Chris Dillard's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Chris Dillard's Bookshelf
Chris Dillard's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Chris Dillard

Director of Music

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
You Are the Best Thing
You Are the Best Thing
 
WHY I LIKE IT
Ray Lamontagne's voice is amazing. He is one of my favorite songwriters and has a rich, soulful sound reminiscent to the troubadours of the 60's and 70's. This track in particular has horns and a motown kind of feel. Love it!
Diamonds & Gasoline
Diamonds & Gasoline
by Turnpike Troubadours
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
by Francis Chan
Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best
Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best
by Eugene H. Peterson
The Dirty Church: Teaching People To Love One Another Through Service
The Dirty Church: Teaching People To Love One Another Through Service
by Chris Whitney

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved
Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved
by Russell Martin
WHY I LIKE IT
In Beethoven's Hair, Russell Martin has created a rich historical treasure hunt, a tale of false leads, amazing breakthroughs, and incredible revelations. This unique and fascinating book is a moving testament to the power of music, the lure of relics, the heroism of the Resistance movement, and the brilliance of molecular science.Beethoven has always been my favorite composer for many reasons. This book tells the story of Beethoven's life while trying to answer the questions and prove theories on what Beethoven's health problems were and where they began. Beethoven has always been my favorite composer, and this book made me appreciate him even more. To understand what he was going through his entire life and to know that when his health was worst, he wrote the 9th Symphony gives me such hope. Enjoy!
Tombstone
Tombstone
 
WHY I LIKE IT
Growing up on a ranch in South Texas, I always watched westerns with my Papa. He was an old cowboy himself, and this movie was always one of our favorites. Val Kilmer never played a better role in my opinion.
Blue Train
Blue Train
by John Coltrane
WHY I LIKE IT
It is said that John Coltrane would lock himself in a room for sessions of 7 hours or more with nothing more than a loaf of bread, some water, and his saxophone. His music has always intrigued me and reminds me that it takes discipline and hard work to perfect one's craft. More often than not, his is my Saturday morning cleaning music.
The Great Awakening
The Great Awakening
by Leeland
WHY I LIKE IT
Leeland has always been one of my favorite Christian songwriters and bands. His voice is amazing and the harmonies of the group in this earthy, acoustic driven album is so beautiful. The title track, "Great Awakening" is set to the text of a poem by Lawrence Tribble written in the 1700's during the Great Awakening Revival. The idea of the song is that one man awakens, then he wakes another, then the whole town awakes is a such an amazing metaphor for revival. This song always fires me up about sharing God's love with others. Another track, "I Wonder", has beautiful harmonies and every time I have the chance to hear it or lead it with a team it stirs me up.
Live At Luther College
Live At Luther College
 
WHY I LIKE IT
A friend put me on to Dave Matthews in high school and ever since I have had a love for jam band music. Every musician in his band is at the pinnacle of their craft. Tim Reynolds is by far my favorite guitar player and this album showcases he and Dave with nothing more than Dave's voice and two acoustic guitars. It is interesting to know that these guys met totally by chance when both were waiting tables and playing coffee house type gigs. They have remained best friends ever since. Enjoy!
Everything And Nothing Less (Live)
Everything And Nothing Less (Live)
 
WHY I LIKE IT
I first heard this album on a random spotify playlist during a tough season in my life. Every song ministered to my heart, and since then, I put this on when I need centering and a break from playing music.
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life
The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life
by Robert Morris
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
by Shane Claiborne

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
by Humphrey Burton
WHY I LIKE IT
Bernstein is one of the most famous conductors in history. Extremely talented, controversial, and incredibly interesting, Bernstein's life is one that would intrigue anyone. To understand his passion for music is truly inspiring, and as a conductor, I have adopted many of his approaches to the art of conducting and to the way he prepares and internalizes a piece of music.
A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships
A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships
by Paul E. Miller
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
by Francis Chan
The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)
The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Selections from the New International Version)
 
Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?
Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?
by E. Randolph Richards,Brandon J. O'Brien