Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trusting God to Get You Through by Jason Crabb

Don’t quit now! Your greatest blessings are on the other side of your struggles.

Best known as the powerhouse lead vocalist for the Crabb Family, one of gospel’s most acclaimed and awarded groups, Grammy award-winning artist Jason Crabb has gone through a lot to get where he is today.

In Trusting God to Get You Through he tells his inspiring story, incorporating the lyrics from the hit song “Through the Fire” to share the lessons he has learned along the way. From the rough-and-tumble beginnings of his childhood to the emotional rollercoaster of fame and success, he tells the story of a God who reaches down and touches ordinary lives.

My review:
I am a big fan of the Crabb Family, and have several of their CDs, and was disappointed when they broke up and went their separate ways. However, Jason's solo CD is great and he is doing well in his solo endeavor. When I had the opportunity to review Jason's book, I grabbed it, and was not disappointed.

He tells a lot of stories from the road - good, bad, funny, tells a lot about his growing up years and how they got started in their ministry. The book is woven around the Crabb Family's best song ever, "Through The Fire." Each chapter is about a line in the song.

Jason is very honest in this book. He tells of his struggles and battles, of he and his wife going through two miscarriages, and how hard it was to keep faith and keep doing what he needed to be doing at that time.

Though the book does talk a lot about the minstry of the Crabb Family, and now his own solo ministry, this is a book of encouragement. One does not need to be a Crabb Family fan, or even a Southern Gospel fan, to enjoy this book and be helped by it. It is interesting, easy to read, and is very encouraging.

Read the first chapter here.

About the author:
Jason Crabb is the oldest of the Crabb sons and the lead male vocalist for the group The Crabb Family. His debut solo album, Jason Crabb, won a 2010 Grammy. The album was also nominated for a Dove Award for Country Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.

Crabb was voted "Favorite Male Vocalist" at the first annual Harmony Honors Awards and "Favorite Young Artist" at the 2000 Singing News Fan Awards. In 2004, he was voted 2004 Gospel Music Male Vocalist of the Year. He has been nominated for many other awards during his career.

Some of his featured songs include "The Cross," "Greater Is He," "Please Forgive Me," "Through the Fire," "The Lamb, the Lion, and the King," "I Sure Miss You," "That’s No Mountain," "Please Come Down To Me," "I'd Rather Have Jesus," and many others.

Jason and his wife, Shellye, have two daughters, Ashleigh Taylor and Emmaleigh Love. The Crabb Family retired the group in 2007 to go their separate ways. Jason has worked extensively with the famed Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as a soloist.

Jason is now a solo artist, signed to Spring Hill Music Group. His self-titled debut solo album was released on June 30, 2009. It reached #62 on the Billboard 200, #2 on the Billboard Christian albums chart, and #1 on on Nielsen SoundScan’s Southern Gospel albums chart. The album won a 2010 Grammy award for "Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album". On September 28, 2010, Spring Hill Music Group released Jason's second solo project, a Christmas album titled Because It's Christmas. (Wikipedia)

Trusting God to Get You Through is available from Strang Publishing.
Thanks to Strang for the review copy.

Through The Fire

So many times I've questioned certain circumstances
Of things I could not understand
Many times in trials, weakness blurs my vision
And my frustration gets so out of hand
Its then I am reminded I've never been forsaken
I've never had to stand the test alone
As I look at all the victories
The spirit rises up in me
And its through the fire my weakness is made strong

He never promised that the cross would not get heavy
And the hill would not be hard to climb
He never offered our victories without fighting
But He said help would always come in time
Just remember when your standing in the valley of decision
And the adversary says give in
Just hold on, our Lord will show up
And He will take you through the fire again

I know within myself that I would surely perish
But if I trust the hand of God, He'll shield the flames again, again


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stanw said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, will sure get the book, know it will be an encouragement. That song always touches my heart. "Holding on" to the Lord!