Searching for the American Dream:How a Sense of Place Shapes the Study of History
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 j... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Niki Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000640/bk_tnwd_000640_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.
Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between ´´crazy´´ and ´´creative´´ in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers. Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O´Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to ´´cure´´ an otherwise brilliant mind. Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney´s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist´s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.
Nenna Feelmore, filmmaker and owner of Feelmore Adult Gallery in Oakland, CA provides an insightful and refreshing look into creating, maintaining, and growing a successful business, which so happens to be an adult retail boutique, all while offering useful tips on how to become a better person. Never Let the Odds Stop You highlights the notion that money may not be in the equation, but you can still get what you desire from life. One can have all of the riches in life, lose them, and still gain a greater sense of self while searching for them all over again. Never give up. Never give in. Never let the odds stop you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nenna Feelmore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067744/bk_acx0_067744_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man´s personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down. Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife´s equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. By honoring her memory in this way, he hopes to find the sense of closure that has long eluded him. But then Wyatt´s pastor asks for the impossible—for Wyatt to meet with Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for Wyatt´s unbearable sorrow. Wyatt knows Gabby is not to blame for the tragedy, so when she begs him to accept her troubled teenage son, Trevor, into the program, he reluctantly agrees. With some help and guidance from Ram, Wyatt´s irascible but lovable father, Wyatt does his best to accept Gabby and Trevor´s unsettling presence at the ranch. Even so, Wyatt still feels that he is somehow betraying his late wife´s memory rather than honoring it. But to his great surprise, Wyatt also finds himself drawn to Gabby´s warmth, tenderness, and surprising ability to soothe his troubled soul. Day after day, their mutual attraction becomes more intense, more impossible to ignore. But to heal completely, Wyatt and Gabby must first overcome the common tragedy that separates them and learn the true nature of forgiveness. Only by conquering these seeming impossibilitiescan their hearts become free to love each other. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Chamberlain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002429/bk_harp_002429_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.