Favorite Thing #1: Sandra McCracken's Psalms Album
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
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.