Friday, 13 October 2017

What I've Been Listening To

At the beginning of the summer I got myself a new job in the centre of Oxford. Most of you who know Oxford will know that to drive a car into the centre of Oxford and try to park it would be complete madness. There is no such thing as driving into Oxford. So instead of my little red fiat 500 each morning I ride into work on the bus. I thought I would hate this but I am finding I am actually quite enjoying it. I am so lucky to have the bus stops literally outside my home so I only have to leave the house at the last minute and having half an hour to relax, listen to something and watch the morning world go by is actually really nice. It has also meant I've been discovering the wonderful world of audio books and podcasts. I thought I would share with you a few favourite things I've been listening to over the summer.

Journey Women Podcast

I've really been enjoying this new Christian podcast by Hunter Beless over the past few months. I was first drawn to this podcast as one of the episodes was interviewing the editor of Deeply Rooted Magazine, a Christian women's magazine over in America, and I am very interested in writing for a Christian's women's magazines and learning a little bit about starting up your own magazine. It was such an interesting interview and it got me totally hooked. I have now listen to a couple others and would really recommend this. Each episode is about an hour long which is perfect for me as I get 30 mins on the way to work and 30 mins on the way back. The podcast tackles issues like evangelism, living out the gospel, identity and much more. Its designed specifically for women to encourage women in their journey with God and helping them to develop their faith by asking the questions we all want to know the answer to and taking advice and inspiration from each other. Its a great listen, some of the stories will make you laugh others will make you cry but all will help you grow closer to God. What more could you ask for on a Monday morning journey to work?

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess By Jen Hatmaker

I decided to download a free trial of Audible for my journeys to work and am so glad I did. I have enjoyed two great books so far. This book was recommended to me by a lovely lady I met at Refuel Festival 2017 (A Christian conference in Scotland). I wanted to read more about sustainability from a Christian perspective and this was in the list suggested. Jen Hatmaker tells the interesting story of the 7 months she spent reducing different aspects of her life. In the first chapter she spends a month only eating 7 foods. In the second she only wears 7 pieces of clothing. By doing this she learns what is and isn't essential in her life, she learns to live with little and realises that even living a reduced life she still has so much more than others. She also learns more about God, his plans for her life and family and grows in her dependance on him. Its a great listen and really inspired me to try reducing my own life to see what the effects may be.

She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That's Passing Away

I have already mentioned this book in my September reads post so I won't say too much about it now, I suggest you go and read the post to see what I thought about it but I wanted to add it into my list because it was so good. This was the first audiobook I downloaded with Audible and it was perfect for my journey to work those first few weeks. I was struggling with a lot of different feelings and this really helped to put everything into perspective. I also found it so nice to listen to a Christian book each morning. It helped to get my head into gear and set me up for the rest of the day. If like me you struggle to pick up the Christian book over the fiction book in the evening listening each morning to an exert on your way to work can really help to get you in the right place and I've found it's really grown my faith.

How Can It Be - Lauren Daigle

Oh I love this album so much! It's been a favourite of mine for a while but I've really enjoyed listening to it again on my way to work. Lauren is such a talented writer and musician, her voice is beautifully rich and earthy and the lyrics just connect with your soul. Anyone I've shared some of her music with cannot help but fall in love with her. She seems to hit the nail on the head with so many Christian women and I would really suggest you give her album a listen, especially the songs Salt & Light and How Can It Be - these are my favourites but really they are all amazing.

So there you have it, the four things I've been loving listening to on my way to work. I'd love to hear if you guys have any audiobooks, podcasts or music you'd suggest please do leave me a comment below.


  1. Journey Women sounds so good, will check it out. Also added the second book you mentioned to my to-read list, thank you for sharing! xx
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