent´´, fearing the spiritual giant´s voice would be lost in time. But for 1,600 years Augustine has not been silent - and neither have the men who faithfully trumpeted the cause of Christ after him. Their lives have inspired every generation of believers and should compel us to a greater passion for God. In his fourth book in the Swans Are Not Silent series, John Piper explores the lives of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen - a bishop, a pastor, and the founder of a seminary. Each of these men stood for the truth of the gospel in the face of intense opposition - all out of a deep love for Jesus and a desire for people to know him in his fullness. They took no joy in controversy for argument´s sake, and they were willing to suffer for the sake of guarding the sanctity of the gospel. Threats of harm, years of exile, the death of loved ones, opposition from friends and authorities, sickness and pain - none of these setbacks could keep these three from maintaining their efforts to further the gospel or quench their zeal for Jesus himself. In each of their lives, personal holiness was emphasized publicly and privately despite suffering. They were true soldiers for the sake of the cross, and each man offers life lessons for Christians today. We pray that their perseverance, courage, and resolve will arouse such Christ-honoring passions in you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/013566/bk_blak_013566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. But light is yet present in darkness, and silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth. Shusaku Endo´s novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of 20th-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo´s Silence took visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain, and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo´s as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived amid trauma and glimpses of how the Gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ova Saopeng. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001636/bk_oasi_001636_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.