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Top 10 Audio Books {Travel Edition of Simply Trusting} or “Building Faith on the Go”

 

 

“When I was a boy, I cried. But now I see it well.”

Those are the words of Nate Saint. He was only five years old when his missionary father was speared to death. How does a five year old process something like that?

And years later, after a missionary conference, I email the guest preacher. He struck a cord and overseas where there is no church, I’m hungry for a word aptly spoken. Don’t know if he will even read the email, but I have to try. “I’m missing God’s power in my life,” I tell him. “I want more of Him and I’m wondering…Do you have a word for me?”

And Pastor, whom I didn’t even meet in person, he emails me back!  “Strengthen your faith,” he tells me. “Submit daily to the Spirit of God. And read great biographies.”

And I read of George Muller and Hudson Taylor and Amy Carmichel and Nate Saint. After children are tucked in bed and the dinner dishes washed, I follow the steps of those who’ve gone before.

Nate Saint, the little five year old boy who cried for his Daddy, he tells his story. He now has the eyes to see why God would allow his father to bleed to death on a sandy river bank in Ecuador.

Truly, this is gift, the gift of story. The gift of process, how one develops faith and wrestles with trust and chooses to believe anyway. And through story, we learn application. Through story vision is sparked…faith is inspired… the unseen is seen…and godly character lodges in the heart. One of the best ways to ignite these in our children {and ourselves}, all while hitting the roads, skies, or backyard, is with stellar audio books.  Here are some we’ve found worthy for the entire family (but check the descriptions and ages as some of them contain more intense content).

Step in the footprints of those who’ve gone before…step into story, both lived and imagined… and see how your own step steadies:

God’s Smuggler

A true-life thriller that will leave you breathless!
As a boy, Brother Andrew dreamed of being an undercover spy working behind enemy lines. As a man he found himself working undercover for God. His was a mission filled with danger, financed by faith, supported by miracles.

For thirty-five years, Brother Andrew’s life story has inspired millions to step out on their own journeys of faith. This young Dutch factory worker’s near-incredible adventures testify of God’s step-by-step guidance and hour-by-hour provision–available to all who follow His call.

 

End of the Spear

“When I was a boy, I cried. But now I see it well.”

Steve Saint was only five years old when his father was brutally killed by the most savage culture of people ever known. But in a story almost too amazing to be true, Steve came to know—and even love—the very men who had driven the spears into his father’s body.

In End of the Spear,Steve embarks on an adventure story that is part Indiana Jones, part love story, and part spiritual quest. Decades after the spearing, Steve and his family leave the United States to live among the Waodani. Striving to mesh these two worlds, Steve finally discovers the truth surrounding his father’s tragic death.

 

The Secret Garden (Radio Theatre)

One of the best-loved stories of all time, The Secret Garden is presented in high-quality and entertaining Radio Theatre drama. This classic tale, enriched with Biblical values, reflects themes such as helping others and believing in people. Mary, a young orphaned girl, meets her bedridden cousin, Colin. She discovers an enchanting secret place, separate from the outside world. It is in this place that Colin and Mary learn lessons about overcoming obstacles. By putting their faith in God and others, their lives are forever altered. This story will captivate audiences of all ages.

The Hiding Place (Radio Theatre)

Enter into The Hiding Place to relive Corrie ten Boom’s heart-pounding account as a leader in the Dutch Underground during World War II. In this latest release from Focus on the Family’s Radio Theatre, you’ll find tragedy, perseverance, and the reality of God’s amazing love. With a cast of internationally acclaimed actors, cinema-quality sound effects, and full orchestration, you’ll experience this classic, real-life story like never before.

 

Anne of Green Gables

This captivating new radio drama production based on the beloved book by Lucy M. Montgomery allows listeners to personally experience the world and characters presented in Anne of Green Gables in a whole new way! Anne of Green Gables is the story of a little girl’s feisty spirit and strong determination that win over the hearts of the people of Avonlea, the love and commitment of family, and a poor orphan growing up into a distinguished young woman.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia [Full Cast Drama]

These classic stories have enchanted millions around the world. Radio Theatre brings them to life in this dramatized audio production. Recorded in London with an all-star cast of England’s brightest talent from the stage and screen, an original orchestral score, and cinema-quality digital sound design, this innovative recording provides hours of entertainment for the entire family. The Chronicles of Narnia includes The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle.

 

Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

Sir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights. But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. Besides this, the knights are too busy enjoying a season of good times to be concerned with a disturbing report that many of their fellow Knights have mysteriously vanished.
When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he encounters strange attacks, especially when he is alone. As his commitment wanes, the attacks grow in intensity until he is captured by Lord Drox, a massive Shadow Warrior. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring escape with only one of two outcomes–life or death.

 

Peace Child

In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Here is their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through fattening victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The “peace child” became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel impacted the Sawi, this missionary classic will inspire a new generation of readers to hear this unforgettable story.

 

Kisses from Katie

My life in the red dirt of Uganda… “Sometimes I want to spend hours talking with my best friends about boys and fashion and school and life. I want to go to the gym; I want my hair to look nice; I want to be allowed to wear jeans. I want to be a normal young woman living in America, sometimes. But I want other things more. All the time. I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day. I want to be loved and cuddled by a hundred children and never go a day without laughing. I want to wake up to a rooster’s crow and open my eyes to see lush green trees that seem to pulse with life against a piercing blue sky and the rusty red soil of Uganda. I want to be challenged endlessly. I want to be taught by those I teach, and I want to share God’s love with people who otherwise might not know it. I want to work so hard that I end every day filthy and too tired to move. I want to make some kind of difference, no matter how small, and I want to follow the calling God has placed on my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath. At the end of the day, no matter how hard, I want to be right here in Uganda.”

 

George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles

This is the remarkable story of a man who dared to believe that God both could and would supply all of his needs: his personally, and those of the thousands of orphans in his care.Though confirmed in the church at the age of fourteen, George Muller was raised without a real concept of God. By the time he was sixteen, he was in jail as a vagabond and thief. Then in his early twenties, he came in contact with a group of people who met regularly for prayer and Bible study. Through their witness he was brought to a turning point in his life and was born into the family of God. A new lifestyle of daily prayer became the cornerstone of his future orphanage ministry. This is the story of one of the greatest prayer-warriors of the past century.
Keep walking in faith…one baby step at a time…

Simply Trusting Thursdays

Is He Really Enough?

 

 

As we are busy packing boxes and sorting through closets,  Elisa, a mastermind of many things {those are my words, not hers}, shares on the blog today about her “wonderland” journey. 

 

It only took a simple little renewal email to remind me that time is passing by faster than   I can catch it. How could a year slip through my fingers so quickly?

What have I done with the time I was given?

Did I follow through on my commitments?

Was I really emotionally present and engaged with those  I say I love?

Did my heart truly bend itself to the will of the Father?

A year. It is such a long time when looking ahead and a short time when  looking behind.  This time last year I was prayerfully seeking God for how He would want to use me in  the next six months. I was emerging from a painful season of being pruned by the Lord,  with hard questions pressing on my soul.  Daily I found myself staring hard into the Cross, wondering if He was enough for  me…

enough to meet the needs of my heart…

enough to bring me the joy I longed for…

enough even if I wasn’t busy doing for Him but simply living because of Him…

Was God enough, simply because He was God?

The Lord allowed me to dwell in that wonderland for a long season of  searching, praying, thinking, looking for an understanding of His ways. Through a  passionate study of the Scriptures and endless hours of honest confession of my  doubts and longings, I came to settle on God as not only simply enough in my life…but the foundation and nourishment for my life!

As I look back on that time, I feel as though I was on a never-ending spiritual retreat,  even in the midst of crisis and chaos. The sweet fellowship with God, apart from my usual habit of serving Him, left me with a taste for more of God and less of  doing for God. It left me permanently changed, for I can no longer live a busy life without fellowship with the Lord. Now, I literally feel dry and weary when my  ministry and work dominates my relationship with God and others because of the  boundary-line formed in my desert dwelling.

I can see now how this radical transformation in my relationship with God was absolutely necessary before launching More to Be.

Oh, the mess I would have made of things if I was still living as a woman  striving to create something for God rather than being an overflow of God! The more I get out of the way of Godʼs work, the more the Lord is able to bless.

When I look at the daily state of my heart, I see the work  the Lordʼs intends to accomplish in me is not yet done. Praise God, for I am still nothing  short of a grace-touched mess! The reality is that experiencing life  transformed is an ongoing process, for me and you, as He brings to  completion the good work He began oh so long ago. And yet, I am that person who produces fruit because of what Christ  has accomplished in my life, compelling me to share those truths with others.

How about you? Have you come to the place where you truly believe that Christ is enough?

What does your “overflow” look like? We would love to hear how you are in process with God!

 

Lisa is the founder of More to Be, a ministry seeking to impact this generation of tween through twenty-something gals with the truth while inspiring Christian women to step into significant mentoring roles. She is also a trained and certified life coach, honored to come alongside women to help them discover their God-given passions and purposes through her business, Passion & Purpose: Life Coaching for Life Change.

Lisa considers her first calling to be as a wife to Stephen and mother to her incredibly loving, grace-giving children, Leah (13), Abby (10), Luke (7), and Kaitlyn (7), as well as her spiritually adopted grown children, Megan and Patrick. In the midst of a full life, Lisa delights in quiet moments to write and dream big, sipping in Avodah coffee while reading her Bible, cherishing the silly moments of laughing with her family, digging her feet in the sand on a warm summer evening, and experiencing soul satisfaction in connecting with teens at the Christian boarding and day school in which her husband teaches and they have called home for over 15 years. Connect with Lisa: www.moretobe.com | www.pnpcoaching.com | twitter @moretobe

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