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Recent audio additions

Here is a listing of some of the newest releases on talking book available from our audio library. These books will play on the machines provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). For more information on our audio services please click here. If you'd like a complete listing of our Talking Book audio library, please check out our catalog by clicking here.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (DBX0774): This title explores the core beliefs of Christianity by providing an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. A brilliant collection, Mere Christianity remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader and at the same time confirms C. S. Lewis’s reputation as one of the leading writer and thinkers of our age. The book brings together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War II. Lewis discusses that everyone is curious about: right and wrong, human nature, morality, marriage, sins, forgiveness, faith, hope, generosity, and kindness.

Adam: God's Beloved by Henri Nouwen (DBX0720): In the final year before his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen set out to write a book about the Creed. His plans changed when he learned of the death of his friend Adam, a severely disabled young man from the L'Arche Daybreak Community outside Toronto where Nouwen lived. In the story of Adam he found a way to describe his own understanding of the Gospel message. Adam could not speak or even move without assistance. Gripped by frequent seizures, he spent his life in obscurity. And yet, for Nouwen, Adam became "my friend, my teacher, and my guide." It was Adam who led Nouwen to a new understanding of his faith and what it means to be Beloved of God. Through the story of Adam Nouwen found a new way to tell God's story of Jesus and the story of all of us human creatures, broken and yet beloved, who live in a world charged with the mystery of God's overwhelming love. Completed only weeks before his own death, Adam: God's Beloved became Nouwen's final, precious gift, a fitting summation of his own message and legacy.

On Camera and Off: The Story of My Life by Father Michael Manning (DBX0468): Father Manning (d. 2016) is considered a pioneer of Catholic television evangelism. His program inspired thousands of people across the nation with the message of God's love and power. This title tells the heart-warming story of his boyhood, his growing love for God, his call to the priesthood, and his role as a television evangelist. This book takes us along the faith-filled and sometimes painful path he followed as he heard God call him to be a priest, preach the Gospel, and to step out in faith in God's service.

My Life for My Sheep by Alfred Duggan (DBX0287): The engrossing biographical novel about one of English history's great religious figures, Thomas a Becket. He was the turbulent 12th-century cleric who became Chancellor of England and then Archbishop of Canterbury, only to fall from royal favor and die a martyr's death. Duggan's research helps to bring the ideas, actions, and daily lives of Becket and his contemporaries vividly to life.

Don Camillo and His Flock by Giovanni Guareschi (DBX0107): Set against the post-war backdrop of a rural village in the Emilia-Romagna, this is the fictional account of a comical little priest's efforts to preserve the Faith his way. As ever, the townsfolk, riven by their disparate allegiances to the hot-headed Catholic priest and his equally pugnacious adversary Peppone, the Communist Mayor, are relieved of their prejudices by the gentle humor and insights coming from high above the altar in the village church.

Don Camillo Meets the Flower Children by Giovanni Guareschi (DBX0108): This is the story of a clash between young and old, change and tradition, skeptics and believers. First, in a gesture of unmitigated perversity, the Vatican sends Don Camillo a young priest, ostensibly to help out, but actually to make innovations (i.e., trouble) in his parish. Don Chichi, as the newcomer is nicknamed, determines to install the entirety of the recent Ecumenical Council's reforms in twenty-four hours. The effect of Don Chichi's efforts might be compared to the forced installation of an electronic computer in a family of Scottish handweavers. But Don Chichi is the least of Don Camillo's worries. His young niece Flora, whom he has not seen since infancy and who has blossomed into a flower child, appears on the rectory doorstep with a clutch of Italian Hell's Angels. Don Camillo needs all the help he can get from Divine Providence and from his own cleverness to save his church, his town, and his own job from the onslaught of Don Chichi, Flora, Flora's friends, and other insidious influences of the sixties.