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Posted July 3, 2012
Gorgeous pictures and a wonderful understanding of the hymns we love and sing. Would be great value even without the included CD.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2009
I have seen very few books that stack up to "Abide with Me" as far as depth and beauty goes. It is of the most superb quality for gift giving and should not just be relegated to the coffee table for its breath-taking photos, but needs to be in a place of prominence where you will pick it up often and read about the amazing places that were the inspiration for many of our most loved hymns.
I think that knowing the reason why a particular hymn was written in the first place makes the lyrics that much more poignant to our own souls as we sing them. "Abide With Me" is the perfect blend of explaining the lives of the authors and the stories of the hymns with the sheer beauty of the places they were surrounded with as they wrote and lived.
Not only is the book amazing, but it includes a cd filled with the beautiful hymns that are discussed in the book. There are a variety of different choirs and groups that sing them which is actually quite nice because it means that they don't all sound the same and makes for a lot of enjoyment in the listening.
All in all, if you or someone you know loves singing the good ol' hymns then you will want to add this excellent book to your collection.
Posted September 10, 2009
Show and Tell comes alive in this historical book about twenty-five of Britain's--and indeed, America's--most popular hymns. It's beautifully laid out and illustrated with spectacularly colored photographs on every page. Why, even the Table of Contents contains colored photographs! Descriptions read as if an informed tour guide leads the reader through the towns, fields, and churches, pointing out many details of interest, making this a book chock full of valuable information.
A high quality, a cappella CD of twenty-four of the twenty-five hymns is included. I was excited to hear Caedmon's Hymn, the first known English language hymn in its original language as well as in translation. Note: early English requires translation! When I taught high school, students were often amazed to learn this fact.
Truly, it is the next best thing to being there. This volume would make an amazing gift for anyone who has an interest in Britain, music, history, photography, or the things of God. What a treasure!
Posted September 8, 2009
Abide with Me by John H. Parker is a terrific hardcover book filled with beautiful photos and fascinating stories behind some of our favorite hymns. Parker travels across the United Kingdom from the hills of Wales to the busy collegiate town of Cambridge to the imposing landscape of Yorkshire to discover the story behind some of England's most famous hymns and their creators. From Isaac Watt's Joy to the World to Sabine Baring-Gould's Onward Christian Soldiers, each of these songs has stood the test of time and speaks to something within the Christian experience. The photographs are stunning in their depiction of this breath-taking land, and Parker brings a real flavor of a traveler to each chapter, describing the homes and churches of hymnists long gone. He brings to life each writer with a few deft strokes of the pen, and the photography displays the beauty of God's creation that they looked upon while writing words that are sung in churches around the world every Sunday. A CD is included that has version of each song, some of the tunes I was unfamiliar with, like Take My Life (one of my all-time favorite hymns) and Oh Happy Day. This lovely book would be a perfect gift for the holidays!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2009
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This is a fabulous book! I could easily see this sitting out on a coffee table for years to come or a guest room bedside table for enjoyment. Also, this book is a perfect gift idea for my father. Written by John H. Parker and filled to the brim of photography by Paul Seawright, this square-shaped book is a perfect historical lesson on Christianity's most famous British Hymns and their authors lives. Each chapter gives an oral history of the hymnist life and a photographic journey of those locations in modern day. Each picture and page is to die for.
Over the years my father has always been interested in the history of hymns and their authors and collected various books on the topic. This one is like no other that he has in his collection. The pictures open a different kind of view into the lives and homes of these historical figures, both male and female and really brings a relaxation to the experience. In addition to flipping through these glorious pictures and learning of the lyrical poetry written by such masters this book also contains a free CD with 24 songs of beloved hymns, performed by Ray Walker of the Jordanaires and other artists all arranged to sound as they would have in the time they were written.
This book and CD is quite the experience, and I cannot wait to share it with my dad. But I think he'll have to wait until I get him another copy, because I do not want to give mine up!
Posted August 27, 2009
Posted July 27, 2009
"Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." Ephesians 5:19
Abide With Me by John H. Parker, is a beautiful journey illustrated with awesome photography by Paul Seawright. You will be entertained with 24 British Hymns(CD) such as the old time favorites, "Amazing Grace" by John Newton and "Rock of Ages" by Augustus Toplady.
Come join along as they take us on a photographic journey across England and Wales while listening to this inspirational CD. The Abide With Me title song is sung by The Jordanaires and Shannon Singers. (Track 3)
I love the old hymns and was impressed with the quality of this book and appreciate all the hard work that each person contributed to the making of it. I believe if you are a fan of hymns, you too will admire this book and enjoy the beautiful music that goes along with it. Abide With Me would make a great coffee table addition
for hours of inspiring discussions and would be a lovely gift for special friends and family members alike.