A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ´´Already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.´´ -David Brooks In this controversial bestseller, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo-Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state´s assault, but it will not stop the West´s slide into decadence and dissolution. Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actually the way back-all the way to St. Benedict of Nursia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome´s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization. Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture. The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It´s for all mere Christians-Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox-who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.
For the first time, the entire BUNKER series, with over 600 five-star reviews, is being offered in a single audiobook title as Born to Fight. Get your copy today -- over 27 hours of non-stop action! Cyber-attacks. EMPs. Invasion. War. When the end comes, few will have the ability to survive. Jack Bunker vowed to never step foot on another battlefield. But the former combat engineer’s new peaceful life in the Colorado mountains is shattered after an attack takes out America’s power grid. When suspicious activity plagues the nearby high-security military facility, Bunker fears he’ll soon have another war on his hands. As the story unfolds, Bunker suspects a foreign invasion is imminent, leaving him no other choice but to somehow transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade guerrilla warriors. He knows if their small town surrenders, America won’t be far behind. But his plan won’t be easy, not when his makeshift troops begin to pry into his painful past. Sharing the truth with them could cost him their trust, but he’ll never earn their command by keeping what haunts him a secret. Born to Fight is a non-stop, high-octane, post-apocalyptic thriller. If you like pulse-pounding action, resourceful warriors, and political intrigue, then you’ll love Jay J. Falconer’s explosive tale of true American grit. Listen to Born to Fight now to join the fight for freedom! Rated R for violence and language. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Tiedemann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122786/bk_acx0_122786_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
General Samuel Draden is revered for his work on the battlefield, but he is also a secret student of doctrine and scripture. The ancient tomes he holds give him the best insight into the future - not only for his soldiers but also for the entire human race. Draden and the rest of the world have been plunged into the end times depicted by so many world religions. As prophecy becomes reality, Draden will have to use his knowledge to predict the catastrophes to come. Responsible for these disasters is Chancellor Darius, an evil man who used worldwide unrest to appoint himself global leader. He divided Earth into 10 sectors and now rules over each one with an iron fist. Draden, on the other hand, is a major force in the resistance. He and his commanders are slowly but surely gaining ground. Draden refuses to believe that the human race ends here and now, under the boot-heel of a dictator. They may be living in the end times, but the world hasn´t ended yet! Draden and his allies will do whatever it takes to show Darius the formidable and steadfast power of the human spirit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Jane Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112332/bk_acx0_112332_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Written by the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often ´´civilian´´. Conventional militaries have repeatedly attempted to utilize technology to meet the new challenges posed, but even the most advanced technology has provided little more than meaningless short-term victories rendered futile in months, if not weeks. This inability of Western governments and militaries to come to terms with the changing nature of modern warfare has led to failed interventions, failed occupations, and now even failed states everywhere from Eastern Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. And with the recent mass movement of peoples around the world, 4th Generation Warfare can be safely expected to appear in Western Europe and the United States before long. Drawing on their decades of experience with military history and military action, the authors have distilled 4GW theory into a short, concise, easily accessible handbook that provides the soldier, the military analyst, and the civilian observer with a guide to understanding and responding to the changing realities of this challenging new form of war.
The gripping memoir of Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient SEAL Lieutenant Mark L. Donald... As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable. From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military. That new life begins with the Marines and includes his heroic achievements on the battlefield and the operating table, and finally, of his inspirational triumph over the demons caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family. Includes an excerpt from the SEAL creed read by the author and a bonus conversation with Mark L. Donald and his editor. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Berman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001564/bk_aren_001564_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Written by the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often ´´civilian.´´ Conventional militaries have repeatedly attempted to utilize technology to meet the new challenges posed, but even the most advanced technology has provided little more than meaningless short-term victories rendered futile in months, if not weeks. This inability of Western governments and militaries to come to terms with the changing nature of modern warfare has led to failed interventions, failed occupations, and now even failed states everywhere from Eastern Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. And with the recent mass movement of peoples around the world, 4th Generation Warfare can be safely expected to appear in Western Europe and the United States before long. Drawing on their decades of experience with military history and military action, the authors have distilled 4GW theory into a short, concise, easily accessible handbook that provides the soldier, the military analyst, and the civilian observer with a guide to understanding and responding to the changing realities of this challenging new form of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061551/bk_acx0_061551_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood, a battlefield view of moral injury, the signature wound of America´s 21st-century wars. Most Americans are now familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its prevalence among troops. In this groundbreaking new audiobook, David Wood examines the far more pervasive yet less understood experience of those we send to war: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict. Featuring portraits of combat veterans and leading mental health researchers, along with Wood´s personal observations of war and the young Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, What Have We Done offers an unflinching look at war and those who volunteer for it: the thrill and pride of service and, too often, the scars of moral injury. Impeccably researched and deeply personal, What Have We Done is a compassionate, finely drawn study of modern war and those caught up in it. It is a call to acknowledge our newest generation of veterans by listening intently to them and absorbing their stories and, as new wars approach, to ponder the inevitable human costs of putting American boots on the ground. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Pittu. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002872/bk_hach_002872_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not all the cruelties, deprivations, and horrors of the Civil War took place on the battlefield. The women left behind must survive. With unflinching honesty and a survivor´s grace and humor, young Sarranda chronicles her life during the pre- and post-Civil War years in isolated western North Carolina´s Greene Valley. From childhood when her father leaves for California gold fields through a youthful marriage, motherhood, and the turbulent losses the war brings, she endures deprivation, hunger, emotional losses, and the lawlessness of marauding outliers with courage and determination. She finds solace in her grandfather´s love and at his grist mill and an unexpected awakening in the arms of an unnamed stranger - Union or Confederate - passing through. In a time disrupted, a family fragmented, and a land almost destroyed, Sarranda reveals the strength, endurance, and spirit of the mountain woman and of all women who must make do during war and its aftermath. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Renee Brame. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059277/bk_acx0_059277_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wounded traces the journey made by a casualty from the battlefield to a hospital in Britain. It is a story told through the testimony of those who cared for him - stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, orderlies and nurses - from the aid post in the trenches to the casualty clearing station and the ambulance train back to Blighty. We feel the calloused hands of the stretcher-bearers; we see the bloody dressings and bandages; we smell the nauseating gangrene and, at London’s stations, the gas clinging to the uniforms of the men arriving home. There are the unspeakable injuries: the officer with a hole in his torso so big the doctor can see the sky beyond him; a man with no legs holding a hymnbook for a man with no arms. Together, the experiences in Wounded encapsulate what it was to fight, live, and die for four long years at the Western Front. The first comprehensive account of medical care at the Western Front, Wounded is an homage to the courageous and determined men and women who saved hundreds of thousands of lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nigel Anthony. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/001612/bk_rhuk_001612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What comes to mind when you hear the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD? Images of soldiers coming home from war with psychological scars from the battlefield? Or perhaps a woman who has survived a sexual assault and appears to be frozen in time from her harrowing event. But what exactly is this mercurial condition, and what do these two frequently cited examples have to do with one another? PTSD, as the name suggests, is a stress disorder that follows a traumatic event or period of time where an individual is gripped by such terror and feelings of helplessness that it actually changes how their nervous system operates moving forward. This insidious, and far too often life-threatening disorder can arise from the aforementioned cases of war or sexual abuse, but it also can be set in motion by any and all other forms of psychological trauma. A Traumatic History is a unique look into this disorder through the eyes of an individual who was in the process of becoming a psychotherapist when he had an adverse reaction to an antidepressant, or SSRI, after only being on the drug for one month. But it was the severe and unexpected withdrawal that followed (after being improperly weaned off of the medication) that eventually led this previously healthy and highly active person to a dramatic breakdown that gave rise to this debilitating disorder. A Traumatic History is as much about a firsthand account into the darkness and despair of PTSD and the eventual journey back to health, as it is a cautionary tale about the dangerous practice of overprescribing psychiatric medications. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barclay L. Neel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082360/bk_acx0_082360_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.