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Garden City

Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human
Narrated by: John Mark Comer
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

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?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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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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Just brilliant!

Such a massive impact on my thought process of balance in my life. I have been very inspired and me and my husband are excited to start loveology together.


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Must listen to book

Love this book, John Mark Comer is really insightful and ver clear and explaining the Garden to the City and the overarching narrative. This is the second book of Johns I have read this year and he has become one of my favourite bible teachers. Check out his stuff!

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Awesome!

A truly refreshing, thought-provoking book. if you've ever wondered "what's the point...?" you need to read this.

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Releasing

This was truly inspiring and releasing. It allowed to really take a look at my own life and revaluate it. Clear, logical, totally biblical and positive

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gives you a good focus on work

gives a better understanding on our duty and blessing to work, helps us see that God appreciates our labour even if our boss doesn't!!
I also prefer it when it's read by the author!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Edison Coffee Co
  • 10-03-20

Copywriting

This book is an exact replica of Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller. Even uses the same examples/illustrations. Only difference is the aesthetic cover.

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  • Robert
  • 08-03-20

Impactful

Great book. If you are wrestling through career change, a move or feeling burned out then this book is for you.

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  • Keldrick
  • 21-01-20

Spirital not Religous

Well written body of work from someone who's not an ancient scholar but just like you and I... I'm speechless and inspired at the same time. Thank You!

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  • Spero Constantine
  • 30-11-19

worth a second read

I loved this book. the questions it asked have been on my mind forever.it gave me a sense of hope, peace. and joy. Love the whole premise of work and the Sabbath.