Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Red Letters Project - Review

As a little girl, my parents took me to church every Sunday morning, every Sunday evening, and every Wednesday evening.  And do you know what?  I loved to go!  My favorite part about church and Sunday school was the music!  I have been involved in the music ministry of my church since I was four years old.  I played in the handbell ensemble when I was in the 4th and 5th grade.  I was blessed to be given special roles in church musicals and pageants all throughout my life.

While in middle school, I became more aware of the gift of music God had given me when I was selected to be part of the All-Region and All-City choirs.  As a highschool student, I was selected to be part of our pop singing group and recieved the honor of being selected to the Texas Baptist All-State Youth Choir.  I went on to receive a music scholarship to Tyler Junior College where I sang and danced with Harmony and Understanding.  Today, I am a member of my church's adult choir and praise team ministry.  And every Wednesday night I help teach a 4 year-old choir.  Although my music has branched out into all genres and styles, it is those church songs - those songs of faith, that I remember and love to sing to this very day!  Christian music is a huge part of who I am.

When Tyndale House Publishers offered me the chance to review The Red Letters Project, I was very excited!  You see, The Red Letters Project is a collection of 40 songs that are all the words of Jesus from the book of Matthew set to music!  Wow!  I generally listen to praise and worship, so this music is much different from what I am am used to singing and listening to, but the message and the meaning are all there!  I especially love "Kingdom of Heaven".  The whole collection is an amazing performance of what I would call soft rock music.  It is easy to listen to and is a wonderful way to learn scripture.  Have you ever noticed that when you sing something or set words to music they are much easier to remember?  And what better words to have memorized than those of Jesus?!

The Red Letters Project is a 3-cd collection that includes the complete printed book of Matthew with song track references.  Some of the words are spoken, but most are sung to upbeat rhythms that really get you moving.  Anyone who loves rock music will love this project!  This music is especially suitable for teenagers or anyone who prefers a more upbeat style.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of The Red Letters Project for review purposes.  You can purchase your own copy from Tyndale House Publishers when they are released in June, 2010.

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