- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2007 1 Dec
- We Know Love
- I Can Do All Things
- You Lead Me
- Small Sacrifice
- Lord I Need You
- Live to Praise
- Not Forgotten
- There Is a Plan
- You Are a Great God
CCM pop veterans from the '80s like Carman, Steve Green, Margaret Becker, and even Michael English are all still actively making music, even if many of them are doing so independently. The same is true of Twila Paris, who after a brief tenure with Integrity back in 2005 for He Is Exalted: Live Worship has just launched her own Mountain Spring Music imprint for album number 22. Besides her own web site,
The album deserves wider availability. British adult contemporary producer John Hartley (of classic duo Phil & John) infuses
Paris' songwriting has long been varied, and the same is true here. She's always had a knack for adapting scripture to song—
If only Paris didn't switch gears to the other extreme. "You Are a Great God" is worthwhile as an easy-though-repetitive song to teach in a congregational setting. "Live to Praise," on the other hand, is much too clichéd and simplistic for a songwriter of Twila's caliber: "You are my King, you are my Lord/I will praise You/You are my hope, you are my source/I will praise You/And I will lift Your name up high/You are my God, You are my life/I will praise You."
Though Twila may strike some as overly familiar after 25 years, she's also remained true to her artistry after all this time, bringing just enough insight and nuance to satisfy longtime admirers of her music—which is exactly what you'd hope for from a CCM veteran like Paris.