September - What to Read, Watch, Listen to, and Do

“As you draw close to God, don’t be afraid of what emerges in you as He works in your uncertainty.”

Dr. Joshua Damu Smith

Camp is over, and for many of you, so is summer, but that does not mean the conversations you began at The Academy have to end. You received wonderful teaching, cultivated meaningful conversations, and grew with some awesome people. To keep the joy going, I asked the Wheatstone staff to recommend things they love so that the search for goodness, truth, and beauty can continue throughout the year!

They gave an incredible variety of beloved books, favorite movies, and beautiful music so that you could dwell further on the themes from this year’s camp. The staff responded generously so each month we’ll be sending a sampling of some goodness to read, truth to hear, and beauty to watch. Let’s enrich our journey towards Christian adulthood.

As always, you are more than welcome to reach out to anyone from these lists on social media if you have questions or want to discuss a piece!



Life Together  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Nicole Garcia)

The Wrinkle in Time Series - Madeleine L’Engle (Julie Barrios)

Every Moment Holy -  Douglas Kaine McKelvey (Jenna Reed)

Leaf By Niggle  - J.R.R. Tolkien (J.D. Neal)

Surprised by Hope - N.T. Wright. (Jack Franicevich)


Over The Garden - Wall Cartoon Network (Stephen Frendl)

Saving Mr. Banks (Kris Yee)

The Good Place - NBC  (Katherine Kwong)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  (Josh Watson)

Listen & Sing


Ledges” -  Noah Gunderson (Kris Yee)

Doubting Thomas” - Nickel Creek (Emma Doremus)

"Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2 (from the Joshua Tree album) (Nicole Garcia)

May You Find a Light" - The Brilliance (Jack Franicivech)

Trouble Man” - Marvin Gaye (Nathan Fan)


Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin (Jessica Keene)

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel  Nicole Garcia)

Damn  - Kendrick Lamar* (Jenna Reed)

Ledges -  Noah Gunderson (Kris Yee)



Amazing Grace

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun”

Jesus What a Friend for Sinners

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

When Peace Like a River

(Jack Franicevich and Katherine Kwong)


Abide - This is a guided prayer app available in the app store that has many beautiful, guided meditations recorded by Julie Barrios and many others.  If it would be helpful for you to have Julie guiding you in prayer every morning or night, you can take advantage of this app and hear a recording of her doing exactly that!