Free Music You Need to Download

I’m only sharing about the albums below because they are legitemately good albums. I don’t have any affiliation with any group or artist — I just love music, and when it’s free I love it more.

Artist: Ascend The Hill
Album: Hymns - Take The World But Give Me Jesus
This album is just a good rock worship album, with old rearranged hymns. It’s probably not for everyone, but I am really enjoying it. Click the album artwork below to be directed to where you can download it. There will be a link at the top that says “Download For Free” which is being provided by the band’s record label — 100% legal and free.
Ascend The Hill - Take The World But Give Me Jesus

Artist: Andrew Belle
Album: The Ladder
If you’re a fan of Mat Kearney, Brett Dennen, or Andrew Bird then I think you’ll enjoy this record. If you have no clue about any of the artists I just mentioned, you can stop reading now and move on. This is a good record, and a little more mainstream style. Just all around feel good songs and something you can do work or drive around to. This album is only free for two more days, so get it quick! Click the album below to enter your email address and get a free download.
Andrew Belle - The Ladder

Titus Goes To The Office

The King’s Speech

The King's Speech Bethany and I don’t get out too often to see movies these days, but when we do we like to make sure we’re seeing something we’re going to like. When I saw the trailer for The King’s Speech I knew we would have to see it, and last night we finally did.

If I can use a British word, the film is brilliant. The story is heart warming and genuine, the nineteen twenties era is spot on, and the acting is some of the best I’ve seen. During the opening shot of the microphone I turned to Bethany and said, “I already like it”. From a cinematography standpoint it’s just a beautiful film. The production is high quality and they absolutely nailed the era of England in the twenties. Basically, it’s a film about two things: fear and friendship. I won’t give any spoilers away, but the IMDB description sums the film up this way, “The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.” That’s a very fair explanation, but in no way is this a boring English movie. Colin Firth (King George VI) and Geoffrey Rush (the speech therapist, Lionel) are both just incredible in this movie, and the way their friendship is established is both funny and heart warming. Bethany and I talked about it the whole way home from the theater (which was about 20 miles away because it’s not playing everywhere) and we just couldn’t get over the characters and the nuances of each person. Needless to say, we highly recommend the movie. Yes, we know it’s rated R, and without getting in to how I feel about the useless rating system, I can say that if you’re an adult you can see this movie without any real awkwardness. It’s rated R for language, but I’m telling you that even the very few (about two) sections of language are actually quite funny. Though I don’t condone the use of poor language, I can honestly say I was laughing…a lot.

There are few movies that come out that I clap at the end, and this was one of them. If you’ve been waiting for a great movie to come out that you can catch, this is the one. Like I said, it’s a story about fear and friendship and if those concepts don’t capture your heart then you’re probably not living too well. Go see it–it won’t disappoint.

Here’s the trailer:

Yeah, Legos Are Pretty Much Awesome

Book Review: Letters From A Father To His Sons In College

Letters from a father to his sons in college. By Samuel Miller.Letters from a father to his sons in college. By Samuel Miller. by Michigan Historical Reprint Series

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written in 1843 and published almost ten years later, these letters from a genuine, loving father are just as important today as they were in the time they were written. Samuel Miller touches on every facet of a young man’s college life while giving his own counsel and guidance as one with experience and knowledge of this important time of life. His instruction is well said and well thought out and I enjoyed his honesty and his thoroughness.

For college students, this book will be a vault of treasures on how to conduct themselves, even in today’s world. There is nothing here that I believe is only for the time it was written, rather many things of which students should take to heart and apply to their lives. He writes like a father to all students, and it would be great for students to listen to him as they would their own fathers.

I would encourage every parent of a college student (or future college student) to take the time to read these letters. They will help guide and direct the thought process of parents and give wisdom to you for your own children. Though my own son is only 8-months old, I hope that I can take to heart these principles and gleam from the wisdom of a father that was much further ahead than me.

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