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Clive Smart

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A great listen. A keeper!

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Reviewed: 04-10-19

The content is excellent. Convincing, thorough, convicting, engaging. There are questions to consider at the end of each chapter.
I have used this audiobook as a primer to prepare apologetics classes.
What a glorious revelation of God we have in our Bible. How it stands up to every scrutiny and here you'll see how it is defended gloriously.
I love the reader's deep south accent. He preaches what he reads so to speak. eg he believes it and resonates with it- for a change on audible!

legend! and excellently reading

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

just perfect. So majestic and God glorifying. will return again to this D.V. This is pure biblically soaked, well explained Calvinism. Not the caricatured rubbish bandied about on some YouTube channels for and against the doctrines of grace! what a treasure and what a suitable reader!

top quality! Clarity on justification.

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Reviewed: 13-08-19

Great listening. Top evangelical scholar makes this key issue: how we can have peace with God- accessible to all eg theologian or not! It's a whistle stop tour of justification by faith alone from the Bible, church fathers, the reformation, to the Catholic perspective and a fair critique of the efforts to reach an agreement with Lutherans and evangelicals on this; NT Wright and a useful intro and critique, some case studies...a little something for everybody! I'll be giving it another listen and it's a keeper!

Very inspiring! Extremely so!

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Reviewed: 09-08-19

What a story. From nothing to achieve so much and to have so many applications for the reader is inspiring to say the least. I've listened to this 3 times now and I'll be listening some more please God.
I'm a Christian...I disagree with his theology at the very end...but hey, that matters little...but we can't earn heaven or surprise God by our achievements.
That said, this book made me 100% less passive for now...got me off the couch and to train again- lose weight and start considering goals. This is so well read and the interviews with Goggins bring it even more to life. The practical steps are brilliant. One of the most influential books I've read in a long time (other than the Bible of course!).

As an ex monk I could really appreciate this!

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Reviewed: 29-07-19

Merton meanders confidently like a seasoned swimmer relaxing with back strokes! in a world class of religious contention and heated debate by unholy know it alls-this is charming listening and took me back to the good parts of being a young monk brimming with ideals.
Merton covers a lot of ground on Cassian and some other church fathers. He has great humour and was clearly a great teacher! He is very interactive and interesting! I'm now a "protestant": I got the Gospel and got salvation by faith alone and by grace alone. But these lectures remind me of the depth of monastic and church tradition and it's dedication to the God filled pursuit of holiness. Of course as a reformed Christian it was obvious to me a distinct lack of serious biblical commentary free of monastic meanderings- but hey that's why I'm now evangelical: God's Word must reign supreme.
Merton has some fine tips for ecumenism: that we learn from each other- but can't escape descending into superficial caricature when describing the Protestant notion of sola fide and salvific assurance by faith alone. Nevertheless it's made me protest less! And I went to my local monastery today to Vespers!! I'll be getting more Merton audio lectures. But I won't be getting cosy with pope Francis and his buddies anytime soon!!
The final chapter is by a priest theologian who nicely introduces Cassian. This would actually be the best place to start for a fuller appreciation of Cassian and what Merton was trying to achieve in these spiritual conferences.

Packed with historical information

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Reviewed: 11-07-19

I am a teacher of Theology and a Bible believing Christian- so this was up my street. The book gives you that thorough academic approach to the text and to history that academics often aspire to. If I wrote the thing I'd have focussed more on the spiritual experiential impact of a life of KJV reading. I day this because at times all the discussion on changing commas, introducing paragraphs can get a little tedious. I listened to the whole thing though in about 36 hours or less- so it clearly held my attention!
The sweep of history is immense from Jerome's Vulgate and the Septuagint to Luther the first English Bibles, to the endless editions of the KJV ( eg his treatment of the Schofield study bible was helpful and new to me). The new versions of the Bible (along with an objective survey of the many views and opinions on these texts). The Bible as literature and why such an approach is limited in the eyes of some scholars eg it is using a sword as a cup or a decoration! It's a sword: the sword of the Spirit (Eph 5). In the end I'm glad I listened and may get the hardcopy as there is so much info and beautiful quotes and I'd like to access them selectively. This is a Panoramic text that'll help you understand the landscape of Christianity past and present from the Bible- get stuck into the living and unchanging Word- and let the Bible work on you! It is God's Holy Word.

Fabulous KJV dignity and timeless God's Word

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Reviewed: 11-07-19

At last an audiobible that helps you navigate to where you want to be in the Bible eg book names and chapters! huge help. The reader is perfect for this role: crystal clear, pleasant, dignified. It's a joy! Get the authentic Word of God into you with this audiobible. I returned the other ones I had once I got this one. The modern versions pale in comparison!

A little too anectdotal but interesting

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Reviewed: 09-07-19

This book is a little too anectodotal. the author spends over half of it talking about the little known founder of the American Bible society...I think. The author has interesting points to raise about the Alexandrian manuscripts influencing modern Bible versions. But he's clearly very anti- Catholic...and maybe that clouds his judgement a little? So the Catholic church is the whore of Babylon of Revelation etc and the Jesuits are the worst!! As an ex Catholic monk whose now found the Gospel I can't help but feel some of his invectives against Catholics are unhelpful and caricatured. I would have preferred a more in depth look at the manuscripts rather than all the anecdotal stories of people's lives. Maybe it is helpful to see how people compromise on truth in a bid to reach them...but all in all- a little too conspiratorial and caricatured for my liking. All church denominations leave a lot to be desired today...it's just too simplistic to say goodies Vs baddies and the Catholics are the baddies! Yes they need the Gospel and it's freedom and it's radicality but the author won't be winning around too many Catholic converts this way...

a good introduction to the subject

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Reviewed: 08-07-19

This is easy listening. Interesting and you will learn things of interest on the origin of your Bible. It's very fair and not partisan and will not/should not offend Catholics etc- no it's not fair to say your church hated the Bible! However 4 stars because I'd have liked to hear more on the KJV only debate and the problems with and basis of all the new translations. eg what is the problem with codex siniaticus and codex Vaticanus. Not much on that here. David Daniels is your man for that. But an informative and pleasant listen nonetheless.

awesomeness

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Reviewed: 30-06-19

listened in 24 hours. An epic journey from Erasmus to Spurgeon, focussing particularly on John Owen, Richard Sibbes and Thomas Goodwin but with others too. Wonderful blend of history and theology and spirituality.