March 9, 2017

Laura Story "Open Hands" CD Giveaway and Review #OpenHands

We've been starting this year off right by enjoying a great collection of new contemporary Christian albums. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Laura Story's newest CD, Open Hands, and I have to tell you that it's awesome!

GRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty to Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin's diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura's first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. God Of Every Story released in 2013 to much acclaim, and her first ever Christmas project God With Us, released in October of 2015. Laura recently released a new book and bible study curriculum When God Doesn’t Fix It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without. She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.

Throughout the Bible, there are countless stories of ordinary people whole-heartedly attempting to live a life fully surrendered to God’s unique calling on their lives. More than once, God asks people of faith to relinquish control and simply trust Him. These days, singer/songwriter Laura Story is discovering the beauty found in letting go. It’s this posture of surrender that she’s striving for on her fifth studio album, Open Hands (Fair Trade Services). "We have this picture all the way through the Scriptures of all these great leaders in this process of surrendering everything. What the Lord is asking them is not, ‘You need to hold on tighter. You need to manage this better.’ What the Lord asks us is to surrender,” she offers, “It’s about learning to live with open hands, learning to live life in this constant state of saying, ‘Lord, my life is Yours. My time is Yours. My resources are Yours. All of this is Yours. Do what You will.’”

It's hard to pinpoint which song is my favorite, because they're all really, really good. The first song on the CD, Death Was Arrested is such a powerful track! It's all about how Jesus died on the cross for us, making the ultimate sacrifice to cleanse us of our inequities and make us new. The title track Open Hands is definitely a top contender. It features Mac Powell from Third Day, another band that we also enjoy listening to in the Our Everyday Harvest household.

For the Love of My King is another beautiful song that's about giving God all the glory and praise for his enduring love:

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow
if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now

Grace Abounds was a song that really hit a chord with me (no pun intended). After reading Laura Story's inspiration for the song, as a mother, myself, I could definitely relate to how she feels and why she wrote it:

Reflecting on the world her kids are growing up in, Story wrote the album’s sparse closer, “Grace Abounds,” after weeks of turning on the television only to continue to watch stories of terror attacks, extreme injustice and racial tension make headlines day after day. “It’s easy to lose heart, and the song is about just acknowledging the brokenness. First of all, we can’t just pretend like it doesn’t exist,” she advises. “When it seemingly doesn’t make sense, I’m choosing to believe that God’s grace is enough. God’s grace is enough for any social injustice. God’s grace is enough for any loss that we go through. God’s grace is enough for any loneliness that we experience, for any relational strain and for any relational rejection.

There's nothing like listening to songs about the glory of the Lord and His grace! What a wonderful reminder of God's love for us. If you are looking for new music to add to your collection, the kind that will lift up your spirits, then Laura Story's new Open Hands is one to add to your playlist.

What a blessing that I was also offered the opportunity to give away the new Open Hands CD to one Our Everyday Harvest reader! I'm so excited, because this is such a great album! To enter, please follow the Rafflecopter prompts, below.

Laura Story Open Hands CD Giveaway

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


EdyeNicolesMakeup said...

These are so cute! My cousin would love these :)

EdyeNicolesMakeup said...

I love Christian music! :)


Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

And they're free! ;-) Enjoy!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

This is a really great CD! Thanks for stopping by to enter!

Pamela F said...

I love Laura's song "Mighty to Save." It;s one of my favorite Christian songs!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's so funny, I have been singing that song all day, today! It's such a good song! :-)

Crissie Woolard said...

I love Laura song. She has to be one of my favorite singers. Thank you so much for the chance to win this

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're most wecome, Crissie! Thank you for stopping by to enter.

Natalie said...

I am a huge fan of Laura Story! I love "You Are Love" and "Blessings"

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Both are beautiful songs! Thanks for entering, Natalie!

Yvonne Woodstock said...

My #1 favorite is

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I have been singing "Mighty to Save" non-stop, lately. It's such a powerful song!! Thanks for entering, Yvonne!

Kimberly Kovach said...

Blessings is my all time favorite. Such a powerful message to those suffering trials.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Such a great song! One of the things that I really enjoy about Laura Story's music is the meaningful lyrics in her songs.

JReneeCampbell said...

I have never head Laura Story's songs but I would like to.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Her music is really nice. You should definitely give her a listen! :-)

Yvonne Woodstock said...


Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Hi Yvonne! Congrats! Yes, I sent you an email (to the email address that you used to enter the giveaway) with further information on how to claim your prize. Please respond with that. Congrats, again! :-)