A Place To Belong - A Circle of Friends: A CD Review
Every woman needs acceptance, love and a place to belong. That’s the underlying theme of the new music CD, A Place to Belong (Lifeway Worship) from singer/songwriter Lisa Troyer, president of Circle of Friends Ministries. Refreshingly authentic and dynamic, the companion worship CD to Troyer’s recently released book, A Place to Belong: Out of Our Comfort Zone and into God’sAdventure (Barbour Publishing), tenderly draws women into a place of true freedom and belonging in the very heart of God.
In her book,Troyer shares her own journey to acceptance as well as the story of a group of dynamic “women helping women” who call themselves the Circle of Friends. Troyer encourages readers to form their own circle of friends, a safe place of truth and love where women can develop lasting relationships and discover together the purposes of God for their lives.
Obviously noticeable in both the book and CD is Troyer’s passion to lead others into the bottomless love of God. This fierce desire compelled her to plunge deeply into the heart of the issues all women face, but most keep to themselves. With tendencies toward depression, anxiety attacks and an eating disorder, Troyer knows firsthand the bondage of secrecy and shame. “Living with a secret,” Troyer admits, “doesn’t make it go away. It doesn’t change your heart. As well hidden as your secret is, that is how deeply lonely you will be. I’ve been there. I know it’s true.”
The newly released companion CD reinforces her book’s admonition that there is complete freedom and acceptance to be found in the Father. “This CD was birthed out of the knowledge that music is so often used by God to solidify a written and/or spoken message,” says Troyer. “Dawn Yoder and I have been blessed by the friendship and songwriting partnership God’s given us, and songs like ‘Let Us Bow Down,’ ‘Lifting My Praise Up’ and ‘I Found Grace’ (Circle of Friends theme song) are reflective of how, by finding a place to belong, we are inspired to share encouragement, while keeping our focusing on worshipping in ‘Spirit and in truth.’”
A Place to Belong has the potential of changing the way women think about themselves, about others and about doing God’s work in this world. In both her book and worship CD, Troyer challenges women to connect to one another, comfort each other and affirm each other in using the gifts God has given them. Ultimately, A Place to Belong offers a healing dose of real hope that life can be rich, life can have purpose and no woman need ever be alone.
For more than a decade, Lisa Troyer has endeavored to reach out to women seeking a deeper relationship with God and discovering their place to belong. This desire has been the catalyst for the development of Circle of Friends Ministries and her ministry as a worship leader, songwriter for LifeWay Worship, and program host for Moody Radio. She has recorded companion worship projects for books by Carol Kent and Virelle Kidder. Lisa and her husband Bob have been married for over twenty years and live in Ohio with their two children, Jillian and Christian. Visit www.lisatroyer.com for more information.
If you are a fan of the Contemporary Christian music group Point of Grace, then you will definitely enjoy Lisa Troyer's CD, A Place To Belong. It is a companion to the book of the same name, and a delight to listen to. Each song on the CD was one that I could relate and I really loved the relaxing feel to the whole CD. My favorite tracks were I Found Grace, Lifting My Praises Up and Love Falls Down. Its definitely a CD that I will use during my quiet times and through out my day. The lyrics are a wonderful reminder to be an encouragement to those around us, while sharing God's truth and love in our life!
A great CD that I highly recommend!
BUY IT: The new Circle of Friends CD is available online at http://lifewayworship.com and iTunes. It can also be purchased through your local Christian retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***