Every Young Woman's Battle
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 6 Jun
- Wait for Me—Rebecca St. James
- I Promise—Jaci Velasquex
- Honest—Rachael Lampa
- Barlow Girls—Superchic[k]
- Everybody Listen—Inhabited
- Exodus (Faithful)—Bethany Dillon
- The Ring—Nicole C. Mullen
- Sacred—Jill Phillips
- Waiting in the Wings—Point of Grace
- Breathing In—Sarah Brendel
There have been a number of albums with book tie-ins since 1995's release inspired by Oswald Chambers'
Naturally, the album includes Rebecca St. James' signature hit "Wait for Me." Also included are Jaci Velasquez's romantic ballad "I Promise," ZOEgirl's teen pop single "Dismissed," and Nicole C. Mullen's lesser-known R&B-styled purity message, "The Ring." And of course, there's Superchic[k]'s popular "say no to casual dating" rock anthem "Barlow Girls." (On that note, it's surprising that the bandBarlowGirl isn't on this album, considering their current popularity, their outspoken purity stance, and their contract with the same record label.)
Some of the inclusions are more a stretch than others. Jill Phillips' gorgeous ballad "Sacred" is broad in subject, yet perfectly appropriate for the purity theme. But tracks by Point of Grace, Bethany Dillon, and Rachael Lampa could be interpreted to fit on an album of nearly any theme. It also would have been nice to offer something new here—songs by new artists Inhabited and Sarah Brendel are just as easily found on their respective releases and legalized download sites. A decent compilation, but rather than settling for less, Fervent should have taken the time to make this something special and worth waiting for.