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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…

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  1. jane says:

    Great post! We are gearing up to take the family to the Creation Museum, will be a 7 hour drive and I don’t want to go crazy, so my mind was going to this as well, thanks arabah!


  1. […] have long been an advocate of biographies. You can see some of my book recommendations here. It’s likely your local library carries many great biographical books you can check out. Of […]

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