Enjoying the Journey
Let me begin by saying that I am not a musician! The books that I am recommending are not related to the technical aspects of music, but rather to the use of great songs and the stories behind them. I do love music and have a collection of hymn books in our home. However, I am afraid that very often we know the songs but little about the history of the songs or the people who wrote them.
These five books have been a welcome addition to my library. I hope they will be an encouragement to you as they have been to me…
Al Smith’s Treasury of Hymn Histories by Alfred B. Smith (Al Smith, “Mr. Singspiration,” was a great blessing to me personally. This volume tells the story behind 115 great hymns and gospel songs. It is a rich source of illustration and inspiration.)
A Romance of Song and Soul Winning by Helen C. Alexander and J. Kennedy Maclean (This books tells the story of one of the greatest congregational song leaders in history, Charles M. Alexander. In it you will discover the connection to revival, evangelism, and great evangelistic singing.)
Fanny Crosby by Bernard Ruffin (There are several biographies of Fanny Crosby. This volume is a part of the Heroes of the Faith collection and gives an overview of the life of one of the most prolific hymn writers that ever lived.)
Amazing Grace by John Pollock (Pollock is a great biographer. Read all of his works if possible. In this book you will read the amazing story of the man who wrote the most beloved hymn ever written, John Newton.)
How Sweet The Sound by George Beverly Shea (Shea was greatly used of God as a music director and soloist. He shares the story behind a host of favorite hymns and songs, along with devotional thoughts connected to each. You will enjoy this book.)
What books have been a blessing to you in the area of music?
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