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The Ten Commandments [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Laura C. Schlessinger , Stewart Vogel
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694519553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694519552
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,420,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A radio psychologist and a rabbi bring the ten commandments into the twentieth century with an honest look at their relevance and significance in today's world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, But Misses the Bigger Picture entirely 30 Nov 1998
By A Customer
By writing on this subject, Dr. Laura has opened herself up to an entirely new audience, and to a new level of accountability for truth (Read the Bible quotes on God's higher standard for anyone who claims to teach his words--woe to false (even if simply naive) teachers. Book was ok as far as explaining the 10 Commandments, however she uses quotes from many Christians and fails to point out the critical foundational view that Christians have of the 10 Commandments -- which is that the 10 C's main purpose is to point to the human inability to keep those commandments perfectly. The 10 C's cause us to recognize that we will never do them well enough, because God's standard is perfection. God gave us Jesus Christ so that we could stand before a perfectly holy God, clothed in Christ's righteousness, given to us as a gift. To fail to mention this while using Christian quotes seems fraudulent to me. Trying to keep the 10 Commandments apart from Christ leads to pride & self-righteousness (if we think we're doing well) or despair (if we realize how far we fall short). My prayer for Dr. Laura is that she does not attempt to USE God to backup her previous opinions, but that she truly open up to God and ask for his wisdom, even if its not what she expects. And meanwhile I hope she doesn't put all her readers on a performance treadmill, trying to please God through their works because its clear in the Bible that that will never happen. It is our gratitude to God for what he has already done (thru Christ) that leads us to greater love to God and to others.
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Many people are familiar with what we call the "The Ten Commandments." On the outside they seem to be just a set of rules we are commanded to live by. Once you have read this book you will realize that the underlying concepts for these rules are in fact, based on love, honor and respect. We, as humans, have a free will to choose between good and evil. This book is an attempt to influence that choice towards good, i.e., God. Dr. Laura's words are beautiful and inspiring. You will feel challenged, enlightened and elevated. She also says you will experience these feelings when you have made the right choices in life. By explaining each of the commandments, she takes them to their fullest conceptualization. During this process you realize God's plan is to give us a meaningful, just, loving and even holy life. Each principle or commandment relates to either God, family, our fellow man, love, work, charity, property, speech or thought. These laws are simply a blueprint of God's expectations for mankind. Dr. Laura also deals with today's real-life issues of abortion, euthanasia, gossip, manipulative behavior, etc. This book will solidify within your heart the basic moral laws for all time. This will be a book you will want to read to help you deal with peer pressure, temptation and conflicted emotions. This is a book filled with moral lessons you can apply to your life immediately. I have learned that every decision I make can give meaning to my life or diminish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stirring consience 29 Dec 1998
By A Customer
After reading this book, I was full of shame and guilt, because I also didn't keep even one off the Ten Commendments. It should be an honourble ultimate goal in our life just to live up exactly to those commandments. Which are more then 4000 years old and still not old fashioned. Dr Laura does an excellent job by explaining every commandment so detailed. (didn't know this was sin..too!) Its amazing that in the world we live in nowedays, people get shocked and upset by a book like this. But smile when they read the Kenneth Starr report........
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It is interesting that there is a notion running about in our land that truth is so relative it is either validated or invalidated by the actions of whoever espouses it. I have no idea what Dr. S's life is like. I know, for instance, that she advises women not to marry men who are 10 years or more older than themselves and yet her husband is l2 years older than she.However,this descrepancy between word and deed does not invalidate the wisdom of her advice. She provides sensible guidelines that if followed will enhance anyone's life...give it real depth and meaning. But perfection is not in our natures -- nor is perfection part of Dr. S's nature. "The Ten Commandments" rankles, challenges, makes people unconfortable and angry. It's easier to attack her personally than to address the moral imperfections in our selves. She is worth listening to and her book is worth thinking about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Move over, devil, I'm on my way. 1 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Heaven is vacant and hell will be crammed full. I can never be this good. I pray that God IS merciful and full of pity for me, a miserable sinner. As you read this book, keep in mind that Dr Laura is all about being provocative and outrageous. That's what keeps her on the air. She's opinionated, but she will be the first to say so, and that's what people call to hear. Take her with a grain of salt; she will make you think about your own interpretation of the Ten Commandments. Pay special attention to the areas where you think she's full of prunes; that's probably where you need work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politically Incorrect but Morally Right 26 Aug 1999
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Laura Schlessinger is not famous for telling people what they want to hear and this book does not divert from her typical bluntness. She advocates such outdated notions as integrity, honesty, self-sacrifice and even the archaic concept of abstinence before marriage. However, she also offers strong evidence as to why these principles are not only morally sound but necessary to find true happiness and meaning in life.
Each chapter is devoted to a commandment, and although Dr. Schlessinger is an Orthodox Jew and her co-writer Stewart Vogel is a rabbi, she cites many Christian and a few Muslim sources throughout the work. Especially brave are stands against abortion, divorce, and self-serving lies because espousing such standards is not currently in vogue, but equally enlightening-and perhaps even more challenging to those who do try to live by so-called traditional values are her calls for personal sacrifice as a needed part of life.
To illustrate her message of the benefits of altruism she includes many letters from her listeners. These feature moving testimonies of people who cared for elderly and infirm parents or grandparent rather than dump them in a nursing home. One powerful case for honesty is laid out by the father of a high school valedictorian barred from graduation ceremony for admitting that she was drinking on a school outing while several other guilty students lied and were permitted to take part in the ceremony. He said how year's later she still regretted that one breach of rules but never regretted her bold veracity.
Also refreshing is Dr. Schesslinger's vocalization of the outrage so many of us feel but must stifle. She talks of her bemusement of a woman who can't understand the promiscuity of her live-in boyfriend's twenty year-old daughter. Perhaps this would-not-be step-mother is overlooking the obvious.
All and all it is uplifting and challenging effort that will give any open-minded person much to ponder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Laura easier to listen to than to read.
Dr. Laura is snappy, direct and aggressive on air. She's great to listen to on the radio, but difficult to read. Her style just doesn't work as well written.
Published on 20 Aug 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Give me a break!
Laura Schlessinger writing a book about the Ten Commandments is tantamount to Adolph Hitler writing a book on humanitarianism! This is hypocrisy at its best! Read more
Published on 29 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, carefully researched, refreshing
This book is a "must read" for everyone ranging from the ultra-religious to those merely curious about spiritual issues. Dr. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it.
This is a most interesting combination of Jewish law, tradition, and wisdom and its application to everyday life and problems. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets you back on track.
What a terrific and important undertaking Dr. Laura and Rabbi Vogel have made. I enjoyed and was, more importantly, inspired by this book. Read more
Published on 11 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary guide to thinking, acting and living right.
I thought I understood the lessons of the ten commandments and of the bible for that matter. But, this book is an eye opener. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, uplifting book
I was pleased to find that this book has such a different tone from the other books that Dr. Laura has written, because I hope that will draw the attention of people who usually... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with incredible, life-changing testimonies.
I'm a very religious person, but we all need a little push sometimes. Dr. Laura's book gave me the strength to get back to the fundamentals--and to keep living a moral life. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely book for those who don't have the time for God.
I was rather flustered when I first saw the title of this new book. After reading and absorbing the content, I decided that Dr. Laura is fearless. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars getting back to the basics
This book takes all 10 commandments and breaks them down one by one on what they should mean to us today. We all need help with what we should try to achieve each and every day. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 1999
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