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Album Review ~ Revival Rising By Open Heaven

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Classic/Urban Pop

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Open Heaven’s Revival Rising vibes with the classic 70’s pop, and a bit of urban inserted here and there. The music is full of enthused singing and shouts of joy. The trumpeting gives off an aura of heavenly worship, as though painting a picture of things to come on the other side of glory.

Open Heaven through Revival Rising, aims to lead God’s children to worship joyfully in an old fashioned sort of way that not only feels familiar in the classic music manner, but opens a new door for worship by celebrating God in such a style.

In Revival Rising  Open Heaven courageously claims the 70’s classic pop and offers it to God, as all genres should be—because ALL music was created by and belong to God. We should worship Him in all forms of it.

Revival Rising is a bold album with refreshing melody and joyful lyrics, done with heart.

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

About Open Heaven & Revival Rising


Open Heaven’s latest project, Revival Rising, is an uplifting experience, brimming with hopeful expectancy. Featuring energetic pop-infused songs like One Promise and Walls Fall, as well as their driving anthems like Revival Rising and Breathe, Open Heaven’s new studio worship album is their most upbeat, daring project.

 

 

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Album Review ~ Marble & Mortar Vol. 2 By 29:11 Worship

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Contemporary Worship

Release Date

May 5, 2019.

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


29:11 Worship’s Marble & Mortar Vol. 2 continues superbly, picking up where Vol. 1 left off (read the TBAP review of Vol. 1 here) by opening with the soft, slow and beautiful Messiah, a song that glorifies the work of Jesus on the Cross and adores Him for the life He earned for us. With its uplifting message and heart-shaking music, there couldn’t have been a better way to begin Vol. 2. In listening, the music induces an atmosphere where hope and mercy promised are not only felt in the air, but also descend into the deepest part of the soul. The rest of the volume follows in kind, producing an album-culture of complete surrender, heartfelt gratitude, and glorious praise of God for His mercy and magnificence—a true testimony of faith, hope, and love that promise to stand, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Marble & Mortar Vol. 2 uplifts the soul, glorifies the Son, displays the work of the Spirit, and attempts to mirror the Father’s heart of love. For an album that will softly and gently soothe the aching, hurting, and hungry heart—a soul therapy—29:11 Worship’s Marble & Mortar Vol. 1 & 2 are your trainride to such a place!

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

About 29:11 Worship


29:11 Worship is a collective of singers, songwriters, musicians and worship leaders who desire to connect our community with the heart of God. Through authentic lyrics, creative melodies, and passionate expression, they seek to cultivate a worship experience that stirs both the heart and spirit of the listener. Having been birthed from a church plant, they faithfully serve their local community at 29:11 Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Album Review ~ Death of Death by Life Church Worship

 

About the Album


Following the success of their new Switch album, Symphony (read the TBAP review here), Life.Church will release a new album from Life.Church Worship on May 3. Death of Death is a powerful album with beautiful, hopeful lyrics. The title track celebrates how Jesus conquered death by dying on the cross and rising three days later. Life.Church is a multi-site church based in the U.S. and is known for creating the YouVersion Bible App, which has been downloaded in every country of the world.

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Contemporary Worship

Release Date

May 3, 2019.

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


Life Church Worship’s Death of Death begins softly but confidently with a message of praise and hope for what Jesus accomplished on the Cross. The entire album is an anthemic worship that lifts up the Name of God for His amazing redemption of man and His unrelenting love and pursuit of us, never giving up on us until we arrive at the full image of Jesus—a display of Easter at its core!

Life Church’s Death of Death is a beautiful testimony of God’s goodness and great work of victory! The lyrics are powerful. The music is amazing. Not just the song by which the album is titled, but the album as a whole.

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

About Life Church Worship


Life.Church Worship is a ministry of Life.Church, a multi-site church meeting at 33 physical locations in 10 states and globally at Church Online. An extension of the church’s mission to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, Life.Church Worship is passionate about creating music that encourages listeners to pursue a relationship with Jesus.

Life.Church Worship released its first album, Fully Devoted, in early 2016. Released for the church’s 20th anniversary, the songs in the full-length, live album captured the heart of the church, its mission, and its values. The album marked the group’s first appearances on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums and Top Heatseekers charts.

Life.Church Worship will release a new live album in September 2019. To learn more about Life.Church Worship, visit www.life.church/worship.

Book Review ~ Mercy By Eniola Prentice

About the Book


Broken. Drowning. Desperate. Lost.

When the lives and hearts of four friends start to crumble, can God’s mercy reach them still?

In her second year of medical school, Fadesola (Sola) Cardoso faces an impossible choice: stay with her longtime boyfriend, the one who knows her darkest secrets and loves her anyway, or move forward with Ladi, the man who gives her hope for an unstained future. Even as she wrestles with her options, life as a medical student becomes increasingly difficult—full of endless exams, stressful social activities, and reminders of a past that continues to haunt her.

Ladi struggles with Sola’s divided loyalties while trying to maintain his perfect image as class president, promising student, and model Christian. But scandals inside and outside the lecture hall threaten to break apart the fragile peace once and for all between Ladi, Sola, and their friends Nikky and Tayo, who are fighting battles of their own.

In this epic second installment in Eniola Prentice’s new-adult Still series, the faith of these four medical students will be tested like never before. Discover their gritty troubles and grand triumphs as they navigate friendships, revelations, romance, and career goals in light of the redemptive power of the cross.

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Category

Christian/Fiction/New Adult

Genre

General/Romance/Medical

Rating

4 Stars

Review


An interesting story of four students who have to deal with the merciless demands of medical school as well as the harshness of life that has showed up in their personal lives. Each is relentlessly pursued by the unyielding love of God that is first poured out to each individual in the secret quiet place, and then this Love teaches them to not only love and forgive, but to offer grace to the extent that another needs it. Though tough, their meandering journey is not without its joyful, quirky, and humorous moments—spots of flavor that add beautifully to the complexity of the plot—leading each individual ultimately to the place of triumph and victory as they experience mercy at its finest, and thereby, the see face of God.

Prentice has undoubtedly done a fine job with this one; the second installment in the Still series is a work of Art and Heart, worthy of impeccable applause.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to the author, Eniola Prentice, and Editor/Publicist, Amber C. Holcomb of SeasonsOfHumility, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

**Read Eniola Prentice’s most recent and exclusive interview on TBAP.

About the Author


My journey as a writer began with an idea—an idea that blossomed into a vision for the Still series. I became fully committed to Christ around 2008 when I began medical school. Shortly after, the idea for the Still series was birthed. My time in medical school was one of the more formative seasons of my life. I made lifelong friendships and, most of all, my journey with Christ really began. Although there were challenging times, I would without a doubt relive the experience in a heartbeat!

I published Still (book 1 in the series) right before residency, and now—five years later—the next book in the series has been published. In the time in between, I was the prodigal daughter and walked away from my Father. Everything on the surface looked good, but my heart was far away from Him. His love never left me, though, and He welcomed me home when I came back to Him. I went through painful processes, but they changed me and made me a better person. The girl who wrote Still is not the woman who wrote Mercy.

I am passionate about sowing godly seeds into the hearts of young women. I know how it is to be brokenhearted and believe the lies of the devil because his version of events is all you’re told. I know how it is to truly believe that you are not loved by God because of the events of life.

My hope is that, through my writing, you’ll come to know that God truly loves you and cares about you affectionately. He is close to your broken heart and binds up every wound.

I guess the author bio should be about milestones and, like the quintessential dramatic Nigerian aunty, I have missed the mark. I am a Nigerian-born, American-educated physician who lives in Maryland—but I believe I am more than well-constructed bullet points. I am a child of God through the ups and downs of life, and that will remain constant.

Find Eniola Prentice
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Author Scoop ~ Interview With Eniola Prentice

It’s my pleasure to present author, Eniola Prentice’s new book on TBAP today! I first discovered Eniola when she emailed me a few years ago about her new book then, Still, and ever since, she has remained on my heart. Mercy, the second book in the Still series, promises to be a delightful read and thrilling journey. Eniola took the time to tell us a bit about her journey in life and in writing the series. Take a look!


Miranda ~ Hello Eniola! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself that we don’t already know.

Eniola: I am Edo and Yoruba, two different tribes from Nigeria. I am a recovering reality TV addict. I say “recovering” because I cannot resist watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Miranda ~ Describe the moment that led you to make Jesus your personal Lord and Savior.

Eniola: There wasn’t an exact moment. It was a gradual process of God drawing me closer. When I started medical school, I had a lot of questions for God and about God. Gradually, some of those questions were answered, while others remain unanswered. I’ve learnt/keep learning to trust Him, even with the unanswered questions. I remember reading a book written by Kenneth Hagin around that time and thinking that he seemed so sure of his belief in God. I decided to follow Christ due to the influence of that book. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, but following Christ is the only choice for me.

Miranda ~ What inspired you to start the Still series?

Eniola: I was influenced by the collective experiences of my classmates in medical school and an idea that started as a spark. In medical school, everyone had a story. I was intrigued by these stories and wanted to tell them. I liked the interplay of multiple characters within the backdrop of medical school. I also wanted to give readers a real sense of how it is to be part of this unique experience of medicine. More importantly, the core story of Still needs to be told. I hope God brings healing to hurting hearts through my novel.

Miranda ~ What authors have inspired you to write in the genre that you do—new and old?

Eniola: When I was younger, I was influenced by an eclectic group of writers including Enid Blyton, Francine Pascal and Ann Martin. Then later I was influenced by Francine Rivers, Marian Keyes and Nigerian authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sefi Atta.

Miranda ~ In what way would you say you’ve grown as a person and as a writer since you released Still?

Eniola: I wrote in my bio that the girl who wrote Still is different from the woman who wrote Mercy. It’s been painful submitting to the pruning process of the Father. But I know He is producing new wine from me through the crushing process.

Thank you, Eniola, for visiting today!

About Eniola Prentice


My journey as a writer began with an idea—an idea that blossomed into a vision for the Still series. I became fully committed to Christ around 2008 when I began medical school. Shortly after, the idea for the Still series was birthed. My time in medical school was one of the more formative seasons of my life. I made lifelong friendships and, most of all, my journey with Christ really began. Although there were challenging times, I would without a doubt relive the experience in a heartbeat!

I published Still (book 1 in the series) right before residency, and now—five years later—the next book in the series has been published. In the time in between, I was the prodigal daughter and walked away from my Father. Everything on the surface looked good, but my heart was far away from Him. His love never left me, though, and He welcomed me home when I came back to Him. I went through painful processes, but they changed me and made me a better person. The girl who wrote Still is not the woman who wrote Mercy.

I am passionate about sowing godly seeds into the hearts of young women. I know how it is to be brokenhearted and believe the lies of the devil because his version of events is all you’re told. I know how it is to truly believe that you are not loved by God because of the events of life.

My hope is that, through my writing, you’ll come to know that God truly loves you and cares about you affectionately. He is close to your broken heart and binds up every wound.

I guess the author bio should be about milestones and, like the quintessential dramatic Nigerian aunty, I have missed the mark. I am a Nigerian-born, American-educated physician who lives in Maryland—but I believe I am more than well-constructed bullet points. I am a child of God through the ups and downs of life, and that will remain constant.

Find Eniola Prentice
Website | Amazon | Instagram | Facebook| Twitter | Goodreads

Book Review ~ Hearts Set Free By Jess Lederman

About the Book


In 1930, the rag-tag riffraff stop called Las Vegas need a fighting man to shepherd their tiny church after their pastor is murdered. Might David Gold, a washed-up boxer and Bible-school dropout who fights as the Pummelin’ Preacher, be the answer to their prayers?

At the same time, Luke, a native Alaskan boy, is on quest to find his father, who has abandoned his family for a beautiful woman whom his mother vows to kill. Little do mother or son know that their journey will take them to a small town in Nevada where demons and angels walk among men.

In 2011, Science Cable TV producer Tim Faber is determined to prove that mankind has no need of God, while his lover, Joan Reed, strives to regain the faith of her youth. They’re bound for Las Vegas to meet 99-year-old Luke, who holds the key to a mystery they must solve—and answers that will forever change their lives.

Hearts Set Free weaves together these three tales of men and women who journey from the darkness of doubt to triumphant faith and from the ache of loneliness to everlasting love.

Category

Christian/Fiction/Adult

Genre

General/Speculative

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Jess Lederman exhibits bold and forthright writing that would set any heart on fire. He moves along the plot confidently, carrying the reader along a thrilling and fiery ride that is as sure as his faith in God. It is [nearly] impossible to read Hearts Set Free and not believe that there is a God. This is the kind of story that separates the grain from the chaff both in plot and in the heart of a reader, chasing away any doubt that the utmost joy is possible even in the midst of the worst suffering—there is such a thing called the [Joyful] Fellowship of Suffering that not only draws one closer to Jesus, but puts one in a position where they can stand in awe of the Cross and its power. Stories like this remind us that the cross indeed does set hearts free!

*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


Jess Lederman, founder of the website, The Works of George MacDonald, is well known worldwide to fans of the Scottish novelist and minister whom C.S. Lewis referred to as his “master.” While Hearts Set Free is his first work of fiction, he has published over forty books on the global financial markets and is currently at work on a Christian-themed novel set in Las Vegas in 1955. When he’s not writing, Jess is apt to be playing Chopin nocturnes on the piano. He lives with his wife and two young sons in a small town in the Pacific Northwest and can be reached at jess@jesslederman.com

Album Review ~ Control Vol. 2 By Joel Vaughn

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Urban Pop

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Control Vol. 2 begins with such energy and vibes that prepare the heart and soul for worship and praise, as is mirrored in the opening song, Unreserved. Joel Vaughn brings the flavor unique to him that breathes passion and unreserved surrender to a God he believes in, and this shines through in his voice and music. It’s impossible to miss—and almost unforgivable not to mention—the undeniable growth of the singer and songwriter in Vaughn. The increased confidence in craft is evident, amiable, contagious, and inspiring, as though Vaughn not only knows what He is about, but believes the truth preached in his music, lives by them, and now offers them to the world.

Since Control Vol. 2 picked up from where Vol. 1 left off (read the TBAP review here), the same theme runs through—Letting Go and Letting God, which is the best decision any individual could ever make. The songs portray various situations and circumstances where faith may be tested, and the believer is reminded that in God’s hand the journey is sure, and growth happens, the outcome is good and victorious, the faithfulness and face of God are seen, and His heart and goodness are ever experienced.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A thank you to DREAM Label Group and DREAM Records for a free album copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Joel Vaughn/Control Series


Control Vol. 2 is the second and final volume in the Control series. Control is the third offering from the singer-songwriter on DREAM Records. After seeing his first top 30 AC single, Pray It Up, from Control Vol. 1, Control Vol. 2 offers new pop tracks like More Than Good Enough and I Look To You. Joel teamed up again with Ross King, Patrick Mayberry, Carter Frodge and Jeremy Camp, Mia Fields, and Seth Mosely to create a pop anthemic masterpiece. Joel Vaughn, originally from Texas, lives in Nashville, TN.