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.
Today, many of us have lost our appreciation of the beauty of covenant theology and covenant community, and this has had dire consequences for us, resulting in misunderstandings of theology and individualism and isolationism in the church. Author Sarah Ivill believes that a key solution to this problem is a robust understanding of covenant theology, which will deepen our knowledge of Scripture and enable us to truly serve our sisters by pointing them to Christ. In The Covenantal Life, the author clearly and concisely sets forth the beauty of covenant theology and covenant community and encourages us to learn sound doctrine so that we can think biblically about the circumstances in our lives and then help our sisters in Christ to do so as well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Hanfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003538/bk_hove_003538_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2001 Kathy Baldock, a straight, conservative evangelical Christian, met Netto Montoya, a lesbian Native American, on the local hiking trails near her home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their friendship challenged Baldock´s cultural and religious beliefs about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock uncovers the historical, cultural, medical, and political filters of discrimination through which the LGBT community is seen. With the foundation firmly established, she examines the most controversial filter of all: what the Bible says about same-sex behavior. Ten years of research as well as relationships with thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people led to answering important questions: How did history, culture, science, and politics intertwine to create social discrimination against the gay and transgender community? When and why did the conservative Christian community turn their focus on the gay and transgender community? Should Christian fellowship be extended to gay and transgender people? Should civil marriages, or even Christian marriages, be granted to them? What is happening within the LGBT Christian movement today? Baldock carefully constructs a timeline as she untangles the details of various influences and influencers. Along the way she shares fascinating stories and testimonies enriching the historical journey. Finally, for those who are wondering how they might enter into productive and respectful conversations about the intersection of faith and sexual orientation or gender identity, this book offers the resources and tools needed to make informed and wise Christ-centered choices. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathy Baldock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032630/bk_acx0_032630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Invest Local is a peek into the thoughts of local deal-making expert David Barnett. His experience and education in business brokerage, small business financing, and private finance gives him an insight into what’s wrong with the common financial planning advice available today and how you can make superior investment returns while mitigating risk and helping your local community. Big banks make huge profits lending to people in your community and small businesses all around you. Learn how you can help these people and entrepreneurs and keep more of these profits in your home town. Barnett offers step-by-step guidance on how to earn returns ranging from nine percent to infinity by doing car leases, secured loans, inventory financing, buying accounts receivables, financing mini and mobile homes, operating leases on machinery and more. High yield investing does not have to mean high-risk investing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David C Barnett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115566/bk_acx0_115566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders, and faithful lay persons, church too often is a place of loneliness rather than connection. Church can be so much better. So intimate and alive. The Connecting Church tells you how. The answer may seem radical today, but it was a central component of life in the early church. First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made ´´the body of Christ´´ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth? Listen to this book and find out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000341/bk_zond_000341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Days of My Youth is a memoir of childhood in the utopian Oneida Community that limns the past with loving acuity. In successfully conveying what it felt like being a young girl there, it is an important source of information about one of the longest lasting and most successful ventures in utopian living in American history. This is an engaging account of childhood years lived in the famous religious and socialist commune in upstate New York (1848-1880) dedicated to sharing property, work, and love. It is full of sketches of many community members and of their employees. It conveys the look and feel of the communal home, the Mansion House, and the surrounding world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pauline Caputi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042134/bk_acx0_042134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Does your church make you uncomfortable? It’s easy to dream about the ´´perfect” church - a church that sings just the right songs set to just the right music before the pastor preaches just the right sermon to a room filled with just the right mix of people who happen to agree with you on just about everything. Chances are your church doesn’t quite look like that. But what if instead of searching for a church that makes us comfortable, we learned to love our church, even when it’s challenging? What if some of the discomfort that we often experience is actually good for us? This audiobook is a call to embrace the uncomfortable aspects of Christian community, whether that means believing difficult truths, pursuing difficult holiness, or loving difficult people - all for the sake of the gospel, God’s glory, and our joy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lyle Blaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003410/bk_hove_003410_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Would you believe that 86 percent of LGBT people - from the proud marcher at the Pride Parade to the quiet, closeted teen - spent their childhood in church? More than half of them left those religious communities as adults; three out of four would be happy to come back. For decades now, we have found ourselves caught up in a culture war: us versus them. Good news: There is no them. Our culture war has been a civil war: us versus us. And there is a path toward meaningful peace. Andrew Marin brings the startling findings of his largest-ever scientific survey of the religious history, practices, and beliefs of the LGBT community. Marin´s findings offer clear direction for both sides of a long cultural battle to meet in the middle, sacrificing neither conviction nor integrity as they rediscover the things they have in common and the hope found in Christ alone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006125/bk_tant_006125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The African-American community represents a paradox of sorts. While collective success has been achieved in many areas, African-Americans still disproportionately suffer from a variety of social ills. The residual impact of years of slavery and exclusion from the major institutions of American life are still trenchant. Yet there is hope. As we move forward into a new millennium, our greatest answers can be found by exploring the past. The Christian faith has served as a sustaining force that has been the backbone of this community for generations. This faith, along with a holistic commitment to family, political participation, education, and entrepreneurship, are the key to its future. The Way Out tackles this issue with a mature voice that represents a juxtaposition of faith and public policy. It rejects the culture of partisan gridlock, racial division, and religious cynicism by fostering a fresh and pluralistic discourse about some of the nation´s most pressing civic challenges. From the experienced policymaker to the common citizen wanting to make a difference, The Way Out provides tangible solutions through which we can all find ways to engage. It stands firmly at the intersection of religion, race, politics, and culture to light a clear path forward. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ted Williams III. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000750/bk_bigh_000750_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you afraid or concerned when a cop stops you? Do the blue lights make you nervous - questioning every action you took during your day? Does doubt or lack of trust for officers during a traffic stop make you uncomfortable? For many, these questions can be answered quickly and the answers can be painful to admit out loud. The answers then bring up totally new sets of questions that can be summed up to one bigger one, ´´How do I survive?´´ This book, How to Stop for a Cop, has the answer to many questions you may have. It addresses your concerns and gives step-by-step instructions on how to stop for a cop. While addressing the Ethics in law enforcement, it describes when, what, where, and how to stop; taking the time to address use of force, deadly force, and more. In addition, this book advises you on what to expect from the officer during a stop encounter. It is important that law enforcement, drivers and the community close the gap that has created a serious disconnect leading to confrontation, serious injury, and sometimes even death during a traffic stop. As a law enforcement officer of 30 years Sheriff Peterkin knows firsthand that law enforcement and the community need one another. The more we understand, and respect each other during a traffic stop or any encounter, the less chance there is of sadness and tears as the end result. How to Stop for a Cop is a must-hear with several important topics, related reflections, and personal messages to both law enforcement and the community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Buwalda. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/111351/bk_acx0_111351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.