27 Christian women leaders create 'Faithful' project

27 leading female Christian musicians and authors have joined together to creatively express the integral role of women in God’s kingdom.

The result of this collaboration – titled the Faithful project – includes a new album and book, a tour of live events and other merchandise. Both the Faithful book and album are based on biblical stories that demonstrate God’s faithfulness in and through women.

The aim of these resources is to “increase understanding of how God has always valued the integral role of females and how that shapes the lives of women today.” The Faithful project website continues, “As they examine the stories of incredible women of the Bible, readers will find hope, encouragement, and a strong sense of community.”

The Faithful contributors include (among others) Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Grant, Ann Voskamp (author of One Thousand Gifts), Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams (co-founders of She Reads Truth), Sally Lloyd-jones (author of The Jesus Storybook Bible) and Lisa Harper (A Perfect Mess: Why You Don’t Have To Worry About Being Good Enough For God).

Singer-songwriters Amy Grant and Ellie Holcomb told America’s Today Show about their experience of creating these resources, as the artists gathered for three retreats across 2019.

“It was life-changing for all of us.” – Amy Grant

“We discovered such amazing community [by] coming together and studying these women from the Bible, seeing them and seeing their purpose, even when their stories were really atrocious, that they had a really essential part in the epic story of God and his love,” said Grant.

“We forged such amazing friendships and created from scratch this project. It was life-changing for all of us.”

On the Today Show, Grant and Holcomb performed ‘A Woman’, the debut single from the new album, which tells the story of Mary Magdalene.

The Faithful project is a collaboration between three major ministry partners: Christian publisher David C Cook, Integrity Music and Compassion International. For the launch of Faithful on May 1, the artists and authors offered a special deal to US residents, packaging a book, CD and a ticket to a livestreamed event together as a gift for all those who sponsored a girl through Compassion.

Australian readers can pre-order the Faithful book from Koorong. It features an introduction by Amy Grant and contributions from 12 other authors, including guided scripture reading and writing prompts, as well as photos and song lyrics from the Faithful album.

The album – titled Faithful: Go and Speak – has 12 new tracks by female artists and can be played or downloaded through a number of different streaming platforms.

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