This is just the start of lists that will be added to over time…

  • Books that teach about God and people, give hope, make you think or are just plain fun. 
  • Movies that illuminate ideas and tell stories that have impact or simply entertain. 
  • Music that move you with inspiring messages, set you on an up-beat path and/or are great to listen to.


The Holy Bible, King James Version,(New Jersey, Thomas Nelson Inc., 1970)

The Qur’an, A new translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004)

Buddhist Scriptures, Selected and translated by Edward Conze, (London, Penguin Group, 1959)

R. Kirby Godsey, Is God a Christian? (Macon Georgia, Mercer University Press, 2011)

Harry Potter, series of novels, by J.K.Rowling.  Published 1997 through 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing (U.K.)

Twilight, series of novels, by Stephanie Meyer.  Published 2005 through 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (U.S.A.)

Jeremy Camp, Phil Newman, I Still Believe, (JEREMY CAMP LLC, 2011)

Danny Gokey, Hope in Front of Me:  Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments, (Tyndale House, 2014)

Michelle Davis, Finding Hope on Vegas: a memoir (BookBound Media, LLC, 2017)

Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection (New York:  Faith Words Hachette Book Group, 2017)

Lacey Buchanan with Bethany Jett, Through the Eyes of Hope:  Love More, Worry Less, and See God in the Midst of Your Adversity (Lake Mary, Florida:  Charisma House, 2017)

Marietta Troyer, For the Love of Benny:  A Family Journey Wrapped Around the Delicate Fingers of Their Special Needs Child (Lisbon, Ohio:  The Herald, Inc. 2017)


Yann Martel, Life of Pi, (Knopf Canada, 2001)


Casting Crowns, Just Be Held, Album: Thrive, (Beach Street and Reunion Records), 2014 

Jason Gray, More Like Falling in Love, Album: Everything Sad is Coming Untrue, (Centricity Music), 2010

Jason Gray, With Every Act of Love, Album: Love Will Have the Final Word, (Centricity Music), 2013

7eventh Time Down, Just Say Jesus, Album:  Just Say Jesus, (BEC Recordings), 2013

Jeremy Camp, I Still Believe, Album:  Stay, (BEC Recordings), 2003

Danny Gokey, Hope in Front of Me, Album:  Hope in Front of Me, (BMG), 2014

Hillary Scott and The Scott Family, Thy Will, Album:  Love Remains, (EMI Nashville, Capitol Nashville), 2016

Riley Clemmons, Broken Prayers, Album: Riley Clemmons, (Capitol CMG, Maxx Recordings), 2017