Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old. It was simple. Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza? With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born. Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience. They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
I live in CA, so there's no Pizza Ranch here, but if I'm ever in one of the above states, I will definitely visit the restaurant. It sounds like a really wonderful and encouraging place to eat.
On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists. Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope. Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.
The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.
From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.: "This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch. Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album. Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project. As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope."
I was excited to be able to review the Living Hope CD because it has my favorite singer on it - Michael W. Smith. I have liked Colton Dixon since I first saw him on American Idol, so it's neat that he's on this CD too. I also like Mark Schultz, so it was nice to hear him on this album. Also, I have heard the name of almost everyone else on the album from listening to a Christian radio station every day. When I first listened to the CD, I was having a pretty bad, discouraging week. As I listened to each song on the Living Hope CD, it really was just that, living hope! As song after song played, I felt more and more encouraged by the words of the songs. I started feeling my burdens lifted and was filled with the joy of the Lord. I will definitely listen to this CD again and again.
If you want to find out more about the CD, you can check them out on:
Twitter: @PizzaRanch @PRServes
Facebook: Pizza Ranch
YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song): Pizza Ranch Music
Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:Living Hope CD
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