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What does it mean to be human? We've all heard it said: It's who you are that matters, not what you do. Really? Where do the scriptures teach that? After all, from the first page of the Bible forward, human beings were made to rule over the Earth, to gather up the raw materials of planet Earth, and to carve out a world. Theologically rich yet down to earth and practical, Garden City speaks to all of us who are searching for our calling in life or just trying to find meaning in the everyday. In the end this audiobook is an invitation to ask the ancient, primal, human question: Why am I here, and what should I do about it?

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Fantastic- will listen over & over again.

John Mark is a fantastic story teller. Thank you for your gift. God bless Amen

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One to listen to over & over again

So much to learn and embed, have already listened to once, and now going back over armed with a notebook and pen. Engagingly narrated by the author himself, bringing much insight and awe for God- our creator, redeemer, merciful father and King.

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Brilliant

loved this book! It's thought provoking , funny and beautiful. Really changed my perspective on work, servanthood, purpose and heaven too! Would defo recommend 😍

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thought provoking

Loved every minute. a real page turner. will read again and look up the references along the way. has altered my vision for the better. has decluttered my mind. fabulous. thank you.

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Refreshing!

I always love to read ANYTHING John Mark Comer has written! More so if it's narrated by him!
This book has wonderful insights into God's plan for work and rest.
Makes me want to delve deeper into the subject!

It's definitely worth your while!

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really useful and inspiring.

It is easy to follow. Has brought light to my life. I now need to restudy the Word of God to examine the truth about the place of inheritance

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Loved it!

I would really recommend this to anyone! I’ve heard John Mark Comer speak at conferences and he has a real gift. This is a message we really need today, the balance of work and rest. So important and life giving!

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Fresh and Insightful

A great introduction to a theological look at work and rest. The section on the Sabbath was amazing and challenging. Highly recommend.

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This is a great book!

This book, which is narrated by the author, is very easy listening but also thought provoking. It really made me reflect on the work that I do, and see it in quite a different light. I really enjoyed it and will be listening again.

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Excellent

I listened to this audio version and have purchased the hard copy book. It is helpful, informative, challenging and above all inspirational. The listener or reader will gain much insight and be encouraged to enter into God’s pattern, plan and blessing. The author gives theological and practical help with challenging issues in today’s culture - recommended!

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  • Bethany
  • 21-10-15

Work & play as worship: a must listen for any age

What made the experience of listening to Garden City the most enjoyable?

The author is very eloquent and for the most part, seamless in his transitions and verbosity. Listening to the book is highly instructive and motivating. I couldn't help listening to it, even for a moments drive to pick up some milk from Safeway.

What other book might you compare Garden City to and why?

There really is not another book on the market like this one. It's straightforward, affirming, and refreshing. I did hear a sermon series identical to this at Salem Alliance Church a couple years back, but loved the rich depth Comer goes into it.

What does John Mark Comer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think listening to an author read their own material offers more depth and connection. I would have missed spots here and there just reading the book on my own. Comer's moments of emphasis, encouragement, and wit are 3/4's there without hearing his personality through the audio recording.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I was bummed about was vocal citations for references. Comer will state, "One of my favorite Hebrew scholars..." or, "an amazing, life-changing book I read said...". These are just a couple of a heaping handful of moments in the book. He cites at moments but not thoroughly. Reading the book, he probably cites them properly, as I'm sure Zondervan requires. Just wish he did in the audiobook for my further reading, even just the name of that Sabbath book, scholars, authors, etc.

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  • Mina Phai
  • 06-05-19

Love it!

Raised by a Buddhist parent yet I felt the urge to find out what Jesus( God) teachings are...I'm inspired and will continue searching.

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  • Leah
  • 15-05-18

Great info and perspective

I really enjoyed this book and loved the fresh perspective on work and creating. I have a whole new understanding of why we were put here and what our purpose is. This gave me a new appreciation for the job I already have and how I can serve others through it.

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  • Rhyeal Shadowblade
  • 09-02-20

A must read

Why and how to think about the work we do could not be better summed up. The biggest shock is that heaven isn't the end and what we do doesn't lead to 24/7 harp singing on golden streets. There is so much more to our meaning and our life. The church is focused on the wrong ending of the story. This book helps frame what the ending actually is. And shocker...it's work. Because we were made to create.

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  • Jorge M.
  • 31-10-19

I appreciate being challenged

Get out of the same old same old type thinking about your life.
Become the greatest - be a servant to all!

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  • Eniola Abioye
  • 06-07-18

Wow

I can’t fully articulate how impactful this book was for me. It put into words concepts I’ve carried in my heart and affirmed the way God has lead me.

John Comer is a phenomenal writer and visionary. Powerful analogies that truly lead me to the main thing and it has settled in my heart.

I have to get the print book for my library.

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  • Pidge Gunderson
  • 01-05-21

Sign me up for Eternal work!

I love this unique and truthful perspective in a time when gig economy/freelance va employee is changing drastically! John Mark does an amazing job of painting the picture of an exhilarating eternal garden! Thank you for doing the work!

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  • Jasmine
  • 20-04-21

Unexpected Blessing

I didn’t know that what I would find in the pages of this book would be so life altering. The unexpected blessing of turning back towards the practice of Shabbat or Sabbath was not a topic even close to my radar. But I now realize, if you are going to talk about excellence in work you must address rest. This was such a sweet gift of restoration for my family. After I read it, my husband read the book as well and was “fired up” about resting well. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-21

INCREDIBLE!

This is such a spot-on book that is beyond fitting for our day and time of hustle hustle hustle and busy busy busy! Take a minute to listen to this book, and your life will never be the same

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  • Dmitriy Prokhnevskiy
  • 06-03-21

Enjoyable Listen

John Mark Comer is a good writer--very interesting to listen to. I feel like I'd read anything by him, regardless the topic. But this book's topic is very good as well, win-win. I recommend it.