Album 17: On Earth As It Is In Heaven

230: Our Father
231: Hallowed Be Thy Name
232: Thy Kingdom Come
233: Thy Will Be Done
234: Our Daily Bread
235: Forgive Us as We Forgive
236: Into Temptation
237: Deliver Us from Evil
238: For Thine Is the Kingdom
239: The Power
240: And the Glory
241: Forever...Amen


This AIO album is unique for having a series of episodes all being derived from a well known passage of scripture.  While a few of the episodes (Hallowed Be Thy Name) dealt directly with the Biblical reference, most were jumping off points to detailed stories.

The album begins with Our Father, a look at how much having a father around really means to children.  It's a fun episode in some places, with Lawrence on his many imaginary trips and it confronts a important issue, both for children and adults.   Hallowed Be Thy Name, the next episode, is unfortunately one of the most boring AIOs in a while.  While it may be important to learn about all the various names of God, this episode is just rather bland.  The Bible stories lack their usual zip and the whole episode feels slow.

The next two episodes are an arc about Eugene's possible acceptance of Christianity (which didn't happen until 2 1/2 years later). Thy Kingdom Come is the best episode in the album, accurately showing how many non-Christians feel and legitimately showing Eugene's concerns.  The dialog is great and all of Eugene's arguments echo many I have heard from various people.  It's a great compliment to the evangelizing episodes; it shows some of the arguments from the "other side".  Thy Will Be Done is not quite as good, but is still important.  Eugene and Connie are as humorous as ever and Eugene's desire to make up his own mind is a very good point.  While Lucy's story in this episode is decent, it doesn't really seem to compare to the other half.

Our Daily Bread and Into Temptation show two opposite sides of the Barclays and are perfect compliments.  Our Daily Bread shows the "serious" side of the family when they are confronted with a crisis and how they react to it.  Into Temptation shows a humorous situation and is fun with its many plot twists.  Whit's background voice is just what this episode needs.

Forgive Us as We Forgive wraps up the "Myers family" storyline with Ernie finally returning from prison.  It shows the reaction of everyone around him and provides a good object lesson with Eric's bike.  While predictable at times, the episode still has power.  Deliver Us From Evil is a good telling of a Bible story, though it's not spectacular like, say, Bernard & Esther.   I especially liked when Eugene cut into the story and the sound effects of ancient Babylon.

The Power and The Glory are two Marshall Younger shows and they highlight some of his humorous qualities.  However, The Power seems to be riddled with mistakes (Nicky in middle school, not college?  How can he keep a notebook of these children if he was moved as an orphan? Rusty refers to Nicky's mother and yet didn't he say that his parents died when was little?) and The Glory is predictable.  Both are good episodes, though, with The Power having an very interesting idea that has since been incorporated into various movies.

For Thine is the Kingdom and Forever...Amen are the two emotional episodes of the album and both have wonderful music.  They aren't quite as good as a few other emotional episodes, but are still able to affect the listener.

A sometimes fun and humorous, sometimes serious and emotional album.

Rating: 3 stars

Favorite Episode: Thy Kingdom Come

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The episodes of this collection come from the Lord's Prayer.

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