- 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: 7 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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. For example, he had gone on a big family trip to Mexico and, without giving away the material, he had a facinating way of describing everything there based on what average people would want to know. He'd explain an Indian village and describe the physical appearance of the indigenous people. He told of his experiences talking with a famous artist and then described how much this artist's works sell for, and that's exactly what an average person would want to know. It seemed that Carter can connect with people.
Through this series I learned several good life lessons through Carter's explanations of the book of Ephesians. But I also learned a bit about the state of the world too. I felt perfectly comfortable listening to Carter's voice (he's the speaker) and quickly ordered another one of his Bible study books, again to my own surprise.