101 Hymn Stories : The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns

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Now with a new cover! This book offers the inspiring true stories behind 101 of your favorite hymns. It is excellent for devotional reading, sermon illustrations, and bulletin inserts, as well as for historical or biographical research.
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Now with a new cover! This book offers the inspiring true stories behind 101 of your favorite hymns. It is excellent for devotional reading, sermon illustrations, and bulletin inserts, as well as for historical or biographical research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825442827
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 205,284
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth W. Osbeck (MA, University of Michigan) taught for thirty-five years, first at Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, and then at Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary. He also served as music director for Children’s Bible Hour, Radio Bible Class, and several churches. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions; 101 Hymn Stories; Hallelujah, What a Savior!; 25 Most Treasured Gospel Hymn Stories; and Joy to the World.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Stories of 101 Selected Favorite Hymns

1 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 13

2 Abide with Me 16

3 All Creatures of Our God and King 18

4 All Hail the Power 22

5 All the Way My Savior Leads Me 25

6 Amazing Grace 28

7 Angels from the Realms of Glory 32

8 Battle Hymn of the Republic 34

9 Be Still My Soul 37

10 Beneath the Cross of Jesus 39

11 Blessed Assurance 42

12 Blest Be the Tie That Binds 45

13 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today 47

14 Come, Thou Almighty King 49

15 Come, Thou Fount 51

16 Count Your Blessings 54

17 Day by Day 57

18 Day Is Dying in the West 60

19 Deeper and Deeper 63

20 Doxology 66

21 Fairest Lord Jesus 69

22 Faith of Our Fathers 71

23 For the Beauty of the Earth 74

24 From Every Stormy Wind That Blows 76

25 From Greenland's Icy Mountains 78

26 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah 80

27 Great Is Thy Faithfulness 83

28 He Leadeth Me 86

29 Hiding in Thee 89

30 Hold the Fort 92

31 Holy, Holy, Holy 94

32 How Firm a Foundation 96

33 How Great Thou Art 98

34 I Gave My Life for Thee 101

35 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say 103

36 I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord 106

37 I Love to Tell the Story 108

38 I Sing the Mighty Power of God 111

39 I Will Sing the Wondrous Story 113

40 I'll Stand By Until the Morning 116

41 In Christ There Is No East or West 119

42 In the Cross of Christ I Glory 121

43 In the Garden 123

44 It Is Well with My Soul 126

45 Jesus, Lover of My Soul 129

46 Jesus Loves Even Me 132

47 Jesus Loves Me 135

48 Jesus Shall Reign 137

49 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee 139

50 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness 141

51 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee 143

52 Just As I Am 146

53 Lead, Kindly Light 149

54 Lead On, O King Eternal 152

55 Look, Ye Saints! The Sight Is Glorious 155

56 Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned 157

57 May Jesus Christ Be Praised 159

58 My Country, Tis of Thee 161

59 My Redeemer 164

60 My Savior First of All 166

61 Nearer, My God, to Thee 169

62 Now Thank We All Our God 172

63 Now the Day Is Over 175

64 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 177

65 O For a Thousand Tongues 180

66 O God, Our Help in Ages Past 183

67 O Little Town of Bethlehem 186

68 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go 189

69 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee 192

70 O That Will Be Glory 194

71 O Word of God Incarnate 197

72 O Worship the King 200

73 Onward Christian Soldiers 203

74 Peace, Perfect Peace 206

75 Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty 208

76 Rescue the Perishing 210

77 Ring the Bells of Heaven 213

78 Rock of Ages 215

79 Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name 219

80 Silent Night! Holy Night! 221

81 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above 223

82 So Send I You 226

83 Softly and Tenderly 230

84 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart 232

85 Sun of My Soul 234

86 Stand Up for Jesus 236

87 Take My Life and Let It Be 239

88 The Church's One Foundation 242

89 The Day of Resurrection 245

90 The God of Abraham Praise 248

91 The Ninety and Nine 250

92 The Old Rugged Cross 254

93 The Sands of Time Are Sinking 257

94 The Star-Spangled Banner 260

95 There Is a Fountain 263

96 There Is a Green Hill Far Away 266

97 This Is My Father's World 269

98 Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne 272

99 What a Friend We Have in Jesus 275

100 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 278

101 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks 281

Selected Bibliography 284

Index of Authors, Translators, Composers, Tune Names 286

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    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

    I was eager to delve into "101 Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns" by Kenneth W. Osbeck because I grew up in a traditional church that sang hymns. Today I admit I enjoy worshiping with contemporary music but the old favorites still stir my heart. Many of today’s contemporary songs are actually traditional hymns set to current music. There is a unique and heartwarming story behind many of the hymns, some of which I had heard before and many that were new to me. Among my favorite stories in this book are: 'Blest Be The Tie That Binds' by John Fawcett. Fawcett was a Baptist minister serving a small penniless congregation in North England. After several years Fawcett was offered a position at a larger church. As moving day approached the pastor and his wife realized they did not want to leave. 'Blest Be The Tie That Binds' was a poem written by Fawcett expressing his love for his congregation. 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness' was written by Thomas O. Chisholm and was written in response to Chisholm’s “morning by morning realization of God’s personal faithfulness.” 'Rescue The Perishing' was written by Fanny J. Crosby. Ms Crosby was nicknamed the queen of gospel song writers. Although she was blind she wrote over 8,000 hymns. When speaking to a group of men she felt there was someone there who needed to be rescued. She asked the crowd if there was a boy among them who had wandered away from home and his mother’s teachings. She asked that boy to see her. A young man came forward and admitted he had promised to meet his mother in heaven but he had wandered away from her teaching. After they prayed together he told Ms Crosby that he would be meeting his mother in heaven.

    The hymns in this book have touched the lives of many. The words came from the heart of the authors as they allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them. Kenneth W. Osbeck offers readers a look at the story behind each of these old favorites. It is obvious that he spent much time researching and organizing the hymns. The message in these hymns has great depth and still warms hearts. Pastors will find this book invaluable for their inspiration and sermon material. Osbeck not only included the story behind the hymn but included a full copy of the lyrics and music. I very much enjoyed this book. Kudos to Mr. Osbeck.

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