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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Custis James Narrator: Ruth Bloomquist Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780310305453
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In Praise of When Life and Beliefs Collide. Sooner or later, life’s difficulties bring every Christian woman to God’s doorstep with questions too personal to ignore. “Why does God let me go through such painful circumstances?” “Why does he seem indifferent to my prayers?” We’re tired of spiritual pie in the sky. We want authentic, God-as-he-really-is faith—the kind that holds us together when our world is falling apart and equips us to offer strength and hope to others. When Life and Beliefs Collide raises a long-overdue call for us to think seriously about what we believe about God. With passion, brilliance, and eloquence, Carolyn Custis James weaves stories of contemporary women with episodes from the life of Mary of Bethany to illustrate the practical benefits of knowing God deeply. Examining the misperceptions and abuses that discourage women from pursuing a deeper understanding of God, this insightful book demonstrates how practical and down to earth knowing God can be. “This outstanding book offers the best demonstration that everyone needs theology, the best expository account of Mary and Martha, and the best trajectory for women’s ministry in modern North America that I have yet read.” —James I. Packer “Thoughtful, scholarly, and motivating . . . should inspire and encourage women for years to come.” —Joni Eareckson Tada “You will not think the same way, nor hopefully be the same, after reading this thought-provoking book.” —Vonette Zachary Bright “. . . affirms women in their calling, chosen-ness, and gifting, and makes us know we are cherished and planned for.” —Jill Briscoe Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/18/2014

    " basically this book sets forth why many women feel that theology is more for men and why that is absolutely not true. it was challenging to think how my theology should teach and counsel my husband, my friends, and my church. i also appreciated the emphasis the author put on living out my theology in all areas of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Richards | 1/23/2014

    " Amazing book. Must read for all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabra | 1/5/2014

    " This was an excellent book on theology and helped me to think about why and what I believe about God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shematters | 1/1/2014

    " Interesting perspective on women and theology as explained through the life of Mary and Martha. Was "spark" for SheMatters group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cammy | 12/23/2013

    " Not an easy read but a worthy one... interesting thoughts on what it means to be a woman theologian "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/29/2013

    " Carolyn Custis James discusses why theology is so important for women and how we see it at work in the lives of Mary and Martha. I found this book very encouraging and am trying to remember its lessons in daily life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 10/5/2013

    " Great book to encourage women to know theology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/3/2013

    " The last two chapters made this a worthwhile book to read. The rest is rather repetitive and not very substantial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laverne Byas-smith | 1/30/2013

    " James' re-analysis of the Mary-Martha dichotomy is refreshing and spiritually liberating. She points all women (men too!) to intimacy with Christ, knowledge of God, and fruitfulness in the Christian life. Great handbook for life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 12/9/2012

    " Currently reading and so far I LOVE it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 9/6/2012

    " A fabulous read for both men and women. Most interesting is the exposition of Mary and Martha - gave a perspective never heard before but I'm sold! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/6/2012

    " Great book, and one that I want to read again. She is smart and underscores the theology that we need for daily life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 1/22/2012

    " Life-changing book for me regarding women and their purpose/roles within the body of Christ. A must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasse | 11/1/2011

    " Good arguments on why theology is important for women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/27/2011

    " This book helped me think deeply about the gospel portraits of Mary of Bethany and about a woman's need for solid theology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/20/2011

    " AMAZING book. Has been an oxygen mask, life-line, and parachute for me these last few months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 12/29/2010

    " Currently reading and so far I LOVE it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 9/2/2010

    " Great book, and one that I want to read again. She is smart and underscores the theology that we need for daily life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/21/2010

    " Carolyn Custis James discusses why theology is so important for women and how we see it at work in the lives of Mary and Martha. I found this book very encouraging and am trying to remember its lessons in daily life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cammy | 2/7/2010

    " Not an easy read but a worthy one... interesting thoughts on what it means to be a woman theologian
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shematters | 1/30/2010

    " Interesting perspective on women and theology as explained through the life of Mary and Martha. Was "spark" for SheMatters group. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laverne | 2/26/2009

    " James' re-analysis of the Mary-Martha dichotomy is refreshing and spiritually liberating. She points all women (men too!) to intimacy with Christ, knowledge of God, and fruitfulness in the Christian life. Great handbook for life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/2/2009

    " This book helped me think deeply about the gospel portraits of Mary of Bethany and about a woman's need for solid theology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 2/1/2009

    " A fabulous read for both men and women. Most interesting is the exposition of Mary and Martha - gave a perspective never heard before but I'm sold! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/16/2009

    " AMAZING book. Has been an oxygen mask, life-line, and parachute for me these last few months. "

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About the Author

Carolyn Custis James travels extensively as a popular speaker for women’s conferences, churches, colleges, seminaries, and other Christian organizations. Her ministry organization, WhitbyForum, promotes thoughtful biblical discussion to help men and women serve God together. Carolyn founded and is president of the Synergy Women’s Network. She is a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary series on the New Testament and author of When Life and Beliefs Collide and Lost Women of the Bible. She and her husband live in Boxford, Massachusetts. They have one grown daughter.

About the Narrator

Ruth Bloomquist is an award-winning singer-songwriter. She and her husband, Max, having been making music together since 1975.