Laura Story has done it again; she has released a wonderful album!
Laura Storys album Open Hands is a worship album filled with beautiful music and lyrics. The songs on this album are so worshipful, giving worship to the Lord, giving comfort when we are hurting, and are reminders that God is with us always. Lauras voice is beautiful and the lyrics are so heartfelt and meaningful.
I absolutely love this album and cannot stop playing it! The song Open Hands is a powerful song about giving all we have to God. The song You Came Running is a great reminder that when we fell at our lowest, God will see us through.
I definitely recommend this album to anyones worship music library. You will love it!
Note: I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post by FlyByPromotions.
I mostly listen to Southern Gospel music, but after hearing the song "Blessings" by Laura Story, I bought the CD with that song on. I liked it so well, I bought her other CDs over the period of a few months.
This CD seems a bit different than her others, in my opinion. Her other CDs lean more towards the Praise and Worship genre', where this one seems to lean more contemporary. I still liked the CD, and have been listening to it since it came in the mail.
My favorites: Death Was Arrested (great Easter song), Open Hands, You Came Running, and Grace Abounds. There is some quality song writing on this CD, and all 11 songs have great lyrics and truth in them.... there are no tracks I felt like skipping.
It is a becoming rare to buy a CD that has the lyrics printed inside, but this disc does, a plus in my book.
This is a CD that I think will appeal more to CCM fans more than Praise & Worship fans, but anyone who enjoys Laura's music should like it.
I was given a copy of this CD in exchange for my honest review.
The beauty about worship music is that this is a preview on earth of what we will be spending an eternity doing in heaven. Think of it like a trailer of the wonder things to come, when we spend every moment thanking our God and Savior Jesus for the ultimate sacrifice of restoring what was broken in the Garden of Eden so long ago, a forever, eternal relationship with each other for those that place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The best part is finding some incredible songs that can express exactly what those moments in our life mean and this is Open Hands, the latest CD by Laura Story.
In fact the title track Open Track is a combined effort with Mac Powell (Third Day) which perfectly conveys taking everything we have in life and offering it to Him with open hands, holding nothing back.
Death Was Arrested conveys that loving restoration that happened when Jesus gave His life for ours who place our faith and trust in Him and redemption was possible from our sin. You Came Running is about what happens when we have those trials and storms in our life and feel completely lost in search of someone who can save us! This is one of my personal favorites because all we need to do is call out to Jesus and He comes running to us! Give You Faith conveys that all the world has to offer will never measure up to the faith we can have in Jesus which never fails us, no matter what we are going through. For The Love Of My King is truly a love story between the singer and the One we sing for. It also conveys how much love God has in store for us, one that is unconditional and eternal.
Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues) is a collection of all the wonders God offers us from the glories of His majesty and the triumphs of His love and how He is worthy of the songs of a 1000 tongues that sing His praise to Him. Whisper tells us how God calls us to Him, despite our circumstances when we are willing to leave the world behind, if we but seek Him, we will be found and we will be set free in only a way that Jesus can from our sin and bondage. Every Word You Breathe is a personal conversation or prayer with God asking Him to let us hear His voice above all those in the world, to not lean on the things we have known and only in placing our hope in Him.
Majesty is the 9th track on the CD is such a precious song of worship conveying all the qualities of God and how holy and wonderful He is based on His grace and mercy for us. Extraordinary sums up how wonderful a believer's life looks in Christ. Grace Abounds the final track on the CD defines what grace means, that we can come to Jesus broken and battered and He will restore us from all the burdens of the world and set us free. You can definitely feel the heart of Laura Story's walk of faith in this CD and for those looking for something uplifting and one that will speak to you in any circumstance, this is it!
I received Open Hands by Laura Story compliments of Fair Trade Services LLC, Provident Music Distribution and Propeller LLC. It speaks of God's unconditional love and how the Bible is His instruction manual for how much he is trying to restore that relationship between us that is lost, broken and keeping us from experiencing all He has to offer through His grace and mercy and the promises found in His Word. I easily give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The more I grow as a worship leader, the more I am learning that worship isnt just the words I sing, but the very posture of my heart, shares Story. True worship is more than adoration; its coming before a faithful, trustworthy Father with open hands. Its saying, God, I want to surrender my life to You. I want You to take it all. Whatever comes, let me not respond with clenched fists as if I know best. With open hands, my life is Yours. The joy. The sorrow. The most broken things. I surrender to You. This is my act of worship.' ~Laura Story
Contents of Music CD by Laura Story ~*Open Hands*~
Death Was Arrested
You Came Running
Give You Faith
For the Love of My King
Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues)
Every Word You Breathe
The title trackalready a chart-topper prior to the albums releasefeatures guest vocals from Third Days Mac Powell, a fellow Atlanta-native and Storys longtime friend. You Came Running borrows imagery from the biblical narrative of the Prodigal Son. In true Story fashion, several selections (Awake My Soul (1000 Tongues), For The Love of My King) reimagine timeless hymns, which she refreshes with an original chorus.
GRAMMY award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story ~ but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.
Grace arrives. Music to experience, reflecting on what is given us in surrender to the One who Knows us best, Who loves us best. You will enJ*O*Y this gathering!
***Thank you, Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a copy of this CD. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***