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FAQ - Jordan Riggle



The most frequently asked questions so far...

Short Answer: Nope.

Long Answer: It depends, but not really. 

Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, have found that, “At a time when more people are absorbing information via audiobooks, podcasts and even audio texts, our study shows that, whether they’re listening to or reading the same materials, they are processing sematic information similarly. We knew that a few brain regions were activated similarly when you hear a word and read the same word, but we were not expecting such strong similarities in the meaning representation across a large network of brain regions in both these sensory modalities.” (Click here for link)

So in plain language, audiobooks and reading light up your brain the same way. Essentially, your brain doesn’t see a difference between them…

But even though the brain processes the information the same way, reading is an exclusive activity. However, most people use audio as a secondary activity, listening while they drive or walk or clean. This means their attention to detail IS lowered…but since most people are unable to remember the intricacies of what they read even a week later, the end effect is still the same. The important thing is hearing the original argument, and being able to find it later for referencing.

Short Answer: Holding to a historic Protestant confession…

Long Answer: I narrate the books I do because they’re important to my particular tribe of Christians, Reformed Protestants. That means we all hold to at least one of the confessions of faith written after the Protestant Reformation (i.e. The 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith, The 1689 II London Baptist Confession of Faith, The Three Forms of Unity, etc). No hate if you DON’T hold to a confession or are in a different tradition altogether. If that’s the case, these audiobooks are still probably touchstones for you too. For example, Athanasius is a Church Father to Reformed and non-Reformed alike!

Short Answer: You’ve got a whole year! 

Long Answer: You can return it months or even a year after buying it if you feel like it’s not helping to ground and deepen your faith in Christ or if you realize you’re just not going to listen to it. Just shoot me an email or a text message, and we’ll get you set up  with the 110% refund. But since my refund policy is so generous, I’ve got software that will track anyone who abuses the policy by buying and returning, buying and returning, and buying and returning. If I notice you’re returning A LOT of books, I’ll probably recommend you get your audiobooks somewhere else. Recommended in love, of course…

Short Answer: All of them.

Long Answer: I would love to have a full catalog of books starting with the Church Fathers, then the Reformers like Calvin and Luther, then the Puritans, and then the “modern” Reformed authors like Martin Lloyd-Jones etc. Just give me some time…

Short Answer: Maybe!

Long Answer: I would love that! I’m currently scheduled to collaborate with two other awesome Reformed guys. The plan is that they’ll narrate and edit books, be able to put them on this website, and take a commission. But if you’re interested, we should really talk on the phone. You’ll need a decent mic, and I’d want to make sure you’re able to read with passion and conviction. An amazing voice like James Earl Jones IS NOT a requirement, but being able to read intelligently and clearly IS. Plus, I’d have to make sure you understand some basic copyright law before turning you loose…Find my phone number on the Contact page and shoot me a text message if you’re interested!

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I want to send you a free audiobook by c.s. lewis about reading old books

C.S. Lewis wasn’t Reformed, but the guy was one of the most brilliant and articulate scholars of the 20th century. If anyone can teach us about reading old books, he can. Plus, every Friday I’ll send you snippets of my current audio productions, free give aways, cool biographical factoids on famous and obscure Reformers, and more!