Jamie Soles: Review

About 4 1/2 year ago some friends of ours gave us a CD by Jamie Soles.  That Christmas we purchased several more Cd’s  for our family and gave them as Christmas gifts to all the children on our list.  They are that good!

Jamie Soles writes and performs children’s  music that is chock full of Scripture, Biblical facts and solid doctrine.  The music is catchy and enjoyable and not just for children.  Mark and I both enjoy our collection of Jamie Soles Cd’s even though our children listen to them over and over and over and over and over.  We’ve even been known to start a CD without the children prompting us.  There are a few songs in our collection of  10 Cd’s that have a little more of a beat than we care for.  We’re not talking Ozzie here, but perhaps a heavy Eagles number.

But the feature that really sold us on Soles’ music is it’s content.  Jamie Soles’ music is jam packed with Biblical  facts and people, solid doctrine and has a sprinkling of humor.  (i.e.  “How to Catch a Wife” is about the tribe of Benjamin ~ Judges 21). His music touches on Bible stories both familiar and obscure bringing more familiarity with Scripture to us and to our children. He also focuses on some stories/events/commands bringing out points that we often don’t notice or that we simply take for granted.

Jamie also includes songs with a lot of information that it’s useful for our children to memorize.  Our kids have memorized the apostles, kings of Israel and Judah, the patriarchs, the line of promise (the ancestory of Jesus), the Apostle’s Creed, and more.  Two of Mr. Soles’ Cd’s (Ascending and Pure Words) are simply Psalms set to music.  We are using those Cd’s as part of our curriculum this year to help our children memorize Psalm 1-16 and 120-134.

You may view all the lyrics and also hear song samples on Jamie Soles website .

Jamie was raised in a home where a relationship with Christ was always a priority. “Bible stories, sword drills, and Bible memorization were a part of the fabric of our life.”  Raised in a large family (the 11th of 12 children), Jamie was introduced to the reformed faith while attending a Bible institute after his graduation from high school.  Jamie is now married and the father of 8 children who participate in their father’s music ministry.

I’m not sure that I’ve done credit to these amazing Cd’s and the benefit and enjoyment that they’ve brought to our family.  We have been very grateful for Mr. Soles ministry to us and the broader Christian community.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Rebekah who won 2 Cd’s of her choice!

Win your choice of 2 Jamie Soles Cd’s.

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me what purpose music serves in your family.

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Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.  Comments will close at midnight EST on Thursday, June 10.

For those in the Knoxville area, Jamie Soles will be giving a concert on Wednesday, June 23

6:30pm
Redeemer Church of Knoxville
1642 Highland Ave. 37916

Parking available next to Redeemer in the lot across from the fire station.  There is no admission charge but an offering will be taken to be given to Jamie.

We received complimentary CDs in exchange for posting this review and giveaway.

This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.

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140 Responses to Jamie Soles: Review
  1. MomStarr
    June 4, 2010 | 8:28 am

    We enjoy classical music during learning times and rest times. We also have the catechism on cd to help with memorization.

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  2. sabrina finkbone
    June 4, 2010 | 8:29 am

    we love to listen & dance to Christian music in our home! I love it when out of no where my 4 year old son belts out ” my God is an awesome God”! they love to praise Him this way and my heart melts when they do:)

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  3. Jenny
    June 4, 2010 | 8:29 am

    We have only recently started playing music in our house for our 2 little ones. We generally use it as worship/education. We’ve recently gotten the westminster shorter catechism set to music and the children love, love, love it! And I must say that with it playing so often, I’m starting to learn it too :)

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  4. Ashley
    June 4, 2010 | 8:31 am

    We love Jamie Soles! We have “Good Advice” and “The way my Story Goes.” I agree, it’s not just for the kids. The Kings of Israel song has come in handy for me to (attempt to) keep straight the kings of Judah/Israel. I didn’t know all the 12 tribes of Israel before, etc.

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  5. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 | 8:49 am

    As of current, music serves a very small part of our family. We have been trying to find doctrinally sound music!

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  6. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 | 8:52 am

    Shared the giveaway on facebook.

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  7. abba12
    June 4, 2010 | 8:53 am

    I love music, it calms me down, it makes me happy, there’s just something about music that can make things better, and I love to sing 😀 My husband and I have no objection to secular music so long as the morals are appropriate, but we also enjoy listening to christian music regularly.

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  8. Tanya
    June 4, 2010 | 8:54 am

    Well, my boys play piano so there is always music in the house. We also love to listen to classical, Christian, country, folk and bluegrass.

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  9. Anita Chamblee
    June 4, 2010 | 9:04 am

    My dh and I both have master’s degrees in music and he was a music minister for many years, so music is a huge part of our home. However, as we have had more children and the NOISE level has risen, I have not been playing CDs (learning, worship or classical) as much as I did in the early days of our journey. I have definitely noticed some deficiencies in my 5 yo as far as speech and general knowledge that I attribute to this failure. I realize now how much my older children learned from music and we are trying to remedy that! But with violins and pianos being played for several hours a day there is constantly music. We also sing hymns as a family several times a week and are reading through the Mr. Pipes books as well. We will also do the composers study that you have used as well next year. Started it this year, but decided to finish up with Mr. Pipes first.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Anita. I’m so glad that you mentioned the Mr. Pipes books, I need to add them to my wish list. :)

    We also run into the challenge of the piano and violin practice, but the kids remember to put things on better than I do and I always start something during chore time. So between us we are doing all right, I hope.

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  10. Annie Harbert
    June 4, 2010 | 9:24 am

    Each morning I hop on Youtube and pull up some music whether it’s Toby Mac or Twila Paris and me and the kids will sing and worship the Lord! I would love to add Jamie Soles for our morning worship!

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  11. Jama
    June 4, 2010 | 9:29 am

    We have one of his CDs. I agree that sometimes the beat isn’t to my taste, but you can’t argue with the content. My girls like to listen while they are cleaning up the kitchen.

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  12. jessica
    June 4, 2010 | 9:30 am

    we love worship music!!

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  13. Alene
    June 4, 2010 | 9:31 am

    Music…

    We make it ~ with instrument and voice.
    We do housework to it.
    We study it.
    We are strengthened, healed, challenged, and encouraged by it.
    We memorize with it.
    We argue about it. (Full disclosure here! :-)
    We lift up our hearts to the Father with it.
    We acknowledge it as one of God’s good gifts to us.

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  14. Jama
    June 4, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Posted on Facebook. And BTW, why have you known about him for 4 1/2 years and not told me about him?1? :-)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Um, searching for an ashamed face… I’ve told a lot of people, can’t believe we missed you all.

    The Horton’s gave us a Cd shortly after we moved to Knoxville, so I’ll blame it on distance- we’ve not lived in the same city as you all since we’ve known.

    Can I talk you into coming to Knoxville for the concert??

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    Jama Reply:

    I guess I’ll accept that excuse. Doesn’t help that I’ve lived in 2 other states during that time does it? :-) Jamie will be doing a concert in Bristol on the 22nd. If we go to one, I’m guessing it will be that one. I am still planning to come see you this summer though…probably late July. I decided to come after baby so I can meet the newest addition!

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  15. Elizabeth
    June 4, 2010 | 9:39 am

    We love music! My husband and I both play and our children are learning too. We all love good music to sing to as well. This would be wonderful! Even if I don’t win I will probably go get some as good music is so hard to find!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Elizabeth
    Oh yes and I am loving the birth stories Kim! Quick question where do you find the books you and Mark read to your children? I always appreciate you mentioning titles it gives me a good point of reference. Thanks! Alright end of book.:)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    As far as books go, I’ve gleaned from several different lists, asked friends, kept notes and we’ve gradually built up a nice library.

    I keep thinking that I’ll make a page with our book recommendations all in one place…

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the birth stories. Those are hard for me to write and I’m wondering if I’ll get anymore done before this baby is born. We’ll see.

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  16. Amy
    June 4, 2010 | 9:48 am

    a song is a prayer. We put on classical music or hymns to help soothe the souls (& for fun too)

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  17. Rebecca Eng
    June 4, 2010 | 10:05 am

    We love music in our family! I am definitely going on iTunes to find some of these songs. We sing a mixture of bible and kids songs for about 30 minutes before bed every night. The girls just love it!

    I am on the worship team at church and do not feel complete unless I spend part of the day singing to my Jesus!

    Thanks for the information and God bless!

    Rebecca

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  18. Kelly D.
    June 4, 2010 | 10:12 am

    Music is a way for us to praise God and have fun as a family. Thanks for the chance!
    Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Kelly D.
    June 4, 2010 | 10:13 am

    Tweet. (dkad23)
    http://twitter.com/dkad23/status/15418168892
    Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Roger & Crystal Hicks
    June 4, 2010 | 10:34 am

    Our kids love dancing around and singing to music of any genre. One of my favorite things is to hear my oldest ones (7 and 6) singing loudly the worship songs and hymns in church.

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  21. Laurie
    June 4, 2010 | 10:41 am

    Music really sets the emotional tone in our house. There is no better way to right a “bad mood” day than turning on uplifting music. Our 7 year old often makes up her own praise songs and our 2 year old is esp. drawn to music and loves to sing.

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  22. Mary
    June 4, 2010 | 10:44 am

    Our kids love, love, love music! It’s amazing how it can turn attitudes around sometimes! We especially love the ones that are Scripture put to music for memorization purposes, and it would be nice to have some new ones! It’s sometimes hard to find really good ones!

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  23. Laurie
    June 4, 2010 | 10:45 am

    I shared your giveaway on FB

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  24. Kim O.
    June 4, 2010 | 10:50 am

    I enjoy listening to music when I clean/pickup. My boys always listen to it when playing in their rooms or in the garage.
    Thanks for an opportunity!

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  25. Kim
    June 4, 2010 | 10:52 am

    We love to listen while free playing or in the car- I have never heard of him before so thanks for the suggestion and I would love to win.

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  26. Laura
    June 4, 2010 | 11:15 am

    Hi, there, love your sight, i just found it online and i am constantly absorbing all the good info. Thanks for taking the time to open a window into your lives. In our house, music is something that i use alot in the car, and also, just to dance to to get our wiggles out.

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  27. Lisa
    June 4, 2010 | 11:24 am

    These cd’s sound wonderful, I’ll have to check them out. We love music, upbeat music while cleaning and quiet music to calm us down. My 13yo dd who has severe social issues and won’t talk or interact with people will come out of her shell for music, singing for a crowd at church she becomes a different person. She hides in the bathroom for hours a day practicing, won’t even let us hear then gets on stage and sings her heart out. Beautiful!

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  28. Stephanie
    June 4, 2010 | 11:38 am

    We use music to enter in to worship with our children (ages 2,1, and 3 months) though they are young we believe that children learn from example, so every day we play music (mostly seeds family worhsip – since i just now heard of Jamie Soles) and we sing with our kids, reaffirm our beliefs and speak over them the blessings of scripture. Worship (and music!) is big part of our day- even if we are doing something else, it is still playing in the background.

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  29. Deirdre
    June 4, 2010 | 11:47 am

    We find music helps us do our housework more peacefully. One of our children listens to therapeutic music that helps him with his sensory issues.

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  30. Deirdre
    June 4, 2010 | 11:47 am

    I posted about the giveaway and concert on Facebook.

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  31. Tracy E.
    June 4, 2010 | 11:48 am

    Our family feels that music should be used to glorify God. Our children are both learning to play the piano and our daughter is learning to play the violin. Music can be very beneficial to help us memorize Scripture and catechism too.

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  32. Tracy E.
    June 4, 2010 | 11:48 am

    I putting this on my facebook page. :)

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  33. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    We use music for memoriztion quite a bit. Our kids really enjoy it and it makes memorizing much easier. We would love to win Jamie Soles music. Just last week we were on his website listening to samples trying to decide which CD to order first. Our kids have memorized the kings fo Israel sample already! :)

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  34. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    I just put the link on my facebook page!
    Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  35. Rachel K
    June 4, 2010 | 12:37 pm

    I think we are developing what role music has in our family’s life. But we enjoy it, and use it as a learning tool. We really have enjoyed some of Judy Rogers CDs. They are also packed with good doctrine. I am excited to know about more good CDs to help our minds and hearts stay on God-honoring subjects during the course of the day.

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  36. celee
    June 4, 2010 | 12:50 pm

    We’ve been enjoying Pure Words and Ascending since you recommended them on your blog. My husband and I got online and read his bio and I downloaded multiple copies of the lyrics so each of my reading children can follow along. Mostly we listen in the car. We each have our favorites, but we’re also hoping this will not only serve as an additional way to praise the Lord, but also to help our kids memorize the Psalms. I’ll have to look into the kids’ albums. Is The Way the Story Goes your favorite?

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  37. Rebekah
    June 4, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    My family and I love music in our home. After a day of teaching lessons to our five children, we all delight in listening to music, but have a hard time finding anything that does not have a “rock” beat. We recently found Judy Rogers and we enjoy her music because it is scripture based. I am excited to listen to this man. We live an hour away from Knoxville, perhaps we will come to the concert.

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  38. Carla
    June 4, 2010 | 1:28 pm

    we wake up in the morning with the help of music!

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  39. Katie
    June 4, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    When ever overwhelmed or “moody” myself, I put on music.

    My kids and I enjoy music the most in the car though. It’s fun to all sing together, and the acoustics of a mini van are pretty good.

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  40. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    And…I blogged it. Thanks for the chance to win! Have a great weekend!

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  41. Michelle
    June 4, 2010 | 1:43 pm

    My kids learn ANYTHING that is set to music. Presidents, Bible verses, books of the Bible, the invertebrate classifications :-)…anything! If I put it to music, it’s in them…We would LOVE these CD’s!!

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  42. My Boaz's Ruth
    June 4, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    Wow. I’ve never even heard of this guy. We’re always looking for good Christian music. Growing up, music was for staying connected as a family. We listened to it at home and in the car on trips. My husband’s family used music for education. To learn what instruments were in them, what period the music was in, etc. They also are all more instrument players than ours was. (His father plays trumpet semi-professionally, and his sister is a professional violinist). We just “joined right in there” as the song says. praising God with what we had.

    Right now, music in our family is more to engage the family/enjoy together than anything else. It has been used on long cross-town trips to make the time pass better though.

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  43. Kim
    June 4, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    Music reaches into our soul. What a gift from the Lord! I loved the comment about “arguing” over music. That happens in our home, too, as we try to guide our kids toward pleasing Jesus in all areas of their life. But we love to study it, play it, sing it, worship and minister with it, pray with it, dance to it, work to it, memorize….the list goes on…..

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  44. Kimarie
    June 4, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    We simply love music and believe it is a gift from Gid given to us for His glory and our enjoyment. Dave played in high school band and I sang in several choirs so music is big in our house. All our children love to sing. We have so enjoyed our two Jamie Soles albums and would love to add to our collection! The kids listened to the albums nonstop for two weeks when we first got them. The boys love to act out the Benjamin song and whisk their sisters away… 😀 I’m so thrilled you get to see Jamie Soles in concert!!!

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  45. Kimarie
    June 4, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    I tweeted! It was a little menacing, perhaps, because I told everyone NOT to enter the giveaway… :-)

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  46. Kimarie
    June 4, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    And… I posted on Facebook. :-)

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  47. Jamie Schuette
    June 4, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    These CD’s Sound cool. I am going to check out his website. I am sunday school superdent, So these may be used for giveaways this years. THanks for the post.

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  48. Debbie
    June 4, 2010 | 2:39 pm

    Music is a wonderful de-stresser for my family, especially at the end of the day. My boys (2 and 4 years old) love dancing around to a CD, especially loud rock-type praise music and my old Steven Curtis Chapman songs. Cheers us all up!

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  49. Elizabeth
    June 4, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    I have always loved music because it makes me smile:) I’m currently looking for something scriptural I can enjoy with my little ones!

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  50. Jennifer
    June 4, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    Music is a wonderful tool for memorization and for affecting mood. My kiddos love music and so do my hubby and I. I would be thrilled to get these cd’s. Thank you for the opportunity:)

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  51. KimC
    June 4, 2010 | 3:00 pm

    What a great giveaway. I just facebooked it to help spread the word.
    Don’t enter me, though – we have and love all of Jamie’s albums already!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you Kim.

    I’m praying for you and hope the baby comes soon. Besides, I’m ready to be ‘next’.

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  52. Youthful One
    June 4, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    I am very particular about music. I was raised in a very musical home, with my mother winning international competitions with her barbershop quartet and chorus. I was very involved with vocal performing during my youth. However, when my focus changed toward loving and serving Jesus I was changed.

    The only music we allow around our home is Godly and scriptural, with occasional classical diversions. Often it is worship music, as contemporary Christian isn’t usually deep enough for me. 😉

    Our absolute favorite music right now is Songs For Saplings – a delightful homeschooling family singing scripture and catechisms to VERY quality music – not dorky or mediocre whatsoever. Like you with Jamie Soles, I’ve been giving away Songs For Saplings cds to everybody I can think of – I can’t recommend them highly enough. I often put on their music without prompting from the kids. I even made a few of her songs into ringtones.

    I have heard a few Jamie Soles songs when I accidentally found them on iTunes for free. We enjoy them too. We’d love to explore his music further – particularly with your raving review. 😀

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  53. Farrell
    June 4, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    Very proud to say I live in the same city as Jamie Soles!! (Funny story – I heard about him first on Life in a Shoe and the googled him and found out he lives here, lol!). We have one of his albums but would love more!! Music has always been a big part of my life, I’m still very involved with worship teams at church and hope my kids will love music as well! Just in the last week my 7yo and 4yo memorized The Patriarch Song by Jamie and have been singing it all. day. long. LOL!

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  54. Youthful One
    June 4, 2010 | 3:08 pm

    I shared about this giveaway on facebook.
    (with link)

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  55. Tara Branson
    June 4, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    I recently came across Jamie Soles and listened to several samples online. All of his cds are now on my wish list and I’m hoping to get one before our upcoming long road trip to Texas. We love playing music cds that are filled with Scripture to help fill our kids’ hearts (and ours) with His Word.

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  56. Marci
    June 4, 2010 | 4:02 pm

    Music soothes me when I get stressed. We love to have good music playing while we clean. It keeps you motivated and keeps your spirits up.

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  57. Holly
    June 4, 2010 | 4:05 pm

    I have never heard of Jamie Soles! I would be really interested in checking him out further. Music plays a BIG role in our family as our children do not watch any television. My hubby likes VARIETY 😉 So we listen to a ton of music and new stuff all the time. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  58. Marci
    June 4, 2010 | 4:05 pm

    I just put this on facebook and twitter.

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  59. Sela
    June 4, 2010 | 4:26 pm

    When I remember to turn the music on, it serves so many good purposes. My kids love love listening to music, and I have several CDs that are bible verses set to music. It also just helps put good stuff instead of junk in my own head :)

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  60. Sela
    June 4, 2010 | 4:28 pm
  61. Mama Mirage
    June 4, 2010 | 4:34 pm

    I have never before heard of this guy but I’ve been on the lookout for some good music the kids AND us adults can enjoy! We have a few of the Wee Sing albums and I love how music is a great teaching tool. My 3 year old was confused one day when I pointed out an American Flag as we were driving. She didn’t realize that there were different flags for different countries and events- flags were just cool colored rags flopping in the breeze to her. We turned on a Wee Sing America song which has a chorus that goes, “Hurrah for the flag, our country’s flag, it’s stripes and white stars too!” and by playing it through a few times she was able to instantly recognize the American flag everywhere we drove. So that is what I focus on when I choose to allow my kids to listen to something; what is it teaching them? When they memorize the song, what is it they are imbedding in their hearts? Is it things that they should know and keep, or something I’m going to wish they would forget? Is it something that is going to bring joy when they sing it, or something that will irritate the daylights out of everyone who hears it? And for myself, when I listen to music, its a similar goal. I listen to music to pick me up out of a funk or to help me work through an emotion. Sometimes a rough patch in life is too deep and dark for a scripture to sink in when read straight up, but it will hit the center of the mark when shot from the bow of music. It’s important to know that the doctrine is sound behind the lyrics. I personally have no problem with a good beat and neither does my husband! Some people dear to me DO have a problem with faster or louder music. The beat is the bow, not the arrow. The lyrics are the arrow and if the bow is the right type of melody, it will hit home. Some hearts like a mellow melody and some like a fiestier one, but IMO it’s only the catalyst that gets the words to you so the music is simply a matter of personal preference.

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would be totally stoked if I were to win and get to try out some new music! 😀

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  62. Julie
    June 4, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    We love playing music that reinforces scripture memory as well as general principles from the Word. Music helps provide a common recreational activity for us, b/c Daddy plays guitar while the children sing along.

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  63. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jessica, Kimarie. Kimarie said: Please DO NOT enter this giveaway by @raisingolives http://bit.ly/dxylIJ I'm serious!! I WANT TO WIN mwahahaha […]

  64. Mama Mirage
    June 4, 2010 | 5:08 pm

    Posted it on Facebook but not sure if it counts since my profile is totally private so I can’t prove it… :-/

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  65. Melissa M.
    June 4, 2010 | 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Music serves as a way to lift our spirits and worship God (maybe learn some things, too).

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  66. amy
    June 4, 2010 | 5:37 pm

    we love our praise & worship music around the house!

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  67. Sonya
    June 4, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    Music plays a major role in our family… We love to sing and play songs that uplift and edify others. Thanks so much for having this giveaway!!!

    God Bless!

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  68. Sonya
    June 4, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    I just posted your giveaway on Facebook as well.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/sonya1792

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  69. Jennifer
    June 4, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    We love music in our family. It’s a big way in which we praise God and learn about Him. Thanks for introducing us to Jamie Soles!

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  70. Emily Blaisdell
    June 4, 2010 | 7:15 pm

    I have just learned of Jamie Soles music and am excited at the opportunity to possibly win a CD of his. We often listen to music in our home, although I am not always thrilled with some of the “Christian” artists out there and not convinced that their music is glorifying to God. Sometimes it seems so secular sounding. This sounds like a more wholesome choice.

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  71. Emily Blaisdell
    June 4, 2010 | 7:21 pm

    I also posted your give away on Facebook as well!

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  72. Emily Blaisdell
    June 4, 2010 | 7:24 pm

    I just posted the give away on FB, too!

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  73. Chrissy Matthews
    June 4, 2010 | 7:33 pm

    Our whole world revolves around music! 6 kids = our very own musical entertainment each and every day.

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  74. Heather
    June 4, 2010 | 8:51 pm

    Music is a HUGE part of our lives. In fact my beloved is a musician and is busying passing that love onto our 22 month old and our coming any day Baby 2! There is nothing like watching him play and our Little Guy run to get his instruments to play along…sweet moments.

    If you ever need some fun, upbeat music that has an education bend you should check out http://www.pintsizepolkas.com

    Yup, he plays the accordion!

    This sounds like a great set of CDs to add to our family library.

    Heather

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  75. Tami
    June 4, 2010 | 9:04 pm

    Music is a big part of who we are. My husband and two sons sing on our church’s praise teams, and my husband is a back-up for the regular worship minister. My oldest plays piano, cello, electric bass, ukelele, and is right now at a friend’s house building a set of pipe drums. My second son plays violin and electric and acoustic guitar. My older daughter plays piano and wants to start harp this fall. Our youngest wants to start piano this fall. We love the Harrow family CDs – they are all scripture set to music, and both girls have memorized them all. Whenever we come across a scripture in our Bible reading that they know, they burst into song. They also like the Audio Memory geography songs (part of Sonlight Core 1 & 2). I’ve never heard of Jamie Soles, but I will go look him up right now. He sounds great, and I would love to win- I know I will have a hard time choosing which to buy first! Thanks for the info!

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  76. Cheryl
    June 4, 2010 | 9:26 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! Music is a gift from God and my dd and ds both love to sing and dance to anything we put in the CD player(which is only Christan). We do not have cable or satellite, so music is a wonderful way to entertain and teach our sweet kids that God has blessed us with. Thanks for offering this! God Bless!

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  77. Charlsie Swadley
    June 4, 2010 | 9:59 pm

    We use music to sooth, to memorize scripture, to motivate during chore time….etc.

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  78. Theresa
    June 4, 2010 | 10:04 pm

    This giveaway sounds great! Love it!

    Theresa

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  79. Amy W.
    June 4, 2010 | 10:14 pm

    I have heard good things about Jamie Soles, but have never heard any of his music! We enjoy listening to uplifting music at our house, our toddler LOVES music, so we have music going for a lot of the day. He loves instrumental and piano music so we have several CD’s like that. We also love hymns and “kid” songs, such as Seeds Family Worship albums and a current favorite is a Joshua and the Battle of Jericho book on CD followed by a few songs. I would love to have music that is pure Scripture- it would be wonderful for memorizing verses (for my husband and I as well). I find that listening to music that glorifies God helps to keep my mind on HIM instead of on myself or my circumstances- and having a 19 month old and a 7 month old can be overwhelming at times :) I would also love for my son’s love of music to aid him in learning more about the Lord, worshiping Him, and taking to heart God’s word. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

    Amy

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  80. mel
    June 5, 2010 | 12:35 am

    We love Jamie Soles’ music and would love to win one of his CDs. We use music for worship and to learn more of God’s attributes. It also is so helpful to memorize Scripture.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Mel

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  81. Kristina
    June 5, 2010 | 1:13 am

    Hi Kimberly,
    What a wonderful give-away! After reading about your family worship time and how you’ve integrated Jamie Soles’ music into your curriculum, I immediately went to his website and purchased two of his albums. We’ve been listening to Ascending in the car and my 5 year old actually asks for it! But as far as the purpose of music in our family…it’s a HUGE part of our worship, our learning, and how we spend time together. My girls love to sing and dance to the music, expressing themselves with songs they make up themselves. Often times, the songs we listen to will find their way into the songs they create. As a mom, this has been awesome to witness. My children really absorb the words of the songs, the music and the feelings behind the words. I am so thankful to God for giving us the gift of music, and for Jamie’s gift of creating a new way to listen and learn God’s word.

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  82. Alicia
    June 5, 2010 | 7:11 am

    Music is one of the easiest ways to get my kids to listen. I could tell them something several times and it not stick. If they hear it in song only a few times, they have it written on their hearts!

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  83. Alicia
    June 5, 2010 | 7:11 am

    shared on Facebook

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  84. Alicia
    June 5, 2010 | 7:14 am

    shared on blog

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Alicia,

    Thank you for helping to spread the word about this giveaway. Will you please give me the link to your post? I’ve been unable to find it.

    Thanks!!

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    Alicia Reply:

    Sorry, blogger is acting up for me so I emailed it and then I just realized i emailed it from the wrong address…. computers… ahhh!… lol… here is the post http://through-my-is.blogspot.com/2010/06/kids-and-music.html
    thanks for offering this great contest!

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  85. Jessica Hilliker
    June 5, 2010 | 7:59 am

    We love music in our family! We are thankful that God gave us the gift of music and song to lead us in one aspect of worshipping Him…We are focusing even moreso on music in our home now because we are realizing how uniquely God shaped our 26 month old–he relates to music more than anything else. We sing ALL DAY LONG :) Our little guy plays a mini guitar, drums, & piano “singing” songs about God and our family. We know that music is instrumental in shaping his worldview, so we are excited to check out Jamie Soles!!

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  86. Karen
    June 5, 2010 | 8:07 am

    My Mom just bought us two of his CDs at our homeschool conference. I love them! These are They (I call it Biblical ABCs) is my favorite with all the lists of Bible names. I am trying to memorize it just because I think it is fun to say all those names. :-)

    Karen

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  87. Candice
    June 5, 2010 | 8:26 am

    We love the Seeds cd’s because they are very well-done renderings of scripture set to music. I am so glad to hear about these cd’s. If I don’t win one, I will have to buy one! :)

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  88. Lorie
    June 5, 2010 | 9:28 am

    We love all kinds of music & it wouldn’t surprise me if at least one of my children ends up in the music industry like their father was for a while. Learning the Bible through music sounds perfect for all of us & I’ll probably consider giving these for Christmas this year. Thanks!

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  89. Lorie
    June 5, 2010 | 9:33 am

    I posted this on FB.

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  90. Danielle
    June 5, 2010 | 11:10 am

    Wow, I just found your website, very cool. I will enjoy looking around and seeing all the fun things you have on hear.

    Singing scripture is very important to me. It allows the words to bypass the mind and go straight to the heart. In fact in the beginning I learned scripture through song before I learned it through the Word. I believe singing scripture to my son is very precious and important to me also. It allows me to show him my heart towards God and invites him to share in that with me and my husband. Every night he asks me to sing about Jesus right before he go to bed, and I can’t say no to this request!

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  91. Julie J
    June 5, 2010 | 11:30 am

    We listen to music in the car. The kids also have the CD player running all the time in their room. They learned the books of the Bible just by listening to the Bible Drill. We also love Adventures in Odyssey.

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  92. melissa fox
    June 5, 2010 | 11:41 am

    Music helps motivate my family to get chores done, watch less tv, and to also glorify God.

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  93. Melanie Woolard
    June 5, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    We are not a musically gifted family, but we sure do LOVE it…we use it for Worship as a family, for fun, and for Bible memory verses!

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  94. Sara
    June 5, 2010 | 1:23 pm

    We all love music–all kinds, especially classical and bluegrass. It’s amazing how music can lift our spirits, we can praise God, relax or just dance and get some exercise. I’ve listened to some samples of Soles’ music but don’t own any–would love to win!

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  95. RG
    June 5, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    We would love to win this. We are always on the lookout for good, Christ honoring music that leaves a firm impact for godliness in our minds. Thanks for the chance.

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  96. Amy
    June 5, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    We use music in our home as part of our family worship to help our 3 year old son memorize scripture. Music also is always in the background of our lives at home and in the car. As a mom of two young ones, I have discovered that uplifting music gives me more patience and a better attitude throughout the day! Praise the Lord!

    I have also blogged about this on my blog (it’s a private blog)
    http://www.whatinthesamhillisgoingon.blogspot.com

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  97. Chick Hatchers
    June 6, 2010 | 12:50 am

    Music is relaxing, enlightening, focusing, and a method of worship in our home. I think I would just fall apart without music!

    mychildsview.blogspot.com

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  98. Sela
    June 6, 2010 | 4:59 pm
  99. Elizabeth
    June 6, 2010 | 9:33 pm

    Would love to win this! We use music for worship, for teaching, and for fun!

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  100. LauraC
    June 6, 2010 | 10:02 pm

    we use music to bring glory to God

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  101. LauraC
    June 6, 2010 | 10:02 pm

    to glorify the Lord

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  102. Gwenyth
    June 6, 2010 | 10:27 pm

    THANK YOU for the introduction to Mr. Soles! We’re happy to know about him and looking forward to buying (or winning!) some of his music.

    Music, in addition to helping us worship our Lord and Savior, focuses us on Him… “keeping our hearts in tune,” so to speak. Praise defeats the enemy, so when we’re grouchy and prone to sin against each other in family life, playing worship music is one way to send our adversary fleeing!!!

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  103. Kathy
    June 7, 2010 | 1:05 am

    I like to play music for the children that teaches them to worship the Lord and meditate on His word.

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  104. (the other) mama olive
    June 7, 2010 | 7:52 am

    I shared on Facebook.

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  105. (the other) mama olive
    June 7, 2010 | 7:53 am

    We use music to educate and entertain. My children recently learned the books of the Bible through song.

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  106. Kelly Maine
    June 7, 2010 | 8:02 am

    We use music to bring us closer to the Lord and to knit us closer together as a family through shared music.

    Blessings – Kelly Maine

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  107. Jane Cannon
    June 7, 2010 | 8:55 am

    I’ve been asked to sing solo alot! Solo that no one can hear me! ALthough I love to sing, I don’t do it very well. I’ve never played an instrument unless you count the recorder in third grade and I didn’t grow up in church so the hymns aren’t ingrained in my heart! Therein lies the problem, when it comes to using music to train my children…I need help!

    I checked out Jamie’s webpage and was encouraged that he is in Canada, that’s where I am from!

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  108. Stacey Hunter
    June 7, 2010 | 10:46 am

    Music is an essential part of our family life~worship, education and edification. Truly good music brings glory to God, always steering our hearts and minds toward Him.

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  109. Stacey Hunter
    June 7, 2010 | 10:57 am

    BTW, there will be a free Jamie Soles concert in Newport News, VA on June 15.

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  110. Jen L
    June 7, 2010 | 11:39 am

    We use music to reinforce teaching and help our hearts/minds to focus on the things of God. We also use it to show the many ways that we can enjoy praising God and learning more about him.

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  111. Becky
    June 7, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    We use music to sing our praise, to dance to and sing to on long car drives :)

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  112. Gretchen
    June 7, 2010 | 1:10 pm

    Music serves as a day-brightener and mood-lifter in our family! Nothing like singing praises to Jesus to keep the right perspective.

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  113. Gretchen
    June 7, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    I shared the giveaway link on FaceBook!

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  114. Gretchen
    June 7, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    I blogged about it!

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  116. Becky Mason
    June 7, 2010 | 8:42 pm

    Music is a must in our life! Looking for something like this to help our Godly Learning!

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  117. Rachel Worley
    June 8, 2010 | 4:23 pm

    For our family we use music to worship God. We listen to the Christian station on the way to church and my kids love singing along during morning worship!

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  118. Lourinda
    June 8, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    Lately music has been for me soul food, listening to lots of varieties, from Need to Breathe to Judy Rogers with the kids. It looks like Jamie Soles would be a great addition to any collection.

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  119. GapGirl
    June 9, 2010 | 9:00 am

    We use music to uplift our soul and chase away bad/sad moods!

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  120. Jennifer A
    June 9, 2010 | 11:25 am

    Music is very important around here. Love how the kids can memorize the truths of God through songs.

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  121. Hannah
    June 9, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    My husband and I use music to help keep our eyes on the Lord !

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  122. Carla
    June 9, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Kimberly, I have 4 of Jamie’s CDs: Up from Here, The Way My Story Goes, Fun and Prophets, and Weight of Glory. I’m thinking of getting one or 2 more. What are your family’s favorites?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Whew Carla, that is really hard. We really like Pure Words and Ascending, those are the two that are based on the Psalms. They are different from the ones you have, but we love them.

    When I posed your question to a couple of my kids they suggested Good Advice. That will be more similar to Up From Here and The Way My Story goes.

    Hope you enjoy!!!

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  123. Mary Naessig
    June 9, 2010 | 7:50 pm

    Kimberly, in our home we sing to praise our Jesus. We sing to remember his words. We sing to show joy and gratitude to our Heavenly Father in everything. Sometimes we sing because it is good medicine for our hearts, especially if someone is struggling with a bad or sad attitude. Our 3 year old twin girls will break into song and dance at the drop of a hat. This is something we love, encourage, cherish, and are grateful for. Thanks-Mary

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  124. Larry @ Cakeblast
    June 10, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    Music is very important. Singing praise to the Lord usually involves more feeling and emotion than mere prayer. It makes us feel good to sing a positive message and also affects those around us.

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  125. Larry @ Cakeblast
    June 10, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    I follow you on Twitter as @cakeblast and tweeted http://twitter.com/cakeblast/status/15866963841

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  126. teresa
    June 11, 2010 | 11:19 pm

    My kids would love this music!

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  127. Current Favorites | Raising Olives
    October 12, 2010 | 7:28 am

    […] ♥  Jamie Soles CDs – The more we listen to his music the more we enjoy it.  One day I mentioned to the children that it never hit me that John the Baptist was a Nazarite just like Samson and they said, “We knew John was a Nazarite because of that song on our Jamie Soles CD.”  Enjoyable music, Biblical truths, facts and actual words of Scripture, Jamie Soles continues to be a family favorite.  The kid’s current favorite is “Prophets” mine is “Pure Words”  (My full  review of Jamie Soles music.) […]

  128. Susan Karsten
    September 15, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Every Christian family could be so blessed by Jamie Soles’s music. So intelligent, so Biblical, singable, listenable, sometimes humorous (children’s songs). I only pray more families find his awesome music. We learn so much from it – not formally using it as “curriculum” just by simply listening to it.

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  129. Sharon
    March 13, 2012 | 8:29 pm

    Thanks for this review. What a find! I purchased 2 albums and will buy more in the future. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  130. Becki
    March 26, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    I know I’m late here, but thank you so much for sharing, we have been very, very blessed by Jamie Soles music since finding it here. Appreciate the way God has used you and him to bless and train our family.

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