Monday, July 27, 2015

Flyby Review: Living Hope CD from Pizza Ranch

Well, I am just loving doing this review!!  One of my favorite quotes is one by C.S. Lewis:  "We don't need more people writing 'Christian books,' what we need is more Christians writing good books."  I have always thought that idea was applicable in any profession.  You do not have to be a preacher or a missionary to minister for Christ.  What God wants is Christians in every profession, being salt and light to the world.

This is the idea behind Pizza Ranch:
Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. 
Excellence in business in order to honor God - that is something we could use more of in this world!

Unfortunately, I live in North Carolina and have not had chance to sample Pizza Ranch's wares (although if I vacation in one of those areas, I will seek one out)!  What I did get a chance to sample is the album Living Hope, which was released by Pizza Ranch on June 2, 2015.  The album contains twelve songs from many of Pizza Ranch's favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs, centering around the theme of hope, were written especially for this album!  This is just one more way for this business to reach out to the world around them, spreading hope and the Gospel.

The name "Living Hope" comes from I Peter 1:3 -
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
It has been one of my favorite verses since I sang in a group by the same name in college.  The album gets a 5-out-of-5-star rating from me, containing Michael W. Smith and some of my other favorite artists.  It's fantastic music for a family road trip or to just worship God as you are driving to work.

The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at through August 31.

From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:
This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.
Of course, I could not leave you without some "hope" of winning this album yourself!  Comment here or on my Facebook page with the name of your favorite Christian contemporary singer or group by August 3 for a chance to win the CD!  If you don't know any, just comment, "I don't have a favorite," and perhaps you will win and find a favorite on this album!


Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes

YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song):

Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:

Songs included:

Francesca Battistelli - Future
Colton Dixon - Blind
Phil Wickham - My All in All
Ellie Holcomb - Hold Onto Hope
Passion Worship Band - Savior's Arms
Mark Schultz - Overcome the World
Kevin Max - Panic Button
Michael W. Smith - Hope of Heaven
Laura Story - Till I Met You
Bart Millard - A Little Hope
Sidewalk Prophets - What Are You Waiting For
Matthew West - Day One (Acoustic Version)

Happy listening!  :-)

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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