Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Afters - Live On Forever (A CD Review and Opportunity to Win!)

Live On Forever, the most recent CD by The Afters, has met with an overwhelmingly warm reception in our home!

Read that above statement this way... 
My kids LOVE this CD, and I'm just close enough to the edge of cool that I'm enjoying it too. ;)

The vocals and even some of the beats and melodies remind me of music that I loved when I was in high school and college, yet from bands whose lyrics didn't edify my heart like The Afters do. 
(Those were the days before I was a Jesus follower.)

As I type this, I'm listening to Battles, one of my favorite songs on the CD. Perhaps one of my favorite songs EVER!

The incredibly sound doctrine of the lyrics of this song are reminding me that: 
  • Jesus goes before me
  • He fights my battles for me
  • He surrounds me on every side 
  • His love is my armor
Ah, what amazing truths for the Believer to cling to in times of unconscionable trials!

As someone who has recently come through some of the most painful and trying years of my life, when indeed it felt at times that enemy armies really did surround me and were constantly on the march (another nod to the lyrics of this song), I am wishing I'd had this CD to listen to and let my spirit soak in during those brutal days! 

The song Battles is a beautiful reminder of Exodus 14:14 - 
"The LORD will fight for you, while you keep silent."

Hands down, this is my favorite song on the CD!

You can see the music video for Battles here.

A close second is Wake Up My Heart
How true is the lyric "I want to love all the things that You love" ?! 
Amen, and amen, and amen again!

The Lord knows exactly what we need, and when we need it. 

This CD arrived very close to the day that our beloved friend and pastor went to be with Jesus. The grief feels at times like it will swallow us up, yet listening to the truths from several of the songs on this CD has been the most tender gift from God, as it is helping us process the pain.

Interestingly, it was out of several heartbreaking situations that brought about their own deep grief, that The Afters were inspired to write the songs for this album. 

God's timing never ceases to amaze me!

I really am enjoying the music and the heart of Live On Forever, and would LOVE nothing more than to share it with YOU!

One of my blog readers is going to win a FREE copy of the CD, which will be mailed directly to you from the publisher.

So please, comment below and I'll enter your name into the giveaway.

Also, read below to find out five or more ways that you can be entered into the drawing.

To buy a copy for yourself, here are some places you can find the CD...

Get connected with The Afters at their website by clicking here.
You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook under their name.

I hope you enjoy their music as much as we do. 
My kids are LOVING it! 
Not only do the lyrics hold Biblical truth, but the songs have a beat that you can dance to! :)

Disclaimer: I haven't read every single lyric, but those I have, I agree with completely!

What are you waiting for?! 

Here are the many ways you can be included in the random giveaway drawing:

* Comment below
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What I Learned From The Word Today, or both! :)
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Do any or all of the above, and be included once for each of the  listed ways to win in the random giveaway that will award a copy of Live On Forever to one blog reader.

You have at least SIX potential ways to earn an entry to win. 

Best wishes that YOU are the winner because I think you'll LOVE this CD!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."

Monday, June 06, 2016

Phil Wickham's CHILDREN OF GOD - a review

I'm so excited to have been chosen as a reviewer for Phil Wickham's new CD, Children of God!

What's been interesting to me about Phil's work on this CD is how it spans the generations in our home.

I personally love the way he presents the Doxology as the first song on the CD. It's delivered in a  new and interesting way,  yet is still quite reverent.

My kids were ecstatic when I turned the radio on in the car and they heard Phil's voice, because they've come to love his work. They listen to Christian radio while taking care of our animals several times a day and had heard a few of his songs on their favorite station, and had already discovered how much they love his music. 😃

My husband was listening to Children of God yesterday while he waited in the car for me to come out of an appointment, and he said that he found it to be very relaxing.

So it's funny to me that my kids are ready to get up and dance when they listen to this CD; my husband is relaxed; and I am drawn by the Doxology into a heart of reverent worship.

I have to say, this is an impressive feat to have accomplished all on one CD!

Children of God by Phil Wickham...I think you'll find it one you'll want to add to your playlist.

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* I received this CD for free in exchange for my honest review. *