Item description for Never Picture Perfect by Rich Mullins...
Vintage (1989) Gospel CD by Rich Mullins. Titles include: I Will Sing, Hope To Carry On, While The Nations Rage, First Family, Alrightokuhhuhamen, Higher Education And The Book Of Love, Bound To Come Trouble, The Love Of God, My One Thing, Somewheere, The Love Of God(Reprise).
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Studio: Reunion Records
Record Label Reunion Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.91" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1997
Publisher PROVIDENT #130
ISBN 7010053723 ISBN13 0080688061920 UPC 080688061920
Availability 0 units.
More About Rich Mullins
Rich Mullins was a musician whose well-known songs include "Awesome God" and "Step by Step." As a teenager, he wrote songs while driving a tractor on his father's farm in Indiana. In 1995, after receiving his degree in music education, Rich moved to a reservation near Window Rock, Arizona, to teach music to Navajo children. Rich Mullins died in a car accident September 19, 1997.
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Rich Mullins in the real world rocks! Dec 16, 2009
I love Rich Mullins' music, and even now, 12 years after his death, still miss the wonderful music he used to make. This album is wonderful - personal songs (Eli and Let Mercy Lead both made me think that Rich had settled down, married and had children, he sings with so much empathy and love), songs that help us relate as regular human beings to the love of God. Definitely, he's leading choirs in heaven - too bad for us he got to go there so soon!
The Best Rich Mullins Album Jan 22, 2008
If you like Rich Mullins and don't have this album, your music collection is incomplete! The lyrics are extraordinary yet down to earth. Beautiful yet honest. They always point you to Christ and leave you with a little bit more hope than you had before.
as good as any of them Apr 17, 2002
Rich Mullins' music grew out of a heart that earnestly sought to be God's. Rich saw them largely as Christian entertainment. Yet as Jesus said, we know a tree by its fruit--and much fruit has come from the music of this remarkable man. Never Picture Perfect contains some of Rich's greatest songs. "First Family" was a song Rich wrote for his Mom and Dad on their anniversary. If it does not move you, nothing will. "The Love of God" is possibly the greatest song Rich ever wrote. "Somewhere" and "Bound to Come Some Trouble" are also up there in the pantheon of Rich's songs. Rich Mullins made some remarkable CDs in his time. Never Picture Perfect is as good as any of them. The greatest thing I can think to say about Rich or this disc is that he, like his parents, "worked to give faith hands and feet--and somehow gave it wings."
The Love of God Jan 19, 2001
"Somewhere amidst these ins and these outs, there's a fine line of purpose I follow even now. Through the haze of despair that confuses and hurts us I look to see that You're there; and I run toward Your light "... Rich Mullins sings these lines on the song "Somewhere," which is the tenth track on this remarkable recording. Each song on this disc expresses some aspect of God's light shining down upon us in our everyday lives.
I'll be right up front and tell you that I love all of Rich Mullins' CDs. He is my favorite singer/songwriter type of guy. Now that we've established that fact, let me tell you why you should get a copy of this album...
The songs. Never Picture Perfect is FILLED with good songs. From the opening rendition of the hymn "I Will Sing" to the reprise of "Love the of God" Each of these songs are individually worthy of multiple-nay, repeated listenings (although "The Book of Love" really, really, doesn't fit in sonically). Besides the afore mentioned "Somewhere," three songs really strike me as being particularly great.
The first is "Hope to Carry On." It describes the change that the Love of God brings about in the world. As Rich says in the song: "Love could make a beggar rich, He could set a prisoner free. I know He could do it for you-God knows He did it for me." The most moving part of the song for me is when Rich talks about love causing Peter to put away his sword. This strikes a cord in my life because I am the kind of person who is all too often ready to go to war over every little thing...Yet Jesus has called us to something much higher. Or, as Rich so skillfully notes: "Love has come-and He's given me hope to carry on."
The second song that blows me away is "First Family." It is awesome just from the standpoint of being a nearly perfectly written song. It is a song about Rich's own family that he wrote for his Mom and Dad's anniversary. It has caused me to take personal stock of the family God has blessed me with.
My favorite song on "Never Picture Perfect" is "The Love of God." It is truly a GREAT song. I give this CD my highest recommendation-and leave you with the words of the last verse of "The Love of God"--may they take root in your soul:
"Joy and sorrow are this ocean and in their every ebb and flow-now the Lord a door has opened that all Hell could never close. Here I'm tested and made worthy, tossed about but lifted up in the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God."
Amazing talent, powerful poetry Aug 24, 2000
I have every one of his albums, I admit. But if you can only buy one or two, you should probably start with this one. The songs are so powerful and true.
This is the album that has meant the most to me out of all of them...I made it through some difficult times singing in tears to, "Bound to Come Some Trouble.""Hope to Carry On" still picks me up everytime I listen. This music has a way of touching you where you hurt and helping you heal. I don't know of another artist who does this without resorting to cliches or sickening sweetness. These songs remind me of God's love and truth that will always sustain.
What means a lot to me is that Rich didn't cover up poor musical abilities with "God-lyrics." He combined amazing talent and skill with powerful poetry and gave us beauty.