Audiobook Recommendation for Commute

DRIIIVER

Pigeon
Orthodox Inquirer
Recently I finished “Rock and Sand” by Fr. Josiah Trenham, which was an excellent book for myself and any other repenting Protestants by the way, and am seeking a historical audiobook on the early Church, especially during the Roman Empire. Based on @MichaelWitcoff ’s recommendation I have my eyes on “City of God” by St. Augustine, which seems perfect.

Would this be a wise book to transition to? If not, any other recommendations? God has humbled me twice in the past year by allowing me to cling to heretical teachings, which I choked on because I have a tendency to go all in, so I’m not trying to go too hard too fast. I am in a humble place and just want to learn about the Church.
 

DRIIIVER

Pigeon
Orthodox Inquirer
I can't speak to City of God (as I haven't read it or listened to it).

However, I really enjoyed Fr. Josiah Trenham's Orthodox Catechism lecture series on Patristic Nectar. It was money very well spent and I listen to it when driving to Church.

I believe Roosh recommended it very highly in another thread too.
Thank you for the mention. I will keep that in mind. I haven’t asked about catechism yet at the Church I’m attending. The Priest only asked that I come to services every Sunday for now so I don’t know if Fr. Trenham’s will somehow create a conflict with what my Priest thinks I need.
 

MichaelWitcoff

Hummingbird
Orthodox
Recently I finished “Rock and Sand” by Fr. Josiah Trenham, which was an excellent book for myself and any other repenting Protestants by the way, and am seeking a historical audiobook on the early Church, especially during the Roman Empire. Based on @MichaelWitcoff ’s recommendation I have my eyes on “City of God” by St. Augustine, which seems perfect.

Would this be a wise book to transition to? If not, any other recommendations? God has humbled me twice in the past year by allowing me to cling to heretical teachings, which I choked on because I have a tendency to go all in, so I’m not trying to go too hard too fast. I am in a humble place and just want to learn about the Church.

I’d read or listen to (if available) Fr. Seraphim Rose’s book “The Place of Blessed Augustine in the Orthodox Church” before reading too much of St. Augustine, just to keep it all in context.
 

DeusLuxMeaEst

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
Gold Member
How God Judges People
How Satan Deceives People
Sermons on the Spiritual Life

All rather short, for audio books I prefer 'lesson' and sermon type books.
 

Roosh

Cardinal
Orthodox
It's better to read Orthodox books. It forces you to concentrate. Audiobooks are for podcasting. What's the point of receiving spiritual wisdom from the saints if you're doing something else at the same time, like driving?
 

Penitent

Robin
Orthodox
Well, at monasteries during meals spiritual books are read so one can nourish the soul while also nourishing the body. This is edifying:
 

lskdfjldsf

Pelican
Orthodox Catechumen
Gold Member
It's better to read Orthodox books. It forces you to concentrate. Audiobooks are for podcasting. What's the point of receiving spiritual wisdom from the saints if you're doing something else at the same time, like driving?

Audiobooks and podcasts can provide spiritual insight throughout otherwise distracting periods of the day. They are no replacement or supplement to a healthy prayer life though, when 100% focus and concentration is required. I find it more productive to listen to Father Josiah's catechism series during a long drive than music.

I brought this up with my priest actually (on the road frequently, lots of dead time) and he said he listens to much of the same content while jogging or driving. He prefaced by stating concentrated prayer in solitude, with full focus, is most important.
 
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