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

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Songs in the Night gathers one hundred biblical, historical, and contemporary examples of those who turned their sorrows into songs. Henry Gariepy vividly describes these songs, their authors, and the circumstances in which the songs were written. He has also divided these hymns into thirteen sections according to theme - a structure that lends an important devotional element to his work. Reading the stirring stories behind these great songs of faith will make them all the more meaningful to everyone who still ...
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Overview

Songs in the Night gathers one hundred biblical, historical, and contemporary examples of those who turned their sorrows into songs. Henry Gariepy vividly describes these songs, their authors, and the circumstances in which the songs were written. He has also divided these hymns into thirteen sections according to theme - a structure that lends an important devotional element to his work. Reading the stirring stories behind these great songs of faith will make them all the more meaningful to everyone who still sings them today.
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Publishers Weekly
"The volume is both poignant reading and a useful resource.... Forged in the agonies of war, slavery, illness or depression, they offer words that have brought solace to many over the years. These stories of the circumstances in which such favorites as "Just As I Am," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "Amazing Grace," were written will be a source of hope and inspiration for readers today."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gariepy, National Literary Consultant for the Salvation Army in the United States, here gathers the background stories that led to the composition of 100 well-known hymns. Acknowledging that some of the most cherished Christian hymns are the result of "night seasons," times of doubt, grief or loneliness for their writers, the volume is both poignant reading and a useful resource (e.g., for preachers, teachers, etc.). The book includes biblical, historical and contemporary examples of people who have turned sorrow into song; and the hymns themselves are printed as poetry without music. Forged in the agonies of war, slavery, illness or depression, they offer words that have brought solace to many over the years. These stories of the circumstances in which such favorites as "Just As I Am," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "Amazing Grace," were written will be a source of hope and inspiration for readers today. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802838025
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. I: SONGS OF FAITH

  2. It Is Well with My Soul
    A Song in the Storm
  3. He Giveth More Grace
    Added Grace in Added Affliction
  4. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
    An Invalid's Secret of Joy
  5. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
    Comfort for a Sick and Distant Mother
  6. Peace, Perfect Peace
    Composed at the Bedside of a Dying Relative
  7. Joni's Song
    A Song from a Wheelchair
  8. 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
    From a Husband's Tragic Drowning
  9. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
    In a Time of Illness and Loneliness
  10. I Must Tell Jesus
    An Answer to a Heart Cry
  11. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
    Comfort for the Grief-Stricken
  12. Rock of Ages
    In the Fury of a Storm
  13. God Will Take Care of You
    Born upon a Bed of Affliction
  14. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
    A Sadness of Farewell
  15. II: SONGS OF PRAYER

  16. Lead, Kindly Light
    In Gloom upon the High Sea
  17. O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee
    Attacking Social Injustice
  18. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
    Prayer for Sanity and Serenity
  19. Sweet Hour of Prayer
    A Song Carved in the Darkness
  20. I Need Thee Every Hour
    God's Prevenient Grace
  21. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
    From the Loss of a Wife in Childbirth
  22. III: SONGS OF SALVATION

  23. Just as I Am
    The World's Greatest Soul-Winning Hymn
  24. In Times like These
    Amid the Death and Destruction of War
  25. The Love of God
    From the Wall of a Mental Institution
  26. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
    From the Story of a Shipwreck
  27. He the Pearly Gates Will Open
    From a Night of Spiritual Struggle
  28. IV: SONGS OF THE CROSS

  29. The Old Rugged Cross
    The Most Popular Hymn
  30. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
    The Preeminence of the Cross
  31. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
    From One Who Followed the Way of the Cross
  32. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
    Contemplating the Meaning of Calvary
  33. Am I a Soldier of the Cross?
    A Painful Memory
  34. He Never Said a Mumblin' Word
    Pain Set to Music
  35. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
    From the Cauldron of Calvary
  36. Into the Woods My Master Went
    Renewal in the Mountain
  37. V: SONGS OF DEVOTION

  38. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
    A Classic Forged out of Blindness
  39. Take My Life and Let It Be
    A Prayer Lived Out in Life
  40. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
    A Light from the Dark Ages
  41. Strong Son of God
    The Death of a Friend
  42. Near to the Heart of God
    A Comfort in Grief
  43. More Love to Thee
    In the Loss of Children
  44. Thou Art Enough for Me
    Written from a Sickbed
  45. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
    A Song of Worship out of Suffering
  46. Silent Night
    From a Broken Organ
  47. VI: SONGS OF TESTIMONY

  48. Amazing Grace
    From Slave Ship Owner to Preaching Salvation
  49. Since Jesus Came into My Heart
    Written with a Pen Dipped in Pain
  50. Through It All
    Disappointed in Love
  51. Take the Name of Jesus with You
    The Secret of a Pain-Ridden Life
  52. There's Within My Heart a Melody
    From a Calamitous Loss of Wife and Children
  53. The Family of God
    The Family in Time of Trouble
  54. Jesus Loves Me
    From the Story of a Dying Child
  55. I Love to Tell the Story
    During a Long Period of Recovery
  56. I Have Seen His Face in Blessing
    When a Loved One Suffers
  57. No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus
    Healing from a Broken Marriage
  58. VII: FANNY CROSBY—QUEEN OF SACRED SONG

  59. A Wonderful Savior
    A Light out of Darkness
  60. To God Be the Glory
    From the Night Watches
  61. Rescue the Perishing
    A Song from the Slums
  62. I Must Have the Savior with Me
    A Presence in the Darkness
  63. Blessed Assurance
    The Most Cherished Hope
  64. VIII: SONGS OF PRAISE

  65. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
    A Majestic Melody out of Deafness
  66. How Great Thou Art
    Inspired by a Thunder and Lightning Storm
  67. All Creatures of Our God and King
    Celebrating God's Creation
  68. My Redeemer
    From the Wreckage of a Train
  69. Showers of Blessing
    In a Prisoner-of-War Hospital
  70. Sunshine in My Soul
    Sunshine in the Darkness
  71. IX: SONGS OF SERVICE

  72. Brighten the Corner
    In Confining Circumstances
  73. So Send I You
    A Setting of Loneliness and Despair
  74. Stand Up for Jesus
    A Deathbed Challenge
  75. His Way with Thee
    In Despair and Rebellion
  76. X: SONGS OF LIFE AFTER DEATH

  77. Abide with Me
    A Presence at Eventide
  78. In the Sweet By and By
    Prescription from a Drugstore
  79. Nearer My God to Thee
    Cradled in Sorrow and National Tragedy
  80. Mansion over the Hilltop
    Circumstances of Depression
  81. Shall We Gather
    Life at the River of Death
  82. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
    A Young Girl Is Called Home
  83. Because He Lives
    Assurance in Time of Difficulty
  84. Beyond the Sunset
    Blindness Transcended by Spiritual Sight
  85. XI: SONGS OF HISTORY

  86. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
    Battle Hymn of the Reformation
  87. Now Thank We All Our God
    A Table Grace in Time of War
  88. Once to Every Man and Nation
    The Gathering Storm Clouds of War
  89. The Church's One Foundation
    Cauldron of Doctrinal Dispute
  90. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
    From the Despair of the Civil War
  91. Faith of Our Fathers
    Remembering the Martyrs
  92. We Gather Together
    Thanksgiving out of the Oppression of War
  93. America the Beautiful
    Our Heritage of Freedom
  94. XII: SONGS IN THE BIBLE

  95. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
    From the Saddest Book in the Bible
  96. There Is a Balm in Gilead
    From a Nation's Suffering
  97. Paul and Silas in Prison
    Midnight in the Dungeon
  98. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
    Job's Song in the Night
  99. XIII: SONGS OF AN ARMY

  100. My Life Must Be Christ's Broken Bread
    In the Aftermath of War
  101. Believe Him! The Holy One Is Waiting
    War Time in London
  102. O God, If Still the Holy Place
    Renewal in Affliction
  103. O Love upon a Cross Impaled
    Contemplation of the Cross
  104. Greater Things
    From a Time of Discouragement
  105. Savior, If My Feet Have Faltered
    A Sterner Cleansing
  106. I Know Thee Who Thou Art
    In the Hour of Bereavement
  107. Except I Am Moved with Compassion
    In the Midst of Poverty and Destitution
  108. I Have No Claim on Grace
    In an Air Raid
  109. In the Secret of Thy Presence
    Between the Hammer and the Anvil
  110. I'll Trust In Thee
    In the Eventide of Life
  111. No Home on Earth Have I
    Amid a Painful Parting
  112. I'm in His Hands
    An Affirmation during Illness
  113. All My Days and All My Hours
    In a Chinese Labor Camp
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