Jillian - Jillian

Saturday 1st June 1996
Jillian - Jillian
Jillian - Jillian

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Rugged RGD55112
RELEASE DATE: 1996-05-17
RRP: £0.18

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Putting it simply, Jillian is a bit of a rock chick with a voice somewhere between Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge. This is melodic rock with a touch of the histrionic in places and the opening song "Till The Water Runs Clean" sets the scene musically and lyrically as it explores some of the issues of Jillian's life. One of the best songs I've heard in ages! Abused as a foster child and later as an adult, the pain and God's tender healing powerfully shine throughout this very strong album. Twee it isn't, she's been there and lived it and now she's singing it like it is. Unafraid to share her soul, Jillian sings songs that will minister to anyone who has been badly hurt by life. "Do What You Must Do" is a gritty challenge to those who betray and walk away. The recovery of self esteem is a constant theme, here is honesty without awkwardness. Musically and lyrically gripping, Jillian's life and songs point to the grace that can wipe away all the tears. Like she sings in one song, "Take me as is, you could restore me/Shine down your glory, from under the dust and the rust to the dreamer that lives within."

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Reader Comments

Posted by Shanelle Rainwater in Auburn, Wa @ 18:01 on Jun 22 2010

Hi jillian,
My name is Shanelle. I Have your book and your CD. I have had them im possesion since the day I was born. My father actually gave them to me. I am Jon's daughter; Your brother. I read your book over and over as well as listen to your CD. I am not sure if you actually read this but I have been trying to get ahold of you for years now. I would like to meet you in person or even just talk to you. Your book more than anything has inspired me and helped through a lot of tough times. I would just like to thank you at the very least. i hope you are doing well and that one day ill hear from you.

-- Shanelle A. Rainwater

Posted by tarah in orlando @ 22:56 on Oct 21 2009

i acted in one of your plays at conway!!! remember and it was great and i did another in deeper life!!! it was a wonderful experience!!! i can not forget you.

Posted by Melissa in Denver, Co @ 03:00 on Jun 10 2009

Hi Jill,
I am now 31 years old, but met you way back when I was only 14 at a church in Aurora, Co....Solid Rock Christian Church. I still have the cassette tape of your first album. Your story has impacted my life and I have thought about you so many times over the years. I hope you are well and would love to hear from you. Thank you for being you and for touching so many lives over the years, including mine. I'm praying for you! Blessings, Melissa

Posted by Rick Smith in Delmar DE @ 00:56 on Mar 2 2009

I will always remember the night you led me to Christ in the passonage of Salisbury First Church of The Nazerene. You were in town for a womans conference and you preformed at our church. After church your husband and you stayed at the parsonage with the Downs =Dave and Kelley and my wife and I came over and you shared your life with us untill about 3am when you and I finally knelt down and I accepted Christ.. WOW Thanks forever!!!!

Posted by gloria in missouri @ 02:33 on Nov 8 2008

We saw Jillian at our church years ago... I bought this album.. my sister bought the book. I love this CD... I still listen to it, and I still worship God and cry. "As is" "Pool of Bethesda" and "Prayer Warrior".... LOVE THEM.

Now, my kids who were babies then, listen to this CD.

Posted by Terri in Phoenix, AZ @ 16:01 on Oct 30 2008

I met you at the Phoenix First Assembly a number of years ago. I will never forget how much you touched and inspired me!! At the time I was in my third abusive relationship and did you words "Please, Somebody, Love Me" hit home. I just shared both your book and cassette (no CD's yet!!) with a coworker and this morning she told me that your testimony and song made her cry and really was an inspiration. I would love to see/hear you again. Hope that you are getting all the joy back that I know you spread to others. I read just moments ago where you signed a message in my book and had to look you up.
Thanks so much, I will never forget you!

Posted by Linda in Melbourne @ 02:19 on Oct 11 2008

Hey.. are you the same girl who wrote her testimony, 'Please somebody love me'?

I basically read the whole thing last night, its very good!

Linda.. xoxo

Posted by Bob Schwarz in Ok @ 14:57 on May 17 2008

water runs clean...moving...gritty...awesome testimony!

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