These are snippets from David Bruce Murray's album review.
"I admire the way Miles and Martha are able to find nearly forgotten songs like these and give them new life."
"As much as I tend to enjoy fast songs when it comes to most of the music I review, I would not want to see the overall character of The Grace Of Life altered."
"There is an artistic quality in The Grace Of Life that is generally missing in much of the music I review."
"Miles and Martha Pike draw from a diverse array of sources ranging from centuries old hymns to modern hymns, Southern Gospel, and praise/worship songs. I am impressed by the way they are able to present such diverse material in a thematic manner."
"The setting is one of sophisticated simplicity."
In the third chapter of 1 Peter marriage is called “the grace of life” and Martha and I have found that to be true. The blessing of becoming one flesh with another person in body and soul is a divine gift, and above and beyond that, we have found God loves His people in a special way through a godly spouse. Our marriage has taught us that God's graces are many: grace to live by, grace to die by, grace to be saved, grace to stay saved, grace to trust, grace to hope, grace to sustain, grace to stand by, grace to fall on, grace to pardon, grace to sanctify, grace to glorify. This album is itself a marriage of sorts. It's a union of old and new songs; of piano and voice; of introspection and worship; of our two hearts and our two artistries. We pray that through these songs your hearts would cleave to these truths as ours have, so that you will fully enjoy these graces of life.
Be Still My Soul - I, II, & III Psalms 42, Isaiah 46:8-13, Revelation 21:1-4 Words - Katherine von Schlegel, 1752, trans. Jane Borthwick, 1855/Music - Jean Sibelius, 1899 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Background Vocals - Miles
Bound To Come Some Trouble 2 Timothy 3:10-17, Psalm 56, 1 Peter 4:12-19 Words & Music - Rich Mullins, 1989 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Recitation - Martha
Great Is Thy Faithfulness/For The Beauty Of The Earth Psalm 108:1-6, Psalm 19:1-6, Psalm 117 Music - William Runyan, 1923 (Great Is Thy Faithfulness)/Music - Conrad Kocher, 1838 (For The Beauty Of The Earth) Piano - Martha/Arrangement - Martha
My Portion Forever Lamentations 3:22-24, Psalm 73 Words & Music - Matt Papa, 2011 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Cello - Tim Denbo
Grace By Which I Stand Romans 5:1-2, Jude 24-25, 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 Words & Music - Keith Green, 1980 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Bouzouki - Glen Duncan
Father, How Sweet John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:1-4, Phillippians 2:1-11 Words & Music - Mark Altrogge, 2012 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Violin, Viola - David Davidson/Cello - Tim Denbo
Jesus Paid It All Jeremiah 13:23-25, Isaiah 1:16-19, 1 Peter 1:17-19 Music - John Grape, 1868 Piano - Martha/Arrangement - Martha
You Are With Me Psalm 139 Words & Music - Amy Keffer-Shellem & Joe Johnston, 2007 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Acoustic Guitar - Michael Card
The Spirit Of Brokenness Isaiah 6:1-7, Hebrews 2:1-3, Revelation 2:1-7, Psalm 51:16-17, Words & Music - Rodney Griffin & Gerald Wolfe, 1996 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Cello - Tim Denbo
Complete In Thee Romans 8 Words - Aaron Wolfe & James M. Gray, Music - Ben Nyce, 1999 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Background Vocals - Miles
Kingdom Hymn Isaiah 2:2-4, Psalm 2:7-9, Isaiah 35 Words - Ed Miller, Music - Buddy Greene, 2008 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Penny Whistle - John Mock/Bouzouki - Glen Duncan
Man Of No Reputation Isaiah 53, Matthew 8:20, Ezekiel 11:19-20, Luke 4:16-30 Words & Music - Rick Elias, 1998 Piano - Martha/Organ - Gary Prim/Guitar - Kevin Williams/Electric Guitar - Kelly Back/Bass - Duncan Mullins/Percussion - Tommy Harden/Violin - David Davidson, David Angell/Viola - Monisa Angell/Cello - Carole Rabinowitz/Trombone - Tommy Cooper/Background Vocals - Miles/String Arrangement - Milton Smith/
Grace Be With You All 2 Corinthians 13:11-14, Hebrews 13, 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18 Words & Music - Michael Card, 2000 Piano - Martha/Vocals - Miles/Accordion - Jeff Taylor/Bouzouki - Glen Duncan
Arranged by Martha & Miles/ Recorded, produced, and mixed by Tommy Cooper/ Piano and vocals recorded at AFAB Studio, Nashville, TN/ “Man Of No Reputation” track recorded at OmniSound Studios, Nashville, TN and Little Big Sound, Nashville, TN/ Orchestration engineer: Jeff Pitzer/ Engineered by Tommy Cooper/ Mastered by Keith Compton/ Photography: Martha/ Graphics: McClearen Design Studios/ Replication: TCA (Tape Corporation of America)
Be Still My Soul - I/ Bound To Come Some Trouble/ Great Is Thy Faithfulness-For The Beauty Of The Earth/ My Portion Forever/ Grace By Which I Stand/ Father, How Sweet/ Jesus Paid It All/ Be Still My Soul - II/ You Are With Me/ The Spirit Of Brokenness/ Complete In Thee/ Be Still My Soul - III/ Kingdom Hymn/ Man Of No Reputation/ Grace Be With You All