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The Story of Your Life

Matthew WestAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Several years ago, when Matthew West invited people to share their stories to serve as inspiration for an upcoming album, he had no idea it would be the start of an amazing journey that would forever change his music, ministry and life. Armed with more than 10,000 stories from fans all over the world, the floodgates of inspiration opened and West crafted a landmark album, The Story of Your ... Read more in Amazon's Matthew West Store

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow Records
  • ASIN: B0040T782A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Story of Your Life
2. My Own Little World
3. Strong Enough
4. Family Tree
5. To Me
6. One Less
7. Two Houses
8. Survivors
9. Broken Girl
10. The Reason For The World
11. The Healing Has Begun

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For his new record, Matthew West did something unusual: He turned the microphone around. Rather than write about what he was experiencing in his life, he asked his fans to submit the stories of their lives. When he opened up this opportunity to his fans, the message spread quickly - and soon almost 10,000 stories were submitted. Radio stations, media outlets, and retailers caught the vision and helped spread the word of this unique album. The stories gave Matthew a window into what his fans had experienced in their lives. And they covered a wide range of human experiences and emotions. From joy to sorrow, struggle to victory, and life and death. The song "Family Tree" describes how Christ gives us a new identity and legacy and life, while "One Less' chronicles the joy of adoption and helping those most in need. "Broken Girl" tragically recounts the countless stories Matthew received about sexual abuse - and describes the healing and redemption that Christ promises. "My Own Little World" perhaps serves as a capstone to the entire album, describing a person who lived in their own "little world" and then was awakened to the bigger picture of need and God's work in the world.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew West [The Story Of Your Life] October 5, 2010
Format:Audio CD
For his new record, The Story Of Your Life, Matthew West did something unusual: He turned the microphone around. Rather than write about what he was experiencing in his life, he asked his fans to submit the stories of their lives. When he opened up this opportunity to his fans, the message spread quickly - and soon almost 10,000 stories were submitted. Radio stations, media outlets, and retailers caught the vision and helped spread the word of this unique album. What emerged on The Story of Your Life is a powerful collection of songs that cover a diverse range of difficult subject matter.

The stories gave Matthew a window into what his fans had experienced in their lives. And they covered a wide range of human experiences and emotions. "My Own Little World" perhaps serves as a capstone to the entire album, describing a person who lived in their own "little world" and then was awakened to the bigger picture of need and God's work in the world. Following the great trend already established by Matthew West of completely transparent and vulnerable lyrics, "My Own Little World" addresses the truth of personal selfishness that most believers are too proud to admit. I applaud Matthew for once again convicting me that my faith is not just for me and God, but needs to be expressed in outward appreciation for what God has done for me. "Strong Enough" is the most vertical worship song and my overall favorite song on the album. It includes a great bridge "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, and I don't have to be strong enough." The song is based on Philippians 4:13 and is an uplifting, catchy and encouraging song.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rips Our Hearts Out October 9, 2010
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I'm not a big fan of contemporary Christian music. Aside from its often bland pop aspects, it tends to whitewash the issues we all deal with--yes, even believers in Jesus. Here, in his latest album, Matthew West doesn't necessarily break any new musical ground in the genre, but he writes wonderful, catchy lyrics, and puts such honesty and passion into them that they become transcendent. He doesn't try to make his music something it's not; instead, he turns the spotlight on the listeners, penning songs that represent "The Story of Your Life."

After asking for people to send in their stories, West locked himself away in a cabin for two months and let these songs flow from those letters he had received from around the world. In the CD liner notes, he chronicles the individual stories that impacted each song, and this adds so much to the experience of this album. From the college-age girl whose plans were ripped away by a car accident ("Strong Enough") and the family who adopted a child from Guatemala ("One Less"), from the pain of generational sins, abortion, and divorce ("Family Tree," "The Healing Has Begun," "Two Houses") to the devastation of cancer and sexual abuse ("Survivors," "Broken Girl"), West rips our hearts out, allows us to deal with these things so often hidden away in darkness, and then asks God to come in and show us "The Reason for the World." He's even joined by Leigh Nash on "To Me," and her whimsical voice fits perfectly. Yes, put on the headphones, close your eyes in a quiet place, and let this song list go to work.

A few months ago, my brother, brother-in-law, and I heard Matthew West perform some of these songs for a small gathering. His care for the Lord and for those whom these songs represents was clear. All three of us turned to each other after the concert and said, "That's one album I have to get."

Well, I got it. I love it. Easily one of my favorites of the last year or two.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing October 5, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
This is a CD of songs that names the hurt and thus allows healing. I heard Matthew West perform this CD in concert and was so touched that I pre-ordered it after the concert. Be sure to go to his website and read the stories and the videos behind each song. My favorites are Broken Girl, Two Houses & Family Tree although I love them all. It is a CD that you will want to listen to every song. I guarantee one will speak to you. Get the CD today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD ever!!! October 20, 2010
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When I first heard his CD "The Motions" I fell in love with Matthew West music. Then I heard about the Story of Your Life tour and had to see him in concert and fell in love with his new CD. I purchased it and listen to it all the time. I call it Soul Music!!! His songs are full of healing and inspiration. I have told many people to buy it that normally do not listen to Christian music. I can't even imagine how many people he will touch and lead to our Lord and Savior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Permanently Etched in my heart May 15, 2012
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Each song tells a story. Each story speaks to your heart. An amazing songwriter, Matthew West has done something incredible on this release...he has found the notes befitting each topic, while staying true to the depths each deserved. Moreover, he has pointed each one to the source of the healing each so desperately call for. The intro & wrap-up are the perfect transitions. As usual, he takes us beyond the ok, showing us the true Glory that is to come...and what it means for each of us. <3
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT MISS HIS STORY OF YOUR LIFE TOUR! February 18, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I fell in love with this entire CD after I attended my very first Matthew West concert. He performed at a local church in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011. I want to tell you this, you will be extremely MOVED, TOUCHED, INSPIRED, and REACHED with this wonderful selections of songs. Matthew West is truly a WARRIOR FOR GOD. He took the time to reveal the true story and inspiration for each song by reading the letters that he chose from real people. I was crying like a baby at his concert. He performed EVERY SINGLE SONG on the CD. My favorites are The Healing Has Begun, The Reason For the World, Family Tree, Stronger, Surviors, and My Own LIttle World. Matthew West is truly an inspiration for us Christians. I beg of you, look on his site to see if he is touring near or close to where you live. I was moved beyond belief during his standing ovation performance. Do not miss this tour. I'm 6' 4", 270lbs and I cried like a little boy. A lot of the songs hit me hard because they reminded me of my own life. Matthew West, it was great meeting you in person. Keep up the good work. You are a true inspiration for those hurting out there.

TMS
Downey, CA
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