I am an obsessive lover of books.  This, of course, is no big revelation, my dear friends.  If you have known me for even one hour, you know that I love to read. In fact, as you are reading this post, I am likely running around my house trying to make it look like three children, an 85 pound yellow Labrador Retriever, and two adults don’t really live here because my beloved book club is making the pilgrimage (about an hour drive) to our house this evening!  I can’t wait.  I love them so.

But today?  I’m going to share about another love of mine – music.  When I am asked about the kind of music I enjoy, I reply that I love it all except anything that is blatantly offensive to other people – lyrics that degrade race, gender, beliefs, etc. are not OK with me.  I choose not to listen.

I even like the “new country” – it seems like I often hear people make comments such as “I like all music except country” thus hinting that country music is the “red-headed stepchild” genre of the music business (I am so sorry if you are a red-head AND a stepchild – I mean this only as a figure of speech. Please don’t leave me hate comments.)  However, there’s a “new style” of country that is not the twangy-Tammy-Wynette-style of country.

This is the exact same scenario with recent Christian music.  Christian music was once labeled as “syrup-y”, “whiny”, the niche that attracted artists who could not make it in any other genre.  People who listened to country music were considered to be “goody two shoes” and “Bible beaters” that were out of touch with reality.  Not so anymore, friends.  So not so.

JJ and I were introduced to Christian music about a year ago and for a picky music lover such as myself, I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised and awestruck that such great music was coming out of this genre.  It’s not what it used to be and it was clearly evident when we first started to listen to MercyMe, Third Day, Switchfoot, and Jars of Clay to name a few.  Admittedly, I had been close-minded to this genre.  I love Van Morrison, Keb Mo, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Train, and Dierks Bentley so I couldn’t imagine that Christian music could offer something I would actually like.

I was wrong.

Without further ado, here are the “Top 5 Songs” that are touching my soul these days…Want to hear them?  Click on them below – it will take you to another screen where you will click again then listen and enjoy!

1. “Call My Name” by Third Day

2. “Take Over” by Aaron Shust

3. “For Your Glory” by Decemberadio

4.  “The Valley Song” by Jars of Clay

5. “Stand for You” by Jonny Diaz

What about you?  What songs/groups/artists move you closer to God?  I would love to know!

Have an awesome and random weekend, friends!  For more “Caffeinated Randomness” click here.

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