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10 by Mercy Me

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"MercyMe and their music are authentic, genuine, real, God-honoring and humble."

Ten years ago, Bart Millard, MercyMe lead singer penned a heartfelt "I Can Only Imagine," based on his father's early death. Two million units later, MercyMe celebrates this milestone anniversary with a CD/DVD package.

MercyMe and their music are authentic, genuine, real, God-honoring and humble. I don’t believe I’m overstating the obvious when I say that MercyMe is one of the premier Christian groups today.

The CD features 12 of MercyMe's best-loved songs. Spanning their five studio releases as well as three bonus tracks, the CD includes a fresh new recording of "I Can Only Imagine" with the London Symphony Orchestra, the never-before-released track "Only Temporary," plus "10 Simple Rules,” a playful kids' melody on the Ten Commandments. Rather than packaging the CD as a chronology from earliest to most recent hits, the arrangement offers songs about self-reflection, praise and worship and then personal prayer.

Besides being a showcase for several of their videos, both the live and conceptual, the DVD features the added bonus of the Faith and Fame documentary on Mercy Me. The “Did You Know?” story behind the mega hit "I Can Only Imagine" is touching and personal. It is obvious why this song has had so much impact on both Christ-followers and seekers of hope. "Here with Me," "You Reign," and "Finally Home" are the live performances included on this collector’s DVD.

If you want all the best titles by MercyMe, then this collection is for you. Even if you already memorized the lyrics of every song or have heard the songs a hundred times, get “10” just for the extra songs and the sweet DVD.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.