Doug Shea and the Circle of Quiet | Where Truth Meets Grace

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Where Truth Meets Grace

by Doug Shea and the Circle of Quiet

Edgy Christian Rock with Jesus centered lyrics.
Genre: Spiritual: Christian Rock
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1. New in You
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2. Align My Heart to Send
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3. The Healer
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4. Give Me Your Pain
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5. Wrapped in Your Heart
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6. Light in This Weary Land
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7. And Mighty Is Your Name
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8. Veil of Tears
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9. Not Like Us
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10. Take It Away
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11. The Point of It All
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12. Strength (In a Broken World)
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13. God in God Out
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14. Hold Me Close
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
New in You is about my hero, my Savior and my best friend, Jesus Christ, and how He rescued me. It’s a song about everything I was before my encounter with Him. But like Paul, who was completely different until he had an encounter on the road to Damascus, once you have that encounter, you will change. You become new in Him.

Align My Heart to Send is the response. Like Isaiah saying, “Here am I. Send me!” It’s a natural response when you have an encounter with God. We have been designed to serve. Unfortunately, our desires, burdens and our brokenness get in the way and shift our hearts to serve ourselves. This song is a prayer of service. In that prayer, I want to serve, but I also need to lay everything down at His throne and be renewed in Him. Align my heart and send me!

The Healer was written from the three small accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke of the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak. As I studied these stories, I started to see everyday principles from this brave faith-filled woman. I saw myself as the woman - broken and unclean. I too had tried many other avenues to get healing, but none worked and things even got worse. I saw the crowd in the story as the world that pressed around Jesus and blocked Him from me. The world was so loud and distracting, I couldn’t even see Jesus. The world told me I was too unclean and inferior to be close to Him. But faith is only as strong as what you have faith in. My faith was in God’s promises and just like the woman who had faith in Jesus, we were both healed. I’m sure she got shoved back, ridiculed and even beaten. But her faith in Jesus gave her the strength and courage to fight through them. Jesus’ own words were, “Your faith has healed you.” When the world presses around Jesus, there are some days I have to fight through the crowd. But my faith and strength comes from His promises of who He is in me. So I will push though the crowd daily, because I am His and He is the only healer.

Give Me Your Pain was written about a healing and deliverance I witnessed. I literally saw Jesus free someone I care for from serious oppression over the course of a single hour. This is a song about that raw truth and grace. Jesus literally asks you to give him your pain. He will take it away! He doesn’t want you to suffer! I am a living testimony of this healing. The Darren Wilson movies I’ve mentioned are riddled with true stories of freedom found in the name of Jesus. Honestly, this is my favorite song on the album. It’s the heart of why Jesus lived, died and rose from the grave, told in a raw but simple way. He came to take away our suffering.

Wrapped in Your Heart was written about a dear family who went though some of the most painful life experiences I have ever witnessed. I felt God tell me to remind them of how much He loves their family. I felt God say they should wrap Him in their hearts because they were wrapped in His. Think about it. How many times do we let the brokenness of our lives cause us to run from our safety? How many times do we believe we are too broken for God? How many times do we believe we have to get ‘cleaned up’ before we can approach God? This is a song to remind everyone there is nothing you can do to make God love you anymore than He does at this very moment. His love is not contingent on what you do. Like any loving Father all He wants your heart.

The idea of Light in This Weary Land is to try and communicate who Jesus is. He is the Light. I’ve been on the other side - I’ve believed God caused all the suffering I was experiencing. I was so angry with Him. But the light clears away all the darkness, and that’s exactly what Jesus did. I started to see the world with brand new eyes. The desires that were once so important were no longer important. Now when I walk though troubled times, there’s a peace in knowing I’m being held through it all. Jesus is my peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s His promise.

…and Mighty is Your Name is a straight up praise song. A friend of mine was going through a pretty rough surgery. I was at home in the kitchen, worried and praying for the surgery to go well. I don’t know exactly why, but I was moved, almost led, to pick up my guitar. In the core of my soul, I felt, “Just praise Me.” This was the fastest I have ever written a song. The words and guitar parts just pored out. I couldn’t stop writing about how mighty He is with statements I’ve never expressed before. My friend’s surgery went better than expected, I finished the song and played it in church that week. Praise God!

Veil of Tears is an extremely personal song with the majority of lyrics written while sitting next to a hospital bed as Monica’s father was passing away. Over many drafts, the song became more of a duet as God reveals His heavenly perspective that transforms a wounded heart into a joyful heart. A walk that Monica and I traveled together.

Experiences that saddened my heart inspired Not Like Us. First, let me say that I am 100% pro-life, and I also hold our country’s democracy in the highest regard. I also believe it is important to stand up for the defenseless, and what we believe in. But I also believe we need to love people first. This includes the woman who has chosen to have an abortion, and people whose political opinions differ from our own. I do not believe Jesus would stand with signs on a corner screaming at the lost, nor do I believe He would attach His house to a particular political agenda. The song is about being more like Jesus. How would Jesus see people in these situations? In all circumstances, like Jesus, we need to be motivated by love. What if we stood by our love for that unborn baby and used our Biblical conviction to love the mother as well? What if we held our tongue when someone spoke against our political opinion in the hopes to share Jesus? As I wrote this song, I kept thinking of how I have acted toward people: judgmental, critical, overly opinionated and hypocritical. Many times, my motives were not out of love. How could Jesus go through all He went through for someone like me? Yet He did. All that I could say was, “Oh thank you, Jesus, that you’re not like me.” My goal is to reflect a love like that in all circumstances to all people.

God literally asked me to write Take it Away. It’s the song I fought with Him about for two months. It’s about my experience driving and calling out for Him to take it away (explained in detail above). It’s a song about the faith I had in a God of the miraculous, before I witnessed the miraculous. Take it away is a life-song story about the promise God gives us when we surrender our will to His will.

The Point of it All took the longest to write. This song is a lesson with bullet points of my entire journey. For the longest time I put my trust, faith and life into everything but Him. All the lessons I’ve been learning really boiled down to trusting Him. By the time this song was written I had a clear picture of who my loving Father is, and because I know who He is now, I want nothing more than for Him to lead my life. I will trust that He knows what’s best for me no matter where I am.

Strength (In a Broken world) was moved upon my heart when I heard that a dear friend of mine died suddenly. God moved a great passion in my heart for her husband, children and family. All I could think of was Jesus and the promise He made in the book of John. He is the only one who can give us the comfort needed in these times. I felt utterly moved to acknowledge that this world is broken, but Jesus is our strength.

God In God Out came out of the many experiences I’ve had with the non-Christian. Time and time again, their reason for being closed off to Jesus is, unfortunately, a Christian. It really made me think about my life over the years and how critical my actions were. ‘Do I reflect Jesus?’ was a question I had never asked. If I call myself a Christian, what are my actions telling people around me about Christ? I’m expecting God’s grace, love and forgiveness, but was I really giving that to others in return? Over this journey, I saw people differently and I couldn’t go back. I had an epiphany one day when I realized people are the only things in this world that are eternal. From that day, everyday, I have prayed ‘Father let my words be your words and my actions be your actions.’ God in, God out.

When I started seeking God years ago, I would say a short prayer every night. Hold Me Close is about the small prayers that started it all. I was living a selfish life, but God was convicting my heart. This song is a compilation of words I spoke to God in prayer over those years. Every prayer ending with “God forgive me and hold me close.”

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