Songs in the Night: Inspiring Stories behind 100 Hymns Born in Trial and Suffering

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802849236
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xvii
I Songs of Faith
1 It Is Well with My Soul--A Song in the Storm 3
2 He Giveth More Grace--Added Grace in Added Affliction 5
3 His Eye Is on the Sparrow--An Invalid's Secret of Joy 7
4 What a Friend We Have in Jesus--Comfort for a Sick and Distant Mother 9
5 Peace, Perfect Peace--Composed at the Bedside of a Dying Relative 11
6 Joni's Song--A Song from a Wheelchair 13
7 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus--From a Husband's Tragic Drowning 15
8 My Faith Looks Up to Thee--In a Time of Illness and Loneliness 17
9 I Must Tell Jesus--An Answer to a Heart Cry 19
10 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms--Comfort for the Grief-Stricken 21
11 Rock of Ages--In the Fury of a Storm 23
12 God Will Take Care of You--Born upon a Bed of Affliction 25
13 Blest Be the Tie That Binds--A Sadness of Farewell 27
II Songs of Prayer
14 Lead, Kindly Light--In Gloom upon the High Sea 31
15 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee--Attacking Social Injustice 33
16 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind--Prayer for Sanity and Serenity 35
17 Sweet Hour of Prayer--A Song Carved in the Darkness 38
18 I Need Thee Every Hour--God's Prevenient Grace 40
19 Precious Lord, Take My Hand--From the Loss of a Wife in Childbirth 42
III Songs of Salvation
20 Just as I Am--The World's Greatest Soul-Winning Hymn 47
21 In Times like These--Amid the Death and Destruction of War 50
22 The Love of God--From the Wall of a Mental Institution 52
23 Let the Lower Lights Be Burning--From the Story of a Shipwreck 54
24 He the Pearly Gates Will Open--From a Night of Spiritual Struggle 56
IV Songs of the Cross
25 The Old Rugged Cross--The Most Popular Hymn 61
26 In the Cross of Christ I Glory--The Preeminence of the Cross 63
27 Beneath the Cross of Jesus--From One Who Followed the Way of the Cross 65
28 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross--Contemplating the Meaning of Calvary 67
29 Am I a Soldier of the Cross?--A Painful Memory 70
30 He Never Said a Mumblin' Word--Pain Set to Music 72
31 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?--From the Cauldron of Calvary 75
32 Into the Woods My Master Went--Renewal in the Mountain 78
V Songs of Devotion
33 O Love That Will Not Let Me Go--A Classic Forged out of Blindness 83
34 Take My Life and Let It Be--A Prayer Lived Out in Life 85
35 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee--A Light from the Dark Ages 87
36 Strong Son of God--The Death of a Friend 89
37 Near to the Heart of God--A Comfort in Grief 91
38 More Love to Thee--In the Loss of Children 93
39 Thou Art Enough for Me--Written from a Sickbed 95
40 Angels, from the Realms of Glory--A Song of Worship out of Suffering 97
41 Silent Night--From a Broken Organ 99
VI Songs of Testimony
42 Amazing Grace--From Slave Ship Owner to Preaching Salvation 105
43 Since Jesus Came into My Heart--Written with a Pen Dipped in Pain 108
44 Through It All--Disappointed in Love 110
45 Take the Name of Jesus with You--The Secret of a Pain-Ridden Life 112
46 There's Within My Heart a Melody--From a Calamitous Loss of Wife and Children 114
47 The Family of God--The Family in Time of Trouble 116
48 Jesus Loves Me--From the Story of a Dying Child 118
49 I Love to Tell the Story--During a Long Period of Recovery 120
50 I Have Seen His Face in Blessing--When a Loved One Suffers 122
51 No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus--Healing from a Broken Marriage 124
VII Fanny Crosby--Queen of Sacred Song
52 A Wonderful Savior--A Light out of Darkness 129
53 To God Be the Glory--From the Night Watches 131
54 Rescue the Perishing--A Song from the Slums 133
55 I Must Have the Savior with Me--A Presence in the Darkness 134
56 Blessed Assurance--The Most Cherished Hope 136
VIII Songs of Praise
57 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee--A Majestic Melody out of Deafness 141
58 How Great Thou Art--Inspired by a Thunder and Lightning Storm 144
59 All Creatures of Our God and King--Celebrating God's Creation 146
60 My Redeemer--From the Wreckage of a Train 148
61 Showers of Blessing--In a Prisoner-of-War Hospital 150
62 Sunshine in My Soul--Sunshine in the Darkness 152
IX Songs of Service
63 Brighten the Corner--In Confining Circumstances 157
64 So Send I You--A Setting of Loneliness and Despair 159
65 Stand Up for Jesus--A Deathbed Challenge 161
66 His Way with Thee--In Despair and Rebellion 164
X Songs of Life After Death
67 Abide with Me--A Presence at Eventide 169
68 In the Sweet By and By--Prescription from a Drugstore 171
69 Nearer My God to Thee--Cradled in Sorrow and National Tragedy 173
70 Mansion over the Hilltop--Circumstances of Depression 176
71 Shall We Gather--Life at the River of Death 178
72 When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder--A Young Girl Is Called Home 180
73 Because He Lives--Assurance in Time of Difficulty 182
74 Beyond the Sunset--Blindness Transcended by Spiritual Sight 184
XI Songs of History
75 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God--Battle Hymn of the Reformation 189
76 Now Thank We All Our God--A Table Grace in Time of War 192
77 Once to Every Man and Nation--The Gathering Storm Clouds of War 194
78 The Church's One Foundation--Cauldron of Doctrinal Dispute 196
79 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day--From the Despair of the Civil War 198
80 Faith of Our Fathers--Remembering the Martyrs 200
81 We Gather Together--Thanksgiving out of the Oppression of War 202
82 America the Beautiful--Our Heritage of Freedom 204
XII Songs in the Bible
83 Great Is Thy Faithfulness--From the Saddest Book in the Bible 209
84 There Is a Balm in Gilead--From a Nation's Suffering 211
85 Paul and Silas in Prison--Midnight in the Dungeon 213
86 I Know That My Redeemer Lives--Job's Song in the Night 215
XIII Songs of an Army
87 My Life Must Be Christ's Broken Bread--In the Aftermath of War 219
88 Believe Him! The Holy One Is Waiting--War Time in London 222
89 O God, If Still the Holy Place--Renewal in Affliction 224
90 O Love upon a Cross Impaled--Contemplation of the Cross 226
91 Greater Things--From a Time of Discouragement 228
92 Savior, If My Feet Have Faltered--A Sterner Cleansing 230
93 I Know Thee Who Thou Art--In the Hour of Bereavement 232
94 Except I Am Moved with Compassion--In the Midst of Poverty and Destitution 234
95 I Have No Claim on Grace--In an Air Raid 236
96 In the Secret of Thy Presence--Between the Hammer and the Anvil 238
97 I'll Trust In Thee--In the Eventide of Life 240
98 No Home on Earth Have I--Amid a Painful Parting 242
99 I'm in His Hands--An Affirmation during Illness 245
100 All My Days and All My Hours--In a Chinese Labor Camp 247
Acknowledgments 249
Alphabetical List of Songs 251
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