My 2021 Favorite Books, Podcasts, and Organizations

Each December I love sharing with you some of my favorite things that I’ve enjoyed reading, listening to, and being connected with during the year.

Like nutrition for your body, your mind and your soul need nourishment too. In today’s world the resources are endless. And these are some place I’ve been nourished that might be helpful for you also. So, my 2021 favorite books, podcasts, and organizations.


I usually have a book or two on the table beside me. I read almost every evening.

And here are some of my favorites recently.


I’m quite voracious in consuming podcasts. You can gain an education while you jog, drive, or clean the house. I keep my podcast feed full with these nourishing resources.

  • Being Known Podcast, with Curt Thompson MD and Pepper Sweeney. Conversations about the mind, spiritual formation, and interpersonal neurobiology. One of the most life-changing podcasts I’ve encountered.
  • The Emotionally Healthy Leader, with Pete Scazzero. Exploring themes around spiritual authenticity and growth in the Christian life. I don’t miss an episode.
  • Java with Juli, from Authentic Intimacy. Conversations about sexuality, intimacy, and culture from a solidly Biblical worldview. Unafraid to “go there!”
  • Ransomed Heart with John Eldredge. Conversations about the life of the heart, and the restoration God intends us to all experience.
  • Catalyst Podcast, for leaders who love the church. Conversations with both young and seasoned church leaders, authors, and influencers.
  • Typology, with Ian Morgan Cron. Enneagram expert, Ian interviews thought leaders from every sphere of life who are trying to become the best version of themselves.
  • Dream Big Framework, with Bob Goff. Conversations about helping you discover, declare, and realize the ambitions you were created for.
  • Entreleadership, from Ramsey Solutions. Lively conversations with many of the top minds in business, in a faith-friendly way.
  • 48 Days to the Work You Love, with Dan Miller. Talk about finding or creating work that is meaningful, purposeful, and profitable, from a man of deep faith.
  • Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. Practical insights from the leader of one of the largest multi-site church organizations in America.
  • Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. From successful pastor, author, and awesome communicator, helping leaders go farther faster.
  • Relationship Prescriptions with Dr Carol. OK, shameless self-promotion. This is my weekly podcast, and I’d love you to join me!

Other Organizations

Here are some organizations I connect with, believe in, and am happy to recommend.

  • Christian Healthcare Ministries– believers helping to share the costs of medical care for each other. (I am honored to be a member of the Board of Directors.)
  • Emotionally Healthy Discipleship– helping believers move from shallow Christianity to depth in Christ. At least take the free personal assessment on their website, and discover if you’re a spiritual/emotional infant, child, adolescent, or adult.
  • Compassion International– releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. (I sponsor a precious child, Luz Esther.)
  • Charity Water– they do water – and charity – right. I love donating to this organization.
  • Covenant Eyes– amazing organization providing help for those who want to break free from pornography and related sexual bondage. (Use code DrCarol for a free month.)
  • Be Broken– Helping men and women find freedom from a life of sexual brokenness and addiction.
  • Ransomed Heart– a bunch of resources and events helping men and women regain the life of the heart as Jesus intended.
  • JuicePlus+ – the only nutritional supplement I take. It’s the next best thing to fruits and vegetables.
  • Noom – a revolutionary way to control weight and get fit, providing a personalized custom plan and help to develop a healthy lifestyle.

May these resources be inspiring and fill your winter days and evenings with meaning and growth.

Your Turn: Have you enjoyed any of the books, podcasts, or organizations listed here? Are there any others you would recommend? You can leave a comment below.

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** Note: Listing a resource here does not imply that I or Dr. Carol Ministries endorse every idea promoted in these resources. Amazon links, and links to Covenant Eyes, JuicePlus, and Noom are affiliate links, whereby you can also support Dr. Carol Ministries by purchasing/connecting with them.

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