This post is part of a series, sharing my favourite products and discoveries from this last year. (You can find the first post here.) If you have any favourite ideas to contribute, please feel free to comment. Anyone who comments during this series over the next two weeks will have their name entered in a draw for an Amazon gift card. Let us know what you’re loving!
This was the year of the podcast for me. I’ve been enjoying them for awhile, but this year I started listening to them a lot more – while I’m making supper, cleaning bathrooms, or driving to appointments in the city. There are a few I listen to just for fun and interest sake during the day, and a bunch of church podcasts that I listen to after I do my devotions in the morning, while I’m exercising. It’s such a fantastic way to get my thoughts going in the direction I want them to for the rest of the day.
I use the app Podcast Addict, and at the beginning of the week, I look through all the new episodes from my favourite sources, and download any that sound interesting, so my listening material is ready to go anytime I’m driving somewhere by myself.
Here’s my list of favourites…
For Spiritual Growth:
Bridgetown Church – I have two churches! The one we go to each week, and then Bridgetown! I love, love, love the teaching on this podcast. The sermons are so good! This podcast has helped shape my thoughts on spending time with God and spiritual growth in significant ways this past year. I just finished the series on Prayer, which was fantastic, and before that, I really enjoyed the series “Dealing With Your Past”, “Silence and Solitude”, and “Practicing the Way”.
Life Church – I haven’t been listening to this one as much since discovering Bridgetown, but I still really like Craig Groesel’s teaching. “Words to Live By” was fantastic, as well as the “Making Change” series, starting with “Part 1 – Less is More“.
The Meeting House – Ben and I have been listening to Bruxy Cavey’s teaching for many years now, and I still love it as much as ever. It’s not as easy for me to listen to as Bridgetown or Life Church – I guess there are many different teaching styles, and this is just a bit of a heavier one, but still really good. I recently enjoyed the series called “Simple Minded”, starting with “Part 1 – the Brain That Wouldn’t Die“.
For Fun or Personal Growth:
Chris Loves Julia – This is my favourite podcast, by the couple who writes my favourite decorating blog! I love Julia’s decorating style, so I’ve been reading their blog for a couple of years, but I just started listening to their podcast this last winter, and it’s very funny and entertaining, plus I just love decorating stuff. It’s a fun one! I tried really hard to find a favourite episode, but couldn’t – they’re all interesting to me! I laugh every time. You could try the most recent one: Our Home’s Dirty Little Secrets and Living in the Path of Totality
Young House Love – This one’s also an entertaining decorating podcast, with interesting interviews, and I really like hearing about their favourite household finds and stuff they’re enjoying. I’ve listened to every episode, but of course some of my favourites involved decluttering, like Why We Got Rid of Half the Toys in Our House or When Someone You Love Gives You Something You Don’t
The Minimalists – My friend Natalie got me hooked on this one, when we were doing our decluttering challenge back in February, and it’s very motivating to listen to when I’m cleaning out closets and cupboards, because it just makes me want to get rid of stuff! I’m in the middle of listening to “Overwhelm“, and next up will be the “Shopping” episode!
Getting Things Done – I already linked to this one when I shared about bullet journaling and being efficient about getting things done. The two episodes which got me hooked were Part 1 and Part 2 of David Allen’s Keynote in Milan.
Personality Hacker – This one covers a ton of information about personality type tools like Myers Briggs or the Enneagram. It’s been a huge source of personal growth in my life – I’ll be writing more about that another day, but for now I’ll just say that if you’ve ever wanted to know anything about Myers Briggs, this is a very educational podcost. My recent favourite is: “How to Get Out of a Bad Mood”
The Road Back to You – This podcast focuses on the Enneagram tool, which I love. I don’t understand it as well as Myers Briggs yet, but I’ve found this podcast (and their book by the same name) incredibly beautiful and healing. It’s made me cry numerous times, because I feel so understood! Deep pain from the past is drawn to the surface and healed when I’m listening to this one! I love it. As far as which episodes to listen to, I would recommend finding out what enneagram type you are, and then listening to any episode that have to do with your type.
So much good stuff to listen to! I just love podcasts. I told Ben it’s my new secret dream to do a podcast with him, but he just looked at me blankly and wanted to know what we would talk about. I said I didn’t know, and he said that wouldn’t make a very good podcast, so I guess that’s the death of my dream!!
Do you listen to any podcasts? Share your favourites – I’m always interested in trying something new! Or tell me what kind of podcast Ben and I can do so my dream can live again!?!
11 thoughts on “Podcast Favourites”
Those sound great! I’ve added a few to my list of podcasts to listen to!
One of my faves is Have A New Kid By Friday – with Dr Kevin Leman.
I love Kevin Leman’s stuff! I just went and downloaded a couple to listen to!:)
I became hooked on podcasts this year too! My two favourites are “Sounds Good” with Branden Harvey and “Startup Camp” podcast with Dale Partridge. Sounds Good is such an uplifting podcast where Branden Harvey interviews inspiring people. I also really love getting Branden’s “Goodnewsletter” each week in my inbox. Every week he sends out a newsletter with five items of good news from the world that week. It’s so refreshing and inspiring to hear positive news, especially when there has been tragedy in the world. “startup camp” is on being entrepreneurial but often I find the interviews are applicable to life in general. I find it really interesting!
Thanks for sharing these! I’ll definitely have to give them a try! And I love the idea of a “Goodnewsletter”!:)
I had to join in this discussion – I have really really really enjoyed learning about the enneagram!!! A friend borrowed me some books on it a few years ago, and I’ve been exploring it ever since! Quite fascinating!!!
I am actually not in a season of major podcast listening, but this year I’ve discovered WorshipU from Bethel – I don’t subscribe to their regular teachings, just scan through the ones I can find on YouTube. A few favourites would be – Amanda Cook – For The Love Of Beauty, Kristene DiMarco Overcoming Destiny Killers, and Jenn Johnson. Sometimes I listen to their panel discussions, which are quite fascinating :). I will have to find that podcast app!! Thanks for sharing :).
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to check that out. And I’m very curious what enneagram type you are!
I would actually like to take the test you’ve linked to in your post. I’ve read several books, and they look at the enneagram from a christian perspective — speculating that Jesus the perfection of all nine types, and each type has a strength and weakness. It is so fascinating. At this point I believe I am a five :). And I am very curious what type you are as well!!
Hmm, a five! I’m a six, with a five wing! Which explains why living with you was always a joy.:)
I love all your great suggestions. I’m going to be looking into some of them as soon as i have a bit of time to browse. One podcast that i love because I’ve grown to love the hosts is Sorta Awesome. I so often laugh out loud at the silly antics of these four ladies and I’ve learned so many interesting things since starting to listen. There’s something interesting every time. It took me a while to get used to their “girl talk” way of communicating since I’m not really a “girl talk” kind of person, but I’ve seen deeper into the hearts of these ladies and I feel like they’re my friends now.
I don’t listen to podcasts often but I have listened to a few from God Centered Mom and really appreciate them. I know want to listen to more of the Personality Hackers, thanks for the suggestion.
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