From Mel White, author of Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America: In Two Pews from Crazy, the author takes us on a painful but always hopeful spiritual journey that made me think of Pilgrim's Progress. Each time this lesbian Christian pastor nears the "Celestial City", there's another "Slough of Despond". "Valley of Humiliation", or "River of Death" to cross. It's a kind of miracle that Reverend Cyd is still standing after being born a female in a male dominated culture, after accepting her sexual orientation in the homophobic South, after refusing to renounce her call to ministry in a Christian community that forbids women clergy, after adopting a child, and after losing three different partners and suffering through spiritual and emotional abuse as a pastor. Cyd has a great sense of humor. The chapters are short. Her story is honest, frank, easy to follow, and never dull. And though her journey is sometimes painful, it is also a celebration of god's presence and power in the life of a lesbian Christian pastor who never stops believing that god loves her and is with her every step of the way. Hearing Cyd's story reminded me that god loves me, too, and is with me on my own sometimes painful journey. If you need to be reminded of the Holy Spirit's presence and power in your life, just sit down next to Reverend Cyd just two pews from crazy, and enjoy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Harley Reese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071467/bk_acx0_071467_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and other (best-selling) co-stars, Judy Greer is taking pen to paper and in her honest, self-deprecating, and hilariously relatable way reminding us why she's not America's sweetheart but America's best friend. You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all. What it's like to have stepchildren. And how she really feels about her mother. Yes, it's all in there. But Judy Greer isn't just a regular friend - she's a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she's peed next to? Or what the Oscars were actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley Davidson? Don't worry - that's included, too. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, you'll love her because she makes us genuinely feel like she's one of us. Because even though she sometimes has a stylist and a make-up artist, she still wears (and hates!) Spanx. Because she starts her book like this: "This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I'm not that special, and we're probably not that different. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I've never really lost that feeling that I don't fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I'm serious." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Judy Greer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003806/bk_rand_003806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winston! "Oh, hey," Chip said lamely, spinning on his heel. "I didn't think you were still here." Seeing Brenden's confused look, he clarified. "No limo." "Oh, yeah." Brenden looked down at his boots, the brown leather just scuffed enough to be fashionable. "I hopped an Uber over. I thought maybe you'd give me a ride back to the hotel so we could talk." "I see." Chip's jaw tightened slightly. "I have my bike, so that won't work, but I'll wait with you if you want to get that ride back. We can talk while we wait." "I was really hoping we could get some time alone to talk without being rushed," Brenden offered quietly. "I have a lot to say. Doesn't your bike have a passenger seat?" "Yeah." Chip's voice was clipped. "But I don't carry passengers." Not anymore, anyway, he thought to himself. Brenden had been the last person to sit behind him, clinging to his waist, as the powerful Harley had devoured the road. "Okay." Disappointment registered clearly on Brenden's face. "Will you come back to the hotel with me?" "Naw, man." Chip stared over his shoulder. "I can't, not tonight." "Winston, please?" Brenden's voice held a pleading note. "I really need your help." "Don't call me that," Chip snapped, sharper than he meant to, and then felt a trace of shame as the smaller man took a step back. "Sorry," Chip muttered, shoving his hands in his pockets. "I go by Chip now." Brenden nodded. "Chip, then. I really do need your help." Chip sighed, long and deep. "Get your ride scheduled and tell me what you need." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078748/bk_acx0_078748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.