Recently, I received the book, Then Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith (Then Sings My Soul (Thomas Nelson)). I was excited to get the book in the first place, because, as you know, I love the music of the church. However, when I received the book and opened it up, I was met with something that I wasn’t expecting at all. This book is amazingly rich in the format of diverse music types, from traditional to contemporary, and the history of such. It is set up as sort of a “history tour” of music in the church, starting back in David’s time and bringing us through the ages to the present. I found some hymns in this book that I have loved in the contemporary setting, and had no idea they dated back so far. I found myself engulfed in the richness of the music of the church, and my love for it has been deepened significantly.
The description of the book from the publisher is this:
The long-awaited third installment! In 2003, Robert Morgan released what would become a future classic for over a million readers, a unique book entitled Then Sings My Soul. 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.
Now, in the long-awaited third volume of this series, Morgan expands his material to include the great history of worship, the first biblical hymns, biographical sketches of the most interesting composers, and almost 60 generations of hymn singing. The new book also includes a collection of the greatest hymns you’ve never heard, with lead-sheets included.
All of this is in addition to even more standard hymns and the stories of the composers behind them.
Morgan’s conclusion guides the reader into enjoying all of God’s music, blending the old and the new into a symphony of praise that keeps the worship alive for a new generation.
My review of this book is that it completely satisfies the description of the book, and then some. I really can’t say enough about how much I love this book. It is my first experience with the "Then Sings My Soul" Series, and I will definitely be purchasing the other two.
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