The Heart of our Winter Discontent

5 August 15Apps, Books, Culture, Discontent, Music

Our actions give us away. Although we might be able to hide, for a time eventually what we really think and how we really feel will be revealed in our actions – it will come out. As humans, we are just connected up that way. The most excruciating times in people’s lives come when how they feel inside is disconnected from how they act on the outside.

But eventually, our actions give us away.

That’s why it is interesting to give a cursory glance at the ‘Best Seller” lists of what we are currently consuming. It gives a window of insight into the hearts of our culture and our society. If we are prepared to spend our money on it then it will be something we want.

Here are the best selling books, singles and apps at the moment:

Best Selling Books:

Book Description
Go Set A Watchman (HARPER LEE) The Follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird
Grey (E.L. JAMES) “Christian’s perspective in latest Fifty Shades rumpy-pumpy.” (SMH)
The Mindfulness Colouring Book (EMMA FARRARONS) “The new way to relieve your stress.” (SMH)
The Little Book of Calm Colouring (D. SINDIN & V. KAY) “Keep calm and colour in” (SMH)
Fabulous Flowers (MICHAEL O’MARA) “Stress-relieving colouring in of floral patterns.” (SMH)
Decorative Designs (MICHAEL O’MARA) “Mandala-inspired colouring for adults” (SMH)
Source: SMH


Aria Music Charts:

Single Sample Lyric
Are you With Me?


A song about drink and dance:I wanna dance by water ‘neath the Mexican sky, Drink some Margaritas by a string of blue lights Listen to the Mariachi play at midnight. Are you with me, are you with me?
I Can’t Feel My Face


A song about taking Cocaine:And I know she’ll be the death of me, at least we’ll both be numb
And she’ll always get the best of me, the worst is yet to come
But at least we’ll both be beautiful and stay forever young
Peanut Butter Jelly


A song about escapism, with sexual overtones:To get a wildfire burning. Visualize it. I’ll give you something to do. Spread it like peanut butter jelly. Do it like I owe you some money
Like I’m Gonna Lose You


A song about making the most of time with the one you love:So I’m gonna love you Like I’m gonna lose you / I’m gonna hold you / Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing / I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when / When we’ll run out of time
Let’s Do It Again


A Song about longing for a relationship after a one-night stand.It was nice to, nice to know ya, let’s do it again / How we did it in a one night stand / Boy I wanna be more than a friend to ya / Let’s do it again
Source: Aria Charts


All-Time Grossing Mobile Apps:

App Description
Heart of Vegas: Play Free Casino Gambling simulator
Clash of Titans War simulator
Game of War – Fire Age War simulator
Spotify Music Music Application
Slotomania – Free Casino Slot Machines Gambling simulator
Candy Crush Saga  That Game…
Source: Apple App store Top Charts


It’s pretty interesting isn’t? Our books are about distractions and stress relief (what’s with all the colouring books??). Our music is about the longing for relationships – even relationships that are not good for us. Our mobile App purchases are distractions playing the role of gods or gambling.

Escape, desire and discontent. That is where the hearts of our society are at the moment.

Jesus says in Matthew’s gospel that “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Mt 12:34) He’s right. Yet he brought with him a message of satisfaction in the face of the discontent we might feel above: A better, more satisfying way. Just a few verses earlier he said to his disciples: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. This is a rest pregnant with meaning, wrapped up in the full satisfying peace of being accepted, forgiven and love by God for eternity.

Jesus’ words are meant to hit us deep – right down into our hearts so that our thoughts and feelings are transformed from the inside out. And that our actions (which may have reflected an inner desire for escape or discontentment) will give away the contentment, joy and satisfaction of truly knowing God.

What do your own recent book, music or app purchases reveal about your heart?

YBIC, Andrew