Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review: Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

It seems that I'm on a Robert J. Morgan kick, but it's mainly that Thomas Nelson has repackaged a few of his works, and these were what was available on Booksneeze lately. This is not a complaint, as I've enjoyed what I've read of his writing, and enjoyed hearing him speak when I was in Monticello and he came there.

When I was a kid, I liked being in the car around 6 o'clock in the evening. Why? Paul Harvey. Now, his news was on earlier in the day, but where we lived that I remember this from, something much better was on right around 6. Mr. Harvey would come on the radio, tell a fascinating, often slightly strange, story. This story then fed into a shocking reveal, where he'd say, “And now you know....the rest of the story.”

Well, if you've ever wanted to know “the rest of the story” behind many of the songs we sing in churches, Morgan's Then Sings My Soul will fill you in. Whether the well-known stories behind Amazing Grace or It is Well with My Soul, or more eclectic an unknown stories, the overall Then Sings My Soul series of books is an excellent read about the hymns of the church.

This Special Edition specifically focuses on 'seasonal' hymns, the songs we sing mainly at times like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. The book also includes the hymns discussed with their music, which stands out like a welcome old friend in our current church culture of words on a screen with no notes!

In all, I find the style easy to read, without being too simplistic. I'll be using some of these stories as either sermon illustrations or fillers earlier in the service to help people think about what they're singing. Great stuff!

Disclosure time: I received this book from Booksneeze, the Thomas Nelson Publishers book review for bloggers program. They pay me no money,and I pay them no mind when I write the review. Free book, free thoughts on the book. Check it out at their website. Read Disclosures! for a little more information.

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