Compassion International, Shaun Groves

Third World Symphony


I love that I’m sandwiched between Jon Acuff and Carlos Whittaker on this blog tour stop, because their wives happen to be two of my favorite ladies in the world. On most days, you’ll find us hanging at the pool together and listening to our children have conversations like this:

“When will we see your kids again?” {Whittaker kids asking}

“Tomorrow.” {Me}

“Good. But I mean how many hours from now?” {Whittaker kids, with lots of Smith and Acuff nodding}

Kelsey has named our group the “Smackwhits,” which I think has potential if we ever decide to go Hollywood with it.

We live a couple houses away from the Acuff’s, but we wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for Shaun Groves. Seriously.

Some of you might remember that I went to India about two years ago with Compassion International. Shaun was our fearless leader on that trip and I honestly have no idea how he could have done a better job. He was knowledgeable, passionate, and invested…which all sound good on paper.

But that wasn’t what made me move to a new house.

It was the conversations we had on a rickety bus (right after he made me ride a freaky “roller-coaster” that more closely approximated a piece of dental floss and some Dixie cups, where I rediscovered my desire to be made right with the Lord) that did me in.

Because it’s one thing to be posed in front of a camera, smiling on a trip to a third world country and trying to stay still enough to hear the snap of the camera. It’s another to be completely transparent, in tears, and desperate to help children when the cameras get tucked away and the long dirt road makes you want to rest instead of inspire.

But I didn’t see him rest on that trip, and if you’ve been keeping up with his life since then, you’ll know he hasn’t rested much since. At least not in the traditional way. He and Becky (whom I flat out ADORE) are smack in the middle of a tricky adoption (please pray it goes through!) and have opened their hearts to what God desires for them.

When Shaun gave me the chance to be a part of this blog tour, I was honored.

But if I didn’t believe in him, and the message he is sharing, I wouldn’t have done it.

And now I’m going to unapologetically give my little sales pitch for the day {I do apologize, however, that this comes on the heels of my book release…I will stop peddling things very shortly :)}.

You will love this CD. And if you buy it, you will be investing more than a couple bucks on something that will bless you.

You’re joining voices with a whole mass of people who believe that we can make a difference one rickety bus at a time.

It’s what you might call a symphony.

And it’s spectacular.

If you don’t believe me, take it from some other bloggers…like, you know….ummmm….what’s her name? Oh wait.

The Pioneer Woman.

And then there’s Ann. Who is blushing already because she would never draw attention to herself. But because of this CD, he flew to her farm, giggled with her children, and held some pigs. And I know her well enough to know that being on video in tantamount to having all of her eyelashes ripped out individually while being dangled over fire.

Know what she does love, though? Enough to do it?

The Conductor.

🙂 Well done, Ann.

If you want to see the whole Third World Symphony blog tour lineup, click here.

But in the meantime, click here to take a look {and a listen} to Shaun’s new CD.

I think my favorite is “Come Down Here,” but I’m still deciding…

What I do know is this…

Shaun Groves, you and your family?

Are making beautiful music.

I’m proud of you.

And also, still a little annoyed about the roller coaster.



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  • Reply Emily Gallimore September 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    It’s an awesome album with an even more awesome message! Totally worth talking about. 🙂

  • Reply Shaun Groves September 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you, Angie!

    I’ve never laughed harder than on that rickety old bus with you. Proud of your honest searching since, your passion, your new book (!) and your obedience. Honored to be a small part of your story.

    Love you, friend.

  • Reply JD September 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Pre-ordered mine ages ago, came at just-the-right-time last week…. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.  

    Many of the things that you’ve shared on this blog have been life-changing for me — you’re not peddling, you’re sharing with passion, and you never know quite where it will lead.  Case in point?  Thank YOU!

  • Reply AshleyB September 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for this reminder!  When it came out (last week?), I made a mental note to download it and somehow never did it.  Perhaps my “mental note” system isn’t the best?  
    His music is special, inspiring really, especially after reading his words and seeing his passion for children in need around the world.  
    It’s downloading to my computer now!  

    • Reply Shaun Groves September 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Ashley!

  • Reply Andertonba September 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing this 😀

  • Reply Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I’m a little confused. What did Shawn have to do with your moving next to the Acuffs & what is the blog tour actually for? Maybe I’m just slow because I’m so very tired but what do videos and questions (about what?) even have to do with the album. I get this post is to promote the album but other than that I’m just confused.

    And maybe I don’t make any sense at all so I’m going to go take a nap & hope for clarity later.

    • Reply Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Napped… totally misread the post & I understand what you were saying about the move.

      I must be really in a fog though because I just don’t get the blog tour, videos & questions… I must be missing something. :/

      • Reply Inkling September 7, 2011 at 4:46 am

        I think the blog tour is supposed to be like a virtual concert tour of sorts.  Maybe?  If that’s the case, it’s a pretty cool idea.

  • Reply Ann Morton Voskamp September 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Just — You look pretty amazing, Mz Angie — eyes fixed to the Conductor in all you do…
    I’m thinking this Symphony is starting a new tune  around the neighborhood 🙂 
    Sing it, sister!

    Ann … with ridiculously singed eyebrows and no eyelashes 🙂

  • Reply Jamie Habermaas September 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I received mine in the mail the other day from the Kickstarter project and haven’t stopped listening since!!! It is seriously SO GOOD!!!! Love it so much! There are so many that I truly love that I don’t think I could pick a favorite song on the album.

    • Reply Shaun Groves September 6, 2011 at 12:40 am

      Thank you for those kind words, Jamie. And thank you for supporting the creation of this thing through Kickstarter! Without you (and a few hundred others) it wouldn’t have happened at all ; )

  • Reply Robin in New Jersey September 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’m confused….what does Pioneer Woman have to do with Shaun’s new CD?

    • Reply Shaun Groves September 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      She’s a another blogger participating in this tour thingy. I understand your confusion, Robin. I don’t speak redhead very well either ; )

  • Reply Anonymous September 7, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Pretty amazing trip you all shared together ~ So looking forward to receiving Shaun’s CD’s in the mail (3 ordered) ~ I think I’ve listened to the preview of each song a dozen of times and have them mostly memorized ~ so feeling the love and the presence of God himself in you and around you ~ a beautiful image

  • Reply Inkling September 7, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I LOVE this cd.  I placed the order last week and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival any day now.  In the meantime, I’ve been rocking out to it on my elliptical and dancing to it in our tiny den each day via SoundCloud and have honestly found a way to meet God each and every time.  It blows me away and there is not one shallow thing about it.  I love how deep and beautiful it is, and especially love how no matter how many zillions of time I listen to it, it doesn’t get old.  And that’s saying a lot!  Yes, your readers need to go out and get this one.  Because really, the angels should get to see a bunch of us rocking out to it.  =)

    • Reply Shaun Groves September 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

      I’m trying to picture you on an elliptical machine soft rocking out to this music. I’m thinking there’s a market I’m missing here. Next album is definitely a workout record. With me in leg warmers on the cover. 

      It’s your fault.

  • Reply Julesmpg September 8, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Sounds great. I will have to check it out.

  • Reply Stacy September 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Angie, I am blog hopping today catching up on Shaun’s tour.  I recently ordered the CD and am waiting for its arrival.  I listened to it on Sound Cloud and love it.   I sponsor a little girl in India and read about your trip there.  Thanks so much for sharing that and making her world come alive for me.

  • Reply Missy Lee October 24, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Angie, we just had our concert with your husband and the rest of the Selah group. All I can say is “WOW”, we were so blessed to be apart of woship with them. I have followed you through your blog and felt like I knew Todd the minute he walked out. I wish you could have came with him and I would have had the chance to meet you; you can come speak at a ladies night one day. LOL.  But, until that day comes, I will continue to be blessed by your blog. May GOd continue to bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
    Missy Lee – Picayune, Ms.

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