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What does it mean to be human? We've all heard it said: It's who you are that matters, not what you do. Really? Where do the scriptures teach that? After all, from the first page of the Bible forward, human beings were made to rule over the Earth, to gather up the raw materials of planet Earth, and to carve out a world. Theologically rich yet down to earth and practical, Garden City speaks to all of us who are searching for our calling in life or just trying to find meaning in the everyday. In the end this audiobook is an invitation to ask the ancient, primal, human question: Why am I here, and what should I do about it?

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©2015 Zondervan (P)2015 Oasis Audio

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Loved it

Loved it. John Mark does an awesome job comprehensively explaining an excellent theology and practice of work and balancing it with rest and Sabbath. A delight to read and enjoy.

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  • Bethany
  • 21-10-2015

Work & play as worship: a must listen for any age

What made the experience of listening to Garden City the most enjoyable?

The author is very eloquent and for the most part, seamless in his transitions and verbosity. Listening to the book is highly instructive and motivating. I couldn't help listening to it, even for a moments drive to pick up some milk from Safeway.

What other book might you compare Garden City to and why?

There really is not another book on the market like this one. It's straightforward, affirming, and refreshing. I did hear a sermon series identical to this at Salem Alliance Church a couple years back, but loved the rich depth Comer goes into it.

What does John Mark Comer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think listening to an author read their own material offers more depth and connection. I would have missed spots here and there just reading the book on my own. Comer's moments of emphasis, encouragement, and wit are 3/4's there without hearing his personality through the audio recording.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I was bummed about was vocal citations for references. Comer will state, "One of my favorite Hebrew scholars..." or, "an amazing, life-changing book I read said...". These are just a couple of a heaping handful of moments in the book. He cites at moments but not thoroughly. Reading the book, he probably cites them properly, as I'm sure Zondervan requires. Just wish he did in the audiobook for my further reading, even just the name of that Sabbath book, scholars, authors, etc.

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  • Mina Phai
  • 06-05-2019

Love it!

Raised by a Buddhist parent yet I felt the urge to find out what Jesus( God) teachings are...I'm inspired and will continue searching.

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  • Leah
  • 15-05-2018

Great info and perspective

I really enjoyed this book and loved the fresh perspective on work and creating. I have a whole new understanding of why we were put here and what our purpose is. This gave me a new appreciation for the job I already have and how I can serve others through it.

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  • Rhyeal Shadowblade
  • 09-02-2020

A must read

Why and how to think about the work we do could not be better summed up. The biggest shock is that heaven isn't the end and what we do doesn't lead to 24/7 harp singing on golden streets. There is so much more to our meaning and our life. The church is focused on the wrong ending of the story. This book helps frame what the ending actually is. And shocker...it's work. Because we were made to create.

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  • Jorge M.
  • 31-10-2019

I appreciate being challenged

Get out of the same old same old type thinking about your life. Become the greatest - be a servant to all!

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  • Eniola Abioye
  • 06-07-2018

Wow

I can’t fully articulate how impactful this book was for me. It put into words concepts I’ve carried in my heart and affirmed the way God has lead me. John Comer is a phenomenal writer and visionary. Powerful analogies that truly lead me to the main thing and it has settled in my heart. I have to get the print book for my library.

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  • Kico M
  • 26-12-2020

Good book

I liked this book. It was not a life changer for me, but it is a good reminder of our place on Earth and how to face work and rest as sacred aspects of our life. In addition, the author does a great job bringing Biblical passages to reinforce his points.

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  • Dannen Peters
  • 04-10-2020

Interesting book, but certainly not gospel

A little underwhelming, if I'm honest. Interesting, but it's more personal meandering than biblical exploration.

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  • Lydia Havener
  • 28-09-2020

Highly Recommend.

Thought provoking and well done. Even if you don't agree with his every Point, the Author does a great job of asking good questions, pointing towards Christ and the word of God, and encouraging you towards betterment.

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  • Melissa Sicard
  • 12-08-2020

Full of treasures

I like that the author narrates. His personality comes through well enough in his writing, but especially in his narration. It's like sitting in a coffee shop with a wise friend who loves to talk about his faith and his place and purpose as a child of God.

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  • Jen Jen
  • 19-01-2021

One to listen to over & over again

So much to learn and embed, have already listened to once, and now going back over armed with a notebook and pen. Engagingly narrated by the author himself, bringing much insight and awe for God- our creator, redeemer, merciful father and King.

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  • elice osei
  • 15-01-2021

Brilliant

loved this book! It's thought provoking , funny and beautiful. Really changed my perspective on work, servanthood, purpose and heaven too! Would defo recommend 😍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2020

thought provoking

Loved every minute. a real page turner. will read again and look up the references along the way. has altered my vision for the better. has decluttered my mind. fabulous. thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-2020

Refreshing!

I always love to read ANYTHING John Mark Comer has written! More so if it's narrated by him! This book has wonderful insights into God's plan for work and rest. Makes me want to delve deeper into the subject! It's definitely worth your while!

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  • Sahar Boctor
  • 21-04-2020

really useful and inspiring.

It is easy to follow. Has brought light to my life. I now need to restudy the Word of God to examine the truth about the place of inheritance

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  • Kerry C.
  • 29-03-2020

Loved it!

I would really recommend this to anyone! I’ve heard John Mark Comer speak at conferences and he has a real gift. This is a message we really need today, the balance of work and rest. So important and life giving!

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  • Paul Syrstad
  • 16-01-2020

Fresh and Insightful

A great introduction to a theological look at work and rest. The section on the Sabbath was amazing and challenging. Highly recommend.

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  • Annie
  • 13-11-2019

This is a great book!

This book, which is narrated by the author, is very easy listening but also thought provoking. It really made me reflect on the work that I do, and see it in quite a different light. I really enjoyed it and will be listening again.

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  • Jen
  • 15-04-2019

Excellent

I listened to this audio version and have purchased the hard copy book. It is helpful, informative, challenging and above all inspirational. The listener or reader will gain much insight and be encouraged to enter into God’s pattern, plan and blessing. The author gives theological and practical help with challenging issues in today’s culture - recommended!

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  • kelly tasker
  • 05-11-2018

Just brilliant!

Such a massive impact on my thought process of balance in my life. I have been very inspired and me and my husband are excited to start loveology together.

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