Bethany What I love about Bethany's music is that she goes to the heart. She's not afraid of showing what she's struggling with, or whatever's on her mind. And it's deep!...
Bethany From the start, Bethany has written journal-like music, and has done a superb job. This is another of my top 10 albums, as are all of her major recordings....
Bethany "Waking Up" has quickly become one of my top 10 albums. Bethany Dillon's songwriting ability amazes me to no end. I like how her music isn't repetitive, has a story, and is deep, deep, deep. She has a...
Best mystery series | Posted April-01-2008
The O'Malley Series is my favorite in the way of mystery novels. Starting with Sarah's story in the prequel and moving through each of the O'Malley siblings' lives, it weaves through the fascinating reality of redemption, forgiveness, heartache and love.
"Danger in the Shadows" and "The Negotiator" are my two favorites. I believe there is a connection in "Before I Wake" with Gabe Collier, the reporter, and the O'Malley series (Rachel's Gabe).
Faith like Paul | Posted April-01-2008
Though Mike Yankoski was not openly martyred, he lived his faith on the streets. Maybe this was taking extreme measures, testing his faith like that. But he did it anyways, seeing if he could stand the test.
And he did. Read his story, you won't be disappointed.
Too much country... | Posted April-01-2008
I'm not a huge country music fan. I can only take so much. And this is a little too much...I would say I like about half the album: "There Is A God", "Stand Amazed", "Salvation Has a Name", "Hold On", "I Can't Deny" & "This Is Now" - shuffled on my iPod, though.
Best Band! | Posted April-01-2008
MercyMe's music has a certain theme about missions and humility. From this album, "Undone" and "Unaware" seem to point directly to the Christian walk, and how humility really helps to define you. The other songs all refer to missions, home and overseas. Great album!
Beautiful vocals! | Posted April-01-2008
Josh Groban has the most beautiful voice I've heard. His albums have a great variety of music-both language and style. His vocal range is widening with each album, especially in "Awake". My favorite songs from "Closer" are "When You Say You Love Me", "My Confession", "Si Volvieras A Mi", "Remember When It Rained", and "Never Let Go."
10 stars instead of 5... | Posted April-01-2008
"Waking Up" has quickly become one of my top 10 albums. Bethany Dillon's songwriting ability amazes me to no end. I like how her music isn't repetitive, has a story, and is deep, deep, deep. She has a collection of well-written tunes on this CD in particular. "The Kingdom" is a nice way to start out the recording - upbeat tempo, lyrics reminding us of our dire need for Christ, which is especially evident in our weaknesses. "Come Find Me" & "Waking Up" refer to our worshiping God, how He is evidenced in our lives. "Something There" seems to refer to our constant doubting in life, but is a refresher that we're not alone. "Let Your Light Shine" follows with the plead that God never leave us (and He never will!). A song of repentance, as well. "Change" always follows, as we are constantly striving to become more like Christ. After that change, it seems that we are always on "Top of the World." We can't be too careful, though. We fall when we lose our humility. So we constantly battle with the enemy about our relationship with God, because Satan will tell us it's not worth it. So "Tell Me" is yet another plead with God to show us our worth to Him, and it also talks of His unchanging love. So because of His love, He gives us the opportunity and privilege to love someone else unconditionally. So the next three songs, "Are You Sure?", "When You Love Someone", and "You Could Be The One" are all love songs. Pure, open, imploring - they all have a story, referring to Dillon's then-impending engagement to Shane Bernard of Shane & Shane.
To close off the album, "Beggar's Heart" again reminds us of our constant need for Christ. We find ourselves in a good situation, everything smooth, peaceful, no need of anything else, anyone else. Then the storms come. The hurts hit. The once-filled ache in our lives is now empty, and we need to be brought low. Humility is not easy, but it is necessary. And finally, "You Are On Our Side" is a sweet reminder of God's love for us. He will never leave nor forsake us, and He has told us that. I like how the song refers to the times that Jesus sat at the tables of thieves, spent time with beggars and poor people, even the rich. He never rejected the truly humble.
So overall, the album is a reflection of true humility, our need for Christ, love for another, and how we as Christians need to be more like Christ.