All to often, I fear that we sing hymns each Sunday with their familiar rhyme and meter without as much thought as needed to ponder the words we sing. This book provides a gentle prodding to fix this problem. The book covers ninety hymns, including such favorites as “To God Be the Glory,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Praise Him! Praise Him!,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” and “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come.” For each hymn, a numbered section contains the lyrics written in text format, a listing of the songwriter and composer’s date of birth and death, several Bible study questions, additional personal reflection questions, and a written prayer. The book itself is hardcover and has the feel of an actual hymnal. I think the premise of this book is a wonderful idea. I love that each song is linked back to a passage in the Bible. I also adore that they used the King James Version of the Bible. I even found myself interested in the dates associated with the songwriter and composers and how they have fueled worship for Christians for so many years. If I could have made one change to the book, I would have included the music for each song. Nevertheless, I think this would make an excellent addition to the collection of anyone who loves hymns.
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