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Music Feature

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Introducing Rend Collective's new album, "As Family We Go", review ed from the recess es of Rob's mind:     "Right from the beginning, the first pop/rockish track "Celebrate" sets up the start of a glorious recording of Irish anthems.  Peace, grace and forgiveness are the song themes and the passion of these worship leaders shines through.  This lightly sprinkled folk CD enhances a Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin feel."      -- RN For more information on "As Family We Go" by Rend Collective, visit our website here .

Troubled Minds

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Mental Illness and the Church's Mission , [foreword by Marshall Shelley]      This is a hard read. It's a good read, but a hard read, because there is so much truth inside that it hurts. It hurts my mind and it pains my heart, with story after story of suffering, as Simpson unveils the agony of life with mental illness and the common responses in the church.      As much as Troubled Minds is a collection of stories from different people with different illnesses, it is also a compilation of facts; a plea for help, and a desperate cry for change - help and change outside of the mental health care system. As Simpson so graciously points out, the system was not made to do what many people need it to do.      "[The mental health system] was designed to help people who were going to deteriorate. Now we need a mental health system that facilitates folks who are going to recover." (Chapter 4, page 81)      --William Anthony      Executive Director; Center for

Music Feature

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A litt le bit about Lauren Daigle's "How Can It Be", from the studio of Rob ' s mind:      "The single "How Can It Be"  playing on the radio immediately envelopes you to soak it in. H er voice and music style are exactly what draw people to secular music.  Fresh new worship/pop sounds with a solid message and v ocal similarities to Adelle and M isty Edwards."      -- RN For more information on "How Can It Be" by Lauren Daigle, visit our website he re.

The Curse of Crow Hollow

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     I'll be honest - the cover is what drew me in again. And the title was just so fitting, I couldn't help but be interested.      With good reason.      Not 30 pages in, I decided that I would do a review on this book. I was unsure about the first chapter, but as it got into the story it became what I had hoped for from the cover.      Curious. Dark. Chilling. Engaging.      There is a writing style for every emotion and every mood under the sun, and Bill Coffey has managed to capture a very peculiar, very rare atmosphere in a Frank Peretti-Ted Dekker-esque way, while still maintaining a style of narration unique unto himself.      He introduces his story first as the narrator, welcoming you into town and spilling all of the place's deepest, darkest secrets all at once before he decides to explain more fully what has happened in the area to make everyone act so strangely. So he opens the story with some details about a few teenagers going to a party for the mo