- Audio CD (Feb. 1 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Reunion
- ASIN: B0000004RS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
|1. I Will Sing|
|2. Hope To Carry On|
|3. While The Nations Rage|
|4. First Family|
|6. Higher Education And The Book Of Love|
|7. Bound To Come Some Trouble|
|8. The Love Of God|
|9. My One Thing|
|11. The Love Of God (Reprise|
I'll be right up front and tell you that I love all of Rich Mullins' CDs. He is my favorite singer/songwriter type of guy. Now that we've established that fact, let me tell you why you should get a copy of this album...
The songs. Never Picture Perfect is FILLED with good songs. From the opening rendition of the hymn "I Will Sing" to the reprise of "Love the of God" Each of these songs are individually worthy of multiple-nay, repeated listenings (although "The Book of Love" really, really, doesn't fit in sonically). Besides the afore mentioned "Somewhere," three songs really strike me as being particularly great.
The first is "Hope to Carry On." It describes the change that the Love of God brings about in the world. As Rich says in the song: "Love could make a beggar rich, He could set a prisoner free. I know He could do it for you-God knows He did it for me." The most moving part of the song for me is when Rich talks about love causing Peter to put away his sword. This strikes a cord in my life because I am the kind of person who is all too often ready to go to war over every little thing...Yet Jesus has called us to something much higher. Or, as Rich so skillfully notes: "Love has come-and He's given me hope to carry on.Read more ›
This is the album that has meant the most to me out of all of them...I made it through some difficult times singing in tears to, "Bound to Come Some Trouble." "Hope to Carry On" still picks me up everytime I listen. This music has a way of touching you where you hurt and helping you heal. I don't know of another artist who does this without resorting to cliches or sickening sweetness. These songs remind me of God's love and truth that will always sustain.
What means a lot to me is that Rich didn't cover up poor musical abilities with "God-lyrics." He combined amazing talent and skill with powerful poetry and gave us beauty.