By Sean Wendell Worth Fighting Foris the latest album from Warren Barfield. It is a collection of songs that focuses on the relationships we have in our lives and all the work that goes into them. The songs highlight the need for prayer, listening and encouragement in all of our relationships. The theme of Worth Fighting For is the real value of relationships, keeping in sight, as Warren says, “that true Christianity is about being Christ to others. If we really believe in the whole thing, if we really believe He came all that distance and gave His life because He loved us, it’d change the way we love each other. That kind of love really could change the world.”
Each of the songs is well written and thought provoking. The melodies are well crafted and easily stick in your head. The production of the album – done by Charlie Peacock (Switchfoot, Nichole Nordeman); Mark A. Miller (Casting Crowns); Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp (Bebo Norman, Rush of Fools) – is well thought out and sensitive to the material in each of the songs. Warren’s voice carries the album and delivers his material in an expressive and heartfelt manner connecting you to the message in a very real way.
“Love Is Not A Fight”, the album's first single, is a truly powerful song. Every time I listen to it I just want to hug my wife and tell her how much I love her. I want to play it for everyone I know who is married. The lyrics are absolutely poetic:
Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
Its a house we enter in and then commit to never leave.
So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
We'll work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees
Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave may God send angles to guard the door
Love is not a fight but it's something worth fighting for…
“As It Is In Heaven” a slow blues 6/8 ballad that expresses Warren’s longing for the Kingdom of God on the earth. The chorus of this song has been flowing through my thoughts and prayers for the past few days. Let it be on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Worth Fighting For, releasing on Essential Records on May 20, 2008, is Warren Barfield’s third studio album and expresses that he has plenty to say as a song writer and leaves me wanting more. I love albums that you can listen to from beginning to end – this is one of them and I look forward to more heartfelt albums from Warren Barfield.