by Robert Morgan
I was delighted to receive a copy of this book to review. I own the first two volumes as well, and have enjoyed them greatly. It saddens me to know that this will be the last book in this series. I really enjoyed the additional historical information and background given for the hymns in this book. It is so nice to have the sheet music for the hymns included also. It makes the reading so much more enjoyable to have all of the words and the tune accessible while reading the story that goes with each hymn.
This book would be enjoyed by anyone interested in traditional Christian music. It is so inspirational to read about the trials that brought about many of the most beloved songs we sing. I think my favorite story in the book was that of Susan and Anna Warner. Anna penned the words to "Jesus Loves Me". These two sisters were born into a prosperous family that tumbled into poverty in the early 1800s. They also lost their mother when they were very young. The sisters committed their way fully to the Lord and endeavored to "give their lives without reservation to the Lord Jesus Christ" and to do whatever they could to keep their family home, and to provide for themselves and their father. It was such a joy to read their story and see God's hand of provision at work in their lives. By simply being doing the tasks set before them, and being open to the will of God, they were able to touch countless people with the love of Christ.
In short, I loved this book, and I think a great many others will love it also. The only criticism I have of the book is the paper on which it is printed. The pages have uneven edges, like handmade paper or torn paper. I have read other books bound with this style of paper also, such as the Jesus Freak books by Toby Mac and Michael Tait, and I have the same complaint about those books. For people such as myself with arthritic hands, it is quite a lot more uncomfortable to hold and read books with this kind of paper. I do think the torn edging gives a pretty look to the book, sort of like an antique, but it makes reading them less comfortable. That is the only drawback I find to this wonderful book. I highly recommend it to all!
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