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Slow Down: Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood by Nichole Nordeman Book Review and Every Mile Mattered CD Review








Nichole Nordeman is back with a brand new book, “Slow Down” filled with colorful photos and CD, “Every Mile Mattered”. The book begins with explaining how she got the idea for the hit song, “Slow Down”. The song describes what every parent goes through and how we all wish that the time would slow down between every passing stage our children go through. Nichole Nordeman is a mother of two children, Charlie and Pepper. Throughout the book, she shared countless stories of what she learned along the way about parenting. She went into detail about the challenges she encountered when she became a new mom to her son, Charlie. He had a condition called gastroesophageal reflux and he had trouble keeping food down the first eighteen months. He was constantly crying, hungry, and he only slept three or four hours. She revealed how this difficult time birthed her hit song, “Brave”. The book also contained stories from Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, Sara Groves, Jen Hatmaker, Patsy Clairmont, and much more. Later in the book, she shared about the decision to walk away from her music career at the height of it and how she has returned after ten years. She shared about how she told her fans it was because of her wanting to be a stay at home mother. In this book, she revealed it was because her marriage was failing and she was trying to save it. This book will offer encouragement to parents and they will realize that they aren’t alone. They will be reminded the significant of slowing down and not rushing through life. 




Every Mile Mattered CD features 11 songs. The album begin with the title track and it discussed how we all have many miles, bridges burned, wrong turns, and shed tears. The song coveys how they are all important and every mile mattered. “Dear Me” is another song that fans will connect with. This one was written as a letter to yourself and how we are guilty of not following Jesus 100%. This one talked about really being Jesus to people who are in need and who are hurting. This is a very moving song with emotional lyrics. One of my favorite songs was, “No Longer”. This one had an upbeat tempo and it describe Jericho, the Red Sea, five stones and how we all struggle with living our lives. The song is a declaration about living with your heart on fire and not letting fear to control our lives. We no longer have to with a safety net, we can be stronger and freer. Another one of my favorites is, “Listen to Your Life”. This one describes all the voices we hear every day and how they all compete for our attention. We all at times are worried about who has the floor to speak and who holds the bullhorn. At other times we are all wondering who is going to steer. Nichole Nordeman reminds listeners to listen to your life and listen to God and His small voice and letting His Spirit flow through you. I also love the song, “Sound of Surviving”. This one talked about how we let fear control us where we won’t share our stories. Many of our stories are often filled with bullet holes and they aren’t always beautiful. This song is an anthem for reminding ourselves that we are still here, we are surviving, and we’re not done fighting. This album also contained a new version of, “Slow Down” which features her daughter, Pepper singing the lyrics alongside her mother. This version is a very personal reminder of all the different stages, we hopefully will see our children grow up in. 




If you would like to purchase a copy of the book and CD, check out the links below:













Thanks to Capitol Christian Music Group for the book and CD to review. 




 



 

Wonder Hillsong United Album Review and Giveaway






Hillsong United is back with a brand new praise and worship album entitled, “Wonder”. It contains 12 new songs. One of the most beautiful songs on the album is called, “Splinters and Stones”. It discussed how Jesus died for sins and how He gave us grace and forgiveness. It talked about how his accusers threw stones at Jesus and how He endure it for us. It also shared about how most likely he received splinters from carrying his own cross. Jesus loved us enough to die for our sins and He offered us grace. This song praised God for all He has done for us. Another amazing song was called, “So Will I (100 Billion X). This one explored how God was able to speak to the darkness and command there will be light. The song declared how if the stars, ocean, mountains, wind, and rocks will praise the Creator, so will I. All of the songs contain a message of hope and the power of grace and knowing and praising our Savior. 




I would recommend this awesome album to anyone who enjoys praise and worship music. The brand new Hillsong United album will soon become favorites of listeners and worship leaders. The album has a message of living with wonder and being in awe of the incredible power of Jesus and how He deserves our full praise. 



If you would like to purchase a copy of Wonder, check it out on Amazon.com: 




 


 

Capitol CMG Label Group provide me a free copy for this review. 




Also thanks to Capitol CMG Label Group, they gave me another copy to giveaway. 


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Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way by Jimmy Wayne with Ken Abraham Book Review






In Walk to Beautiful, Jimmy Wayne shared about his life story and how he became a country music singer. Jimmy Wayne was born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Jimmy, his mother, and his sister, Patricia moved around a lot. He never really knew his own father growing up. His mother had a number of different men throughout his childhood. He saw countless fights and he experienced and saw frightening events when he was a young boy. His mother hung out with the wrong crowd and many of the people were deeply troubled. When his mother worked at a textile mill, a neighbor would watch them and this event was anything but pleasant. One of the neighbor’s adult sons laid down naked while he thought Jimmy was asleep and he took his hand and made him touch him. He eventually faked being asleep and the son left. He told him mother and she wouldn’t believe him and she told him to simply “behave”. Often times the only meals Jimmy and Patricia would ever receive would be the free lunches from school and they were both hungry most of the weekends. His mother would often at times reply on government for support and she didn’t have a job. 



He also shared how he found God and how he began to trust Him. His mother had a warped view of how we are supposed to fear God and she would beat them if they mispronounced words from the Bible. He finally discovered the love of God. He also revealed how his mother went to jail and how they wound up in DSS system. He described his experiences with being homeless. He also shared how he lived in a group home called, Faith Farm and what this place taught him. Throughout the book, he explored how he was changed and saved by Bea and Russell. He explained how he began his music career and shared details about the behind the music and songs. He also opened up about deciding to walk seventeen hundred miles from Nashville to Phoenix and his journey along the way and even being dropped from his label during the walk. 




I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is wanting to read an inspiration story. I first start discovered Jimmy Wayne with his hit songs, “Paper Angels” and “I Love You This Much”. The stories behind the songs and music videos were very encouraging and touching. I haven’t heard them before and I imagine many people haven’t. I can say that this is one of the best book I have ever read by an artist and I have read several country artists autobiography. Jimmy Wayne has been through a lot growing up and his childhood was anything but easy. I truly believe that his story will immensely help kids in foster care and kids who feel forgotten and lost. Jimmy Wayne’s story show he has remarkable character and strength in trying to raise awareness about the kids in foster care. I also loved and appreciated how Jimmy Wayne also helped Tennessee and California to pass a bill that raise the age of foster care aging out of the system and funding until the age of twenty-one years of age. This book could easily be a movie and I hope that one day it is! I highly recommend everyone to read this amazing book! 





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