I am such a huge Casting Crowns fan that buying their new album was a no-brainer. After listening to it I can definitely say it was not what I had been expecting, though not in a bad way. Their style has definitely changed to more of a syncopated pop genre for this album (as opposed to some of their previous rockers and acoustic bluegrass songs), but the lyrics are still the same rich inspirations of Mark Hall that they have always been.
So, for anyone who is considering buying this album, my advice is to buy it ASAP. You won't be disappointed; just be prepared for a different Casting Crowns sound.
THRIVE: Digging Deep, Reaching Out, written by Mark Hall is a book centered around helping its readers take the next step in their faith, to grow deeper, stronger and more focused on God within their lives.
The overall theme of this publication comes from the first two sentences presented in chapter one: "You were meant to do more than just survive. You were meant to thrive." Mark's intention, through the pages of this book, is to demonstrate that, as Christians, we were not meant to simply survive our time on this earth, we are meant to thrive, to grow, to reach out and make an impact for the glory of God and the edification of His children.
To bring his point into focus, Mark utilizes a blend of his life experiences as a believer, his experiences as a pastor, his musical career, and the truth of the the scriptures. To solidify his point Mark also openly shares his personal experiences with dyslexia and insecurities, thus demonstrating his imperfections and reliance on God to keep him grounded and focused.
The publication is easy to understand and powerfully written. It has the potential to unlock the power of faith found within the Christian who wants to present the existence and power of God within this world, thus it is a recommended purchase.
This is one of my favorite albums by Casting Crowns. It truly ministers to believers who are struggling with everyday life. Just be held has helped me remember just how much God truly loves me and will always be with me, not matter what is going on in my life.