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Rob Morgan's inimitable style will help people reacquaint
themselves with the hymns of the faithful. His goal is to keep these
traditional hymns vital and meaningful to all generations.

Don't
look for a dry recounting of boring stories. These devotional-style
stories show the emotion and drama behind the hymns of faith that have
changed many lives throughout history -- the people whose faith led them
to write these wonderful hymns and the people whose faith was affected
by reading, hearing, and singing the songs. Designed to be personally
reflective, these stories speak to your soul and add depth and meaning
as you worship God through song.

FEATURES:

  • Includes
    words and music to each hymn
  • Special softcover, french flap
    cover design
  • Ivory paper with brown ink
  • Jagged-edge
    paper, giving it a classic feel
  • Complete with hymn
    index
  • Use for devotionals, teaching illustrations, introductory
    remarks for song leaders and music ministers


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Reviews for Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories:

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Jun 04, 2019

4.5⭐ I love reading the stories behind hymns and this book was well written with more of a devotional flare.
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Aug 31, 2018

Yes, I'm 22 years old and I love hymns. So when I received a book about the stories behind the writing of some of these hymns as a gift on my 21st birthday, I knew I'd enjoy it! And I definitely did!

The format of this book is cool, too. It's essentially 150 short, one-page stories arranged like a devotional. The lead sheet for the hymn with all the lyrics was on the left page, and the story of the song was on the opposite right page. And the stories were all interesting. Some made me laugh, some Yes, I'm 22 years old and I love hymns. So when I received a book about the stories behind the writing of some of these hymns as a gift on my 21st birthday, I knew I'd enjoy it! And I definitely did!

The format of this book is cool, too. It's essentially 150 short, one-page stories arranged like a devotional. The lead sheet for the hymn with all the lyrics was on the left page, and the story of the song was on the opposite right page. And the stories were all interesting. Some made me laugh, some made tears come to my eyes, some made me think. The amount of research that must've gone into this book is unbelievable!

Some of rhe writers of the hymns were pastors and seminary professors. Others were doctors, shopkeepers, stay-at-home moms, farmers, etc. They were normal people living lives like ours, raising families, changing jobs, enjoying nature, travelling, and learning more about the God they loved to worship along the way. They had doubts and questions and fears, went through terrible losses, but they still found God to be worthy of praise. And so can we.

I suggest reading this like a devotional (read one or two a day). I tried to read a bunch all at once, and I think it took away from the experience a little for me. I can't remember a lot of the specific stories, and it took me a while to get through the book because I read it so inconsistently. I would also suggest using this as a "coffee table" reference book. It's a great one to leave lying around to read as you go by! I'm glad I have it to refer back to whenever I want!

And as a bonus, you can learn some great new songs! ...more
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Apr 16, 2017

This wonderful devotional is perfect for anyone who loves Hymns and wishes to know more about the stories behind the songs. This is not just another dry musical history lesson. The stories within are rich in warmth and detail, joining with deeper thought and emotion behind the hymns.

I have many happy memories of singing the hymns. When I was younger the extended family would gather around the piano at my grandparent's home. Grandma would play and sing as would we all. We each had our favorites, This wonderful devotional is perfect for anyone who loves Hymns and wishes to know more about the stories behind the songs. This is not just another dry musical history lesson. The stories within are rich in warmth and detail, joining with deeper thought and emotion behind the hymns.

I have many happy memories of singing the hymns. When I was younger the extended family would gather around the piano at my grandparent's home. Grandma would play and sing as would we all. We each had our favorites, and we would sing for what seemed like hours.

This past fall my husband, son and I happened upon the church where The Old Rugged Cross was first sung in its entirety for the first time in 1840, Pokagon Township, Michigan.

I enjoyed learning more about these wonderful songs that bring such happy memories. ...more
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Oct 06, 2019

I so enjoyed this book. Robert Morgan takes us into the lives of some of the greatest hymn writers and musicians in history, reminding us that behind every song is a story -- sometimes painful, but always pointing us to God. That's the beauty of the hymns. It's a great book to read before sleeping at night, as it enables you to go to bed with a song in your heart and a reminder that God puts a melody in each and every one of us who follow Christ. This was a gift from a dear friend, and I'm very I so enjoyed this book. Robert Morgan takes us into the lives of some of the greatest hymn writers and musicians in history, reminding us that behind every song is a story -- sometimes painful, but always pointing us to God. That's the beauty of the hymns. It's a great book to read before sleeping at night, as it enables you to go to bed with a song in your heart and a reminder that God puts a melody in each and every one of us who follow Christ. This was a gift from a dear friend, and I'm very thankful for it, as it cheered my soul. ...more
5

Feb 03, 2019

I was so inspired with every hymn story! Thanks to Robert
Morgan!
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Feb 24, 2019

This contained many neat stories behind popular hymns. Toward the end, it seems to stretch the notion of what qualifies as a hymn.
5

Feb 05, 2008

This is more like a song book with histories behind the songs written there. Good outlook and pretty complete. I just hope they will come up with the second and the third book to collect as many songs as possible.
5

Jan 19, 2009

This a very informative book of where our favorite hymns originated. Full of interesting information, beautiful truths, and memories. :)
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Jan 30, 2013

Excellent book and resource. It has the words and music to the 150 hymns. It's very inspiring to see the way some of these songs came together and in many cases the working of the Holy Spirit to bring it about. And also very encouraging as a worship leader desiring to write original songs!
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Sep 08, 2009

An interesting collection of stories related to some of the best known hymns. I enjoyed it, but I felt that some of the stories were not that compelling - perhaps chosen only because the author wanted to include the hymn in the book. It is nice to have a collection of hymns in my home. I miss singing them!
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May 30, 2011

This is such a fun book. There 150 Easter Christmand and all time favorite hymns and the story as to how the hymn came to be. It is really alot of fun to bring the hymn up on YouTube and sing it. It is really alot of fun to read the background for the hymn and what was going on in the person's life as they wrote the hymn
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Feb 08, 2019

I have to admit that singing hymns is about my favorite part of the Sunday service and since I've been going to the Baptist church since I was a baby, I know a LOT of hymns. This book included a lot that I knew and quite a few that I don't. BUT -- the text which tells about the author and the little history of each hymn is just wonderful. Robert J. Morgan did a fantastic job. It also includes my favorite hymn -- AND CAN IT BE THAT I SHOULD GAIN -- which is so beautiful that it takes my breath I have to admit that singing hymns is about my favorite part of the Sunday service and since I've been going to the Baptist church since I was a baby, I know a LOT of hymns. This book included a lot that I knew and quite a few that I don't. BUT -- the text which tells about the author and the little history of each hymn is just wonderful. Robert J. Morgan did a fantastic job. It also includes my favorite hymn -- AND CAN IT BE THAT I SHOULD GAIN -- which is so beautiful that it takes my breath every time I hear it. So -- great job, Robert. ...more
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Mar 31, 2019

Not my kind of Christian hymnal Im afraid Not my kind of Christian hymnal I’m afraid ...more
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Nov 13, 2019

These stories add vision and background to their corresponding hymns. Morgan compiled your not-so-usual short stories that are easy to read for all ages. This book would make a great gift for those working in music education or music ministries.
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Jul 01, 2019

Heavenly

This is a wonderful book, the story's are inspirational, some of These great hymns have wonderful touching storys. I have been singing most of these songs most of my life, and never knew the story's that inspired them. Loved it.
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Nov 15, 2019

Excellent overview of the origins of great hymns. Interesting to see how these, usually poems initially, arose out of personal experience. Interesting background to many hymns oft-used, especially in evangelical churches.
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Dec 25, 2017

I have always loved history and I love reading personal histories of songs or other pieces of art/literature. I enjoyed the slice of life style of many of the stories. It amazed me how many of the best known hymns were written by people who were not career musicians. I found many of the stories encouraging and am glad to know more about some of my favorite hymns. I have always loved history and I love reading personal histories of songs or other pieces of art/literature. I enjoyed the “slice of life” style of many of the stories. It amazed me how many of the best known hymns were written by people who were not career musicians. I found many of the stories encouraging and am glad to know more about some of my favorite hymns. ...more
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Dec 12, 2019

I loved this. Great to read where some of these great songs came from plus an opportunity to hear ones I didnt already know. For me there were several hymns missing and not being American the patriotic songs were a bit surplus to requirements but I still found them interesting to read about. Looking forward to reading the second book. I loved this. Great to read where some of these great songs came from plus an opportunity to hear ones I didn’t already know. For me there were several hymns missing and not being American the patriotic songs were a bit surplus to requirements but I still found them interesting to read about. Looking forward to reading the second book. ...more
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Jan 25, 2019

Enjoyed reading about the history of many old & loved hymns. It was exciting to read that Fanny Crosby was in my hometown of Lynn, MA in a type of crusade there. Also read stuff about folks I knew about such as George Beverly Shea & Billy Graham. There were a lot of stories about hymns and people I never heard of but it was still very interesting to read about all the history of how these hymns were made anyhow.
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Apr 27, 2018

So this was a really interesting book about a LOT of hymns.
There would be a hymn on one page and on the opposite would be a page of info about the hymn writer and/or the song. I learned a lot about the meaning behind the words I love to sing. Plus, it gives you an insight into the lives, backgrounds, and beliefs of the men and women who wrote the songs people have been singing for decades, or in some instances, centuries.
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Oct 03, 2018

This is a short, excellent book on the stories behind some of our greatest hymns. There are popular ones matched with unfamiliar ones. But each story touched your heart.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the stories as presented is how frequently the hymns were written in one quick sitting. The spirit of God was loving among these hymnists as they shared their messages.
I have already used one of these as a sermon illustration and plan to use more.

Recommend reading.
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Mar 11, 2019

It was whatever. More of a focus on the good old days than anything. Even the purpose of the book is just to glory in the old days. He did a fair job researching and everything, but he's clearly one of those old-timey guys. I don't really see the point of owning the book. If I wanted to know the history of old songs I don't sing, I think this would be a great place to start. As I'm not interested in moving the church backwards 400 years, I have no need of this book. Very well made, and would It was whatever. More of a focus on the good old days than anything. Even the purpose of the book is just to glory in the old days. He did a fair job researching and everything, but he's clearly one of those old-timey guys. I don't really see the point of owning the book. If I wanted to know the history of old songs I don't sing, I think this would be a great place to start. As I'm not interested in moving the church backwards 400 years, I have no need of this book. Very well made, and would make a great gift for the elderly who have lived their whole life going to church but are not overly interested in serving the community. ...more
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Mar 20, 2020

I found out about this book from my daughter who had ordered it and I knew I wanted to have one as well. The book includes 150 well known hymns and the stories of the writers and musicians who composed them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learning about how these songs came to be. Many of them I was familiar with, some I had not heard in awhile and others were new to me. I decided to read the description of each hymn and then listen to it on You Tube. I was able to find all of these songs I found out about this book from my daughter who had ordered it and I knew I wanted to have one as well. The book includes 150 well known hymns and the stories of the writers and musicians who composed them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learning about how these songs came to be. Many of them I was familiar with, some I had not heard in awhile and others were new to me. I decided to read the description of each hymn and then listen to it on You Tube. I was able to find all of these songs sung by someone, most of the time I had several or more people to choose from. It was the perfect way to enjoy both the history and inspiration of this book by also hearing the songs. I would highly recommend going through this book by reading and listening! ...more
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Apr 12, 2019

I've always enjoyed learning the stories behind hymns and while some of the information wasn't breathtaking, it was well written and I learned something. In addition I realized that some of the songs we think were written with the last 20 years were actually written a long time ago. The arrangements were changed and in the case of O Happy Day, the chorus became the basis for a huge gospel hit, in the 70's.

I knew many of the songs but others not so much. Also some of the patriotic songs we sing I've always enjoyed learning the stories behind hymns and while some of the information wasn't breathtaking, it was well written and I learned something. In addition I realized that some of the songs we think were written with the last 20 years were actually written a long time ago. The arrangements were changed and in the case of O Happy Day, the chorus became the basis for a huge gospel hit, in the 70's.

I knew many of the songs but others not so much. Also some of the patriotic songs we sing were written as hymns. If you enjoy music you will like this very much. No gained knowledge, is wasteful.

I read a few pages of this each day as part of my personal Bible Study, nice addition and I enjoyed trying to sing some of the songs. ...more
5

Aug 05, 2017

I received this wonderful book as a gift. It contains 150 grand timeless and best-loved hymns (written with musical notation i.e. playable/sing-able) and a story about each (on facing pages). The stories always start with a scripture reference and usually provide some sort of personal application. Usually they will include a biographical sketch of the hymn writer and some background information about the hymn. Since hymns are written out of life experience, these often strike an emotional chord. I received this wonderful book as a gift. It contains 150 grand timeless and best-loved hymns (written with musical notation i.e. playable/sing-able) and a story about each (on facing pages). The stories always start with a scripture reference and usually provide some sort of personal application. Usually they will include a biographical sketch of the hymn writer and some background information about the hymn. Since hymns are written out of life experience, these often strike an emotional chord. Three indexes in the back of the books help you locate any hymn by its title, author/songwriter, or first line. The book has heavy ragged edge paper and self-flaps on the heavy paper cover. The hymns are in chronological order from the 14th century to 2002. The stories of the writing of the hymns are very interesting and leave my singing the tunes throughout the day. Some patriot and Christmas songs are also included. Each hymn and story would also make a wonderful Sunday School lesson. A friend in Michigan shared that her Ladies' Class had a very special program using this book. First they sang the song, then someone would read the story about the hymn, and fololwed by a group discussion . I'm looking forward to getting Volume 2 and 3. ...more

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