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Leading a Worthy Life: Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bible Study with Jimmy Carter Audio CD – Audiobook, March 20, 2007

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  • Series: Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bible Study With Jimmy Carter (Book 1)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743561767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743561761
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Former president Carter, who captured a Grammy for Our Endangered Values, now embarks on an ambitious audio-only series. Since leaving the White House more than 25 years ago, Carter has led a weekly adult Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Each Sunday Mornings in Plains release will include past lessons grouped around a particular book of the Bible. Leading a Worthy Life explores Ephesians, which outlines the Apostle Paul's case for reconciliation and unity in the face of disagreement and division. The recordings date from early 1998, though the applications seem even more relevant in the face of September 11 and the conflict in Iraq. Carter firmly stakes out his theological claims in the left-of-center evangelical realm, a territory that such bestselling authors as Jim Wallis and Brian McLaren have recently rendered less lonely and isolated. Carter's unscripted and intimate discourse marks an auspicious beginning to a project that holds tremendous potential for bringing practical issues of faith into the public arena.
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About the Author

Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values. He received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award for his recording of Our Endangered Values. All of President Carter's proceeds from this series will go to the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Shumate on May 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First I have to admit to being a Democrat and a fan of Jimmy Carter's public life after the Presidency, using his name recognition to fund public health initiatives in third world countries. However, I can't claim to be of a particulary religious bent. These lessons are very informal, recorded in Jimmy Carter's home church in 1998 and the sound quality isn't great--when someone in the audience speaks it's very hard to hear. But in the informality and simplicity lies its charm. Jimmy opens each lesson by telling what he and Rosalind have done in the preceding week, asking what other dominations or states/countries are represented in the guests who have come to listen to his lesson, and then asks for a prayer from someone in the audience before he begins. The lessons are from letters that Paul wrote and JImmy presents the message, often by asking questions of those present, in an unadorned, sincere way. This is not a smooth, professional delivery nor a pulpit-thumping evangelistic sermon. It is, as the title suggests, a country church Sunday school lesson but, whether you are religious or not, the principles presented are universal, the topics germaine to everyday life, and the goodness that comes through genuine. I don't see how anyone could listen to this set and not feel better at the end.
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3 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Socrates on May 2, 2007
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The president has been teaching Sunday School since his Naval Academy days and his grasp and scope of the subject matter discussed is impressive. He invites questions and participation from the audience (congregation/class?) and the sessions are spirited and informative. His talent for taking current secular issues and relating them to specific areas of the scriptures is invaluable with surprising conclusions in some cases. Not afraid of tough problems or questions he plows through each lesson with charm, focus and an easy charisma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2010
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Jimmy Carter, a former president, gave a set of bible lessons on the Epistle to the Ephesians. Ephesians is written in the voice of Paul (separately there's controversy about whether Paul authored this book and I don't have a position on that). Paul was a prisoner in Rome at the time awaiting execution. Paul explains about being a prisoner for the lord.

Carter was impressive in this taped set of Bible lessons given at various churches. He clearly understands the lessons of the Bible and I learned much more than I expected. Carter related the lessons of Ephesians to world events and the current era in the most natural and perhaps flawless way.

I had no idea that Jimmy Carter could give such direct, folksy Bible study lessons. Further, I had no idea he could connect so well with the audience. This former president is inspirational and if you haven't paid attention to him for many years, you'll probably be as surprised as I was.

The lessons themselves are excellent because they apply to our lives. For example, Carter explains how natural it is to think of oneself as superior to poor people in poor countries, just as it was during the time of which Ephesians was written. Carter explains how damaging our words can be when we say bad things about others. He does this in a manner of a wise and humble elder imparting common sense to the teachable.

I wondered what made it possible for a former president to be so humble yet so capable. This is uncommon. Maybe Carter's faith and Bible teachings are responsible. I would certainly attend his lessons if I could, and that's saying a lot.

Another thing Carter did that I think almost nobody would note is that he explained basic things about his travels to the audiences attending his Bible studies.
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By Marc Wagner on October 28, 2007
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When selecting this book,I thought that it may be a bit dry but worthwhile. I have discovered a great treasure! In reading this book, I have come to a special joy, and appreciation of God. In short this book is a tool to percieve life, past, preasant, and future.
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