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Book Review ~ May It Be So By Justin McRoberts & Scott Erickson

About the Book


Combining prayers in two languages–words and images–this contemporary prayer guide will help you spend time in conversation with God.

As people of faith, we all struggle at times to sustain a flourishing prayer life–a loss felt all the more keenly in these times of confusion, political turbulence, and global calamity. This unique book offers a timeless solution for the spiritual and skeptical alike.

Combining story-driven reflections with visual and written prayers, this simple 40-day prayer guide will help you reconnect with God as you rediscover your own ongoing conversation with Him. Using the familiar refrains in the Lord’s Prayer as a guide, this groundbreaking resource invites you to reconnect with God creatively and organically.

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Christian Living/Prayer

Rating

5 Stars

Review


May It Be So is a wonderful resource and guide to help the believer see, pray and practice the words of the Lord’s Prayer in a dynamic way that doesn’t leave the person the same after the forty-day period. It is not strict nor meant to be the only guide to the Lord’s Prayer, but rather, is one of many excellent materials out there that can teach and lead a person seeking a new path in prayer beyond their personal/physical needs.

Loaded with nuggets, images and interval essays, this book is priceless in what it has to offer, as each piece inspires the individual uniquely, as they let the Holy Spirit speak to them using each of these tools alongside the Lord’s Prayer. Per day, no interpretation is supplied for the nugget or image, nor is a specific word/line from the Lord’s Prayer offered; the writer/illustrator believe that as you reflect on the nugget, the Holy Spirit will lead you to what part of the Lord’s Prayer to meditate on, while illuminating the message hidden in the image. All three combined, produce a unique experience for each reader, as it should be. This is devotion on a whole new level—the use of proverbs, art, and Scripture.

This is a classic!

*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/Illustrator


Justin McRoberts is a songwriter, author, speaker, and retreat leader. He lives in the East San Francisco Bay area with his wife, son, and daughter.

Scott Erickson is a working studio artist, author, and storyteller. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children.

Both Justin and Scott travel regularly to perform amd teach.

 

Album Review ~ Irwin’s Christmas Collection By Matthew Parker

Category

General/Mixed

Genre

Electronic/Pop/Christmas

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Matthew Parker’s Irwin’s Christmas Collection is an interesting EP with an edge, with each of the four songs being a distinct number in it’s own category—from the hilarious Mistletoe Meltdown to the speedy 12 Days of Christmas, to the thrilling Carol of the Bell with a James Bond vibe and danger element, to the worshipful Kindle that tells and honors the birth of Christ, there’s never a dull moment start to finish. Parker’s boldness in exploring multiple themes with his music presents a Christmas treat with delightful results.

For something special, something different, something fun, but with the Christmas spirit, Parker’s new drop is a ticket to such an experience.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to DREAM Label Group GM, Lance Brown, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Matthew Parker


Matthew Parker grew up in a small town in Michigan. He wasn’t especially interested in music as a kid, but that all changed at age 12 after learning guitar and jamming with his brothers for a while, when music really “clicked” for him. He began writing and recording his own songs on the family computer, and slowly got into making electronic music. Fast forward 10 years, and Matthew has released a good plethora of many styles of music and has garnered attention not only for his original music, but also for his remixes of Capital Kings, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Jonathan Thulin, and more. With many fans in the States and a small army of fans worldwide, things can only go up for Matthew, who is enjoying every little bit of this crazy adventure.

Album Review ~ DREAM Christmas Vol. 4 By Various Artists

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Holiday/Christmas

Release Date

November 1, 2019

Rating

4 Stars

Review


In this fabulous come-together by DREAM’s artists to celebrate and usher in the Christmas spirit, though ultra modern, the songs do a fine job of remaining true to the authentic message of Christmas—ultimately, that Jesus came, Jesus saves, and God is with us.

It’s not every version of the classics that endears, but Switch’s Joy opens the volume beautifully, setting the tone for the entire album. The songs that follow, like Joy, prepared with a twist of urban and pop, produce a fresh taste that won’t easily be forgotten.

DREAM’S Vol. 4 is an album whose repertoire can span multiple Christmas events—a party, church service, personal worship, etc.—and deeply satisfy.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that  A ‘thank you’ to DREAM Label Group and Lance Brown, DREAM GM, for a free copy in exchange for an honest opinion. 

About DREAM Christmas Vol. 4


From the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say thank you for a beautiful 2019.  As the year comes to a close we wanted to offer the 4th volume of our DREAM Christmas series featuring some of our artists.  We hope it brings encouragement and helps bring joy during the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

Album Review ~ Who You Are By Northwood Worship

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Urban/Electronic Pop/Praise/Worship

Release Date

October 25, 2019.

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Who You Are opens with Bright, an anthem of faith and hope for a future that’s in God’s loving and powerful hands. The rhythms are paced beautifully with the instrumentals to allow them to be easily heard and followed. Nothing about the songs is in a rush or too slow; the emphasis is on the deep meaning—and the experience that comes with it—embedded in the seemingly simple lyrics.

Who You Are is an album that portrays faith and hope for better days to come, by trusting, loving, and focusing on God and His unfailing love. Who You Are inspires absolute surrendering worship born from this certain hope that is evident in the lyrics and overall music.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to Lance Brown, GM & Senior Partner at DREAM Label Group, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. 

About Northwood Worship


Northwood Worship is the worship ministry of Northwood Church which has multiple locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Northwood Church exists to help people know God. Their hope is that whether you’re listening to their songs in your car, or singing them in your Sunday church service, you’ll be able to connect with God in a real and unique way.

Book Review ~ Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says about Being a Man By Ken Harrison

About the Book


The “how-to-get-it-right” book for today’s Christian man–in marriage, family, work, friendships, with God in all of life. 

Men are hungry for authenticity and for sound and bold biblical teaching on true masculinity. Every day men ask themselves questions about how to be better fathers, husbands, friends, and men, but it’s difficult to find satisfying answers. Rise of the Servant Kings explains that true masculinity is found in absolute surrender to God, which always results in humble character and is expressed in courage and generosity. When a man truly understands God’s desires, he will naturally express godly masculinity, Ken Harrison weaves together his experiences as a police officer in one of the deadliest areas of the country, with many years as a business executive and ministry leader, to share deep truths for men direct from God’s Word.

Category

Religious/Christian/Non-fiction

Genre

Christian Living/Motivational/Men

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Rise of the Servant Kings is a book with topics that cover much of the areas of a man’s life, and it it digs deep and holds up the mirror, surfacing the issues and struggles that come with each area. This book is not for the unserious or the faint of heart; it is a guide to those who seek to follow God’s leading as they go on a journey to discover what God intended when He created the gender, man, as well as how to die to self to do so, and the sacrifices that come with it.

Though Harrison wrote this book particularly for men, a lot of the principles apply to women. And for the women who love their men, this is a good book that broadens understanding of a man’s path as laid out by God, so that as someone who cares, you not only understand it, but also help in the capacity/position that God has enabled/placed you in, and not stand in the way.

Rise of the Servant Kings, as the title illustrates, equips men (and the women who love them) to rise to the task of being a true servant leader.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to Waterbrook Multnomah for a free copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

About the Author


Ken Harrison is the chairman of the board for Promise Keepers, an influential men’s ministry, and the chief executive officer of WaterStone, an organization that helps clients give away millions of dollars annually in support of worldwide Christian humanitarian efforts. He has served as a police officer in the infamous 77th Division of south central Los Angeles, where he was nominated for the Police Star for bravery. Ken is the author of Victors and Victims. He and his wife, Elliette, have three children and reside in Colorado.

Scoop ~ Interview With Northwood Worship

Northwood Worship is a group of songwriting friends who are also pastors and worship leaders at Northwood Church, whose new album, Who You Are, has a genre that offers the beautiful element of a different taste than the conventional contemporary praise/worship that most worship teams are known for, and they do it in a way that shows diversity and open-heartedness in songwriting, music style and sound. NW took the time to share some thoughts with TBAP today. Take a look!


Miranda ~ Hello! Super glad to have Northwood Worship visit TBAP today. Tell us a bit about NW?

NW: Thanks so much for having us. We are a group of friends that all attend Northwood Church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’ve done some different projects over the years, but really got serious to do a new album about 2 years ago. Since that time, we got hooked up with Dream Worship and so we’re excited to seeing this album get out there.

Miranda ~ NW has a unique brand of genre, a little different than the traditional contemporary praise/worship, and more on the electronic pop/rock side. How did NW arrive at this genre?

NW: So we really approached the writing of these songs from a very open place. We didn’t lock ourselves into a certain sound or style. We basically just said “hey, let’s write songs that we feel matter and with whatever style matches them.” From there we just started writing and trying different things. We’ve left a lot on the cutting room floor and also rewrote some of the songs 2 and 3 times before getting them where we felt they needed to be. Each of the songs has a lot of meaning to us and we wrote them from a very honest place. Some were written about things that we were facing in our own lives.

Miranda ~ You have a new album, Who You Are! What do you hope to offer listeners with Who You Are album and, why this particular title?

NW: So Who You Are is the title track. This was one of those songs that we wrote a couple of different times before we felt it was solid. It actually came from a conversation with a local business man in our community who was talking about the cross. He was talking about how it wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus on the cross, but His love for us. That thought stuck and we ended up discussing that and writing Who You Are from there. It’s about Jesus being our peace, hope, and friend. Also, about His great love and forgiveness that was perfectly displayed in His life, death, burial and resurrection. The fact that we can have life because of Him. So we hope that people who hear this album are continually drawn back to the Gospel of Jesus. That ultimately they’ll see that what they need is found in Jesus. That who we need is who He is.

Miranda ~ What would you say is the calling of Northwood Worship in the midst of the Christian music industry? In light of your above answer, what does NW hope to accomplish for God and the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth?

NW: I think that our calling is to write the songs that God gives us and whatever that accomplishes in the industry is great.

As far as what it accomplishes in the Kingdom, I’d have to refer back to what was said previously. At the end of the day, as believers, we are called to advance the kingdom of God by living out and declaring the gospel. Jesus is the center of our hope and purpose. If we could hear anything that would light us up about this album, it would be that someone comes to know Jesus in a real life-changing way.

Miranda ~ How does NW stay grounded in maintaining its core message?

NW: I believe this happens because we are honestly just pastors and worship leaders in our local church. Each week we lead and serve people. Nothing keeps the message and goal more clear than serving and loving people like God has loved us. 

About Northwood Worship


Northwood Worship is the worship ministry of Northwood Church which has multiple locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Northwood Church exists to help people know God. Their hope is that whether you’re listening to their songs in your car, or singing them in your Sunday church service, you’ll be able to connect with God in a real and unique way.

Book Review ~ Tossed Together By Heather Manning

About the Book


Lady Aimee Dawson is the perfect picture of an English society lady—except when she is around Captain Emery, who simply makes her want to scream. Much to her dismay, she finds herself stranded in Port Royal with the man. As if her week could not get any worse, she is stolen by a group of pirates who want to sell her at an auction.

Captain Matthew Emery is a merchant man, but all he really wants to do is become a missionary. His plans take a turn, however, when he finds a group of pirates attempting to auction off Aimee. The only way Matthew can think to save her is to claim she is his betrothed—something he had never thought would come out of his mouth.

Much to Matthew and Aimee’s chagrin, the pirates agree to let Aimee go free, on one condition: she must marry Matthew right then and there to prove they were truly betrothed. Left with no other options, the two sworn enemies exit the tavern as man and wife. They reluctantly set sail for home, but trouble brews in the form of a handsome but mysterious translator and more than a few detours.

What will become of Aimee and Matthew after they are tossed together?

Category

Religious/Christian/Fiction/New Adult

Genre

Historical Romance/Suspense

Rating

3.5 Stars

Review


Lady Aimee Dawson and Captain Matthew Emery in an unexpected twist of fate are tossed together into a marriage that conveniently gets them out of trouble, but is far less covenient for their personal taste. Both must come face-to-face with God and each other to learn the grace that teaches them to give it and receive from each other, before they are able to see thr clear path of God’s will that leads them toblay down their lives for each other. Danger is never far away from lurking enemies in the shadows as they remain on the quest to build a meaningful marriage, leading them to not only lean on God, but also on those He brings into their lives every step of the way on their adventurous journey.

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

About The Author


Bestselling author, Heather Manning, is a young lady who loves to read–and write. Her first two novels, Swept to Sea and Carried Home, quickly became bestsellers. She recently graduated from Stephens College with a degree in theatre arts. She is a lover of all things time travel, Disney, and vintage and lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Find Heather on her website .