Point of Grace: How You Live (Deluxe Edition)

September 21, 2011

About the Album:

Released: 2008
Writing Credits: Nichole Nordeman, Clint Lagerberg, Cindy Morgan and Connie Harrington
Number of songs: 15
Label: Word Label Group

Re-releasing records can be tricky. I know for me, minus a select few, I don’t bother purchasing an album I already own. Point of Grace is a group that is one of those exceptions. I already was inspired by this record when it had released a year prior to its “deluxe edition,” so it would only stand to reason that I’d be buying this edition too.

There are simply too many tracks to single out, so I’ll be just going through a select few. For starters, the title track is awesome. Founding member Heather Payne (she has since left the award-winning group) sounds fantastic on it. The song prompts listeners to think about the “small stuff” in life. It encourages us to “take chances,” and to remember that it is not who we know in our life that will count but how we live. How the song relates to us is beautiful; the home-spun lyrics are truly from the heart. “Heal the Wound” is a very personal journey that features Leigh’s vocal talents. In her voice we can hear the meaning behind the song through such a moving vocal performance. This song asks God to heal the reminders of the past but leave a scar as a reminder of His mercy – it reminds us (which we need a lot of) to never forget the regretful choices we’ve made and through that the loving mercy that God extends. In her case it is in reference to an abortion previous to Leigh becoming a Christian.  “All the World” is a fun upbeat tune which talks of being a voice for Christ. To show His love to… well “All the World.”

Like I said, there are too many songs to individually talk about; just a handful of the other titles are “Fearless Heart,” Broken Thing” and “Any Way.” All of the performances sound wonderful as does the accompanying musician’s and instruments. “Heal the Wound” is a piano driven song while the new cut “I Wish” is a definite country inspired tune. This edition features three new cuts including “I Wish,” “King of the World” (aww… so sweet!) and an acoustic version of “How You Live.” (See the music video below.) Each and every one of the songs offer up messages of deep faith with exception to one or two that are more feel-good than thought-provoking.

Lyrics: I used to think that I could re-write history… then I could just pretend I never knew me back then… but it’s the memory of the place You found me in that keeps me on my knees and even though I’m free. Heal the wound but leave the scar.
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