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Christian Audio currently has this book for free for download titled How to Battle Depression and Suicidal Thoughts by Ray Comfort.

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Augustine. The Confessions of Saint Augustine. Escondido, CA: Hovel Audio Inc, February 28, 2006. 12 hours, 48 minutes.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Christian Audio Amazon

This is a classic by the early Church Father name Augustine.  It is an autobiography and the testimony of the long journey of how this famous Bishop came to trust in the Lord.  I struggled to make time to read this book but was delighted to find an unabridged audiobook of this work.  It was a blessing to listen to the audiobook.

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No doubt some people will be traveling to visit family and relatives as Christmas gets closer and/or people take a vacation or are done with the semester in school.

Here’s some nonfiction audio books recommendations to help with your travel whether you are waiting in the airport, on the bus or driving cross country.

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

Taylor Downing. Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I.  Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audio Inc, April 15, 2015. 13 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This work is about how the Great War/World War One was a different military conflict than the wars that came before it since it was a war in which the world entered a new age with modern warfare.  I think the author presented his case quite persuasively with his focus being primarily on the British then German and French developments in the Western front.  I enjoyed this work in audio book format and found that the work overall was informative and interesting.  It was also read in such a way that helped the listeners endure over thirteen hours of materials without any problem.

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I reviewed over a hundred titles on our blog in 2016.  So here’s the top books from that list.  My categories is as follows: Best Book on the Bible, Best book on Theology, Best book on Apologetics, Best Practical Christian book, Best General Non-Fiction, Best Comic Book and Best Audio Book.  Each category has a link to my original review.

Best Book on the Bible

The Flow of the Psalms

The Flow of the Psalms by O. Palmer Robertson

This was the best book I’ve ever read on the organization of the Psalms and how it contributes to our interpretation of it.  This is years of serious research and reflection on the Psalms.  I believe it would be a resource I would use as a reference for a long time and perhaps worth reading more than once!

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As 2016 comes soon to a close here are reviews of 4 audio books that I listened to during the last three months of 2016.  If you are interested here is last year’s .

Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World
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Jay Sekulow. Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World.   Brentwood, Tennessee: Howard Books, September 20th 2016. 320 pp.

4 out of 5

This book is written by Jay Sekulow who is probably best known to most people as the Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.  This is the second work by Sekulow that I enjoyed.  In this present title the author tackles the issue radical Islam and also the strange relationship between Iran, Russian and Sunni radical Islamic groups.  For the audio book Jay Sekulow read the book himself and the upbeat manner and pace of how he speaks on his radio show is also how Sekulow read the book which is a plus since I’ve always thought his voice makes whatever he was talking about as serious, urgent and interesting.

The book is comprised of eleven chapters in which the bulk of the book focuses on the history of Iran and explanation to Western readers about Islam.  I found the discussion about the Sunni and Shite divide to be have been pretty spot on.  I think the West often think of radical Islam as affiliated with extremists of the Sunni variety (think Al Qaeda and ISIS) but there’s a whole Shiite form that most in the West don’t think of in the form of Iranian backed Shiite terrorists groups (think Hezbollah, Shiites militia in Iraq backed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, etc).  I did learn some new things reading this book concerning the history of Iran though and I was surprised to learn of how long it was that Iran was once Westernized.  Of course we know the Iranian revolution with their own Shiite brand of Radical Islam changed all from 1979 onwards.  Towards the end of the book the author cited various evidences of the strange relationship between Iran and other unlikely jihadists and terrorists groups.  Sekulow talked about instances in which Iran helped Al Qaeda and Iran’s support for Hamas even though Hamas is predominately Sunni.  The most interesting wild card is the Russian alliance with Iran in backing Assad’s regime in Syria.

Overall this is an interesting work.  I give it a four out of 5.

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I love summer.  I think of vacations, road trips and travel.  And also the possibility of listening to some audio books!

Most of the titles in the following lists of audiobooks that I reviewed were what I listened to on my travels earlier this year to a particular country to teach theology.  The travel there was rather long (more than the hours of most people’s typical workweek!) and not necessarily all easy and I spent more time enroute there more than the actual time I spent on the ground in that country.  So I got to read a lot and also listened to a lot of of audiobooks as a break from my normal reading.  The following are my suggestions.  Not all the books are written by Christians and some are books that by God’s common grace can be insightful to human nature and history.

First recommendation of course is the Word of God itself!

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I’ve listened to some audiobooks in 2015 and most of them I listened to while I’m on the road from one place to another with ministry.  Sometimes I listen to historical non-fictions as a break from hearing sermons, seminary lectures, podcasts, etc.  I’ve arranged the following lists of audiobooks from what I least enjoyed to the ones I’ve most enjoyed.

Leadership Wisdom of Jesus by Charles Manz

Leadership Wisdom of Jesus by Charles Manz

1 Star out of 5

This book was written by a business professor and consultant who strive to write on leadership wisdom that Jesus gave and the author specifically states that he did not want to write this book with any overt religious push of religion or theology.  Honestly, the more I grow in theology the more I find books that endeavor such an attempt ends up shortchanging the readers and eventually does not do justice to the person of Jesus.  This book is a case in point.  Don’t get me wrong, I think one can find principles that Jesus taught on that has implication for wise leadership.  The problem is that often when people try to be “neutral” and not push a certain theological conviction…they still import a certain theological presuppositions that is foreign to the teaching of Jesus or the greater whole of Scripture.  For instance, in a chapter titled “Cleanse Your Insides,” the author Charles Manz talk about the importance for his readers to clean themselves on the inside but there is no mention of how Jesus wants us to be cleanse from the inside out.  There is no Gospel that is central to Jesus’ life, ministry and teaching…and instead it’s a therapeutic moral theism of works righteousness that is inconsistent with Jesus’ teaching such as in Luke about justification by faith.  Justification by faith is the foundation before there can be a believers’ sanctification.  In another chapter titled “Stop Worrying,” Manz also gave an advice to his readers about allocating one’s worrying to a specific time during the day for about say thirty minutes.  This Manz believes helps us from worrying less.  However, it is ironic that he advocates this in a chapter titled “Stop Worrying.”  Moreover, this is not consistent with the teaching of Jesus about how to deal with anxiety in Matthew 6 that he “fortune cookied” verses out of context.  A full reading of Matthew 6 reveals that Jesus’ help for a listener who is struggling with worry is to understand the character of God.  This is of course explicitly theological and Manz’ inability to go there seriously does a disservice to his readers.  Furthermore, the Bible prohibits worrying and anxiety; thus it is a sin.  For Manz to advocate sinning for thirty minutes a day in order to sin less is not a biblical or godly principle for godliness, let alone adequate to stop worrying.  Its instances like these that I believe I cannot recommend this book since it does more damage than any good from the author’s common grace insight into the leadership example and teachings by Jesus.  Readers best profit reading other more sound men of God teaching on Jesus’ leadership.

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