You’re not alone.Hollow words for any tender soul smiling through the day while hiding a deep sense of loneliness.For such a soul - like Dawn Downey - the friendliest encounter is an exercise in alienation. In her essay titled ´´A Traveler´s Tale´´, she describes a stroll through her neighborhood.´´A dust mop of a puppy bounded toward me, her brush tail slicing the air with hello come play and a young woman on the other end of her leash. Straggling behind them was a toddler pushing an umbrella stroller. I knew they lived in the blue house on the corner...in their front yard, a stand of coreopsis whose yellow starbursts surprised me every summer.´´The little girl skipped along in my blind spot, peppering me with questions and her own answers. I fantasized a lifelong friendship between us, taught her to read, gave her sage advice after a teenage spat with her boyfriend.´´I wanted to ask the young woman’s name, but they hurried past, toward their blue house on the corner, dust mop’s yap yap yap fading.´´Through the stories in Searching for My Heart, Downey investigates why she feels left out, returning to themes of alienation, shame, and the self-awareness that leads to love. Downey is a seeker on a quest for closeness. Every step in her search is a homecoming, where she discovers connection begins with herself. An audiobook for anyone with a desire to belong. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dawn Downey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140761/bk_acx0_140761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Bible says that God makes all things beautiful in their time, but when we look around today we see a broken and marred world. Our reality is so often the not beautiful that it´s hard to trust that God can make our mess into something good. So how do we live with hope for a future redemption of all things? In Searching for Spring, Christine Hoover takes listeners on a treasure hunt for beauty in both familiar and unexpected places. Framed by the changing seasons, this journey will heighten listeners´ senses and awaken their affections for the creator of it all. For all who are in the midst of suffering, who find their faith withering, who are questioning whether God is at work - or even present - as they wait for something in their lives to become beautiful, this book will be a welcome reminder that God never stops his redemptive work and that there is a time for everything under heaven. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Hoover. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003426/bk_hove_003426_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Drive follows Teresa Bruce on her 2003 road trip through Mexico and onto the Pan-American Highway, in a rickety camper with her old dog and new husband in tow. Bruce first set off on the exact same route in 1973, her parents at the helm and their two young daughters in tow, as a reaction to the accidental death of their youngest child, Bruce´s brother John John. Her attempt to follow the route, using her mother´s travel journal as an anecdotal guide, is as much about her need for exploration as it is about trying to understand her parents and their pain, and to finally begin to heal her own wounds over the accident. Bruce is immensely talented in bringing scenery of Central and South America to life - countries from Mexico and Guatemala to Bolivia and Argentina are detailed with her innate attention to detail and sense of storytelling. The Drive details a really incredible journey through these beautiful, at times corrupt and war-torn countries, across roads that are as likely to be barricaded by guerrillas or washed out by floods as they are to be passable. The Drive is travel writing at its best, combining moments of deep heartbreak with unimaginable joy over a panoply of unforgettable settings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teresa Bruce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028101/bk_adbl_028101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Allison Trowbridge harnesses the power of story in a series of letters to an imagined young woman wrestling with the questions that arise as she stands on the precipice of adulthood. The 21st century is a wonderful and complicated time to be a young woman. From access to higher education and advances in gender equality to the innovations of social networks and limitless travel destinations, no 22-year-old woman has ever had more options before her than the college graduate of today. And yet, even with the world at her feet, she often has more questions than answers, more pressures than prospects, and more disenchantment than direction. Stepping into this glaring disconnect, Allison Trowbridge offers Twenty-Two, a series of personal letters that marries true-life experiences and advice with the fictional life of the recipient, Ashley, a young woman looking for mentorship from someone one step ahead in life. The letters are sent every other month over the 44 months of Ash´s college experience and address a wide range of relevant topics while tying in to universal themes such as the value of the journey, identity, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom in the ordinary moments, and the profound impact of God´s work realized through the way we live every day. Trowbridge subtly weaves in today´s most pressing social issues - from poverty in our neighborhoods to human trafficking across the globe - inspiring a greater sense of mission in both Ash and the listener. Twenty-Two is a book that speaks to millennial women, a generation hungry for bigger life stories yet uncertain about how to get there. But it is not a how-to book for girls coming of age, because a field guide could never capture the complexities of this season. Rather, Twenty-Two is a deeply personal narrative about friendship, heartbreak, and hope that will inspire young women from a wide variety of backgrounds to live fully into their own remarkable journey 1. Language: English. Narrator: Niki Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000640/bk_tnwd_000640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´You won’t leave this hypnotic book without feeling that James Brown is still out there, howling.” (The Boston Globe) One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Kill ’Em and Leave is more than a book about James Brown. Brown embodied the contradictions of American life: He was an unsettling symbol of the tensions between North and South, black and white, rich and poor. After receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth, James McBride goes in search of the ´´real” James Brown. McBride’s travels take him to forgotten corners of Brown’s never-before-revealed history, illuminating not only our understanding of the immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated Godfather of Soul, but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown’s enduring legacy. ´´A tour de force of cultural reportage.” (The Seattle Times) ´´Thoughtful and probing.” (The New York Times Book Review) ´´Masterly...powerful.” (Los Angeles Review of Books) ´´McBride provides something lacking in most of the books about James Brown: an intimate feeling for the musician, a veracious if inchoate sense of what it was like to be touched by him.... It may be as close [to ‘the real James Brown’] as we’ll ever get.” (David Hajdu, The Nation) ´´A feat of intrepid journalistic fortitude.” (USA Today) ´´[McBride is] the biographer of James Brown we’ve all been waiting for.... McBride’s true subject is race and poverty in a country that doesn’t want to hear about it, unless compelled by a voice that demands to be heard.” (Boris Kachka, New York) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004406/bk_rand_004406_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The title says it all! It´s Not Necessarily So: A Senior Priest Separates Faith from Fiction and Makes Sense of Belief. A wise parish priest and educator not only tackles the problems in the institution of the Catholic Church and the dogma of the Catholic faith but also offers solutions and spiritual insights. Fr. Richard Rento, STL, confronts the issue of clergy sexual abuse head on and focuses on many other areas of church dysfunction. Anyone who has ever questioned illogical rules, meaningless ritual, or implausible doctrine will find answers in this book. Written in a warm and friendly style, the book addresses life-impacting and community-building issues ranging from answered prayers to gay marriage, from abortion to the meaning of God. From the get-go Fr. Rento announces that he is not a theologian, so don´t expect any theological treatises or dissertations. Rather, be treated to his personal experience and unpretentious language. Persons who have doubts, fears, or misgivings about their faith and/or their relationship with the church will find comfort in this book. ´´Nones´´ and parents of ´´nones´´ will appreciate Fr. Rento´s perceptions, as will everyone who is searching for meaning in life and a belief system based upon a relationship with the Divine that respects and resonates with the whole person and allows for spiritual growth and maturity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Rento. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090661/bk_acx0_090661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A collection of autobiographical vignettes, Victim of Circumstance is a meditation on love and loss, examining our perceptions of ourselves and how they shape the most important decisions of our lives. With humor and heart, Rappaport bounds across years and continents, searching for sense in life´s heartbreaks, philosophical quandaries, chance encounters, and the occasional life-or-death misadventure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Raynor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066547/bk_acx0_066547_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.