Monday, June 11, 2012

A Place to Belong CD

A Place to Belong CD
From Tricia Troyer

About the CD

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’s Adventure (published at Barbour Publishing), tenderly draws women in 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 bondace 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 you 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.   “The 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 song 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 encouragment, 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.

My Thoughts

I will admit that I have not read the book from Tricia Troyer so I can’t judge if this CD is indeed a companion of the book and if it reinforces the information within the book.  However, I can tell you how the CD impacted me.

The songs are a reminder that God is always with you no matter what goes on in your life.   I find the music and the genre of the songs are similar from one another.   However, this CD is perfect for reflection as well as taking the time to ponder on God’s provision in one’s life.    I would use it as a ambience CD while journaling or while taking time to pray.    Personally, I wouldn’t use it as I drive since I find the style of music a bit redundant.

The CD has what I would call smooth songs and might not be of interest to everyone.   I don’t mind having a few slow songs on a CD but having all of them that way was a bit too much for me.   But again, not everyone are like me and I am sure that this CD would be interesting for other women.   

The new Circle of Friends CD is available online at and iTunes.  It can also be purchased through your local Christian retailer.

Disclaimer: Thanks to B & B Media for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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