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"40 HYMNS FOR FORTY DAYS," by Paul Cardall, Stone Angel Music, $17.98

Pianist, Paul Cardall, has released his latest album, "40 Hymns for Forty Days." This two-disc set contains 40 songs, each freshly arranged and performed by Cardall. This marks his 15th studio album.

Some of the well-known hymns and songs from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints included in the album are "Israel, Israel God Is Calling," "Come, Follow Me," "Jesus Wants Me for A Sunbeam," "Lead, Kindly Light" and "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again." Each arrangement is reverent and worshipful, which can bring a spiritual focus to the hearts and minds of listeners.

With more than 100 minutes of instrumental music, Cardall's soothing music allows listeners to meditate, pray, relax, study and feel peace.

Besides Cardall's musical expertise, the album also includes various musicians on violins, violas, cellos and a bass. The string arrangements, created by Marshall McDonald, add to the beauty of the inspirational melodies.

Cardall, a Utahn who is celebrating 20 years in the music industry, has fans in more than 100 nations and listeners transcending culture, race and religions, according to press materials.

One of his previous albums, "New Life," reached the top of the Billboard New Age Albums chart after its release in 2011.

Wendy Jessen is a regular contributor for familyshare.com and frequently does media reviews. Her email is [email protected] and she blogs at mormonmomofsix.blogspot.com.