Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying

AmazonyawningattigersWritten by Drew Nathan Dyck
Published: May 2014
Reader: Henry O. Arnold

In our increasingly shallow, self-centered world, quaint notions such as timeless truth and reverence for a holy, awe-inspiring God seem irretrievably lost. They’re not.

Many of us have fashioned a domesticated deity—a casual, malleable source of love and good feelings as we define them—and yet our spiritual lives are sedate, dry, devoid of passion or purpose.

Even so, today’s postmodern epidemic of rampant restlessness—and our failed, often destructive attempts to ease it—may be evidence of an ancient ache, a deep hunger for transcendence in all of us.

Drew Nathan Dyck makes a compelling case that the more we all seek is available by knowing and worshiping the dangerous God of Scripture—a God who is paradoxically untamable and accessible, impossibly mysterious and intimately knowable, above and beyond our physical world yet powerfully present within it. He is a God who beckons us to see him with fresh eyes and let him lead us to a faith that is wild, adventurous, and rooted in a deep understanding of his eternal character.

Yawning at Tigers charts a course away from the “safe” harbor of sanitized, predictable Christianity, into deeper waters where, yes, danger lurks, but where God’s majesty, love, and power finally become more real and transformative than we could have imagined.

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No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War

AmazonnoplacetohideWritten by W. Lee Warren
Published: May 2014
Reader: Henry O. Arnold

Dr. W. Lee Warren’s life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle.

At the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren realized his experience with trauma was just beginning. In his 120 days in a tent hospital, he was trained in a different specialty—surviving over a hundred mortar attacks and trying desperately to repair the damages of a war that raged around every detail of every day. No place was safe, and the constant barrage wore down every possible defense, physical or psychological.

One day, clad only in a T-shirt, gym shorts, and running shoes, Warren was caught in the open while round after round of mortars shook the earth and shattered the air with their explosions, stripping him of everything he had been trying so desperately to hold on to.

Warren’s story is an example of how a person can go from a place of total loss to one of strength, courage, and victory. Whether you are in the midst of your own crisis of faith, failed relationship, financial struggle, or illness, you will be inspired to remember that how you respond determines whether you survive—spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes physically. It is the beginning of a long journey home.

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Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?

AmazonwhatifJesusreallymeantWritten by Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo
Published: February 2014
Readers: Stu Gray & Henry O. Arnold 

 

Christianity Today magazine published a full-page article critiquing our new name, suggesting that, ‘You people act as though the red letters in the Bible are more important than the black letters.’ To that we responded, ‘Exactly! Not only do we say that the red letters are more important than the black letters of the Bible, but Jesus said they were!’” —Tony Campolo, Red Letter Revolution

Since the days of the early church, the followers of Jesus have privileged his words above all others when determining how to navigate their lives faithfully. In our broken modern world, such a stance is increasingly rare, even among Christians. Nonetheless, a passionate group of Christians remains devoted to the notion that the words of Jesus direct us to a better way of living and looking at the world.

Red Letter Revolution is destined to become an authoritative classic for these radical believers. In this essential manifesto, bestselling authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo envision issue after contemporary issue in direct light of the Bible’s “red letters.” The result is a startling look at contemporary Christianity and an inspirational reawakening to the gravity of the words and deeds of Jesus.

Red Letter Revolution is more than an inspirational or academic diversion. It is an indispensable guidebook for anyone who has ever felt that their own lifestyle, or their own church, was at odds with the Jesus they find speaking to them in red in the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Red Letter Revolution is a timely call back to the true, radical fundamentals of Christianity.

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Doing The Right Thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of Options

AmazondoingtherightthingWritten by Scott B. Rae
Published: November 2013
Reader: Henry O. Arnold

 

“Christians must fight doggedly against the moral relativism that saps the vital energy of our culture. This book and accompanying DVD series are powerful arms for the battle.” — from the foreword by Robert P. George & Melissa Moschella In this capstone audiobook to the Doing the Right Thing video and study series — the last major project of bestselling author Chuck Colson before his death — Colson associate and ethicist Scott B. Rae shows that there is such a thing as moral truth, that it can be known, and that it can be put into practice. Looking specifically at the areas of medicine, the marketplace, and public life, Rae demonstrates how foundational ethical principles can lead to moral day-to-day decisions. Informed by Scripture and appealing for a renewed understanding of the importance of the Christian faith in moral training, Doing the Right Thing issues a call for cultivated virtue that can bring about both better lives and a better society. Ethical and character issues relate to every aspect of modern life. Doing the Right Thing will equip you to promote virtue in your own spheres of influence and in the culture at large.

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