Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: Then Sings My Soul: Special Edition

I review for BookSneeze®

My latest free book from BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson was Then Sings My Soul Special Edition. This book is a compilation of 150 great hymns of the Christian faith. Each song is paired with a short story about the author, the specific hymn, and the influence that each piece has had throughout the years. The Special Edition features Christmas and Easter hymns specifically, coupled with "all-time favorites".

I really enjoyed this book! I think many times we are too quick to move on to what is new and exciting. There is something special about singing songs that Christians have sung for hundreds of years. And while I was familiar with most of the hymns in this book, there were several that I had never heard before.

Many of the songwriters in this book are heroes of our faith, and while we remember their songs, we know very little about their lives. Now went I sing What a Savior! I know that it was one of the last that Philip Bliss wrote before he died. And Silent Night was written for guitar accompaniment because the organ in Oberndorf, Germany was broken on Christmas Eve, 1818. And Holy, Holy, Holy was found in a trunk after the death of its author, Reginald Heber.

Of course, the story behind the song is not always spectacular, and some hymns I really enjoy ended up a little disappointing. But I think even that reinforces the humanity of the people that God uses to spread the Gospel. 

Four out of 5 stars.

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