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My Mid-Year Favorites


As I’ve done for a number of years now, I want to share with you my mid-year favorites from 2019 in a variety of categories. Except for books, these are all items that were released, or took place in 2019. For books, I include my favorite books that I read during 2019, regardless of when the book was published. Enjoy!  Please let me know what you think of my list, and also share some of your favorites.

Top Choice: Avengers: Endgame

Other films that I’ve enjoyed, in order are:
Toy Story 4
The Upside
The Biggest Little Farm
Amazing Grace
American Gospel: Christ Alone
Apollo 11
Free Solo
They Shall Not Grow Old
Stan and Ollie

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ to see my mid-year favorite albums, songs, books, blogs, podcasts, conferences, TV shows, concerts and new resources.

Top Choice: Sing! Psalms: Ancient + Modern (Live at The Getty Music Worship Conference) – Keith and Kristyn Getty    

Other albums that I’ve enjoyed, in order are:
United – Newsboys
Untitled Hymn: A Collection of Hymns – Chris Rice
Neverfold – Tedashii
Native Tongue – Switchfoot
To The Kindness of God – Michael Card
Illumination – Phil Keaggy and Rex Paul
Hymns Live – Shane and Shane
Western Sky – Bruce Springsteen

Top Choice: His Mercy is More – Matt Boswell and Matt Papa (live at the 2018 Sing! Conference)

Other songs I’ve enjoyed, in order were:
Is He Worthy? Andrew Peterson with the Sing! Conference Choir (live at the 2018 Sing! Conference)
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman (live at the 2018 Sing! Conference)
The Lord is My Salvation – Keith and Kristyn Getty, featuring Shane and Shane (live at the 2018 Sing! Conference)
O For a Thousand Tongues – Chris Rice
Let it Happen (live version) – Switchfoot
There is a Fountain – Chris Rice
God Flex – Tedashii, featuring Trip Lee
Dive – Steven Curtis Chapman and Ricky Skaggs
Tucson Train – Bruce Springsteen

Top Choice: Work: It’s Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation by Dan Doriani

Other books that I’ve enjoyed, in order are:
Maturity: Growing Up and Going On in the Christian Life – Sinclair Ferguson
Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace – John Maxwell
An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life – Jeff Haanen
Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can’t Resist – Scott Sauls
The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances – Alistair Begg
Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A: How Faith, Cows, and Chicken Built an Iconic Brand – Steve Robinson
Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons – John Piper
The Color of Compromise – Jemar Tisby
Them – Ben Sass
Win the Heart: How to Create a Culture of Full Engagement – Mark Miller


Best: Tim Challies’ Ala Carte. This is required reading for me each Monday through Saturday. Challies includes helpful Kindle deals, links to a good variety of helpful articles and a quote.  Check out Tim’s website here.


Best: The Briefing – Albert Mohler. Each weekend morning, Albert Mohler hosts a podcast providing worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations. This is required listening for me. Check out Dr. Mohler’s website here.

Honorable mention: In The Studio with Michael Card


Top Choice: Ligonier National Conference

Honorable mention: Gospel Coalition National Conference

Television Shows

Top Choice: Doc Martin


Top Choice: Paul McCartney “Freshen Up” Tour at the Taxslayer Center in Moline, Illinois

Honorable mention: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Roll Me Away: The Final Tour – Peoria, Illinois

New Resources

Top Choice: Romans 8 – Derek Thomas

Honorable mention:
Truth and Consequences – Albert Mohler
The Basics of Christianity – Sinclair Ferguson

These are my mid-year 2019 favorites in a variety of categories. How about you? What are some of your favorites?

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “My Mid-Year Favorites

  1. I have to agree on Tim Challies’ blog: he’s the prince of Christian bloggers! 🙂

    To be honest, I haven’t watched read or seen too much this year, so I can’t comment much, although I agree the Getty’s latest is very good.

    I always enjoy your reviews, so thank you 🙂

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