Inspiration and Challenge from new “Choose Life” App

Simon GuillebaudChoose Life – the app, takes the life lessons of the bestselling ‘Choose Life ‘ devotional book to a whole new media. Now anyone, anywhere, any time can receive a pithy weekly reminder on their phone or in their inbox to put their faith into action. They can share their experiences on a new Choose Life community website or sharing wall.


Simon Guillebaud has lived in Burundi since his early twenties but the themes of Choose Life app are relevant to everyone. Core gospel teachings such as forgiveness and generosity are generally the themes. Inspirational stories and sound bytes precede an invitation to take part in a weekly challenge

Simon says “When I give talks around the world, I often say, “I don’t want to give you a guilt trip. But I do want to give you a gratitude trip. I hope that Choose Life gives people, Christian or not, a gratitude trip too.”

The Choose Life app is completely free and comprises 21 weekly challenges to your phone or inbox.

 Author information

Simon Guillebaud is the founder of GLO ( GLO works with outstanding local leaders to bring hope to Burundi and beyond. Simon has lived in Burundi for over 15 years. He is much in demand as a speaker across the globe.


Other titles by Simon Guillebaud:

‘Choose Life – 365 readings for radical disciples’

‘More than Conquerors’

‘Sacrifice’ and

‘Dangerously Alive’


Simon survived 7 years of civil war and then set up GLO The vision of GLO is transform Burundi and beyond. GLO works with gifted local leaders of integrity and has impacted around 75,000 lives in the last year alone.


Christian songwriters and performers wanted for Christian television production


UCB, a British Christian charity, are in production of a new television chat-show series called ‘Faith in Action’.  The show is intended to inspire and motivate people to take their faith outside the boundaries of their own homes and their own personal prayer life, and out into the world where it is so desperately needed.

Check out some of UCB’s great content here:

We want you to be a part of it!

The show is bright, uplifting, fun and non-preachy. Original thought and new ideas in compositions and performances are welcome.

As a guest on the show, you will be playing a part in fulfilling the great commission, and ensuring that your performance has the greatest possible impact.  We are looking for musicians and performers with a genuine heart for sharing the love of the Lord with a needy world, in a media context with the potential to reach many thousands of viewers.

We are looking for writers and performers of original Christian music, comedy, rap or poetry to perform as guests within a traditional chat-show format.

As UCB are a charity, this is not a paid performance.

We understand that ‘exposure’ should not be the main motivating factor.  Although there is significant potential for your music to be heard by a large audience, we are keen to recruit people who can offer their services to a charity whose fundamental aim is to share the Gospel.

Do you write and perform original Christian music?

Can you be at UCB broadcast centre in Hanchurch, Stoke-on-Trent, UK from 9am-5pm on Monday Sept 14th 2015?

Can you bring everything you need to produce a live performance to camera?

If you would enjoy the experience of working in a small professional television studio environment and creating a polished live video performance for the inspiration and uplifting of our viewers, then please send your details including an MP3, YouTube link or other example of your work to Joe at .

Review Xtra – John Froud & Cath Froud : Froud and Daughter

Froud and DaughterJOHN FROUD & CATH FROUD : Froud and Daughter.   (Zephaniah Music, ZEPH 617.)

As far as I can tell this is John’s first recording since 2011’s excellent Time Added On and, in a departure from his usual solo billing, features his daughter, Cath Froud, as a guest vocalist. It’s as raw and rootsy as his previous offerings but is sparser and more stripped back than “Time Added On”. There’s the occasional electric and bass guitar, some lovely harmony backing vocals and of course, the aforementioned Cath, but for the most part it’s an acoustic guitar led album and is closer to what John produces in a live setting. Cath also gets a solo, vocals only track, “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” which works well and is superbly executed thanks to her confident and rich alto voice. As usual, the songs are a combination of John Froud originals and covers that express what is on John’s heart. On here you’ll find songs by Bob Dylan (“Make You Feel My Love”), Billy Bragg (“Between The Wars”), Garth Hewitt (“Tell ‘Em About The Dream”) and a number of others. John’s a good writer, and his influences show through, so his own material holds its own well. My particular favourites from amongst the original material are “Nothing Left Out” and “Worth Every Tear”. Both songs, musically and lyrically, brilliantly capture what John is all about and, if you just had these two songs, you would understand the essence and nature of his ministry. It’s better than “Time Added On” in many respects – I think the simplicity helps in that – and one that I’ll be coming back to again.  9/10.   Robin Thompson.

Review Xtra – Various : #Worship – This is Amazing Grace @elevationmusic

Various #Worship This is Amazing GraceVARIOUS : #Worship – This is Amazing Grace.   (Elevation : ELE2080D)

#Worship is a new series that brings together current and contemporary songs of worship written by the likes of Phil Wickham, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Paul Baloche. I’m not sure that the original artists are actually singing the songs, but Wickham’s opening ‘Jesus Saves’ is a very good version. It’s a great song to start the album, and one that I enjoyed very much. The title track is well sung by a female artist, and there’s some tasty guitar work on ‘The Same Love’. It was good to hear some new songs instead of the usual ones that seem to appear on so many compilation releases. ‘All the Poor and the Powerless’ sounds like a typical Hillsong number, but this epic number is actually written by Leslie Jordan and David Leonard. There’s a rather lack lustre version of ‘At Your Name’, and ‘Perfect Sacrifice’ sounds like so many modern contemporary songs of today. ‘Canons’ was a new song to my ears, as was the beautiful ‘Sinless Saviour’. “He is Jesus, sinless saviour; The spotless Redeemer of man.” Some beautiful words and a lovely song. It’s a well put together album and is a very engaging collection of songs.   8/10.

More Motown and Soul from Echo


“Hailing from East London and Essex, ECHO are all Christians and as such love to worship God and they all also love to sing and play classic Motown and soul music. So to them, what could be a more natural musical combination than bringing the two together!

The new ECHO 3 song EP “You’re All I Need To Get By” (all tracks previously unreleased) is available for PRE-ORDER Now on iTunes and Amazon. Below are the direct links to the UK and USA stores. The EP will be released Wordwide on all major download and streaming sites on Monday 20th July
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Review Xtra – CosmoMoose : Cosmic Invasion @CosmoMoose

CosmoMoose Cosmic InvasionCOSMO MOOSE : Cosmic Invasion (

CosmoMoose is Devon-based Christian composer/producer Chris Medway. Writing music in many genres, as CosmoMoose he “creates timeless electronic music full of catchy melodies and imaginative themes with dramatic, emotional and playful qualities that Jarre & Vangelis fans would instantly love”. A 12 track/59 min CD/download, ‘Cosmic Invasion’ was originally released in 2013 and is a ‘concept’ album, with one track running into the next. On listening, I found myself reminded not only of Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis, but also Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the worlds’ and Rick Wakeman’s ‘Journey to the centre of the earth’. As soon as the orchestral-sounding introduction of ‘Galileo’s Mission’ began, I heard influences of Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Being a completely instrumental album, except for one track there is no hint in the titles that it might be considered a ‘Christian’ work. The exception is the 11 min closer ‘Light of this world’ – a combination of electronic heavenly choir sounds and disco with a rather meandering centre section and triumphant ending that finally closes with a single ‘beep’! Taking the album as a whole, my only concern is a tendency for some melodies to be somewhat simple, emphasised when repeated over and over within arrangements that do not develop much musically. With these provisos however I found this to be quite an enjoyable release and can confirm that Jarre/Vangelis fans may well love it. 7/10 Dave Deeks

Review Xtra – Darlene Zschech : In Jesus Name – A Legacy of Worship & Faith @DarleneZschech

Darlene Zschech In Jesus Name - A Legacy of Worship & FaithDARLENE ZSCHECH : In Jesus Name – A Legacy of Worship & Faith   (Integrity : 63242)

Just in case you’ve just landed from Mars, and haven’t heard of Darlene Zschech, this is the lady who’s songs are sung weekly by a world choir with Shout To The Lord alone being sung by an estimated 30 million each week. Her songs and recordings have helped produce 16 Gold and Platinum albums. This collection is a celebration of her music and does feature a powerful version of ‘Shout’. There’s no doubting the gift that’s been bestowed upon her, and her voice is one of the best around. With power, she belts out ‘God Is Here’ and gently caresses ‘Amazing Grace’, backed by just a piano. In between, the listener is treated to the potent sound of ‘At the Cross’, and ‘You Are Love’ – a song that comes over like a classic Celine Dion ballad. Sometimes, a song instantly touches your heart, and ‘Blessed’ is such a song. Delivered with great majesty, the simple lyrics really hit home. Yes, there are a couple of songs that didn’t really come over as well, but fans of Darlene will welcome this new collection.   8/10.