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Measuring Our Success: Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bible Study with Jimmy Carter Audio CD – Audiobook, May 15, 2007

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The second release of former president Carter's Sunday Mornings in Plains audio series presents five lessons in which Carter explores the early ministry of Jesus as portrayed by the Gospel of Mark. These sessions were recorded at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., during the spring of 2003, as the U.S. began the invasion of Iraq. Carter sheds light on the radical essence of Christ as one who overturned centuries of religious and political assumptions of what constituted success in the eyes of God. The highlighted scripture passages emphasize a mission for embracing the most marginalized members of society and challenging entrenched authorities. Carter's personal anecdotes, especially when he recounts the monumental spiritual journey that followed a devastating defeat in his first bid for the Georgia governorship, provide highly valuable perspective. Taken as a whole, these recordings lack the smooth glide of Leading a Worthy Life, the first Sunday Mornings in Plains title. Yet the many kernels of learned biblical scholarship, sage wisdom and inspiring insight still provide worthwhile listening. (May)
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bible Study With Jimmy Carter (Book 2)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743567269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743567268
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,593,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Afia TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
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It's pretty interesting to hear the former president give these lessons. Each lesson begins with Jimmy Carter talking about the state of the world at the time of the lesson, including events in his life, and the actual Bible lessons. Carter has been giving Bible studies since he was a midshipman at the Naval Academy.

These lessons are in front of a live audience in various churches. Interaction with the audience has mostly been edited out. Carter was completely at ease and engaging. At times he was very funny and made the crowd laugh. Naturally he makes efforts to relate the lessons from the Gospel of Mark to everyday life.

At the time of the lessons, the U.S. had begun the War in Iraq. Carter expresses his concern as he had considered this an unjust war, but he also expressed in solidarity with the country and his patriotism. At his age, he can say things in a more direct way than at earlier times in his political life.

Jimmy Carter also explains the work of the Carter center. The Carter center is quite active in many countries, advocating human rights and serving in many capacities for good causes. He provides some interesting stories of his travels and interactions with world leaders.

Carter's lessons on the Gospel of Mark were taken from a standardized lesson book, one adopted by his Southern Baptist church. I should point out that Carter sees commonalities between various denominations and he appeals to people across many spectrums. The Gospel of Mark turned out to be far more interesting than I imagined. I was unaware of some of the most significant aspects of this book.

Carter explained the early ministry of Jesus according to this book.
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