Anyone who knows me well, knows that I listen to a lot of audiobooks. In fact, I have listened to over one hundred fifty books per year for the past three years. I do this while driving, riding my bike, doing the dishes, or through a myriad of other household tasks. You can pay for services like Audible or Christian Audio, however there are some free options: Hoopla and Overdrive. Both of these free options have websites and smartphone apps, all you need is a library card with a participating library. Dallas, Desoto, and Cedar Hill libraries are partners with these free options. Furthermore, I have discovered Hoopla has a lot of Christian titles, while Overdrive a few. Interestingly, even though you have the same library card, the majority of the books offered by Overdrive and Hoopla are different.
Obviously, there are many benefits to listening to books; you have heard it all before. On my end, I can confidently tell you that I have learned more and been exposed to more in the past three years than I have during any other period in my life. This includes the period I went to seminary. I never in a million years would have read: Paradise Lost, Pilgrims Progress, Moby Dick, or The Adventures of Robin Hood; however, I have listen to these classics and more while I was doing something else…it didn’t take me any extra time. You don’t have anything to lose.
Since this is a marriage blog, here are some great options available on Hoopla that I have really enjoyed and have impacted me positively:
General Marriage:
  • Love & Respect, Emerson Eggerichs
  • Sacred Marriage, Gary L. Thomas
  • Real Marriage, Mark and Grace Driscoll
  • You and Me Forever, Francis and Lisa Chan
  • What Did You Expect, David Paul Tripp
Pre-Marriage and Dating:
  • Things I Wished I’D Known Before We Got Married, Gary Chapman
  • New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating, Andy Stanley
  • Preparing you a Heart for Marriage, Gary Thomas
Intimacy and Love:
  • Sheet Music, Kevin Leman
  • Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman
  • Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, Gary Chapman
  • Surviving in an Angry World, Charles Stanley
  • Anger is a Choice, Tim Lahaye
Marriage Difficulties:
  • Every Man’s Marriage, Stephen Arterburn
  • Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away, Gary Chapman
Family and Raising Children:
  • Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents, Gary Chapman
  • Sacred Parenting, Gary L. Thomas
I strongly encourage you to try it; after all it is FREE!

by Michael Burner

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