Best of Entertainment 2016

Here are my favorite books, movies, and music of 2016!

MOVIES

I love a funny movie. It is just so hard to find a clean one! Mom’s Night Out is now one of my top 10 movies. Even if you aren’t a mom, you will enjoy this!

This movie…. Blew. Me. Away. Wow. I don’t really know how to describe it but you just need to watch it! It’s funny, real, deep, and has an amazing ending. 

I was so excited for this movie! This is one of my favorite bible movies! It’s about a Roman centurion tryimg to prove that Jesus is dead.

I don’t own this movie (yet) but I do have a poster! I was not expecting to love this as much as I did! Now I need to read the book:)

MUSIC

This wasn’t a new album for 2016 but it was one I literally listened to almosg every day. In particular this song above

However Bizzle did release a new album this year and evem though at first I wasn’t crazy about it, I really do like it now:) 

Sevin is a newly discovered artist for me. He is a Christian rapper but he does rap about some rough topics so probably not the best for little ears. I did enjoy alot of the songs from this album this year:)

BOOKS

I have always liked Terri Blackstock but If I Run took her writing to another level. The story was so different yet amazing! The second to this series releases this year and I already pre-ordered it. If you like crime/suspense go for this book!

I have never met a Dee Henderson book I didn’t love;) Taken was a new release last year (i believe so anyways) and I was not let down! In my opinion…you can never go wrong reading a Dee Henderson book!! If you like realistic crime/police/FBI/suspense/romance genre then this is for you!

Francine Rivers is a new author that I discovered this year. I believe that there is not another author quite like her. This book made me get on my knees and praise God for saving me. True Christian fiction should be like this book. It should draw a reader closer to God and want to open up the bible.  This is basically a telling of the story of Hosea set in the 1850s.

As much as I love Redeeming Love, The Mark of the Lion series has to be my favorite from her. The first book (A Voice In The Wind) ripped my heart out and broke it into a million pieces.  The second book (The Mark of The Lion) was the continuation of the story and I finished it in a day. The third book in this series (An Echo In Darkness) was good, but it wasn’t about thr main characters and it is difficult to follow up after a story like theirs. If you like historical/biblical/romance/heroine/ fiction you will love this. If you don’t like those genres you will still love this;)

I never thought I would find an author I like as much as Dee Henderson…but I have.  Dani Pettrey is not as well known but her writing style and stories are incredible. The Alaskan Courage series was a favorite of mine but my favorite book in the series is Shattered. Hands down. If you like romance/mystery/adventure then read this series!

This book by Dee Henderson was definitely different from her usual story lines. But, I really really loved it. I will definitely be reading the second one when it releases! If you like true crime/mystery/political/small town murder/romance then read this

Once again I was really impressed with Dani Pettrey! Cold Shot was a bool tjay sat on my shelf for months before I decided to read it. It is so good! If you like crime/romance/suspense/action/history then read this

I only have this book out of this series. But Colleen Cobles Sunset Cove series took me by surprise to say the least. I had NO IDEA she could write such amazing mystery novels!!! All 3 books in this series were great! If you like mystery/suspense/crime/romance/beach life then read this series

A non fiction book that not only holds my attention all the way through but also ends up on my favorites list has to be good. Uninvites was more than good it was eye opening, funny, and relatable. 

I almost didn’t read this book because I don’t like Ted Dekker.  The Choosing is by his daughter and I assumed her writing style and plots were going to be similat to his.. They aren’t.  She is very talented and has a writing style all her own. If you like dystopian/action/romance/future america type books then read this. 

And that’s it! These were not in any particular order, and a lot were not new for 2016 but they were new to me:) I hope you found some good recommendations and if you have any favorite things from 2016 that stood out let me know!!! 

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Monday/Work Day Music Playlist


Everyone has those days where they dread either going to work or school. I do mainly on Mondays.. Music is really important to me and speaks to me just as much as reading does. I think it is important that we fill our minds with positive, God-glorifying music. These 10 songs help me to either look forward to the work day ahead of me, or encourage me after a bad day at work.
1 Learning To Be The Light – newworldson
This song reminds me that I am not perfect, and that I am still learning.

 

2 #Escrow – Flame
I work in retail so I normally have some customers who hate you for no reason at all. It can be really tempting to roll my eyes or say something sarcastic to those people. I like this song because it reminds me that I am storing up treasures in heaven and whenever I encounter a hateful customer, I normally start singing this in my head lol

3 Don’t Fear – Flame feat. V. Rose
Your workplace should also be your mission field! This song is about saying what God wants to you to say and witnessing to others. It can be scary but we shouldn’t fear!

4 Love With Your Life- Hollyn
Honestly, I have kind of been disappointed in Hollyn but this is just a peppy song that wakes me up and reminds me that my love shouldn’t just be shown through words but also actions.

5 These Days – Mandisa
This is like, the ultimate Monday song XD I listen to this just about every Monday and as I listen I pray and thank God for His blessings in the everyday things.

6 Sunshine – Blanca
Again, this is a peppy song that I love to sing along with and dance to:)

7 Better With You – Bizzle
Better With You is probably one of my favorite 10 songs. I absolutely love it! Every time I listen to it, it is like I am singing a love song to God.

8 Believers – Bizzle
Once again, this is one of my favorite top 10 songs! I literally listen to this every single day. It is basically my theme song haha

9 Lights Out – Trip Lee
I love Trip Lee. He is one of the very few Christian rappers left that haven’t sold out yet. And believe me when I say I pray for him to stay strong! This song is off of his Rise album. It is a good reminder that this world is blind and it is our job as Christians to be the light and not to be blind ourselves.

10 Through Your Eyes – Britt Nicole
This is a song that I like to listen to after work. Work can be really depressing sometimes, especially dealing with people who treat you like you are worth dirt. This song is just a good reminder to try and look through His eyes at ourselves and realize that even though some people don’t think we are worth anything, God loves you and cherishes you!

Mondays are hard. The beginning of a work week is always a bummer. I love music and since I have a 20 minute drive to work each day, I have picked out the songs I listen to whenever I dread work, or just need some encouragement after a hard day at work. I hope you enjoy my Monday Playlist and that you find some new songs you enjoy!!

Rock This House with Laura Story (Women’s Conference)

Hello! This past weekend was the greatest! Some ladies at my church invited me to go to Rock This House. RTH is a women’s conference with a special speaker each year. There was about 300 people there ( I’m pretty sure that is what I heard). This year was my first time going but I am already looking forward to next year!

Not only did Laura Story speak (and sing:D) but there an awesome acapella group that sang, a storyteller who brought the Bible to life, and heart cardboard testimonies:)  

If you don’t know Laura’s story (see what I did there;) lol) You should google or YouTube it! It is very inspiring and makes me wonder how she does it! She was very funny and real. What stood out about her was that she seemed so comfortable and at home! Like she was talking to us like she already knew us.

So yeah, you should definetly check her out! Have a great week yall!