Best Reads for Social Distancing—Audiobooks!
Looking for meaningful diversion? Weary of print, on-screen, or on the page? Listen to some great stories instead. These books are now available on Audible.com so you can enjoy the same rich content while walking, driving, swinging on a hammock, working out, or working around the house.
The amazingness of animals familiar and wonderfully strange
In this spring of the northern hemisphere, the greatness and beauty of creatures is all around us -- a wide-open door to deeper communion with their Creator. And a powerful tonic for the distress the pandemic has brought to all of us, in one form or another. This audiobook version is perfect for right now, when we need to hear a voice other than the worrying ones in our heads, a voice telling us stories, amid all the loss, of hope for a future of creature-kinship and compassion.
Finding the sacred in the most ordinary moments of life
Most of us aren't going far from our homes these days, which can be an invitation to look more closely at the glory and miracles happening all around us -- at the dining room table, in the garden, at the coffee shop. Kaitlin Curtice says, “Jesus stretches his hand across the heavens and creates all of life, and he sweeps his eyes across the span of our lives and sees everything and every little thing all at once, all in an instant and in all-knowing. All of our experiences are meant to teach us something; lessons can be gleaned from the emotion of them, from the joy and pain in them, even in the minutiae of them.”
A riveting story of community, prayer, and faithful friendship
On a lovely spring afternoon, a backyard tree cracked, and a heavy limb fell on 12-year-old Evelyn as she shielded her puppy. A significant, compressed skull fracture required emergency neurosurgery. This freak, life-threatening event shook the Overlease family to the core, and an experience was instantly set in motion that may take a lifetime to fully understand.
Get to know the beloved saint of Assisi by hearing his very own words
Francis of Assisi is the world's most popular saint, yet few people actually turn to his words to discover him, relying instead upon biography and legend. It surprises many people to discover that Francis wrote numerous letters, religious poems and songs, and a few very important treatises and “rules” for religious life. For every devotee of the famous saint, and those looking for a first-hand introduction, this book contains twenty-six of his most essential writings.
A rich connection to the stability and wisdom of monastic life
At a time when many of us feel “confined to our cell,” Benet Tvedten's classic, lighthearted book on applying monastic values to our modern lives offers meaning and purpose. This essential guide explains how people who live and work in “the world” are still invited to balance work with prayer, cultivate community, practice hospitality, and otherwise practice their spirituality like monks.
Making beauty a priority in our lives
In Brent's own words, “All around us is beauty, given to us by a grace-full God who loves us and comes to us, walking in the cool of the evening. Take time to enjoy the sounds and smell of life-grace around you. Stop, literally, and smell the roses or ethnic food cooking in the co-op next door or vine-ripening tomatoes in the community garden. Listen to the birds and happy conversations. Feel the sun warm on your face or the love of those close to you. Know that God loves you and holds you, even in the days when it doesn’t feel like it, deep in the divine heart and that no permanent harm will be allowed to befall you.”
When we're out of answers, it's time to get in the saddle.
What happens when a writer, preacher, and lover of words encounters some of creation’s wisest theologians…horses? First, she argues with them. They are, after all, horses. What could they possibly know about life and God that theologians haven’t already written? But slowly she engages their language and listens to their holy wisdom, attending to how they express their being, their actions, and their relationships. She allows horses to draw her out of the faith of intellect and into a deeper faith of emotion, body, and soul.
In our troubled world, faith might be closer than we know
Tain Gregory was present in his third grade classroom on the morning of December 14, 2012, the date of the Sandy Hook shootings. As part of the healing process for the community after the tragedy Tain was asked “What’s the most important thing in the world to you?” His journalist mother was astounded when Tain answered with one word: “God.” Cry, laugh, and marvel at this true story that causes us all to ponder how to cultivate the spirituality of everyone in our lives, young and old.
Simple and profound insights about the spirituality of family life
In ten brief and powerful chapters, beloved and bestselling author Ronald Rolheiser explores how monastery life can apply to those who don't live in a cloister. Let your eyes be opened to the spiritual richness that can be found in domestic life, in friendship, prayer, tensions, the sacredness of time, and the various seasons of our lives.