Worship Devotional - A Month In Word & Worship: January

Published Friday 25th February 2011
Worship Devotional - A Month In Word & Worship: January
Worship Devotional - A Month In Word & Worship: January

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 101983-17571
LABEL: Kingsway KWCD3163
RELEASE DATE: 2010-11-15
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

Not sure what to make of this intriguing concept. There are two main aspects - the format (packaging) and the music itself. Let's start with the format, which consists of a double CD set, neatly encased inside what is effectively a 31-page hardback book. As a devotional diary, there's a page for each day, which provides the lyrics for that day's sequential track, along with a short topical reflective commentary, plus a short prayer and a suggested daily response. Kind of like a musical Every Day With Jesus (only we're not told who wrote the study notes). Now I love books, so anything with multiple pages appeals to me, but I really do question whether anyone will actually use this double-CD package in the prescribed form, and continue to purchase the updates, month-by-month. Maybe it's just me who doesn't quite get it. As to the music itself, well, it's a generous offering - 31 contemporary songs picked from Kingsway's back-catalogue, most being over five years old, and many more than twice that long. Artists comprise a Who's Who of mainly British CCM, and include Noel Richards, Ben Cantelon, Brenton Brown and Kristin Getty. Generally, the songs picked aren't those artists' best-known output, but this means that you're hearing a lot of decent songs you may not have heard before, for on the whole, the music's good. Yet, try hard as I may, I just can't get the word "gimmick" out of my cynical mind - while still somewhat admiring its innovation. It'd make a nice gift for sure, but would the recipient also be expecting to receive the subsequent eleven months' output too - a substantial annual subscription for anyone to invest in (though, individually priced at 8.99, not bad value for money).

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Nicole Brown & Eoghan Heaslip - None Like You [Listen]
2. Mark Tedder - All For Jesus [Listen]
3. Stuart Townend - Grace [Listen]
4. Brenton Brown - We Will Worship Him [Listen]
5. Kelly Minter - Mercy Wakes [Listen]
6. Delirious- - The Message Of The Cross [Listen]
7. Brian Houston - Hurricane [Listen]
8. Geraldine Latty - Surprising [Listen]
9. Gareth Robinson - You Make Everything Work Out [Listen]
10. Susan Ashton - Beautiful Saviour [Listen]
11. Tim Hughes - My Jesus My Lifeline [Listen]
12. Lou Fellingham - Holy Ground [Listen]
13. Andy Bromley - Healing Grace [Listen]
14. Noel Richards - The Light That Shines [Listen]
15. Matt Redman - No Longer Just Servants [Listen]
16. Lex Buckley - Heaven Rejoices [Listen]
17. Delirious- - Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble [Listen]
18. Paul Oakley - Breathtaking [Listen]
19. Kristyn Getty - Solid Ground [Listen]
20. Lara Martin - The Voice Of Hope [Listen]
21. Matt Redman - Better Is One Day [Listen]
22. Ben Cantelon - Jesus You Are Worthy [Listen]
23. Lou Fellingham - Promised Land [Listen]
24. Godfrey Birtill - The Die Has Been Cast [Listen]
25. David Lyle Morris - Let Us Run With Perseverance [Listen]
26. Tammy Trent - Merciful God [Listen]
27. Martyn Layzell - I'll Never Stop Loving You [Listen]
28. Nick Herbert - More [Listen]
29. Brian Houston - You Are Mystical [Listen]
30. Jo Petch - This Is Your Grace [Listen]
31. Tim Hughes - Whole World In His Hands [Listen]

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Product Description

Kingsway is pleased to announce a brand new concept in compilations and an exciting new step forward in the world of devotionals.

Worship Devotional is both: a 2CD compilation of some of the greatest worship tracks around today (Stuart Townend, Tim Hughes, Delirious?, Matt Redman and many more) with each track accompanied by a specially commissioned devotional that joins the dots between the song, scripture, prayer and action.

Throughout 2011 each month will have its own Worship Devotional album, with unique tracks and inspirational devotional material, offering a great new way to connect with God each day.

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