There are more books being written in 2021 than we could read in a thousand lifetimes.
There are more albums than we could ever listen to.
And the number of movies on Netflix alone is staggering.
(Trust me, I watched them all during quarantine. Twice.)
Sadly, the number of books, albums, and movies that glorify Jesus or can help us live out the mission of God is in the minority. But there is still a lot out there if you know where to look.
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but I’ve picked a handful of books, albums, and movies that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
January 29: More To Living Than Being Alive (Vinyl) by Anberlin
After two reunion shows at the end of 2018, Anberlin was seemingly dead. But then they announced that they were working on new music and put on a livestream last September. They’ve released a digital download for the audio, but you can preorder the vinyl album here.
February 12: Departures by Jon Foreman
Described as “an album born of the journey and not the destination” the frontman for Switchfoot is releasing yet another solo album. It’s airy, electronic, and features Jon Foreman’s signature gritty vocals — you can listen to a preview of it here!
March 2: “R.C. Sproul — A Life” by Stephen J. Nichols
Remember when we were talking about New Year’s resolutions and one was to read more books and another was to read more biographies? Boom! Two birds with one stone! R.C. Sproul was a titan in Classical apologetics and Biblical inerrancy. Take inspiration in your own life by reading about his life and his walk. Preorder it here. (Also, don’t throw stones at birds.)
March 15: “10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity” by Rebecca McLaughlin
Yes, I know it says “teen” in the title but trust me when I say that even if you aren’t a teenager (or you’re like me and you aren’t even close) that there’s wisdom to be found in the questions and answers of young men and women of God. Case in point: Every time I talk with my 7-year-old daughter about Jesus she’s always asking questions that I’d never thought to ask, or looking at the world in a way I just don’t… or that I haven’t in a long while. Preorder it here.
March 30: “Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands” by Jen Wilkin
We don’t think about the Ten Commandments very often, do we? But there is incredible wisdom in their simplicity. Can there be joy and freedom in following rules? Where do the first laws God handed down to his people fit into my world today? Preorder it here.
May 1: “Seven Reasons to (Re)Consider Christianity” by Ben Shaw
This book is written for skeptics. But it’s helpful to not only know some of the most common objections to Christianity, but how a former skeptic found his doubts answered and discovered intellectual common ground with believers.
May 7: Black Widow
Okay, this isn’t a joke. (I can see how it seems like a joke, trust me.) But this will be the movie event of the summer. There are going to be a lot of people talking about it. The movie on its own won’t really help you get closer to Jesus, but I do think there’s value in participating in and familiarizing yourself with major cultural touchstones. Think of it as an easy opener the week after it opens… “Did you see Black Widow? I loved it when blah blah blah.” Conversations about Jesus don’t just happen automatically — they’re built over a long time of two people learning how to relate to and trust each other.
November 5: Untitled Elvis Presley Biopic
Did you know that Elvis Presley recorded the first ever platinum selling gospel record? In between pop songs like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” he recorded Grammy award winning gospel albums born from a life in and out of a relationship with Jesus. And, hey, if you check out the film you might finally have something to talk about with grandma.
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