a giveaway! Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible Volume 2

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"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One. . . These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." - Deuteronomy 6:4, 6-9
When Lydia was three-years-old, she took her naps in the guest room on the third floor of our Philadelphia row home. I had an audio monitor so that I could hear her when I was down in the kitchen. One day, a toddler voice interrupted my dinner prep; "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Your kingdom come . . . " and that little voice recited the entire Lord's Prayer. I was baffled. We weren't intentionally memorizing this (or any scripture) together. She didn't go to school yet. How had she learned this? Eventually I pieced it together: during our worship service on Sunday, we say the Lord's Prayer together as a congregation after communion. She learned it from the weekly repetition. I was floored. Clearly, we needed to capitalize on this opportunity. She is a sponge at this age: we need to be intentional! Of course she could regurgitate Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear, Brown Bear like every other toddler; why hadn't I thought to introduce Bible verses? We needed to be intentional about teaching our kids to memorize scripture.

Not long after, in 2013, Slugs and Bugs released their first Sing the Bible album, and we gobbled it up. We already loved Slugs and Bugs and Randall Goodgame, so when he tied his musical genius to Bible verses, we were ecstatic. We now had a new resource to utilize for scripture memorization. Psalm 139 and Philippians 4 were included on this album, and they gave new rhythms to passages we were already learning. The Bible passages - now tied and bound to beautiful and fun melodies - took hold with new fervor.

Last summer, Randall went back to the studio to release Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible Volume 2, and we joined the kickstarter campaign. Mid-December, fourteen new songs arrived in our mailbox, and we love them all so much. He put Deuteronomy 6:4, 6-10 to song, and it perfectly reinforces the beauty of what these albums seek to accomplish. "Talk about them when you walk along the road." Or when you drive to the grocery store as Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible Volume 2 (and volume 1) has a permanent spot in the CD player of our minivan. Sometimes, as inspired by the song serenading us through the speakers, we talk about letting our light shine (track 2: Let Your Light Shine: Matthew 5:14, 16). Or valuing others above ourselves (track 10: Above Yourselves: Philippians 2:3). Or how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (track 4: The Love Of Christ: Ephesians 3:16-21). These songs deliver biblical truths via a wide variety of musical influences including (but not limited to) a gospel choir, a waltz, and even some "shoob it up"s.

Randall calls this new album, "a musical handbook for the Christian home," which couldn't be more true. The lyrics to the songs are ninety-nine percent scripture, but, of course, there are additional lines that offer plenty of giggles as they reinforce the point. A couple of our favorites:

"Why don't you take the biggest cookie on the plate? I'll take the smaller one."
"That's what it says right there in verse eight: wear them on your forehead as reminders."
The entire third track where the monsters (who we meet for Deuteronomy 6:5 on the first album) return to sing The Ten Commandments.

This album is available for pre-order now and will be released on Friday, March 18th, but the folks over at Slugs and Bugs have given me two CDs to giveaway! Simply leave a comment sharing your favorite Slugs and Bugs song. Or, if you don't know Slugs and Bugs songs yet, share your favorite Bible verse. (Who knows, maybe Slugs and Bugs will transform it into a song someday!) The rules for commenting are loose; just tell me something interesting! Once you have commented, you need to click the Rafflecopter giveaway link below to tell it you've commented. (I'm so sorry for the extra step, but it's the quickest way to generate a random winner.) The giveaway will end on Friday, March 11 at midnight, and the Rafflecopter will randomly select two winners from the commenters. Those two winners will be announced here on Monday, March 14. Congratulations, Leah and Tonya!

One more thing, before you leave, head over to the Story Warren for Helene's beautiful review of the Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible Volume 2. (It's so good! I almost skipped writing this review and considered just posting a link to her review instead.)

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Comments

  1. Ahhhh- we're so excited they are coming out with Volume 2! My favorites are the first track "Freedom" (because it's so fun and I love Galatians 5:1) and "He will Rejoice" based on Zeph 3:17. That verse is on the wall in our nursery and I hope our kids fully believe the truth of that verse one day. Moriah calls "What is the Book" "Dada's favorite" and always requests that first!

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  2. I'm so excited for volume two! We have been listening any time we are are in car since summer. I can't pick a favorite but I do love any time miles yells "Praise God!" From the back seat. He LOVES dally
    Lloyd jones as the alien for some reason when she says "bye bye Randall" he cracks up. And who doesn't love the monsters?

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  3. Trust in the Lord is a great songs from a great book. it sticks in your head the way you want it to!

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  4. The current favorite in our home is Underwhere!

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  5. Ihadn't heard of these before. But am surely interested in them! Thank you for this.

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  6. Well, from the "Sing the Bible" first CD, my personal favorite is I Cor. 13--Love never fails. My son loves the "Alien" song. There isn't a song we don't like on this CD. And from the others---"Tractor Tractor" for my sons (my one year old tries to sing this and it is a hoot), and my favorite is "I love you today, I love you tomorrow, I love you as deep as the sea..." We take these on road trips---they are our sole entertainment. Both kids and adults.

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  7. We LOVE Slugs and Bugs. Our car is filled with the tunes--our favorites our the "Ninja" song and we've heard the new song "God Works for the Good of Those Who Love Him" when Randall posted it on his page, and that remains one of favorites. These songs stay in our hearts and enable us to have conversations with our kiddos (like "O My God" verses "OMG!" in the Psalms) about God's love for us and our response to him. :)

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  8. We love "Bears, Bears." Can't wait to hear the new album!

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  9. We love "Bears, Bears." Can't wait to hear the new album!

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  10. We love Slugs & Bugs. I think the alien song with Sally Lloyd-Jones is our favorite.

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  11. We love Sing the Bible! My daughter's favorite right now is singing Deuteronomy 6:5 with the kids, bees, monsters and the wolf howl at he end 😂

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  12. My daughters favorite is deuteronomy 6:5 I believe.

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  13. One of my favorite Slugs and Bugs is The Underwear Song - and Tractor, Tractor - and the Mexican Rhaosody.... a lot of them! :). I appreciate the simple beauty of "And You Shall Know Him" as well. Perhaps Philippians 4:13 could be on his next Sing the Bible?

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  14. My 2 and 4 year olds love (and know by heart) the books of the old Testament!

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  15. We love the bear song on the lullaby cd...we sing it to our youngest who we call Clara beara...always gets a giggle

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  16. Our favorite is "Tractor, Tractor". We like to make up our own combinations as well. :)

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  17. My son loved God made me, bears and tractor tractor. Hoping to win this for my niece. It would be a lovely surprise

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