I grew up in a church that sang hymns. Each Sunday was another round of old favorites. I always looked forward to the evenings when we could call out hymn numbers instead of singing the old standbys. Those hymns have stuck with me long after I first sang them.
While I now attend a church where more modern Christian worship songs are intoned, we still sing hymns each week. However, it's no longer the cornerstone of the worship music in our congregation. I realized that the history and legacy of these songs was being lost for my children so it's something I've been teaching at home. I love having the stories behind the songs to make it even more meaningful.
Robert J. Morgan began writing his Then Sings My Soul books back in 2003. Volume three was just published in 2011. I think this statement from the publisher sums up the purpose of this series of book quite nicely: "This collection of the world's greatest hymns and the stories behind them stirred an entire generation to better understand the heritage of our faith through song." That is how I have always viewed hymns....as the "heritage of my faith through song."
This volume contains not only a new collection of hymns but the stories behind them as well as the history of worship, a look at the first biblical hymns, and biographical sketches of some of the composers. Each hymn included in this volume also has the musical arrangement included.
I'm now on the lookout for the first two volumes in order to add them to my new collection. I feel that this is a great way to supplement our hymn study and make it super easy to learn the history of the songs and the authors.
Then Sings My Soul is available from Thomas Nelson publishing for $19.99 or from Amazon for $9.99 (Kindle version) or $13.17 (paperback). It's also available directly from the author's website for $13.99.
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