I hate driving. I really, really hate driving and will almost always defer to someone else to get us to where we’re going. But last year, I was forced to accept driving around the DFW Metroplex as part of my daily routine, something I had been able to, for the most part, avoid for my first four years of living in Texas.
Because I despise driving so much, I had to find something pleasant to do while battling the seemingly unending traffic. And, thankfully, the solution was right in my pocket: podcasts!
Seriously, I’ve become a huge podcast fan over the past year and I’ve downloaded more episodes than I could listen to and the list is constantly growing—much to my delight.
Because so many people are mobile today and have seemingly less and less time to sit down and read a book, let’s discuss a few of my favorite podcasts. These encourage, challenge, and make me think daily.
So let’s dive into a few of them!
Mike Foster is such an encouraging and gracious human being, and I really appreciate what he brings to the world. On Fun Therapy, he creates safe spaces for his guests to just be themselves and talk about those things that they simply don’t want to talk about. In fact, he begins many episodes with the question “what’s the one thing you don’t want to talk about?”
This podcast is slow and quiet and introspective and has been so encouraging to me over the past year that I’ve been listening. Many episodes have left me wrecked and contemplating my own life, struggles, and victories.
I highly recommend this podcast for those who want to hear real unfiltered stories of imperfect people who are currently in process.
The Next Right Thing
I only recently started listening to this podcast and I’m so glad that I subscribed to it. Emily P. Freeman is able to pack a profound and challenging truth into every short episode. Though only a few minutes long, I walk away with something to think about or another perspective to consider that I wouldn’t have arrived at on my own.
I also appreciate Emily’s ability to make life feel not overwhelming. Her whole premise (as you can surmise from the title), is to simply do the next right thing. We don’t have to be worried about an elaborate 82-step plan to get there, we just have to put one foot in front of the other, day by day.
These are great episodes to listen to if you don’t have a lot of time and need a quick bit of encouragement and a nudge to take a single step forward!
I don’t even remember how I found this podcast, but it’s been a thought-provoking addition to my regular lineup. The first episode that I listened to was an interview with Austin Channing Brown who has written a book called I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. With the current state of our conversation about race, I was immediately intrigued. They were able to have a refreshing conversation about things that a lot of people in the church, in my experience, have shied away from.
This is a podcast that is willing to have honest conversations about tough issues. It’s easy to feel like certain topics are off-topic, especially in the church, but this isn’t the case on this podcast. If you’re concerned about social justice issues and the state of the world and the church, this could be a thought-provoking podcast for you to check out.
Emotionally Healthy Leadership Podcast
Pete Scazzero is the author of The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and a whole host of other resources on emotional health for Christians. If you haven’t checked out any of his books, I highly recommend them.
If you’re involved in church leadership at any level, Pete’s podcast could be a great resource for you! I am constantly challenged when listening to his episodes. Usually, I’ve heard what he’s said before, I just haven’t applied it or have gotten lax about it. His encouragement is usually right on time for me.
In a time when leaders and especially church leaders don’t care for themselves or their emotional health, Pete’s advocation for emotional health is important. As a pretty non-emotional person, I am constantly impressed by the practicality of the truth he brings. His messages are rooted in truth and wisdom and can be of value to leaders at every level.
That wraps up this year’s Welcome to My Library series. Thank you for being part of it and discussing some of my recent favorites in my library! And be sure to check back here tomorrow where I’ll announce the winner of a free copy of A Proverb A Day!
What are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to?
Are there any books that have been influential in your life that I should read this year?
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