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Monday, July 27, 2015

Living Hope CD Review

Who is in the mood for some great music? 
 And maybe a pizza?

Or maybe both?

When I got the opportunity for this review, I was intrigued.  I'd never heard of Pizza Ranch, and the idea of a pizza place that was as focused on giving God glory as they were on making great pizza is definitely a place I would love to try...if only they were closer.

Here's a little about Pizza Ranch in case you don't know much about them:
Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. 
And about Living Hope:
On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.  

The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at through August 31.  

From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:   
"This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope."

Wow!  A pizza place that wants to give people hope, not just sell pizzas. It makes me want to drive to Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, or Colorado just to visit one!  In lieu of that though, you can buy a downloadable Living Hope CD.  I especially liked the upbeat tempo of the songs "Overcome the World" by Mark Schultz and "Panic Button" by Kevin Max, but the whole album is great, original music (except an acoustic version of  "Day One" by Matthew West, which obviously is not an original-to-this-album song).  But hurry, because the album is only available through August 31st!

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