Seeds Family Worship – Seeds of Character (Review)

Music is a large part of our family’s life. I grew up singing in choirs, and my husband played in band. We listen to music nearly all the time, fitting it to occasion and moods. Eight of our children are taking or have taken years of piano lessons, and we all love to sing. Our family listens to and enjoys a wide variety of music, yet we have an underlying standard. Music, which was created by God, must honor Him.

When The Homeschool Village asked me to review Seeds of Character, the newly released 6th album from Seeds Family Worship, I checked out the Seeds website. This statement immediately interested me:

Planting The Seeds Of God’s Word In The Hearts Of Families

Seeds Family Worship was started when a church’s worship leader, Jason Houser, was asked to make up some songs to help kids remember the verses from vacation Bible school. He took the words straight from Scripture and put them to catchy music. Children remembered the verses, families loved the music, and it took off from there.

Even after I decided to do the review, I must admit I had a little trepidation. Music is so subjective – it’s a very personal experience. Especially with Christian music, my family has definite likes and dislikes when it comes to music style and lyrics. What would “straight from Scripture” mean? I was actually afraid we would not like the album, and wondered how I would word my review.

The first interesting thing I noticed about the album I received, was that it was only half! Not really, but it was half of the product. Plowing right along with the theme of planting seeds, each $12.98 Seeds album contains two identical CD’s – one for you, and one for you to “plant” by giving to someone. You gently tear the sturdy cardboard sleeve in half and end up with two pockets. Pretty cool, I thought.

When I listened to the music, I initially played it softly. After the first few bars of music, my eyebrows went up in pleasant surprise, and I turned up the volume so my kids could hear it. It didn’t take but a few minutes for them to say, “Hey – what’s that? Is it new?” I especially liked The Fruit Of The Spirit song – I’ve been mixing up the order of that list since I was a kid! Here’s what we thought…

What we liked:

  • The lyrics are taken straight from the English Standard Version of the Bible. We consider that solid, and would have been very disappointed if it was taken from one of the many paraphrases out there.
  • The music is modern, very well produced, with good variety. There is a good mix of upbeat songs followed by some slower, jazzy tunes – my younger kids (ages 4-9) were dancing to a few songs. Although there is no mention of who sings the songs, some of them sound like current contemporary Christian singers.
  • The repetition of the Scripture verses is very effective. My younger kids liked that it was “so easy to learn the words” to the songs. ­čÖé It can be a great supplement to whatever Scripture memorization you are using – the website even has a memory checklist and cards you can print.┬á Most of the songs include the Bible references, too.
  • The cost of two CDs for $12.98 is very reasonable, and the designed-to-be-shared packaging is wonderful.┬á There are currently 6 volumes available.

What we didn’t like:

  • The repetition wore just a little thin on me and the older children, although we all agreed that it was excellent for the purpose – hiding God’s Word in our hearts. It wouldn’t be something we’d listen to several times in a day, though.
  • Although every song is well-done, some of the music styles weren’t ones we’d normally listen to. (We realize that this “dislike” is very subjective.)

Visit The Homeschool Village for a special discount code on Seeds Family Worship CD purchases! I was going to get the first 5 volumes, now it’s even easier! You can also read the other reviews from the HSV review team.

Review Disclaimer: Please note that I have been provided a complimentary copy of this resource by The Homeschool Village specifically for review purposes.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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