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Stephen Callaghan

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  • Being Dad

  • Father as a Picture of God's Grace
  • By: Scott Leonard Keith
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Being Dad deals with the way fathers, and the subject of fatherhood, are treated in modern culture. Dr. Keith brings his experience with family, students, great mentors, and friends to bear on this subject, which is crying out for attention. Equally, he brings his Christian faith and a scholarly eye for detail along on the journey and works with the listener to navigate a path to a better country where the Father blesses his children and is honored.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Useful in parts but very Lutheran

  • By Stephen Callaghan on 20-08-18

Useful in parts but very Lutheran

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Reviewed: 20-08-18

As a Roman Catholic seeking a good resource upon becoming a new father, I turned to this book for inspiration. Whilst I agreed with most of it and was moved by some of the stories, I could not escape the fact that the author is a scholar of Reformation theology and comes back to Lutheran ideas over and over again. The analysis of the Prodigal Son parable points out the uselessness of the son's confession but the author himself has included material of a confessional nature in the book. That said, he does quote from Catholic thinkers, GK Chesterton and Saint Thomas Aquinas on a regular basis. I found some of the anecdotal examples of good fathering were based upon financial or material aid given by dads and I think many people would have difficulty relating to this depending on their own financial restraints. That said, there are many good points in this book that will inspire. Readers should just know where the author's faith perspective comes from.

  • The Rosary

  • Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare
  • By: Johnnette Benkovic, Thomas Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Therese McLaughlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3

In The Rosary, Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of Living His Life Abundantly and the founder of Women of Grace, teams up Thomas K. Sullivan, the creator of the Warrior Rosary, to explore why the rosary is the weapon for such a time as this. Together, they've gathered some of the most astonishing historical and contemporary accounts of victories associated with the rosary along with their own inspiring personal experiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Stephen Callaghan on 26-06-18

Inspiring

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Reviewed: 26-06-18

An inspiring account of the power of the Rosary, accompanied by historical information, fascinating testimonies, lives of the Saints and practical advice for praying this beautiful prayer. Unfortunately the recording seems to have all necessary pauses edited out so one section seems to run into the next quite abruptly. Still, I enjoyed this book.

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  • The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

  • By: Anne Catherine Emmerich
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Anne Catherine Emmerich was born in Germany in 1774. As a child she believed that angels, saints, and the Holy Family visited and talked with her as she worked in the fields. At twenty-four, she had her first mystic vision of the sufferings of Christ, accompanied by stigmata and bleeding as if from the crown of thorns. At twenty-nine, she became an Augustinian nun and continued to have visions and stigmata. In her visions, she recounted scenes from the life of Christ, which she seemed to have witnessed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful and enlightening

  • By Miss J. E. Gault on 13-04-13

Wonderfully vivid and fluently read

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Reviewed: 16-06-18

A powerfully imaginative meditation on Our Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection. It's easy to see why this book inspired the making of The Passion of the Christ movie. Biblical characters are described vividly in these reflections on the Passion as well as the supernatural happenings that accompanied the historical events described. The performance of the reader was something I had to get used to but, in the end, really appreciated because it was almost conversational and not stilted in any way.

  • The Catholic Church: A History

  • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William R. Cook
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

How did the Catholic Church become one of the most influential institutions in the world-a force capable of moving armies, inspiring saints, and shaping the lives of a billion members?Explore these and other questions as you follow the development of this important institution in 36 informative, fascinating lectures. With Professor Cook by your side, you'll step into the world of the early church, witness the spread of Christendom, and learn about the origins of fundamental church institutions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Ibrahim955 on 05-04-16

Brilliant and informative!

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Reviewed: 28-05-18

A wonderfully detailed overview of the Catholic Church's history. Learned a lot. Would listen again.

  • St. Augustine's Confessions

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • By Tara on 23-06-16

Brilliant, entertaining exegesis of the text.

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Reviewed: 07-08-17

Really enjoyed this. The enthusiastic delivery of the two lecturers who present each lecture as a duo, really holds the listeners attention.

  • The End and the Beginning

  • Pope John Paul II - The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
  • By: George Weigel
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

When he was elected pope in the fall of 1978, few people had ever heard of the charismatic Karol Wojty³a. But in a very short time he would ignite a revolution of conscience in his native Poland that would ultimately lead to the collapse of European communism and death of the Soviet Union. What even fewer people knew was that the KGB, the Polish Secret Police, and the East German Stasi had been waging a dangerous, decades-long war against Wojty³a and the Vatican itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JP2 - a real hero!

  • By Stephen Callaghan on 19-06-17

JP2 - a real hero!

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Reviewed: 19-06-17

Excellent account of the pivotal role that John Paul II played in the shaping of the events of the 20th century and his witness to hope for the new millennium. He has always been my hero but this book reminded me of the reasons why and inpired me with new ones that I didn't know about. the first part, following the Cold War, is quite heavy and the Slavic names make it a bit difficult to follow some of the intricacies but overall, an outstanding work that we can learn much from.

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  • Jesus

  • A Pilgrimage
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

A gifted storyteller and spiritual director, Father James Martin, SJ, invites readers to experience the stories of the Gospels in a completely new, vivid, and exciting way to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus. Moving sequentially through the Gospels, considering not only familiar passages but also the "hidden life" of Jesus, the book offers a bold retelling of the life of Christ, faithful to the Christian tradition, while meditating on parts of the narrative that have often escaped notice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Jesus is alive to me

  • By Joseph O'Connell on 18-10-15

Insightful and personal

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Reviewed: 12-04-17

The author reads his own insights from his Pilgrimage and brings the Gospel alive for readers today, drawing upon his own life experiences. Well worth listening to.

  • Art History: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Dana Arnold
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
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    4 out of 5 stars 18
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    4 out of 5 stars 17

This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. It discusses the challenge of using verbal and written language to analyze a visual form. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries of the subject of art history. Topics covered include the canon of Art History, the role of the gallery, 'blockbuster' exhibitions, and the emergence of social histories of art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By capuccino on 28-10-18

Not what I thought but interesting

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Reviewed: 01-02-17

More about the academic theory than a history in itself but is what it is.

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  • The Story of Classical Music

  • By: Darren Henley
  • Narrated by: Marin Alsop
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by the conductor and musical personality Marin Alsop. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How an audiobook about music should be

  • By Pen Name on 06-04-13

Brilliant overview. Entertaining & educational.

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Reviewed: 25-01-17

A brilliant overview of a huge subject that doesn't assume any prior knowledge and is very entertaining in the illustrations and sound effects used to travel across it. Definitely recommended for anyone who wants a beginners guide to enjoying classical music on a new level.

  • Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis: On Care for Our Common Home

  • By: Pope Francis
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Lovett, Philippa Hitchen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
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    5 out of 5 stars 9
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    5 out of 5 stars 9

The complete text of Pope Francis' encyclical letter on climate change and inequality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful encyclical and very well presented.

  • By Stephen Callaghan on 24-10-16

Wonderful encyclical and very well presented.

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Reviewed: 24-10-16

A truly inspirational and challenging encyclical from Pope Francis. The narration by 2 voices made listening to some of the more complex parts a lot easier. Wonderful that it has been made available for free too!

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