May 5, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things (Currently)

I know I like something if I share about it with others. And it's my absolute favorite when I introduce a friend to something I've enjoyed and they enjoy it as much as I have! Lately I've found myself talking about the same music, books, and online treasures to anyone who will listen. I'm liking them so much that I want to share them with you, too!

Favorite Thing #1: Sandra McCracken's Psalms Album
A few weeks ago at The Gospel Coalition Conference, I heard a voice singing from really far off and my head snapped to. "Who is that?" I said to my husband. "Her voice is stunning." I found out later that it was Sandra McCracken singing We Will Feast in the House of Zion from her latest album, Psalms. I can't tell you how much I adore this album. It's the only music I've been playing in my home for weeks, and I have no plans to change that in the near future. Her lyrics, voice, and music have ministered to me at a time when I have been weary and burdened for the suffering around me.

Favorite Thing #2: Jen Wilkins' Bible Studies
I met Jen Wilkin recently and absolutely loved her. I've since read her book, Women of the Word, and found it to be an excellent resource, especially for teaching women in a discipleship relationship how to love and study the Bible. But what I'm really loving are her online (free!) Bible studies. She teaches a weekly women's Bible study in Flower Mound, Texas and has podcasted her talks, as well as made her workbooks available online. Since my church's women's Bible study takes a break for the summer, I've dug into Jen Wilkin's 1 Peter study and am already learning a ton. Find both her podcasts and her workbooks here. (And I'd get it while you can because I have a feeling a publisher is going to snap these up!)

Favorite Thing #3: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I always have a book going, but lately none have really stuck out to me as one I'd recommend to others. Except this one. All the Light We Cannot See is historical fiction, set in France during World War II. It follows a young French girl displaced by the war and a young German soldier a world away. The book is beautiful, almost poetic, but also suspenseful. If you love historical fiction, you'll love this book.

Speaking of books, anytime I meet someone who loves to read I always ask them the same question: "Are you on Goodreads?" Goodreads serves primarily as a booklist for me, because if I don't write down books I want to read, I forget about them. But it's also a social booklist, because you can see what your friends are reading and both what they enjoyed and what they didn't. The invitation stands for you to follow what I'm reading and reviewing on the site. I suppose Goodreads, then, is my favorite thing #4! 

Favorite Thing #5: Josh Garrels' Home Album
Fun fact: I wrote my entire last book, From Good to Grace, with Josh Garrels playing in the background. So when his newest album dropped, I snagged it immediately. Josh Garrels doesn't disappoint. Ever. My favorite song on the album is by far, At The Table. Get that song or the whole album here. And who knows, perhaps Home will serve as the backdrop for writing my next book.
What are a few of your favorite things currently? Do tell!