Nicole and our PI contributors take a look back at the year and share their favorite things about 2015!
What was your favorite movie of 2015?
Nicole: The Martian! I love movies about astronauts and NASA. Just for fun, if you want to watch a ’90s movie about space, check out Armageddon. It’s one of my favorites!
T.M.: Little Boy. An awesome faith strengthener.
Christi: The movie War Room on prayer.
Dave: The Martian. So much fun.
Julie: I feel like I say this every year, but The Hunger Games! Mockingjay, Part 2 was as fantastic as the rest of the series. I didn’t actually care for the book compared to the other two, but the film nailed it! I also loved the action and casting.
Brittney: Yikes! It’s a tie between The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Inside Out. I cried at Inside Out.
Phylicia: I have to be honest—I actually really liked War Room! It encouraged me to pursue a stronger, more intentional prayer life.
Rebecca: Brooklyn! It was such a sweet movie with adorable characters.
Kate: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2 or The Age of Adaline.
Tiffany: I have two. First, Taken 3. (I have a not-so-secret love affair with anything spy-related. Plus, my now-husband took me to it during our “Proposal Week” back in January. Good memories!) And then, Pitch Perfect 2 was even more hilarious than I’d hoped!
Claire: I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m assuming it’s going to be Star Wars.
What was your favorite TV show of 2015?
Nicole: Shark Tank. It’s our favorite show! I love being able to learn about up-and-coming products, how deals are negotiated, the business behind products. It’s fun but also educational!
T.M.: Honestly, I don’t watch shows, but when I do, it’s usually something like Alaska: The Last Frontier.
Christi: Reign, a royal show with amazing costumes.
Dave: The Walking Dead.
Julie: The Middle. It reminds me so much of my family growing up.
Brittney: I loved the A.D. series. I tuned in weekly with friends and it was epic.
Phylicia: Last Man Standing. I watch it every night with my husband and never cease to get some laughs!
Rebecca: So many good ones, it’s hard to pick just one! I love The Good Wife.
Tiffany: It’s not actually a 2015 series (because I watch shows on Netflix), but Leverage is my current obsession. It’s like a modern version of the A-Team—and each episode has such a twist that I never know what’s going to happen!
Claire: Like Tiffany, mine’s not a 2015 series, but I just started watching The West Wing, and sweet baby Moses…it’s AMAZING.
What was your favorite album of 2015?
Nicole: I keep going back to the classics, and this year I was really into Motown music, especially Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and a lot more. An album that I put on and love is the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
T.M.: Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship by Third Day.
Christi: It’s a tie between Empires by Hillsong United and How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle.
Dave: Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots.
Julie: x by Ed Sheeran
Brittney: Honestly, with the trend of digital music, I haven’t been much of an album person this year. I’ve been making playlists of songs from various albums.
Phylicia: How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle
Rebecca: Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men. I listened to it while I drove around Iceland, and it was the perfect soundtrack for my trip.
Kate: Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift’s 1989.
Tiffany: My friend Fleurie’s new album—you should check it out! It’s called Arrows. Oh my goodness, her voice and songwriting talent are incredible!
Claire: Adele’s 25! I love her. I want to be her.
What was your favorite book of 2015?
Nicole: Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind. It’s amazing!
T.M.: I’m afraid this year I spent more time working on my next book, and so the only book I made time to read was the Good Book!
Christi: Project Inspired by Nicole, of course!
Dave: Francis Chan’s Crazy Love. I just got around to reading it!
Julie: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s been around for a while, but I just found out about Ann this year.
Brittney: Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. It’s all about unveiling the soul of the woman God created us to be before “the fall” and the battle we face to reclaim that. It’s beautiful and I think every woman should read this.
Phylicia: Who Stole Feminism? by Christina Hoff Sommers—a look at modern-day feminism and how it has changed from the women’s suffrage movement.
Rebecca: Strengthening Yourself in the Lord by Bill Johnson. My husband and I are doing the study now, and it has totally changed the way I think about the promises of God.
Kate: It was released at the end of 2014, but The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has pretty much changed my life like it promised to.
Tiffany: Breaking Free by Beth Moore. Some girlfriends and I are doing the book study together, and it’s life-changing!
Claire: Picking a favorite book is like picking your favorite friend. I can’t! I loved The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I’m also reading Far From the Madding Crowd, which I’d never read before, but it’s so deliciously good. I’m also reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, for sure worth the read if your 9-5 requires you to make lots of decisions.
What was your favorite worship song of 2015?
Nicole: My favorite song right now is by Newsboys and it’s “The King Is Coming.”
T.M.: “Born Again” by Third Day.
Christi: “First” by Lauren Daigle and “Transfiguration” from Hillsong Live’s new album, Open Heaven/River Wild.
Dave: “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin.
Julie: “Desert Song” by Hillsong. Year after year this song reminds me to be strong and look to God in all circumstances.
Brittney: “Forever” by Kari Jobe.
Phylicia: “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music.
Rebecca: “Breathe” by The Brilliance.
Kate: “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin.
Tiffany: Bethel’s/Steffany Gretzinger’s song “You Know Me.” Based off Psalm 139, its lyrics are comforting and healing.
Claire: “The Lament of Eustace Scrubb” by the Oh Hellos. It’s so, so good. Not really a great singalong song, but good for contemplating life.
What was your favorite PI article you wrote in 2015?
Nicole: I loved all of the articles the contributors wrote this year! What was also interesting was the diversity of voices on the site, which was fun and added more conversation!
T.M.: “How Do You Know When God’s Talking to You?” It’s something we all wonder, right?
I also loved releasing my music video this year and appreciate PI supporting it as well!
Dave: JUSTIN BIEBER!
Julie: “What Your #SquadGoals Should Be.” Healthy friendships are so important to me and I love thinking that I could help other girls experience the same thing.
Brittney: I actually loved the quiz I did on “Which Woman of the Bible Are You?” I’m a psychology major and so it was fun doing my first personality test that had biblical alignment! A lot of my friends took it and enjoyed it!
Phylicia: “What a Bikini Taught Me About Modesty.” I think it reframes the modesty issue and makes it more personal to women, rather than to the effect that modesty/immodesty has on men.
Rebecca: My review of Cinderella—I like that it got readers talking.
Kate: I really liked the “Restoring Community” piece. It made me think outside the box about what community really looks like now.
Tiffany: Definitely “Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Get Married Until 29.” Writing that story of God’s faithfulness and work in my life (even when life turns out differently than I expect) was emotionally powerful for me.
Claire: “A Gazillion Reasons Why I’m Not Obsessed with Getting Married.” A predator special on Animal Planet is still one of my all-time favorite analogies.
What is a verse or scripture passage that really spoke to you in 2015?
Nicole: Ephesians 3:20: “Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”
T.M.: Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Sometimes we just need a reminder of where our strength comes from.
Christi: Isaiah 54:5: “For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.”
Dave: 1 John 3:14: “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” Love people, man….
Julie: Joshua 24:15: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Brittney: 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLT): “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” Taking my thoughts captive was a big lesson to apply this year.
Phylicia: Psalm 113:9: “He settles the childless woman in a home, making her the joyful mother of children.” This verse is on my windowsill. I had my first child in September, and this reminds me that God has settled me in this place and He gives me joy even when things are difficult!
Rebecca: Luke 16:10: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much….” A good reminder that being faithful in the little things matters.
Kate: Isaiah 43:19: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” I always ask God for a word for the year, as kind of a theme to live into, and my word for 2015 was “open.” I had no idea what that would mean. But in 2015, God did a LOT of new things in my life. I have a new role at my job that fits me perfectly, I was open to new travel experiences (including a 14-hour train ride alone across India) that changed me, and I even was open to investing in myself and buying an almost-new car that will serve me well in the coming years (and it’s pretty!).
Tiffany: Psalm 139—all of it, but especially the first half! Anytime I feel discouraged and unworthy, I pray it out loud to help my soul receive it.
Claire: Gosh darn it, Tiffany—I feel like we’re long-lost friends! Mine’s Psalm 139, too. Just that reminder that God created each of us uniquely has been something I’ve really needed to come back to a lot this year.
PI Girls, now it’s YOUR turn! Tell us your “best of” 2015 in the comments section! The categories are:
- Favorite movie
- Favorite TV show
- Favorite album
- Favorite book
- Favorite worship song
- Favorite PI article
- Scripture that spoke to you