Krista Doyle grew up in a small town in Louisiana where everyone was a gossip and a devout church goer. She attended church every Sunday where she listened to her grandfather preach from the stage, where she sang hymns from the audience as her mother led the choir, and where she was strictly taught that everything was black and white, right and wrong. So - how was Krista to cope with being a lesbian? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Tallmadge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024669/bk_adbl_024669_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity, Third Edition traces Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity from their roots in early Christian churches to the way these religions are observed today. Recounted here is the historical passage of the Catholic and Orthodox faiths, from the original teachings of Jesus Christ to the early separation of the Eastern and Western Churches to recent attempts at reconciliation. The central doctrines of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity are explored as a background to such current issues as the child abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and the many tensions over abortion and gay marriage that exist in American society. The philosopy of Pope Benedict XVI, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, and the role of lay communities are also highlighted. The book is published by Chelsea House Publishers, a leading publisher of educational material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Lundeen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000102/bk_redw_000102_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2006, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) held an open forum at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to address the subject: ´´Has Christianity Failed You?´´ Tickets were sold for the event and---to the complete surprise of everyone---the event was sold out, with a capacity crowd of over 5,000. People lined up, offering to buy tickets from folks in line for higher prices. Before the event, an RZIM cameraman walked the streets and asked people if they had rejected the faith they held at one time. One answered that, because of a Christian´s rejection of his gay lifestyle, he had done just that. Another answered that she had left her faith because she had fallen into adultery and could never live it down in the church. Others had their own reasons. Some said it was just intellectually untenable in an age of reason. They chose to come to the event to judge if there were adequate answers. It is estimated that for every one person who writes a letter or attends an event, there are one thousand who agree. If the Atlanta crowd was any indication, the question is real and troubling. Why is it that many live with silent doubt, many leaving the ´´evangelical fold´´ for something else? Is there something wrong with the message, the communicator, the hearer...or is it all three? It´s time to ask the hard questions of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and why it seems as though God has made it so hard to continue believing. In fact, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator phoned me with that very question: ´´Why has God made it so hard to believe in Him?´´ Such skepticism is not just representative of the hostile; it also represents many honest questioners. This book attempts to lay out the response to those within as well as those outside the Christian faith so as to understand what it is we believe and why it is so hard to do so. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ravi Zacharias. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000781/bk_zond_000781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I know many people do not even read scriptural references in most books. I encourage you to read or listen to and ponder over all the references including those from the Quran. How many ways to heaven? Is it one, two, three, or even more ways? This is a matter of life and death. Is God a source of confusion and deception? Will God contradict himself by changing his words through different messengers? Jesus clearly said that, ´´I am the Way. The Truth and the Life.´´ Jesus never said he was one of the ways. Question is, are there enough scientific, investigative, prophetic, or spiritual evidences to prove the deity or uniqueness of Jesus? What did Mohammed or Quran (Islam) say? How about Gandhi and Buddha? This book further throws light on certain issues in Christianity such as sin, premarital sex, and homosexuality? Is there a gay gene? What is true prosperity? I think that if only material blessings were the critical proof of true prosperity then I think a lot of unbelievers are more loved and more blessed by God. Does Christian dressing matter today? You will discover the hidden message of Laminin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stafford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117708/bk_acx0_117708_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Marin´s life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith. In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs. Why are so many people who are gay wary of people who are Christians? Do GLBT people need to change who they are? Do Christians need to change what they believe? Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020660/bk_adbl_020660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports - that’s a challenge. Kate Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of otherness inside her. In trying to blend in, Kate had created a hilariously incongruous world for herself in Boulder. Her best friends were part of Colorado’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where they ran weekly Bible studies and attended an Evangelical Free Church. For nearly a year, Kate joined them and learned all she could about Christianity - even holding their hands as they prayed for others ´´living a sinful lifestyle´´. Each time the issue of homosexuality arose, she felt as if a neon sign appeared over her head, with a giant arrow pointed downward. During these prayer sessions, she would often keep her eyes open, looking around the circle at the closed eyelids of her friends, listening to the earnestness of their words. Kate didn’t have a vocabulary for discussing who she really was and what she felt when she was younger; all she knew was that she had a secret. In The Reappearing Act, she brings the listener along for the ride as she slowly accepts her new reality and takes the first steps toward embracing her true self. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Udall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017816/bk_adbl_017816_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jenn Henderson is proud of the church-centered life she´s created for her family. She prays each morning, attends worship every Sunday, and confidently takes up the struggle to defend traditional marriage when she learns marriage licenses are being issued to gays and lesbians in nearby San Francisco. But the certainty that she is living right falters after her teenage son, Josh, swallows a bottle of sleeping pills. Her fear deepens when she discovers that Josh struggles with same-sex attraction. If she´s living right, how can Josh be gay?Desperate for a cure, Jenn and her husband send Josh to a Christian conversion therapy camp recommended by their trusted pastor. Jenn is unwavering in her faith that Josh can be transformed by the grace of God. But as the story unfolds, her husband, son, and daughters seem to be questioning her deepest values, threatening irreparable damage to the tight-knit Henderson family.Author Laila Ibrahim tackles a subject directly out of the headlines in Living Right, an intimate story about a mother´s struggle to reconcile her religious beliefs with her son´s sexual orientation. Living Right strips away the politics of gay rights to reveal what´s really at stake in this ongoing conflict: family. As with her debut novel, Yellow Crocus, Ibrahim´s second novel explores an intimate and sensitive topic with insight and compassion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Hanfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/013263/bk_tant_013263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes. nineteenth-century evangelicals fought for the abolition of slavery, universal suffrage, and public education. But contemporary conservative activists have defaulted on this majestic legacy, embracing instead an agenda virtually indistinguishable from the Republican Party platform. Abortion, gay marriage, public education: the Religious Right is fighting, and winning, some of the most important political battles of the twenty-first century. How has evangelical Christianity become so entrenched in partisan politics? Randall Balmer is both an evangelical Christian and a historian of American religion. Struggling to reconcile the contemporary state of evangelical faith in America with its proud tradition of progressivism, Balmer has headed to the frontlines of some of the most powerful and controversial organizations tied to the Religious Right. Deftly combining ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context, Balmer laments the trivialization of Christianity, and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noblest traditions of their faith. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Woodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000263/bk_high_000263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to the world of Ann Coulter. With her monumental best sellers Treason, Slander, and High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Coulter has become the most recognized and talked-about conservative intellectual in years, and certainly the most controversial. Now, in How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), which is sure to ignite impassioned debate, she offers her most comprehensive analysis of the American political scene to date. With incisive reasoning, refreshing candor, and razor-sharp wit, she reveals just why liberals have got it so wrong. In this powerful and entertaining book, which draws on her weekly columns, Coulter ranges far and wide. No subject is off-limits, and no comment is left unsaid. After all, she writes, ´´Nothing too extreme can be said about liberals because it´s all true.´´ How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) offers Coulter´s unvarnished take on: The essence of being a liberal: ´´The absolute conviction that there is one set of rules for you, and another, completely different set of rules for everyone else.´´ John Kerry: ´´A reporter asked Kerry, ´Are you for or against gay marriage?´ As usual, his answer was, ´Yes.´´´ Her 9/11 comments: ´´I am often asked if I still think we should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity. The answer is: Now more than ever!´´ The state of the Democratic Party: ´´Teddy Kennedy crawls out of Boston Harbor with a quart of Scotch in one pocket and a pair of pantyhose in the other, and Democrats hail him as their party´s spiritual leader.´´ In this full-on Coulterpalooza, you´ll find the real, uncensored Ann Coulter. A special concluding chapter even includes the pieces that squeamish editors refused to publish, ´´what you could have read if you lived in a free country´´, says Coulter. How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) is a stunning reminder of why Ann Coulter´s 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Coulter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000482/bk_rand_000482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.