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Wake Up The World by Gateway Worship Wake Up The World by Gateway Worship
Gateways first album, "Living For You," has some amazing songs on it. In fact, as I wrote in a comment, I believe they are the original writers of, "Revelation Song," which has become a staple in Christian...
The Bishop by The Bishop by
Having not previously read any of Steven James' books, I was a bit hesitant to pick up his latest work - mainly because I don't like spending $11.99 only to find out the novel is mediocre. However, Steven...
Germ by Germ by
I picked this book up at Lifeway for about $3.00 - it was bargain priced - and received about 7 hours of purely thrilling reading. I read the first eighty pages in about an hour, and picked the book up...

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Solid Album | Posted November-01-2010
Gateways first album, "Living For You," has some amazing songs on it. In fact, as I wrote in a comment, I believe they are the original writers of, "Revelation Song," which has become a staple in Christian music today. Not only that, but Kari Jobe, who sings for Gateway, released a CD with hit singles such as, "I'm Singing." The band, however, seems to remain relatively unknown.

Wake Up is a solid effort - my favorite songs being the New Doxology and God of My Days. The cd is a mixture of mostly upbeat songs with a few of slower tempo, not to mention a good mixture of alternating male and female lead vocalists. I'm looking forward to their upcoming album, and plan on getting it if someone else in my family doesn't!

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Checkmate! | Posted August-17-2010
Having not previously read any of Steven James' books, I was a bit hesitant to pick up his latest work - mainly because I don't like spending $11.99 only to find out the novel is mediocre. However, Steven James is no mediocre author.
This book is the fourth in a series about FBI Agent Patrick Bowers, but it doesn't seem necessary to read them in order, although James occasionally references Bowers' previous adventures.
The plot is a thrilling one - it's a classic serial killer hunt-down, complete with hair-raising action and insightful dialogue. Not only is he hunting down a killer, but he is also faced with losing custody of his step-daughter to her long lost father. The title, at first, seemed irrelevant to me, but I found out later in the book that Bowers and his daughter, Tessa, love to play chess, and Steven James masterfully incorporates that into his story as well.
Many 500 page books tend to be drawn out, boring stories with a few exciting spots in between. The Bishop, however, is rarely dry and consistently keeps your attention - not to mention it's nearly impossible to put down. I enjoyed the book immensely, and found a new author that quickly shot to near the top of my list of favorites. Steven James' next book, The Queen, will be out in Summer of 2011.

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Contagious | Posted July-10-2010
I picked this book up at Lifeway for about $3.00 - it was bargain priced - and received about 7 hours of purely thrilling reading. I read the first eighty pages in about an hour, and picked the book up the next day and finished it. The basic plot is a detective trying to track down a bioterrorism suspect - but I don't want to say too much. This book was NEVER boring - at at $3, how could I go wrong?

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Worship | Posted October-27-2009
Not as creative as i would have expected some of their songs to be...some of the songs that have been done a lot need to be creative or they dont stick out. However, they covered a Keith Green song, which is awesome!!! i heard it and got so excited..pretty good idea, Kutless..kudos on the new album!

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Pags | Posted October-21-2009
Shane&Shane are incredible songwriters. I just bought this cd the other day because it was on sale for 5 dollars where I work. I absolutely love the words and harmonies of these songs. Before the Throne of God Above is probably one of my favorites, as well as Burn Us Up. HOwever, most of the time I just listen to the album straight through..most of the songs are excellent!

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Matthew West | Posted October-13-2009
The catchy song, "Next Thing You Know", that I heard on the radio made me want to look up this Matthew West guy. I ended up buying this album - I loved the songs. However, I played it so much that I just got tired of it; I stopped listening to it. However, a couple months ago I saw the case sitting on my stereo and recalled hearing Matthew's new single, "Motions", on the radio, and decided to pop it in. I was once again taken by the music...it is really good. "Only Grace" is one of my all time favorite songs. All but one or two of the songs are worth listening to over and over again...and by now, this album should be cheap. Go buy it!

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VOTA | Posted October-12-2009
Vota, formerly Casting Pearls (who for some reason, has a page that sounds like they're still currently a band...), put out a great album. I had been looking for a new band, and when a friend introduced me to them, I was hooked. Their songs are all different, which is refreshing, because many bands just produce 13 songs, and 10 of them sound about the same. "Hard To Believe" is actually one of their hits, but that is the only track that I don't really like from the cd (they sound like the Newsboys...). Great album!

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Where Faith Comes From | Posted October-12-2009
Jared Anderson's latest cd has a lot of good tracks. Hiding Place, I Know Where Faith Comes From, Glorified, are three of my favorites. All of the tracks on the album display Anderson's passion for God. Good album! I bought it shortly after it came out and am glad I did.

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Great Album | Posted October-12-2009
FINALLY!! TFK returns to making incredible music. Their last album, The Flame In All Of Us, in my opinion, sounded nothing like their original music and was not good at ALL. I have every TFK album, and I have to say, this one of their best. They proved their ability to produce both fast and slow songs. Smack Down and Outta Control are extremely upbeat and would be good to run out to at a game, while Forward Motion, Look Away, and Already Home are slower, more thoughtful songs. All around great album...if you were disappointed with TFK's last album like I was, or you've never heard of them, BUY THIS ALBUM!

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Met Expectations | Posted October-12-2009
Skillet has once again produced a good cd with catchy, easy-to-sing-along-with music. However, if I didn't know this band was a band of Christians, I would never have guessed that they were. They dwell on break-ups and bad relationships for nearly half the cd, and it comes across as a lot less positive than their previous release, "Comatose". Good songs (saw it featured Saturday while watching college football - that is HUGE), but it seems that Skillet's more worried about catering to mainstream listeners than anything.

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