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Book Review ~ Ripple Effects By Pam Tebow

About The Book


Within the heart of every woman is the desire to be influential.

Join Pam Tebow to uncover the God-inspired difference only you can make.

Heisman Trophy–winning athlete Tim Tebow credits his mom with being the key to his success―but Pam never expected her family’s name to be known around the world. For most of her life, she served quietly and faithfully as a wife and a mom. But unexpectedly, at least to Pam, her consistent, everyday choices to follow God created ripples of influence throughout her family, her community, and her world.

Join Pam in Ripple Effects as she shares what she’s learned on the journey and

  • Reveals how she taught her kids to develop strong character and faith so that their lives would positively influence others
  • Gives an inside look at how she survived her own most challenging life seasons, ones that ultimately made her influence stronger
  • Explores the unique and powerful influence you can have on those around you, no matter where you are planted in life―using gifts you never knew you had

Don’t settle for less than what you were created for! Be encouraged to maximize your God-given opportunities for influence―and watch how far the ripples will spread.

Category

Religious/Christian/Inspirational/Non-fiction

Genre

Motivational/Women/Influence

Rating

5 Stars

Review


In a humble, honest and authentic voice, Pam Tebow gently but surely persuades that the influence of women for positive change is possible in every sphere, season, and station of life—if any woman would dare to believe that God has ordained her for a good purpose and embrace the opportunities that come with it. Using multiple true life events and instances, she relays how this belief has manifested true in her life, in the lives of those she loves, and far beyond. The humility, courage, and authenticity with which Pam Tebow speaks is breathtaking and refreshing, making it possible to not only relate with her message, but to also see why her heart, wisdom and kindness have impacted so many who’ve heard her speak or have had any form of contact with her. This kindness includes Pam Tebow wanting every girl/woman to know that they are loved, accepted and created by their Heavenly Father for good works here on earth, and that they have the power of influence to cause ripple effects that could echo far beyond what they could possibly imagine.

This is a book of hope that ignites faith to live in love on purpose—because in doing so, many many good things are possible!

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘Thank you’ to Tyndale Publishing for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About The Author


Pam Tebow travels and speaks across the country, encouraging audiences to use the incredible influence God has given them to eternally impact their world.

Pam graduated with honors from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She and her husband, Bob, lived for a number of years as missionaries in the Philippines and continue to serve there through the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. Bob and Pam run an orphanage in the Philippines, which has been home to scores of children since 1991. They also support orphanages and a safe house they built for rescued girls in a semiclosed country.

When their youngest son, Tim, won the Heisman Trophy, Pam was featured in national media for her decision to choose life for Tim against her doctor’s advice. Their story has been highlighted on Good Morning America, on ESPN, and in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial celebrating family and life.

Pam has won national awards for her ministry work, including the Commission for Women’s Inspiring Woman of the Year (2013) and the national Pro-Life Recognition Award (2017).

Pam and Bob live in Florida; they have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

 

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Book Review ~ A Silken Thread By Kim Vogel Sawyer

About The Book


For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?

Category

Christian/Fiction/New Adult

Genre

Historical Romance

Rating

4 Stars

Review


A Silken Thread weaves a tale of love that stands the test of injustice, prejudice, racism, classicism and selfishness in the midst of family and community through God’s prevailing love. Sawyer doesn’t hold back in portraying the reality of the hurt and damage that could come from these, and in her classic gentle tone, highlights the beauty of bravery and courage that speaks in the seemingly small words and actions, but from such small gestures emerge enormous positive consequential outcomes.

The theme—that righteousness and justice best thrive when God’s love is in full display—shines throughout the story, through every silken thread used to spin it, and ultimately also, in the love story that emerges.

Another fine and brave book by Kim Vogel Sawyer!

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to Waterbrook Multnomah for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About The Author


Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed Best-selling author with more than one million books in print in several languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades, including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives with her retired military husband, Don, in central Kansas, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

Book Review ~ Cross Of A Different Kind By Anthony Maranise

About The Book


CANCER: with often abrupt and unwelcome entry into human lives as well as profound multi-dimensional impact, such an illness is, for many, considered to be a ruthless thief, intent on stealing not only joy, but life itself. Of course, even as cancer attempts to steal life and captivate those under its hold, lest we forget that as powerful an adversary as it may seem, it is no contestant against the power of the One who “has come to set the captives free” (Luke 4:18) and who is Life itself (John 14:6) and its Source.

Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality draws upon the richness of Christian spiritual theology with the aim of rejuvenating hope within and imparting eternal Truth to all persons who have been “touched” by cancer in any of its wicked forms. Divided into three parts addressing those who have lost loved ones to cancer; those currently confronting their diagnoses; and survivors, this book serves as both a “spiritual field-guide” as well as an informative, yet practical helpmate to ensure all facing such adversities that they are never alone in their journey.

Category

Religious/Christian/Non-fiction

Genre

Spirituality/Personal Growth/Cbristianity/Health

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


Maranise speaks with a gentle and authentic voice on the matters of the heart and soul that arise from the event of cancer—whether as a survivor, the survived, or a caretaker. His distinct empathy offers a guide and comfort in the style of a gentle conversation, which helps sooth the fearful and broken-hearted in their season of pain and sorrow, with a view to lead them into deeper hope, faith, love, joy and peace. He beautifully ties the experience of cancer—as painful as it is—to life and what it means to truly and fully live on earth and with purpose. Through the perspective that Maranise provides, the hope that no pain is wasted or goes unnoticed by God, is a gem promised and one to behold.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to JKS Communications for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About The Author


Anthony Maranise is an instructor of Religious Studies at The University of Memphis, a certified life-coach, chaplain, and is the author of 4 other books and numerous academic pieces. Primarily a theological scholar with expertise in the intersections between sports and spirituality, Anthony received his Masters from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. At the time of this book’s publication, he is also a 20+ year cancer survivor, treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and remains active in advocacy for advancing cancer research as well as in facilitating spiritual direction for persons affected by cancer.

Movie Review ~ Run The Race By Reserve Entertainment

Category

Religious/Christian/Inspirational

Genre

Drama/Sports

Blu Ray/DVD Release Date

May 21, 2019.

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Run The Race is a story that takes you on a journey of two brothers with opposite beliefs and opinions about life, but with a brotherly love and bond that trancends their differences.

Being thrown curve ball after  curve ball, together the two brothers weather the storms of life, leaning on each other for strength, until a storm comes along that shows one brother is able to stand firm because of his beliefs, and the other is eventually brought face to face with the abounding grace of God, and drawn even closer to Him by his brother’s life testimony; a final test of faith thrusts him into a realm where his faith in the all-loving God is cemented—a God Whose ultimate plan is better than that of both brothers—and dreams are fulfilled in a magnitude that spins an inspiring tale of the love and faithfulness of God, even with past sorrowful events not fully understood. Healing comes and extends to those closest to the brothers, and the story ends with a theme of “hope that never disappoints” —not because the future promises no pain, but because the future is in God’s faithful hands. A theme of faith fully embedded in tested trust, and a theme of love that forgives because it covers a multitude of sins.

Artist Scoop ~ Interview With Zion Rempel, Worship Leader & Creative Pastor Of 29:11 Church

It wasn’t too long ago that DREAM Label Group/DREAM Worship released the all wonderful album, Marble & Mortar Vol. I & 2 (read the TBAP review here and here). The incredible people behind the awesome songs, 29:11 Worship, have been writing for their local church and community from the inception of 29:11 Church. Zion Rempel, the Creative pastor took the time to tell us a bit about his personal journey and ministry in 29:11 Church and worship team, in the chat below.


Miranda ~ Hello! Pleasure to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Zion: Honored to be here. Hello there, my name is Zion Rempel. I am the Creative Pastor at 29:11 Church in Tempe, Arizona. I have been a part of this movement from the very beginning. It has been incredible to see what it has grown into—from a small Bible study that met in our living room, to a thriving community over just the past five years. I am married to my beautiful wife, Kirstyn, who is our Family Pastor, and our little man, Maddox, just turned 1 a few weeks ago. We love doing life and ministry together, and cherish all the challenges and adventures that church planting brings.

Miranda ~ How did you come to make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior? What particularly led to this moment?

Zion ~ You know, I have grown up in the church. I think finding myself in full time ministry has been quite a journey. In fact, there was a time I was even running from it. I had seen in so many times and places the heartache of ministry while growing up, and I remember telling God as a pastor’s kid, “I will never do this.” The irony right? I even chased a career in the medical field, got an undergraduate degree shooting for medical school, and set my life up for a completely different track, only to find that I would lay that future down. Nothing else would fulfill my call. Where I am now, is exactly where I am supposed to be.

Miranda ~ How did you come to be the Worship leader of 29:11?

Zion: It has been so cool to be a part of this from literally, the very beginning. I remember sitting in local coffee shops and drawing logos on napkins. I remember pre-launch meetings, writing and dreaming vision. I remember launch night, where it all started in our living room. And, I remember piecing together our first project ever: Living Room Sessions: Volume I. I love that writing songs for our community has always been a part of our culture, even all the way back when all this was just getting started. We have come a long way since then, but, I have a sacred place in my heart for the Living Room Sessions, because it reminds me of where we came from, and everything has to have a beginning.

Miranda ~ I take it 29:11 stands for Jeremiah 29:11? Why this verse though? Is there a story of why this verse is special to the local church and worship group?

Zion: Yes, 29:11 refers to the Jeremiah 29:11. This has been a foundational scripture for us from the very beginning. If you look at the context, the prophet Jeremiah was speaking to a people in bondage… giving them a hope and a future in realizing that the Lord had not forgotten about them. I think we live in a time and culture of bondage, and people are asking for the same message – that someone would see their heartache, and know their pain. The Lord has not forgotten them. In fact, He has provided a solution of eternal hope and future in Jesus. The PLAN, the HOPE, and the FUTURE was and always will be Jesus.

Miranda ~ Congrats on your new album, Marble & Mortar Vol. 1& 2! (Read the TBAP reviews here and here) What led to the creation of Marble & Mortar, and why split it into two volumes?

Zion: Honestly, the creation of the collection of music featured on Marble & Mortar was a fairly organic process. We are always writing music and celebrating what God is doing in our community through lyric. This collection of songs as merely the songs we have been singing as a church. And I love how the Holy Spirit works, because as you piece them together like a tapestry, they begin to show an overall narrative God is trying to display. The two volumes merely came from feeling like, as a team, there was too much to offer for just one edition. Sometimes, it’s easy to miss songs on an album journey, because it gets long. We all know the track we skip on even our favorite albums. We were hoping to help people walk through every song’s purpose a little more thoroughly by splitting it into two separate journeys, but also an entire overall journey if you put them back to back.

Miranda ~ Why the title, Marble & Mortar?

Zion: I remember marveling at the Roman Empire when I was in grade school. And I found it interesting that, after such incredible power in a certain time frame, all that remains is the marble columns used to hold up their palaces and temples. Everything else, all of their worldly attempts for glory, and organization, governances, and culture… it all faded with the rest of their civilizations. But even now, with a modern world surrounding them, those columns remain.
I love that Jesus is the foundation that has stood the test of time, and will stand the test of time. He always was, and always will be. And to know that I can call Him a friend of mine is unreal. I want to build my life on Jesus as my marble, and be held together with Him as my mortar. Only He can carry the weight of what is going on around me, because He already has. I love that every song on this album goes back to Jesus. Jesus as the Messiah, the words Jesus said in the Beatitudes, the power of Jesus’ name, the depths of His love… Jesus is our foundation, and our Marble and Mortar, and I can’t wait for the world to hear that.

Miranda ~ What do you hope listeners will walk away with as they listen to Marble & Mortar?

Zion: I am so encouraged by the disciple John’s words at the beginning of the gospel he penned—that the Word was with God in the beginning, and that soon that Word became flesh. Jesus was there in the beginning, He was there when man was created, He was there when man fell, AND He was already anticipating the cross. The cross was always going to be the solution. I find such encouragement in that truth. I love that Jesus, even in the Old Testament, was always the main character. With continuous foreshadows of His sacrifice, and His teachings, and His character, Jesus is it. Through the pressures of this church planting process, I think we as a community began to discover the importance of bringing it back to Jesus. It was always Jesus, and will always be Jesus. Jesus is the foundation, the solution, the beginning and the end. As a songwriting team, we found that this truth was what our church was anticipating. I hope that as people listen to this album, in every track, that they see Jesus. Nothing but Jesus.

Miranda ~ What inspires 29:11’s music and what’s the principle behind your songwriting?

Zion: I love that our songwriting team at 29:11 is not anything really that special, nor does it include anyone that special… it’s just a small team of musicians and believers writing into lyric their relationships with Jesus. The heartache, the triumph, the joy and the brokenness. I think those conversations are one of the primary places of inspiration we draw from. We also love to draw imagery and intimacy in our interactions with our Savior. I love taking a concept we have revisited over a thousand times, and just by saying it a little differently, giving people a totally new perspective. Giving people new revelations of the unchanging and timeless Word of God is our aim.

Miranda ~ What should we expect from 29:11 in the future?

Zion: Honestly, I think we are still discovering the answer to that question. One thing I do know is that songs are still being written for this time and place we are in, and we cannot wait to share them again.

Miranda ~ What advice do you have for a local church worship group just starting out and believes they’ve been called to release music to the world as you do?

Zion: I think the greatest piece of advice I would give is to never lose sight of the reason why your team is doing it. It’s easy in a culture that seeks affirmation and praise to get caught up writing for the wrong reasons. The moment we start writing music for the sake of writing music, we have lost the point. Write for your community. Always keep what the Holy Spirit is saying to you at the center of your focus. When you are writing for your community, the church outside of your community will be the overflow of what’s already happening.

THIS or THAT (The Fun Qs!) 

Coffee or Tea? I am an artist… I partake in both.

Gym or Outdoor? Outdoor always… the gym gets old, and it smells weird.

Sneakers or Boots? Boots. Always boots.

Running or Walking? Running (I find I need to fight to slow down in life.)

Cereal or Fruit? Cereal… cause CARBS.

Movies or Books? Movies…. It’s a hobby of mine.

TV or Magazine? TV. Netflix. Need I say more?

Summer or Spring? Neither (again, I am an artist… I prefer fall and winter)

Rain or Snow? Rain… I am a firm believer that rain produces lyric.

Blazer or Leather Jacket? Depends on the day. Right now I am wearing a leather jacket.

About Zion Rempel


Zion Rempel is the Creative Pastor at 29:11 Church in Tempe, Arizona. Zion helped to plant the church 3 years ago, and has watched his ministry grow in both resource and effectiveness to become an influential creative community in the East Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area. As a prominent songwriter and worship leader, he has mobilized and overseen two live recording projects and a number of stage productions. Zion is married to Kirstyn Rempel, the Family Pastor in his community. Zion and Kirstyn constantly enjoy doing ministry alongside one another, and empowering the future of the church to be the now, as well as parenting there one year old boy Maddox.

Article ~ Healed To Serve By Miranda A. Uyeh

“Now He [Jesus] arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s [Peter] house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He [Jesus] stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately, she arose and served them. ” (Emphasis and parenthesis mine) —Luke 4:38-39

Nobody is a hundred percent perfect.

Fact. Truth.

Not even those of us who have come face to face with grace. What we do is live by grace through faith and extend this grace to others.

God is constantly delivering us from something—on a spiritual level, emotional level or even physical. Some deliverances happen instantly. Others are a process whereby God gently (or even severely) and persuasively uncovers layer upon layer of issues that need to be confronted and dealt with at the right pace as they unfold.

Whatever God is healing in you, He doesn’t mean it to end with you. There is a hope from heaven that the point of pain in you becomes the outlet through which the many riches and treasures that God has put in you are released to those around you and beyond. God heals us with the same resurrecting power that He used to raise Jesus Christ from the dead—the same power that gives Life and is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ (See Ephesians 1:18-20; Romans 1:16). When we are healed, our hearts and spirits become endowed with this power, anointing us with the authority to minister to people with similar pain and struggles (See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7). And when our pain, gifts and talents are placed in God’s hands, people can receive miracles and healing through us.

There is a unique way that a person in pain can be reached by those who have passed through similar struggles and overcome—a way that others may not be able to reach them so readily. The point of pain then becomes the point where healing power flows into this other person—first, by giving them hope which delivers them from despair when they hear your story of triumph; secondly, by sparking faith, which enables them to believe in life, living and second chances again; and, finally, leading them in/toward love, which is imparted into them by God Himself, first for God, then for self (because you can’t give what you don’t have), and then for others—whom they will eventually reach out to in fellowship as well as minister to those in need. All of these inspire deeper hope, which keeps the cycle running.

If you’re someone in the process of healing or have already been healed, you’ve probably started hearing the voice of God in your heart asking you to shift from self-centeredness to “others-centeredness.” This is because every one of us who’s been healed has received the anointing to minster to someone. Even Jesus whose hands were pierced—His wounds, through the Life and Resurrecting power of God—have become the point and outlet through which life, healing and blessings flow to as many as are willing to come to Him to seek salvation and Truth. If you don’t know who you should minster to, but have constantly heard the call of God in your heart, pray and ask the Holy Spirit’s leading and discernment. At the right time (because there may be some things that the Holy Spirit may need to teach you first), He will lead you to the right person, because, we’ve all been healed to serve.

 

About The Editor


Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, due for release soon. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.

To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

*The article, Healed To Serve, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).

Album Review ~ United By Newsboys

Category

Religious/Gospel

Genre

Pop/Rock

Rating

5 Stars

Review


The album opens with the song, Greatness Of Our God, a song that joyfully shouts of God’s power and awesomeness, and the joy of having it all within and about us in full display and glory.

The combined force of Michael Tait and Peter Furler, the two frontmen, (coupled with features of Kevin Max and Doug Weier) is a dream come true for every longstanding Newsboys fan. The unity in song and heart paves a way for love that inspires on many fronts—worship, brotherhood, and life in general; a love that says that unity on any level inspired by the Light of God and blessed by Him in worship of Him, is possible.

This power-packed album is full of mesmerizing melody and lyrics—definitely shoulder-rolling, head-nodding, and feet-tapping, while being transported in soul and spirit to kneel before God’s Awesomeness in absolute surrender of tremendous joy that can only come from the deepest communion and fellowship from a genuine place of worship, manifested by shouts of praise, jumps amd leaps of joy, and humble hands lifted up.

The old poppish streak of Newsboys combined with their more recent rock style is a beautiful wonder to behold—an unforgettable experience. Faith, hope, trust, and love from hearts grateful to God (as mirrored by Beautiful Story, #7) is woven into the album’s story, so that overall, United is the masterpiece and crowning jewel that we’ve all been waiting for from Newsboys.

United is an album beautifully done and worth listening to. A dream come true for any Newsboys fan!

About Newsboys


One of Christian rock’s most enduring bands, Australia’s Newsboys first rose to popularity in the 1990s, becoming perennial chart-toppers with a global audience who followed them through three distinctive eras all led by different frontmen. After building their foundation with singer John James, they enjoyed a second decade of mainstream pop success in the 2000s behind Peter Furler, who was himself succeeded by another Christian legend in dc Talk’s Michael Tait in 2010. Along the way they experimented with various facets of rock, pop, and more straightforward worship music, notching various Grammy nominations, gold records, and over 30 number one singles. An expanded lineup eventually coalesced after Furler’s return, resulting in the Furler/Tait-fronted supergroup Newsboys United who issued a studio album in 2019.

Newsboys formed in the Queensland resort town of Mooloolaba in the late ’80s around a core membership of John James, Peter Furler, and Phil Joel. Though early in its career the band was panned for a perceived over-reliance on religious clichés in its lyrics, Newsboys later grasped secular music’s alternative revolution in the early ’90s for an image makeover, with good results. With James on lead vocals and a secure guitarist, Jody Davis, in place the group gained a string of number one singles on the Christian charts in the mid-’90s and received more coverage in secular media outlets than most CCM bands of their time. In 1998, after six albums withe band he helped found, James departed and Furler took over as frontman on Step Up to the Microphone, the group’s first album for major-label Virgin. The ’70s-inspired Love Liberty Disco appeared a year later. In celebration of the new millennium, Newsboys also observed their own career with the greatest-hits package Shine…The Hits, issued in fall 2000. Their most elaborate work to date, Thrive, was issued in spring 2002 and led to one of their biggest CCM hits ever, It Is You.

The band issued Adoration: The Worship Album in April 2003. The record included both originals and Newsboys versions of well-known worship songs. Guitarist Davis left Newsboys in late 2003 in order to care for his daughter, Bethany, and Bryan Olesen took his place for a little over a year. He left in 2004 to work on his own band, Casting Pearls, just after Newsboys released their second worship album, Devotion. Paul Coleman, an Aussie singer/songwriter, came aboard as the band’s new guitarist, and the next two years found the band touring the globe and working on the songs that would become its first pop album in four years, Go. That album, released in October 2006, was the first to be released on the band’s own Inpop Records and the last to feature founding member Joel, who left shortly afterward.

At the beginning of 2009, after a year of touring, Coleman left the band to go back to his solo career and Jody Davis returned. More shockingly perhaps, Furler announced soon afterwards that he was going to scale back his involvement in Newsboys, no longer touring with them but instead staying behind the scenes as a songwriter/vocalist. His replacement came from one of the other titans of Christian rock, namely Michael Tait of dc Talk. Before Tait took over entirely, the band released one last album with Furler as lead singer, In the Hands of God, in May of 2009. By September of that year Furler was gone and Tait took over vocals for the band’s next album, 2010’s Born Again, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The new-look Tait-led Newsboys returned in 2011 with the studio album, God’s Not Dead, and in 2013 they issued the well-received Restart, their 16th studio LP. Another worship album, the hymn-centric Hallelujah for the Cross arrived in 2013, followed in 2016 by Love Riot, which saw Newsboys heading back in a pop-oriented direction. A year later, both Furler and Joel joined up with the group for the lengthy Newsboys United retrospective tour. Parlaying the tour’s success into a new studio release, this expanded version of the band — billed as Newsboys United — issued the United LP in the spring of 2019. ~ John Bush