The newest CD in my CD player rotation is called The Real Thing. I've been really enjoying listening to this CD- Shannon Perry's voice is beautiful, the songs are catchy and have great lyrics that are full of faith, hope and encouragement. Some of the songs, like "Bad Hair Day", made me stop and smile, and others, like "Make Me Aware" made me really think about the way I approach other people in my life. And "Keep on Pressing On" has been my theme song this week! The entire CD is full of great, country-style, Christian music that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The story behind this CD is even more powerful than the CD itself. It was written to go along with a series of women's conferences that Shannon Perry teaches, called If The Shoe Fits. According to Shannon's website, " [y]our women’s group will enjoy this faith-filled event while learning the powerful truths of God’s Word and how to practically apply these truths to what matters most-real life!" I love the titles of some of the topics that are covered in the conference- "Goody Two Shoes," "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," "Is There a Hole in Your Sole" and "Lacing Up the Tongue". Too funny!
Shannon ended up writing the script for this conference in a much different place than she had imagined- one week after she began writing, her husband was diagnosed with cancer. So she found herself writing at the hospital while she waited for her husband to complete radiation treatments. Shannon says that the "conference became a healing agent to me as I walked through the fears and all of the other 'unknowns' that cancer brings." What a wonderful example of faith and trust that is.
The conference has been used to help more than just the people who have attended- Shannon used her first conference in the Houston area to support Dress for Success (a charitable organization that provides disadvantaged women with professional attire and career development tools), dropping off over 200 pairs of gently-worn shoes to the local affiliate.
I love the idea of this CD as a tool to go along with a great women's conference, but it's also a wonderful stand-alone product. I definitely recommend this CD if you want some new music that's fun, beautifully-performed, encouraging, and faith-building, all in one.
You can hear parts of this CD at Shannon's webpage. Click here and go about halfway down the page to listen.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this CD to listen to for myself for this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.