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American Daughter

2 ratings

Summary

"Gut-wrenching and absorbing...in the vein of Educated and The Glass Castle" (Booklist) "A story of redemption and forgiveness" (New York Times Book Review) "Impressive...Readers will find themselves recalibrating their judgments about villains and victims" (BookPage, starred review) "Vital" (Library Journal) "Staggeringly candid" (Shelf Awareness) The sharp and surprising true story of a woman who finally sets out to understand her past, and the abusive mother she hoped to forget. Full of unexpected twists and unbelievable revelations, American Daughter is an immersive experience that will have you on the edge of your seat to the very last word. For 50 years, Stephanie Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and worse. Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood. American Daughter is at once the deeply moving account of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on resilience, transcendence, and ultimately, redemption. 

©2021 Stephanie Thornton Plymale (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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The Good Fight

57 ratings

Summary

Hosts of the award-winning Whine Down podcast, Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin explore the raw and real moments of their marriage - what it means to love, to fight, and to sincerely forgive - with spiritual guidance and practical advice for anyone seeking stronger, more fulfilling love. From the beginning, Mike and Jana had the kind of everyday arguments that drive even the happiest couples apart. Money, careers, insecurity, jealousy...and then kids, infidelity, addiction, and growing walls around their individual hearts. Many people would have separated. But Jana and Mike discovered something invaluable: While fighting under the worst possible circumstances, they learned how to fight for each other with respect, kindness, humor, and faith. The Good Fight reveals how one couple decided to honor their forever love by battling it out and staying together, told from both sides. With honesty, warmth, and hilarity, Jana and Mike walk us through the details of the most complicated fights of their past. They show listeners how they've communicated, prayed, forgiven, and radically embraced each other to live their happiest, most fulfilling lives possible, and offer lessons anyone - married, dating, single - can use to give and receive lasting love. 

©2020 Jana Kramer and Mike Caussin (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Rhythm of Prayer

Summary

New York Times best seller... For the weary, the angry, the anxious, and the hopeful, this collection of moving, tender prayers offers rest, joyful resistance, and a call to act, written by Barbara Brown Taylor, Amena Brown, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and other artists and thinkers, curated by the author Glennon Doyle calls “my favorite faith writer." It’s no secret that we are overworked, overpressured, and edging burnout. Unsurprisingly, this fact is as old as time - and that’s why we see so many prayer circles within a multitude of church traditions. These gatherings are a trusted space where people seek help, hope, and peace, energized by God and one another. This book, curated by acclaimed author Sarah Bessey, celebrates and honors that prayerful tradition in a literary form. A companion for all who feel the immense joys and challenges of the journey of faith, this collection of prayers says it all aloud, giving readers permission to recognize the weight of all they carry. These writings also offer a broadened imagination of hope - of what can be restored and made new. Each prayer is an original piece of writing, with new essays by Sarah Bessey throughout. Encompassing the full breadth of the emotional landscape, these deeply tender yet subversive prayers give readers an intimate look at the diverse language and shapes of prayer.

©2020 Sarah Bessey, editor (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Raising Good Humans

8 ratings

Summary

“A wise and fresh approach to mindful parenting.” (Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance) A kinder, more compassionate world starts with kind and compassionate kids. In Raising Good Humans, you’ll find powerful and practical strategies to break free from “reactive parenting” habits and raise kind, cooperative, and confident kids. Whether you’re running late for school, trying to get your child to eat their vegetables, or dealing with an epic meltdown in the checkout line at a grocery store - being a parent is hard work! And, as parents, many of us react in times of stress without thinking - often by yelling. But what if, instead of always reacting on autopilot, you could respond thoughtfully in those moments, keep your cool, and get from A to B on time and in one piece? With this book, you’ll find powerful mindfulness skills for calming your own stress response when difficult emotions arise. You’ll also discover strategies for cultivating respectful communication, effective conflict resolution, and reflective listening. In the process, you’ll learn to examine your own unhelpful patterns and ingrained reactions that reflect the generational habits shaped by your parents, so you can break the cycle and respond to your children in more skillful ways. When children experience a parent reacting with kindness and patience, they learn to act with kindness as well - thereby altering generational patterns for a kinder, more compassionate future. With this essential guide, you’ll see how changing your own “autopilot reactions” can create a lasting positive impact, not just for your kids, but for generations to come. An essential, must-listen for all parents - now more than ever. “To raise the children we hope to raise, we have to learn to become the person we hoped to be…. This wonderful book will help you handle the ride.” (KJ Dell’Antonia, author of How to Be a Happier Parent) “Hunter Clarke-Fields shares her wisdom and personal experience to help parents create peaceful families.” (Joanna Faber and Julie King, coauthors of How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen)

©2019 Hunter Clarke-Fields and Carla Naumburg (P)2019 New Harbinger Publications

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Modified: Volumes 1-5 Box Set

Summary

Sometimes, superpowers aren't all they're cracked up to be.  Kate has enough problems - a boss that's a little too friendly, a sex life that's nonexistent, and a cat with zero tolerance for late meals. The last thing she needs is to be kidnapped, even if it is by a hot Brit. Afterward, she's mysteriously returned and has no memory of what happened. She learns, with the help of an eccentric, sexy woman, that she's been modified - given a power unique to her talents. Sounds cool, right? It would be if she knew how to use it without killing everyone around her. Modified is a funny, sexy, geeky romp about the trouble of acquiring an unexpected and inherently evil superpower. Full of offbeat characters, profanity, and just enough deliciously wicked thoughts, you'll love this fun series. With the bundle edition, you get all five volumes in one!

©2018 Kat Stiles (P)2019 Kat Stiles

Author: Kat Stiles
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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Goodbye Mr. Kang

Summary

In audiobook two of the Davis Sisters Adventures series, South Carolina sisters Karlie and Katherine Davis are asked to find and eliminate a group of global business leaders who conspire to destabilize the economies of the world's five largest economic countries, including the US. 

Based on the Davis Sisters' success in destroying Al-Qaeda, in audiobook one, Warrior Sisters: Revenge for 911, this latest assignment seems relatively simple. It isn't! Both sisters suffer greatly, both physically and psychologically, at the hands of these evil men. In the end, good once again triumphs over evil, but the cost to Karlie and Katherine Davis prove to be enormous. 

The global case of espionage and economic pandering by some of the world's richest and most influential people takes the Davis sisters across four continents and dozens of countries. Success in Goodbye Mr. Kang is measured more so in survival than end results. From the malaise of high-stakes economic and political power-playing emerges a single, mysterious face of evil: Joseph Bolling. 

As the Davis sisters and their cast of friends within ATUR, a highly classified, highly secretive organization within the US Department of Defense, come of age, listeners get a glimpse of life on the seedy underbelly of global espionage, politics, and economics.

©2018 James R. Roberson (P)2019 James R. Roberson

Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Finding Morning Son

Summary

Anthony Mareno Peron is the son of South American terrorist, drug lord, and political activist Antonio Peron. When the elder Peron and most of the leadership of his organization, known collectively as Peronists, is killed by US agents in Venezuela, his much more vicious and ambitious son takes control of the organization. The younger Peron re-names his family's criminal business empire Morning Son. When Morning Son aggressively begins expanding it's operations into the continental US, the US Department of Defense assigns its highly classified and secretive agency, ATUR, to find and destroy A.M. Peron and Morning Son. The search takes ATUR members Kat Davis, Karlie Davis and their highly trained associates the South Pacific, New Zealand, throughout North America, and Europe. Though the Davis Sisters find and destroy both A.M. Peron and Morning Son, success comes at a high cost and leaves both the Department of Defense and ATUR with more questions than answers. The diverse cast of characters in Finding Morning Son provides a unique historical look at the dark underside of espionage and counter-espionage, as the Davis Sisters and their team learn how far-reaching touch of the one-time small South American terrorist organization has grown. Their previous adventure of finding and destroying a group of international billionaires, who planned to disrupt global banking and communications, and control the world, almost killed Katherine "Kat" Davis and nearly emotionally destroyed her sister, Karlie Davis. Finding their own identity in this experience forces them to take a much more hard-core approach to find Morning Son.

©2019 Jame Roberson (P)2019 James Roy Roberson

Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Smidgey Pidgey's Predicament

Summary

It was a gorgeous summer day in Central Park, and Smidge and her brother Ridge had time to share one last adventure before it was time to grow up, as Mama Pidgey primly informed them. Yuk, where was the fun in that?!   Smidge slapped Ridge’s wing with hers. “Hey, you hungry? Want to be real birds, and scavenge the park for seeds, or go see if Mrs. Laney is providing Pidgey takeout today?”   Ridge rubbed his belly. “Yum, Mrs. Laney’s for sure! Maybe she put out french fries again,” he grinned mischievously.   The two were so intent on their scramble for treats that when they heard the first squawks of protest, they assumed it was just a squabble over a savory morsel. Soon the cries became louder and more frantic, and more birds joined the chorus.   Finally realizing something wasn’t right, Smidge and Ridge looked up from their breakfast.   But it was too late - a black sack came down over their heads, engulfing them both and turning their world to darkness.... Who was stealing the city’s pigeons, and what’s to become of Smidge, Ridge, and the others?  Find out in Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, excellent for ages eight and up and perfect for humane education in today’s classrooms. Includes vocab builders, as well as information about the very real threat to pigeons and what you can do to help these wonderful birds.

©2018 Tamira Thayne (P)2018 Tamira Thayne

Length: 26 mins
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Modified: Unified, Part 1

Summary

Sometimes true love can be deceptive.... Kate’s happily-ever-after is cut short after a new arrival from an alternate dimension appears. A sexy woman with the power to kill by touch, Kate decides newcomer Mara is best kept under a watchful eye.  Jay seems to act differently, but Kate chalks it up to familiarity in their relationship. One thing she becomes increasingly aware of as time passes - he’s pushing her away while growing closer to Mara.  Steve’s feelings for Kate haven’t changed, and he’s there for her when Jay’s behavior crosses a line.  Can Kate figure out what’s going on with Jay? Will she be able to salvage her relationship with him, or will she find happiness in the arms of another man?  Unified is the first installment of the ongoing Modified saga, in which Kate and her team of modified cohorts learn to work together. With new characters and an unexpected twist, fans of the Modified series will love this next captivating chapter!  Though this installment is longer than the Modified volumes, this book is still considered to be a serial. As such, you should listen to Modified box set or all of the individual Modified volumes before starting this book.  Listener discretion is advised: If you are offended by strong language or sexual situations, for the love of God don't buy this book.

©2020 Kat Stiles (P)2020 Kat Stiles

Author: Kat Stiles
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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Warrior Sisters: Revenge for 911

Summary

Warrior Sisters: Revenge for 911 is a fictional story of the capture of Osama bin Laden and foreign and domestic agents who aided in the attack. Sisters Karlie and Katherine (Kat) Davis suffered greatly from the 911 attack, and both vowed revenge on those responsible for their suffering.

©2018 James Roberson (P)2018 James Roberson

Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Called from Beyond

Summary

A non-believer, a terrible accident, a stupid mistake. Is Mark going mad, or was his girlfriend Called from Beyond?

Mark's girlfriend dies in a car accident before he can tell her how much he loves her. He never believed in ghosts, but a well-meaning friend and guilt push him into new and dangerous territory. All he wants is the chance to say he is sorry. To speak to her one more time.

During a desperate, alcohol-fueled binge, he buys an Ouija board and calls Alissa. Is his drinking problem or survivor's guilt making him doubt his sanity? Or are the footsteps in the night and inexplicable messages real, has Alissa returned?

Gail and Jesse have their own guilt to bear, both tormented by a secret they have no choice but to keep.

Is it their fault Alissa died?

All they want is to help Mark through his grief, but his true plight soon becomes apparent. Evil is waiting, and it's worse than they can imagine.

Will Mark be sucked into the darkness, or will he send away his love to save his own life? Find out in this thrilling, fast-paced ghost story that will have you listening well into the night. Just remember to keep the lights on.

©2018 Caroline Clark (P)2018 Caroline Clark

Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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Healing Hawk

Summary

She almost died in a fire, and it wasn’t accidental.... Can her trusty canine sidekick and new love interest help to reveal the arsonist before he can strike another match? Her entire life, everyone has just assumed that Nicole "Hawk" Hawkins was a pretty face without much substance. Now, to prove them all wrong, she’s taken on the toughest job she could find - as a Redwood Cove firefighter. She’s not on the job long before a deadly fire nearly takes her life, scarring and disfiguring her once gorgeous features in the process. The worst part of it all? What happened wasn’t an accident. Arnold "Snowball" Winters, a detective with Redwood Cove's police force, has loved Nicole since the day she first joined the station, and this new change in her appearance doesn’t change what’s in his heart. He’ll do whatever it takes to help her recover both her personal and work lives, recruiting Chance, a young golden retriever, to help in this mission. No sooner is Nicole released from her lengthy hospital stay than another freak fire threatens her again - this time in her own home. Can Arnold and Chance find the culprit in time to save Nicole’s life...and maybe even win her heart while they’re at it? Healing Hawk is book eight in the Gold Coast Retrievers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you'll have more fun if you listen to them all together!

©2019 Becky Muth (P)2019 Becky Muth

Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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Protecting Peyton

Summary

Her dog saved his life. Can he repay the debt by finding her missing brother? Peyton McIntyre's brother is missing. Local police claim they're looking into it, but hope dwindles as the days continue to pass without any answers. Worse still, her only chance of finding him may depend on a rookie officer who sends her temper flaring and her heart quivering. Kurt Collins is a fourth-generation police officer, but so far he hasn’t been able to live up to his family’s long legacy of service. When the infuriating and beautiful Peyton asks for his help, he wonders if she might hold the key to the recognition he craves. Last time they met, her dog, Gilda, saved his life. This time she just might be able to save his reputation. As they begin their search it appears that Peyton’s brother may not want to be found. Unfortunately, failing to complete this assignment could risk both Kurt’s career and any chance he has at winning Peyton's heart. Is a happy ending even possible, or will Peyton and Kurt both lose everything before they’re through? Find out if Gilda can make another rescue by helping her humans beat the ticking clock and discover that their hearts are better together than apart. This sweet tale of suspense and finding what matters is one you’ll want to hold on to.... Order your copy and start listening today! Protecting Peyton is book four in the Gold Coast Retrievers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you'll have more fun if you listen to them all together!

©2018 Sweet Promise Press (P)2019 Becky Muth

Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Screaming Jenny

Summary

Vanessa and Nick are en route to Washington, D.C., to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, but their differences threaten to ruin the weekend before it has a chance to begin. When an accident further up the tracks leaves their train temporarily stranded in Harpers Ferry National Park, a chance meeting with the town's most iconic resident offers insight into a bit of local history. Will a poignant message from the past help put the newlyweds' future on less shaky ground, or are they doomed to disaster?

©2014, 2017 Becky Muth (P)2017 Becky Muth

Author: Becky Muth
Length: 51 mins
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