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Matthew West – All In Album Review







Matthew West is back with a brand new album called, “All In”. It features 14 new songs and one of the songs features his daughter Lula West. The album begins with the title track and it describes how we let fear run our life and we’re living with regrets. Matthew West writes about how he wants God to say well done at the end of his life. He declares that he’s going all in and he’s committed to running his race and finishing it with everything he’s got. 



Another favorite song is entitled, “Mercy is a Song”. This one discussed how God is able to forgive us and how he can remove our chains. This song is a praise song shouting hallelujah and about how we are redeemed by Jesus and we will have a mansion in Heaven waiting for us. I also loved how Matthew West added an amazing choir to the background vocals to give it a churchy and Heavenly feeling. 



Another favorite song is called, “Amen”. This one reminds me of something Andy Grammer. This one explained about how he wanted to share his story to the church and how he is a new creation in Christ. This is a very happy tune and an amazing praise and testify song about what God has saved us from.



Another favorite song is, “The Sound of a Life Changing”. This one described how Matthew West first started writing songs about how he was watching Steven Curtis Chapman performing and God told him that would be him someday telling the world about God’s amazing grace. The song talks about the song of life changing and hearing our dreams coming alive. 



I really enjoyed the song, “Something Greater”. This one talked about how Matthew West went to Nashville and he thought he was just signing a record deal. When he was in Nashville, he fell in love and got married and had kids. This song declared how there is something greater happening and we’re a part of a bigger story. I loved the vocals on this track and I can hear this one making it as a single on radio. 



“Jesus and You” reminded me of the vocals and style of John Mayer. This one talked about how the world is out of control and we’re hanging on. This one drew a picture of seeing a lighthouse in a hurricane and how it’s helping us to find our way back home. It also discussed the power of when we can hang on to our spouse and trust Jesus, and how they both forgive us for our wrongs. One of my favorite lines was when Matthew West talked about our ring on our fingers and how Jesus has scars on His hands and they both promised forever. I could see this song being played in weddings it has the slow tempo that couples would love.



This album has tons of amazing songs that listeners can relate to and connect with. If you’re ready to be “All In”, then download and purchase this album! 



Matthew’s heart behind the album:

 
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?


Social Corner:

Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo





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Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God’s Deliverance by Beth Moore Book Review







In Get Out of that Pit, Beth Moore has re-released a new version of one of her most popular books. The book starts out by looking at life inside the pit and how we don’t know how we will ever stand again and how we have lost our vision. She reminded readers about Psalm 40:2 and how this verse stated that Christ will set our feet on a rock and give us a strong foundation to stand on. This book discussed how some of us are thrown into the pit, jump into the pit, and slip into the pit. She shared about she was thrown in a pit when she was molested as a child. She shared about how her breakthrough came when she understood forgiveness and the power behind the concept. Throughout the book, she explored the story of Joseph and how he was thrown into his pit. She also revealed three steps on how to get out of your pit. The book also included the story of her husband, Keith. When Keith was two and a half years old, he was caught in an explosion in his father’s garage. He witnessed his own four year old brother burn to death. He struggled with thoughts about wishing it had been him instead. The book included real stories from people about how they arrived in their pit and this will help readers to connect with other people’s stories. 



I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who is ready for a change and they are wanting guidance on how to come out of their pits. A pit can be a death of a loved one, relationship abuse, mental illness, alcoholism, divorce, job lost, rejection, and much more. This book will assist you in discovering the ways in how you can climb out of your pit. It will help you to realize that deliverance is possible and you can be free again. This book also contained prayers that people can pray to assist them in seeking God’s face and guidance in coming out of their pits. The prayers were written in the format of the three steps of coming out of their pits. I also like how she included a helpful discovery guide section that enclosed reflective questions and personal application questions where readers can dig deeper in their quest to get out of their pits.






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The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far by Louie Giglio Book Review




In The Comeback, Louie Giglio explored how to have a comeback from setbacks from life. We have all fallen down and faced hardships and encountered disappointments. In this book, he walks readers how God still has great plans for our lives and we can have a comeback! Throughout the book, he shared stories from his life, other people lives, and Biblical stories. Some of the stories included: Noah, Moses, Joseph, Jesus, Peter, and much more. 




One of Louie Giglio’s stories was about a Passion conference in 2003. There was a massive storm and the venue was outside. They prayed that that the rain and storm would stop. It continued while they prayed and the storm didn’t stop until 5 p.m. the day of the conference. They still had twenty-three thousand people show up to worship God. A couple thousands of people didn’t even of making the event and they ended up running short of their financial goal – a hundred thousand dollars short. The following Saturday, they attended a wedding and some guy collected money around the room and they were able to make up the money exactly. They also suffered another fall and they needed another seventy-five thousand dollars to make their operating expenses. A friend from another city randomly called him and found a check that was supposed to arrive three weeks ago and it just resurfaced. It amazing covered the whole amount! Their prayers were answered!




I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is looking for a comeback and they are ready to live again. This book is for people who have faced a dead marriage and relationship, suffering financially hardship, overworked and underpaid at your job, unhappy with how your life is going, and struggling with an addiction. You can have a comeback story from whatever life has thrown you. I especially love how real Louie Giglio was in looking at Lazarus story and how we all wonder the question as to why did God make him sick in the first place. And the answer scriptures tells us in John 11:4 that it is for His glory. Louie reminded us that Lazarus still eventually died and the greatest comeback of our lives will be when we are raised up with Christ and Christ’s power freed us from death and our sins. This is an amazing book about finding the strength and relying on God and being ready for the greatest comeback that Jesus wants to give you! 





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