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For the Sake of the Call

Steven Curtis ChapmanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Lost In The Shadow (For The Sake Of The Call Album Version) 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Higher Ways (For The Sake Of The Call Album Version) 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Blind Lead The Blind (For The Sake Of The Call Album Version) 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You Know Better (For The Sake Of The Call Album Version) 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. When You Are A Soldier 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. No Better Place 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Show Yourselves To Be (For The Sake Of The Call Album Version) 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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“I know this is not anything like you thought the story of your life was gonna be...but there's so much of the story that's still yet to unfold.” Few people know the pain and the promise in that statement better than Steven Curtis Chapman. The past few years have been an incredible journey that Chapman wouldn’t have chosen, yet has taught him so very much. Those ... Read more in Amazon's Steven Curtis Chapman Store

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  • Audio CD (November 18, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow / EMI
  • ASIN: B000005KW5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's something about the passage of time that makes treasured experiences become even more precious. Scriptures that have always had personal impact become cherished lifelines in times of trial. In the past few years, Steven Curtis Chapman has learned a lot about time and its ability to heal, restore and shift .

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's joy in this journey! August 18, 1998
Format:Audio CD
To borrow from the title of one of Michael Card's albums, Steven shows with "For the Sake of the Call" that there is joy in the Christian journey. Not surprisingly, the title of this album's successor, "The Great Adventure," continues to describe the Christian life as an exciting adventure. Out of Steven's 9 albums (not including collections), "For the Sake of the Call" and "The Great Adventure" were included in a list of the best 100 Christian albums from the past twenty years in CCM magazine's 20th Anniversary Edition. "For the Sake of the Call" is the first of Steven's albums that is consistently excellent from beginning to end, though every album prior to this one contains at least one priceless gem. After honing his craft with this album, Steven continued to take artistic leaps with each new album, and improved each time. Definitely purchase his most recent two albums, "Signs of Life" and "Heaven in the Real World," but don't forget about this one! Even though his most recent collection, "Greatest Hits", includes some of his best ballads, it doesn't contain "When You Are a Soldier" (a song of love and devotion to his wife) that must not be missed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vulnerable Side to S.C.CHAPMAN June 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"For the Sake of the Call" ranks on my personal list of the 100 Greatest Christian Albums of All-Time. Although the final numbers are not in, this album may rank in my Top 10. For those who are new SCC fans, you may want to listen up before buying this album. "FTSOTC" lacks any of the driving rock songs that he has been releasing lately (e.g. Dive, I Do Believe, Lord of the Dance). Expect a more "mellow" side to Steven if you buy this album. If you love his ballads (e.g. Be Still and Know, Free, Heart's Cry), you will LOVE this CD. It is the most vulnerable Steven has ever gotten -- and it is one of the greatest songwriting achievements in all of CCM. You will find an introspective look at a man who longs to be closer to God. This isn't the kind of CD that you pop in and roll the windows down. This is one that play as you curl up by a fireplace -- and listen from start to finish. The album starts with the title cut -- which is a modern day classic. 3 of the next 4 songs (What Kind of Joy, Lost in the Shadow, Higher Ways)show's SCC's songwriting at it's best. The album contains a great love song in "When you are a Soldier." And you'll find a couple of tow-tappers (Busy Man, No Better Place). If you love deep, moving lyrics that make you think as you listen... then don't pass up "For the Sake of the Call"!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Chapman's Finest April 6, 2001
By mjanke
Format:Audio CD
Enlisting long-time producer Phil Naish for another trip and handling all of the writing duties himself (or with a partner), FOR THE SAKE OF THE CALL'S release proved to the world that Steven Curtis Chapman was here to stay.
The opening track, "For the Sake Of the Call," is aesthetically one of the more beautiful songs he has ever recorded. Excellent sonics and production values, including a perfectly adjusted background choir, team up with a more polished pop style that still featured Chapman's acoustic roots but was clearly more accessible and glossy than anything found on MORE TO THIS LIFE. Lyrically, the song contained one of Chapman's more radical messages, telling us that devotion and obedience to Christ was to be done "not for the sake of a creed or a cause / not for a dream or a promise / simply because it is Jesus who calls / and if we believe we'll obey." CCM Magazine's reviewer at the time questioned whether Chapman was over-simplifying and romanticizing the Christian walk, but I tend to think the message was dead-on, as its point dealt with our motivation and reasoning, not the other aspects of our walk.
"Lost In the Shadow" remains perhaps my favorite Steven Curtis song to this day. With its simple bass groove, creating a lush and almost 80's-ish atmosphere slightly reminiscent of Richard Marx, Chapman sings a lyric that could go hand-in-hand with the title track: "whatever it costs, to find myself lost / in the shadow of the cross." The track "When You Are A Soldier" was a follow-up to "I Will Be Here," as it equated marriage to a battle and declared that "I'll be your friend if you win / or if you're defeated / whenever you need me I will be here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic August 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I was just beginning to seriously explore Christian music, I kept running into one name, Steven Curtis Chapman. I decided to give him a try with this disc, his current release at that time. The result? A new fan was born, and I've enjoyed every moment I've spent with this talented artist.
Even with all the high quality CD's he's released over the years, this is still arguably my favorite. Every song has come to mean something to me over the years, and listening to it again is like getting reacquainted with old friends.
The theme of this CD is captured so well by the title. Every song deals in some way with living our lives for God because that is what He's called us to do. Some songs are obvious, such as the title anthem and "Lost in the Shadow." Others look at the subject from a slightly different angle. "What Kind of Joy" and "When You Are a Soldier" discuss God's help as we follow Him. Of course, following God leads us to "No Better Place." And, the result is that you "Show Yourselves to be" followers of God.
I especially like "Higher Ways." While I don't usually live up to the faith expressed in this ballad, it's a challenge to place my faith in God, Who does know what He is doing, even when I don't. I have to pray this on a regular basis.
With his fourth release, Steven Curtis Chapman proved he was in Christian music to stay. In it, he took the simple theme of following God no matter what, and explored it from all possible angles. The result is a strong CD that holds up today just as well as it did 13 years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CHAPMAN SCORES WITH HIS CALL
One of Contemporary Christian music's most revered artists achieved commercial success with the release of this album. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michael Butts
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The CD is in excellent shape for its age. Not even a scratch. The case was broken, but who needs that these days anyway. :)
Published on July 28, 2010 by J. Flaming
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapman's Most Serious Album Was Also His First Classic
For the Sake of the Call, which appeared in stores the very last week of December 1990, was Steven Curtis Chapman's first classic album. Read more
Published on July 26, 2007 by Chip Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Sake of the Call-a prelude
This was a necessary CD for Steven. It is truly a defining moment in his career. This was the recording that would lead to his very best work,

"Speechless. Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by John Longoria
3.0 out of 5 stars Chapman's 1st really good disc
This album placed 5 hits on Christian radio (#3 title track,#3 "Busy Man",#11 "What Kind of Joy", #15 "You Know Better" and "No Better Place", which stayed at #1 for 2 weeks) and... Read more
Published on July 5, 2005 by Greg Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars a wolf in sheep's clothing
With many more recordings under his belt since this release, Steven Curtis Chapman has had a chance to expand his horizons. Read more
Published on October 2, 2004 by Larry Hehn
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite of Steven's!
I have been listening to S.C.C. since 1989, and he's my favorite artist, Christian or secular, of all time. This album is my favorite of all of his albums! Read more
Published on August 28, 2002 by Ellen E.
5.0 out of 5 stars A banner for missions.
For the Sake of the Call - no missionary doesn't know this song. It expresses every part of why we give up our lives for the Cause of Christ.
Published on May 17, 2001 by Sara Westhead
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
This album contains some of the most moving and inspirational lyrics ever laid to track. In this album we are inspired to seek after God and to serve Him with all we have. Read more
Published on December 20, 2000 by A. Jasper Rains
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing!
One of the handful vanilla music artists who monopolize the Christian music market, S.C.Chapman has delivered an album which, although slightly better than his previous terrible... Read more
Published on December 9, 1999
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