Releasing internationally Oct. 7 through Integrity Music is Before Amen: A Worship Collection, the musical companion to the book from New York Times bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer (Thomas Nelson, October 2014). Written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency, the album offers songs that that were chosen to complement the book, providing a musical backdrop for prayer and personal devotion.
The 13-track recording features inspirational, spoken word messages from Max Lucado and songs recorded by All Sons & Daughters, Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe, John Mark McMillan, Brian Doerksen, Kathryn Scott and Soul Survivor, as well as brand new songs from worship leaders Paul and Rita Baloche, Planetshakers and Darlene Zschech.
Zschech’s song for the project, “My Highest Hope,” is a powerful declaration and reminder of the hope everyone has in Jesus. Written by Zschech as she recovers from cancer, the chorus rings out:
Pray to the Risen One
My highest Hope
I trust You with my life
Lord over every fear
Your love is holding me
“Prayer is essential to every Christian’s walk with God,” says Zschech. “You simply cannot have a relationship without communication and, as Max explains in Before Amen, that’s what prayer is… our simple, honest conversation with our Heavenly Father. I’m excited for the message behind the book Before Amen and honored to share a song for the Before Amen album.”
Paul and Rita Baloche’s new song, “Father You Are Good,” sung by Rita, features lyrics from Jesus’ most famous prayer that resonates on the lips of worshippers around the world:
Our Father in Heaven hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come Thy will be done
In Heaven and Earth the same
Hallowed be Thy name Hallowed be Thy name
Before Amen: A Worship Collection also features Michael W. Smith’s “Lord Have Mercy,” McMillan’s “How He Loves,” All Sons & Daughters’ “All The Poor And Powerless” and Kari Jobe’s “Healer,” as well as the new song “Abba Father” from Planetshakers.
The complete track listing for Before Amen: A Worship Collection follows:
Spoken Word Prelude:
1. MAX LUCADO
2. WHAT A FRIEND (Kathryn Scott)
3. ABBA FATHER (Planetshakers)
4. HOW HE LOVES (John Mark McMillan)
You Are Good:
5. YOUR FAITHFULNESS (Brian Doerksen)
I Need Help:
6. MY HOPE (Paul Baloche and Kathryn Scott)
7. HEALER (Kari Jobe)
8. LORD HAVE MERCY (Michael W. Smith)
They Need Help:
9. ALL THE POOR AND POWERLESS (All Sons & Daughters)
10. 10,000 REASONS (Soul Survivor)
In Jesus Name:
11. MY HIGHEST HOPE (Darlene Zschech)
12. FATHER YOU ARE GOOD (Rita Baloche)
Spoken Word Postlude:
13. MAX LUCADO
About Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer:
Lucado cites in his new book that every week, more people will pray than will exercise, go to work, or have sex. But when it comes to praying, many don’t know where to begin.
Lucado believes that a vibrant prayer life does not mean your prayers are better or more eloquent than others. Quite the opposite. Lucado says humility combined with confidence provides a God-given prayer strength. Writes Lucado: “Since you matter to God, your prayers matter in heaven. You’re never without hope because you are never without prayer.”
Lucado sprinkles Before Amen with powerful stories of powerful prayers. He also writes about some of his own doubts about prayer, sharing how to overcome disappointment from unanswered prayers and be confident that God hears. Before Amen will allow readers to calm the chaos of life by embracing a prayer life that brings peace and rest.
About Max Lucado:
Max Lucado is the leading inspirational author in United States. His writings have been shaped into bestselling books, videos, devotionals, songs, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, commentaries, and theatrically released movies. More than 120 million Lucado products have been printed in 54 languages, including 92 million books to date. Lucado’s books have appeared on national bestseller lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and ECPA. Lucado has been featured on countless national media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Huckabee, and Fox & Friends. Max and his wife of more than 30 years, Denalyn, call San Antonio, Texas, home. Max has served the people of Oak Hills Church for 25 years. (www.maxlucado.com)
About Thomas Nelson:
Thomas Nelson publishers is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.
About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.