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My Mid-Year Favorites

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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.

Movies
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
Tolkien
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.

Albums
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

Songs
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

Books
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

Blogs

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.

Podcasts

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

Conferences

Top Choice: Ligonier National Conference

Honorable mention: Gospel Coalition National Conference

Television Shows

Top Choice: Doc Martin

Concerts

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 for more than 39 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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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