Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Then Sings My Soul: Special Edition" Book Review

I was looking for a good book to give my piano-playing/gifted-singing mother for Christmas when I stumbled upon Then Sings My Soul: Special Edition by Robert Morgan. I was provided a free copy of the book from the publishers, through the Book Sneeze program, in exchange for my honest review. This paperback volume with its torn page edges (to give it that antique, well-loved, well-worn look) is chock full of the stories behind the creations of some of the most beloved old hymns of the church. It’s divided into the following categories: Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Patriotic, & Other Favorites (it also has indices in the very back). A coinciding Bible verse, as well as the date of the hymn’s creation is displayed at the top of each song’s story. The details behind each hymn are approximately one page each with the actual music for the song accompanying on the other page. The stories are simple to read & transform you back into musical history. This book could be used as a devotional, light reading, hymnal (for singing or playing), or reference. It would be a lovely gift for a musician, music minister, or old songs of the church enthusiast. The only minor complaint is that because the book is paperback & quite thick, I think it will be hard for my mother to keep the book open in order to play the music. However, I still think my mom will be thrilled to open this on Christmas day!

Bookish Blessings,

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