Heart is an unusually revealing glimpse of this singer/songwriter’s spiritual journey, avoiding typical Christian music clichés in favor of something more honest. Assad brings a quietly intense fervor to her pure-toned vocals, often shading them with a bittersweet yearning. A sense of hope amid bleak times comes through in “Blessed Are the Ones,” “Even the Winter,” and “Wherever You Go.” God’s constant presence is captured with a sharply poetic eye in “The Way You Move” and “No Turning Back.” Assad is especially eloquent when depicting the restlessness that can plague even the strongest believer, as on “Lament” and “Slow.” She matches her lyrics with a sophisticated musical touch, gracing “O My Soul” with subtle chords and reworking the classic hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” into an airy jazz/rock number. “Won Me Over” stands out for its buoyantly joyful quality, making it a perfect Christian radio entry. Marshall Altman’s production keeps the spotlight on Assad’s voice and piano while rounding out the sound with tasteful synthesizers and percussion.