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Home for the Holidays by Point of Grace

Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff

"...definitely one holiday album filled with peaceful, beautiful Christmas music, that the whole family can enjoy together."

I remember listening to Point of Grace back when I was in college. My roommate also loved their music, and she had an older Point of Grace Christmas CD. I used to borrow it all the time. They have recently put out their new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays.

After a lapse in listening to Point of Grace, I really feel that they have a much more “grown-up” sound now, a more refined sound really. Their voices blend so well in the songs, and they just have a harmony that surpasses other groups/singers. It’s as if they were truly meant to sing together. This holiday CD is a bit different than the typical Point of Grace sound I’m used to. It has more of a country feel to it. Here are the songs included:

1. White Christmas
2. Candy Cane Lane
3. Labor of Love
4. Home for the Holidays/Silver Bells
5. Immanuel
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. Holly Jolly Christmas
8. Joy to the World
9. Not So Silent Night
10. The Giver and the Gift

One of my absolute favorite songs is "Immanuel". Their harmonies blend so well together to make this a beautiful song. Not only their harmonies, but the words of this song are beautiful for the holiday season. They remind us that the baby Who lay in the manger was our Immanuel, and He’s still with us….He’s always been with us and will never leave. Some of the songs also have a bit of a jazzy feel to them, such as Candy Cane Lane. It almost reminds me of that Andrews Sisters sound or feel…. it’s got the harmony, the beats, and the runs that make it both unique and just plain fun to listen to. You might even find yourself dancing around the kitchen with your kids.

Home for the Holidays is definitely one holiday album filled with peaceful, beautiful Christmas music, that the whole family can enjoy together.

Melissa J. CarswellMelissa J. Carswell: Melissa is a Board Certified Christian Counselor. However, due to the appearance of a little bundle of Miracle in the past year, the counseling practice is now on indefinite hold. Instead, Melissa has entered the world of freelance writing from home. She is currently one of the content writers for TotallyHer.com (to be launched in September of 2008). Melissa has a passion for mentoring teen girls and young women and does so whenever possible. Her heart longing, along with her husband, is to use her education and credentials someday to have a home full of abandoned, abused, and terminally ill childen. They are still waiting for God's hand to unfold that particular chapter of their lives. When Melissa isn't changing diapers, doing laundry, cooking meals, mentoring the afore-mentioned young women, tending to her garden, being her husband's biggest fan, and soaking in every cuddly moment with her daughter, she reads and she writes. It is not unusual to see 2-3 books laying around the house at any given time and the hard drive to her computer houses several partially-written manuscripts to the secret dreamed-of-published books Melissa hopes for in the future. You can check out A Weak Rose here.