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  • Audio CD (January 2, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Myrrh Records
  • ASIN: B00004YN9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Violent Grace
2. A New and Living Way
3. He Was Heard
4. By Faith
5. Never Will I Leave You
6. Pilgrims to the City of God
7. Soul Anchor
8. Fellow Prisoners
9. Seventh Sunrise
10. Grace Be With You All

Editorial Reviews

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After 20 albums and 12 books, Michael Card still has new things to say. With Soul Anchor, the singer/songwriter presents a musical soundtrack for the book of Hebrews that, like the book, points us to our hope in Christ in the face of persecution, doubt and everyday life.

Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine sings on "By Faith," on which Card describes faith as a power that "can shut the mouths of lions." Longtime Card producer Phil Naish uses subtle programming on the song to reveal an edgier side of Card's music. But the majority of the album is typical Card: light acoustic pop in an adult contemporary vein.

The disc's highlight is the remake of "He Was Heard," a song Card originally recorded for Known by the Scars (1983). It's a song he wrote while in college to summarize everything he knew at the time about Hebrews, and Card sings the 2000 version an octave or two below the original. The production is stronger, putting the song over the top.

Unfortunately, the back half of the disc slows musically. But that doesn't mean that the lyrics suffer. Instead, Card pours his wisdom into each song, wasting no word on empty rhymes or predictable themes. -- David Mackle (c) 2000 CCM Communications, Inc. -- From CCM Magazine -- Subscribe Now!

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It will challenge you.
Brian J. P.
While I have enjoyed his excursion into the Celtic sound, it's nice to hear a new album with the sound that first attacted me to his music.
"ricwhite55"
I have been a fan of Michael Card's music for well over a decade.
R. Kern

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is undoubtedly one of Michael Card's very best compact discs. It abounds with eloquence of lyrics, the likes of which we, his fans, have not heard since POIEMA. If you've enjoyed Michael Card's past efforts, then you'll most likely be hooked by this one from the first few notes of the first song until the end of the CD.
The song "Violent Grace" places the sufficient grace of God (which He has lavished on us) in a whole new light. The song "He Was Heard" is an oldie which is also found on the CD KNOWN BY THE SCARS; but I personally recommend finding it on THE LIFE, which is Michael Card's trilogy of the Life of Christ--comprised of KNOWN BY THE SCARS, SCANDALON, and THE FINAL WORD--a magnificent collection of music. However, I'm still glad that Mr. Card saw fit to place that one in this fine collection of songs.
"Seventh Sunrise" has become one of my all-time favorite Card tunes (I never realized how much that sounds like "cartoons" until I typed it just now--man, was that cheesy!). It celebrates the beauty and anointing of the Sabbath. With that being the second to last song and "Grace Be With You All" being the very last song, this CD features one of the finest farewells any Christian musician has ever tacked on to the end of a CD.
This one is much better than UNVEILED HOPE and almost as good as POIEMA. But once again, I heartily recommend Michael Card's THE LIFE (as well as THE ANCIENT FAITH, his musical trilogy of the Old Testament). I look forward with eager anticipation to the soon-to-be-released A FRAGILE STONE, Michael Card's new project concerning the apostle Peter.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Hintz on October 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
His best in years! I got a copy at a concert in Defiance, Ohio. No filler songs. All good stuff. I only wish it was longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. P. on January 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I would have to label this album my favorite from Card's collection. The songs have such zeal and passion; each reaches into your soul and changes you in a way you might never have imagined. "Never Will I Leave You" is perhaps the most meaningful CCM song I have heard. With the promise that even when "you fear/the scars and tears," Jesus is there "with you through the storm," Card reminds us that we need never fear in God's loving arms. We are never abandoned. And Card challenges us in other songs to make that promise true for others -- to suffer and tend to the sick, the dying, the imprisoned, the anguished. "New and Living Way" is another exemplary track.
I also admire Card for striking out in new musical directions. He even includes a full-out gospel song that is unlike anything you've heard from Card before! You may not thoroughly enjoy it, but I think the breadth of songs conveys a larger message: that there is room under the "spiritual tent" for more than just one type of follower of Christ. All are welcome at the Lord's Table.
Take the challenge. Try this album. It will challenge you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil Wade on July 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here is another triumphant album by my favorite musician! Michael Card spins the themes of the Book of Hebrews into strong lyrics sung within great, folk-styled music and little gospel too (the title track). In the first song, "A Violent Grace," (which shares the name of Michael's book on Hebrews) Michael approaches the crucifixion from a different angle, saying that Jesus' love for us is "ruthless" and "wreckless," paying a violent price for our relationship with God the Father. I love hearing Christine Dente's gorgeous voice (Out of the Grey) in this one. "By Faith" is an exciting version Hebrews 11 sung with Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine, and by including Dente and Haseltine, the voices of my three favorite music groups have come together on a single album.
"Soul Anchor," with its gospel organ and choir, delivers ringing words of truth. "[Jesus] is a soul anchor. . . Before we call, he answers us with hope." Those words combined with some from "Never Will I Leave You," struck my heart one day at work; I walked out to the car to cry and repent. Of course, I highly recommend this album to all thinking Christians and eclectic music lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hephzibah on April 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Dear PILGRIMS TO THE CITY OF GOD:
GRACE BE WITH YOU ALL!
On the SEVENTH SUNRISE, He shows us A NEW AND LIVING WAY through A VIOLENT GRACE.
BY FAITH, we know that HE who WAS HEARD, is our SOUL ANCHOR in every storm we are going through. Because He has told us, "NEVER WILL I LEAVE YOU!"
The book of Hebrews is one of my favorite books in the Bible. Michael Card is my favorite Christian songwriter and singer, whose thought-provoking songs help me reflect in depth of our faith and walk with God while enjoying the wonderful, light, and upbeat music.
9 out of 10 pieces of songs in this album are my most current favorites. :) And I recently bought 10 copies of this album as a "Thank you" gift to each Bible-Study group leaders who led the book of Hebrews in my fellowship last year.
Enjoy it!
Remember you with Ephesians 3:14-21.
Your "sorrowful, yet always rejoicing (2 Cor. 6:10)" FELLOW PRISONER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Brown on May 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Why review an album that has been out for seven years? The same reason I would review a book that has been around for over 350 years (The Bruised Reed): quality is quality - and personally, I think this particular album deserves recognition regardless of its release date. Granted, the underlying reason might be that I have a difficult time remaining up-to-date and that I have a weak grasp of all the new music out there today (O the tyranny of staying current!) - but even if that is the case, I would rather be one who catches the pleasant midst of good music rather than trying to drink out of the fire hose of the contemporary scene. I guess I'm just not cool any more.

Michael Card has been around for a while. One of his first major hits you might remember was El Shaddai (no Amy Grant didn't write it - she only performed it). Between his most recent work, 'The Ultimate Collection' (2006) and his first, 'First Light' (1981), Card has completed nearly 30 albums, written numerous #1 hits, published and co-authored over 14 books, hosted two radio programs, and written for a wide range of magazines. All of this from a man whose aim in life, was to simply and quietly teach the Bible.

Soul Anchor was released in 2000 and followed in the pattern of many of his previous albums: it is a musical exposition (is that a phrase?) of the book of Hebrews. Many of Card's titles before this one, as well as the ones after, take as their lyrical base the text of Scripture. For example, between 1989 and 1992, Card would complete a three-disk set on the Old Testament: 'The Beginning,' 'The Way of Wisdom' and 'The Word: Recapturing the Imagination.' In 1997, Card would release 'Unveiled Hope,' which was a tour through the book of Revelation.
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