What I'm Into Right Now (April 2016)

2016-04-27_001 It's been a while since I've shared what I've been into! I've got some great recommendations I hope you all will enjoy!

Listening: It's been a long, long time since I actually bought an entire cd, as opposed to songs here and there from iTunes. However, after previewing Audrey Assad's latest work, InheritanceI new I wanted a hard copy so I could drag around it with me in the car (yes, we still play cds in our vehicles). Assad's voice soars and her interpretation of classic hymns is exquisite along with some original pieces like New Every Morning.

Also, as far as audio books go the kids and I simply adored Matilda read by Kate Winslet! Adored is not too strong a word. The story is fabulous and Winslet's reading of it was incredible.

Watching: In the last what I'm into post I shared that I was reading And Then There Were None. I was excited to see the new BBC adaption and Josh and I watched it last week. Josh loved it. He never read the book and didn't know what was coming and of course I had, so from both perspectives we enjoyed it. They made some small changes but it mostly reminded faithful to the book. It is one of Christie's most famous books and possibly the darkest, as there is no detective that solves the case or saves the day. The scenery was incredible and the build-up of suspense and paranoia was excellent. It was also well cast and fans of Poldark will enjoy seeing Aidan Turner in a different role.

Reading: I have jumped on the Me Before You bandwagon in anticipation to the movie coming out and so many of my friends enjoyed the novel. I also decided to read To Kill a Mockingbird again. This year I'd like to reread some classics that I enjoyed in the past but really don't remember at all. Like most, I read Mockingbird in high school but honestly can't remember it much at all.

We are going through a sermon series on grace at our church and our pastor had mentioned and quoted from Steve Brown's A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel. I bought it and am highlighting it up. Brown is witty, funny, and thought-provoking. The little blurb on Amazon gives you a taste for the main point: "The Christians do not trust freedom. As author Steve Brown explains in this brave new book, they prefer the security of rules and self-imposed boundaries, which they tend to inflict on other Christians. Brown asserts that real freedom means the freedom to be wrong as well as right."

Eating: I've been on the search for the perfect Blueberry Muffin recipe and I finally found it at Jones Design Company. I love that the top is dusted with cinnamon and sugar. I love the combination of cinnamon and blueberry. Check out the recipe here (there is a pretty printable version available too!).

Drinking: I made the first batch of cold brew coffee. Drink up!