Then Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith

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The long-awaited third installment!

In 2003, Robert Morgan released what would become a future classic for over a million readers, a unique book entitledThen Sings My Soul.This collection of the world’s greatest hymns and the stories behind them stirred an entire generation to better understand the heritage of our faith through song.

Now, in the long-awaited third volume of this series, Morgan expands his material to include the great history ...

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Overview


The long-awaited third installment!

In 2003, Robert Morgan released what would become a future classic for over a million readers, a unique book entitledThen Sings My Soul.This collection of the world’s greatest hymns and the stories behind them stirred an entire generation to better understand the heritage of our faith through song.

Now, in the long-awaited third volume of this series, Morgan expands his material to include the great history of worship, the first biblical hymns, biographical sketches of the most interesting composers, and almost 60 generations of hymn singing. The new book also includes a collection of the greatest hymns you’ve never heard, with lead-sheets included.

All of this is in addition to even more standard hymns and the stories of the composers behind them.

Morgan’s conclusion guides the reader into enjoying all of God’s music, blending the old and the new into a symphony of praise that keeps the worship alive for a new generation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780849947131
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 222,345
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Morgan is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for more than thirty years. He is a bestselling and Gold-Medallion winning writer of more than twenty books with more than two million in print circulation. Rob has written articles for numerous publications and has appeared on national television and radio shows. He and his wife, Katrina, have three daughters and twelve grandchildren.
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THEN SINGS MY SOUL

BOOK 3
By Robert J. Morgan

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Robert J. Morgan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-4972-2


Chapter One

"Teach Me Some Melodious Sonnet"

About a year into our marriage, Katrina told me she might be pregnant. There were no home tests in those days, and it took awhile to get definitive answers from the doctor. He suggested we come back for the results in a few days. For reasons I can't remember, Katrina didn't accompany me on the return trip to the doctor's office; I went to hear the news by myself. Yes, the nurse said, we were expecting. Yes, we were going to be parents.

Though excited by the prospects, I drove home in a state of nerves. I didn't have a job. I didn't have health insurance. I had no idea how to support my family. We had been trying to find a church to pastor, but had been turned down a dozen times. How would we get by? Absently I switched on the car radio and heard these words suddenly wafting through the speakers:

    Be not dismayed whate'er betide,
    God will take care of you!
    Beneath His wings of love abide,
    God will take care of you!

    God will take care of you,
    Through every day o'er all the way;
    He will take care of you;
    God will take care of you
.

Civilla Martin wrote that hymn at the beginning of the twentieth century (as well as the words to "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"). She died four years before I was born; but her song lived on to calm my spirits on that springtime day in 1977. Listening to the words of that hymn, I knew everything would be fine.

Have you ever had a similar experience? When in the grip of nervous tension, nothing soothes the soul like the words and melody of one of our beloved hymns. Many such testimonies from around the world fill my filing cabinets, sent in response to the first two volumes of Then Sings My Soul. Nothing can do for us what hymns can, for there's a part of our spirits that only responds to God's truth in musical form. Psalm 92:1–4 exhorts us:

It is good to say, "Thank you" to the Lord, to sing praises to the God who is above all gods. Every morning tell him, "Thank you for your kindness," and every evening rejoice in all his faithfulness. Sing his praises, accompanied by music from the harp and lute and lyre. You have done so much for me, O Lord. No wonder I am glad! I sing for joy. (TLB)

As I wrote in my book of hymn devotions, Near to the Heart of God: "Hymns are distillations of the richest truths of God, versified, emotionalized, set to music, and released in the mind and from the mouth. They're miniature Bible studies that lead us effortlessly to worship, testimony, exhortation, prayer, and praise. They're bursts of devotional richness with rhyme and rhythm. They clear our minds, soothe our nerves, verbalize our worship, summarize our faith, and sing our great Redeemer's praise."

The eminent church historian Philip Schaff wrote, "The hymn is a popular spiritual song, presenting a healthful Christian sentiment in a noble, simple, and universally intelligible form, and adapted to be read and sung with edification by the whole congregation of the faithful.... They resound in all pious hearts, and have, like the daily rising sun and the yearly returning spring, an indestructible freshness and power.... Next to the Holy Scripture, a good hymn-book is the richest fountain of edification."

Once upon a time, English-speaking Christians owned their own hymnals just as most believers today own their own Bibles. In the 1700s and 1800s, these were small volumes without musical notes, giving stanzas of hymn texts in tiny print. I have quite a few of these little tan volumes in my possession, bound in leather, pages brittle. Worshippers carried these undersized hymnbooks to church each Sunday, then took them home and sang from them in personal or family devotions the rest of the week. Hymnals were, as someone put it, the ordinary person's systematic theology books—their Bibles in one hand; their hymnals in the other.

For us today, hymns are portable units of praise, capable of being sung in the heart and with the voice, as needed by the soul, seven days a week. In the words of the apostle Paul: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God" (Colossians 3:16).

Our appreciation for Christian music skyrockets when we understand the heritage of our hymnody. Studying the annals of our hymnals is like sinking a shaft through the layers of church history until we come to the very core of praise in biblical truth and in biblical times.

In the prior two volumes of Then Sings My Soul, I've told the stories of hymns without providing much historical context. In this final volume, I want to devote a few pages to sharing in simple fashion the overarching history of worship and praise from biblical times to our own. Think of it as standing on a scenic overlook and viewing a panorama of praise that stretches back nearly four thousand years and that extends forward to the very throne of God in heaven.

I'm convinced that ordinary, pew-sitting, churchgoing Christians like me need to understand the history of our hymnody. Rather than a chore, it's an enthralling study, acquainting us with thousands of years of rich legacies, brave heroes, and astounding stories of the faith being passed down by Spirit-filled witnesses from one era to the next. We're largely unaware of our heritage, of the valor and victories of the great cloud of witnesses who have preceded us. But without knowing the heritage of our past, we'll leave no legacy for the future.

I believe the history of the church is encoded in her hymns, and the story of Christianity is enfolded in its songs. If you know the hymns of the ages, you'll know the history of the church. If we lose the hymns, we'll lose a priceless legacy; and we'll be the first generation of Christians to ever do so. Every other generation of believers has added its songs to the hymnal without discarding the contributions of earlier eras.

There are some great advantages to the modern technologies that allow us to project words to giant screens. We do it in our church and it enables us to sing tapestries of songs and hymns, both ancient and modern, without having to stop and turn to different pages in a book. But there are some disadvantages too. Without holding these old hymns in our hands, we're more likely to forget them. Without flipping through the pages of a hymnal, we're apt to forget its contents.

I think we need to teach, emphasize, and celebrate hymns in our public gatherings; and I'm also an advocate for keeping a hymnbook by our devotional materials for daily singing and personal use. Just today during my morning devotions, I found a much-needed prayer in the stanzas of that old hymn that says, "Breathe on me, breathe on me, Holy Spirit, breathe on me. / Take Thou my heart, cleanse every part. Holy Spirit, breathe on me."

A good hymn combines prayer with praise, keen theology with vivid imagery, and the majesty of God with our daily needs.

And to think—there are thousands of hymns ripe for rediscovery, and that's what this book aims to do. Then Sings My Soul Book 3 isn't designed to provide an in-depth or academic approach to the history of hymnody. Instead, I'd like to tell a generalized (yes, and oversimplified) story to help you better understand and appreciate the wonderful heritage of our hymnal. The hymnbook is one of the richest treasure troves we have for biographical, theological, historical, and personal enrichment.

For our purposes, I'm going to divide the story of Western hymnody into seven segments:

? Biblical Hymns

? Ancient Hymns

? Medieval Hymns

? German Hymns

? English Hymns

? Gospel Songs and American Hymns

? Contemporary Praise and Worship Music

Charles Wesley exclaimed: "O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise!" You may not have a thousand tongues, but you do have thousands of hymns and thousands of years of hymn stories. As we turn the page to get started, why not take a moment to pray:

    Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
    Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
    Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    Call for songs of loudest praise.
    Teach me some melodious sonnet,
    Sung by flaming tongues above,
    Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
    Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Biblical Hymns

My friend Frank Fortunato, international music director for OM (Operation Mobilisation) International, recently gave me an account of what happened when three teams of national Christians tried to take the gospel into the towns and villages of a restrictive African nation. Braving bumpy roads and uncertain receptions, they lugged around portable 16 mm projection equipment sets. Each team showed the JESUS film every night for a month, which amounted to ninety presentations of the gospel in thirty days.

Just as they finished, civil war broke out in the area. The workers had to flee. They were extremely disappointed because they felt their presentations had paved the way for conversions to occur and churches to be planted. But the war made further contact impossible. For six years they prayed and wondered if anything had come from their efforts.

One day a man showed up in the capital asking to see the staff person who had overseen the JESUS film project. He had exciting news. "You know," he said, "I was with you that month [when] you and your team showed the JESUS film. I watched it every night. In fact, I memorized it."

The man pulled from his pocket a collection of eighteen dog-eared sheets of paper. It was a song he'd written from the words of the film. He had set the life of Christ to music. His ballad covered the birth, life, teachings, miracles, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Since this African culture was an oral society, his song was well received in the towns and villages where the film had originally been shown.

The man said, "I first taught the song to a few of my people—all eighteen pages. They learned it, and then they taught it to others; it went from person to person and from heart to heart." As a result, forty-eight new churches were planted as the story of Jesus was sung across cultural barriers and through the isolation of a remote and restrictive region.

That story gives us insight into biblical times. In the ancient world of the Bible, much of the collecting, preserving, and spreading of truth was done through song. The great hymns of the Bible—including the short ones like Psalm 117 and the long ones like Psalm 119—were meant to be learned by heart and circulated through singing, from person to person. Biblical hymns give us the singable version of God's good news. This is, in fact, why so much of the Old Testament (even many of the sermons of the prophets) is given in poetical form.

The first reference to music in the Bible goes back to a man named Jubal, who is described as the "father" of all who play the harp and flute (Genesis 4:21).

The first recorded hymn in the Bible is found in Exodus 15, after the Israelites escaped Egypt through the parted waters of the Red Sea. Moses and the Israelites quickly drew up the story in the form of a song that could be easily learned and spread abroad. It began: "I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea" (v. 1).

Exodus 15:20 describes the exuberance of the moment, saying: "Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing."

The parting of the Red Sea was the greatest miracle in the Old Testament, a story to be told and retold as long as time endures. By setting it to music, Moses provided a vehicle of praise to spread the news from person to person, from nation to nation, and from one generation to the next. (See Psalm 90 for another of our oldest hymns, also penned by Moses.)

Unfortunately the next time we see the Israelites in song, it's in sensuous idolatry around a golden calf. Leaving the Red Sea, the mass of Israelites traveled to Mount Sinai where Moses hiked to the mountaintop to seek God's guidance. During his prolonged absence, the people grew anxious and impatient. They compelled Aaron to craft an idol of gold similar to those they had seen in Egypt, and the desert erupted with the sounds of singing and partying and revelry. Moses heard the strains of music in the distance, descended from the mountain, and broke the Ten Commandments on the rocks.

But by the time we get to the book of Deuteronomy, the old Law Giver is again teaching the Israelites the songs of Jehovah. We read in Deuteronomy 31:30–32:3: "And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:

    Listen, O heavens, and I will speak;
      hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
    Let my teaching fall like rain,
      and my words descend like dew,
    like showers on new grace,
      like abundant rain on tender plants.
    I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
      Oh, praise the greatness of our God!

Ending his song, Moses advised the Israelites to take the words to heart. "They are not just idle words for you," he said. "They are your life" (Deuteronomy 32:47). He was describing not only the nature of God's Word but the character of his hymn, which represented God's Word crafted for singing.

As we turn the page to the book of Joshua and read the rest of the historical books of the Old Testament, we find a few poems, hymns, and ballads sprinkled throughout the text, such as Deborah's song in Judges 5. Then we come to the story of David—shepherd, poet, musician, king. It was this iconic man—one of the greatest musicians in history—who launched and formalized the ministry of music in about the year 1000 BC.

David determined to establish Jerusalem as the spiritual center as well as the political and military capital of Israel. He employed thousands of musicians (both vocal and instrumental) for the great worship convocations in Jerusalem, and he personally wrote many of the hymns for them to sing and play. Scores of them are preserved in our book of Psalms—the Hebrew Hymnal.

Of the thirty-eight thousand Levites chosen by David for the service in the tabernacle, four thousand of them were musicians, appointed to lead the nation in praise (1 Chronicles 23:3–5). They were to "sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals" (1 Chronicles 15:16).

When the temple was later built and dedicated by King Solomon, we read that all the musicians were dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps, and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to God and sang: "He is good; his love endures forever" (2 Chronicles 5:12–13).

David and Solomon ordained great choirs to lead the nation in worship. This is important for anyone who believes in the power of the ministry of music in a local church. I have a friend who laments the dearth of choirs in many American churches. Only about half of all churches—and only a small number of contemporary, cutting-edge congregations—have choirs. Many worship leaders believe that modern praise-and-worship music can't be effectively conveyed through the medium of singing choirs. But as my friend points out, choirs are God's idea. We see them in the pages of the Old Testament, and we read of vast choirs of men and angels in the nativity accounts of the New Testament and in prophecies about our Lord's return in the book of Revelation. Vast groups of singers joining their God-given voices to proclaim God's truth through the harmony of song ... well, that's a potent force.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................xi
"Teach Me Some Melodious Sonnet"....................3
Biblical Hymns....................9
Ancient Hymns....................19
Medieval Hymns....................25
German Hymns....................31
English Hymns....................37
From Gospel Songs to Contemporary Praise....................47
The Gloria Patri ("Glory Be to the Father")....................57
O Trinity of Blessed Light....................59
Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth....................61
Of the Father's Love Begotten....................63
Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One....................65
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation....................67
Commit Whatever Grieves Thee....................69
All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night....................71
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks....................73
When I Can Read My Title Clear....................75
Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending....................77
Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve....................79
Come, Thou Almighty King....................81
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy....................83
I Know That My Redeemer Lives!....................85
Now, in a Song of Grateful Praise....................87
Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare....................89
Holy Bible, Book Divine....................91
Day by Day the Manna Fell....................93
Once in Royal David's City....................95
Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love....................97
Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart....................99
As with Gladness, Men of Old....................101
Joy Fills Our Inmost Hearts Today....................103
Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God....................105
O Word of God Incarnate....................107
At the Name of Jesus....................109
I Am Not Skilled to Understand....................111
More Holiness Give Me....................113
Wonderful Words of Life....................115
Breathe on Me, Breath of God....................117
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It....................119
God, Our Father, We Adore Thee....................121
The Birthday of a King....................123
What a Wonderful Savior....................125
Boundless Salvation....................129
We've a Story to Tell to the Nations....................131
We Praise Thee, O God Our, Redeemer....................133
All I Need....................135
Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart....................137
Grace Greater than Our Sin....................139
The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power....................143
He Giveth More Grace....................147
Now I Belong to Jesus....................149
Victory in Jesus....................153
In Times Like These....................157
It Took a Miracle....................159
Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary....................161
Over the Sunset Mountains....................163
The Savior Is Waiting....................165
He Touched Me....................167
The Longer I Serve Him....................169
Let's Just Praise the Lord....................173
Shout to the Lord....................177
How Deep the Father's Love for Us....................181
In Christ Alone....................185
The Real Story Behind "It Is Well with My Soul"....................189
Isaac Watts: The Father of English Hymnody....................199
The Old Rugged Cross: A Hymn "First Sung" in Three Different Places....................211
From a Bucket of Blood to a Beloved Hymn....................219
From the Rooftop to the Stall....................225
West Point, Two Women, and the World's Most Famous Children's Hymn....................233
In Private: Hymns as Therapy—Why We Must Draw Strength from Song....................249
In Public: Old New Praise—Why We Must Embrace Interwoven Worship....................271
Hymn Lover Emeritus....................279
Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!....................285
Notes....................289
Indices....................297
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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    I grew up in the church, and hymns were something I always loved

    I grew up in the church, and hymns were something I always loved. In fact, hymns are something that are somewhat "out of style" in most churches today, and I miss them a lot. This was like visiting a friend I hadn't seen in a while. I loved the history in the book, and I also loved the fact that each hymn was printed in the book with the music. I love reading the stories behind all these hymns. Some of them are well-known to me, and some are not. But all of the hymns were written to worship God within the church and even in one's personal devotional life.

    The book was very well-organized so that you can easily find the hymns you know and love. This book is set up very well for daily devotions. In fact, I do not recommend that you sit down to read this cover to cover. I tried to do that, and I felt overwhelmed. Read this story by story, and I believe that you will truly be encouraged in your Christian walk. I was most intrigued by the real story of "It Is Well With My Soul." I had never heard the entire story behind my favorite hymn, and now I know it. It makes the song even more meaningful to me. I highly recommend this song to anyone who loves the hymns or wishes to discover them. There is certain to be something that will resonate with you.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Then Sings My Soul book 3 is a great collection of hymns.  Rober

    Then Sings My Soul book 3 is a great collection of hymns.  Robert J. Morgan has divided this book into sections containing  biblical hymns, ancient hymns, medieval hymns, German hymns, English hymns, Gospel songs, and contemporary praise.  These sections make the book easy to read and helpful to better understand and simply enjoy the hymns. 

    I bought this book for my husband who is a worship pastor.  He absolutely loved this book and used it as a resource for his job.  Overall I would recommend this book and have truly enjoyed reading it.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Then Sings My Soul-Book 3 by Robert J. Morgan is a very encourag

    Then Sings My Soul-Book 3 by Robert J. Morgan is a very encouraging devotional of hymns and the amazing stories behind them.
    I own both Book 1 and Book 3 and have enjoyed both immensely.
    The first part breaks down the history of hymnody, from the ancient to German all the way to our contemporary.
    Part Two chronologically goes through beautiful hymns from A.D. 100 to present day.
    Inspirational stories from long ago, hymns that are not so familiar to ones we know by heart.
    Beautifully covered and even includes the musical notes for every hymn, Then Sings My Soul-Book 3 is a beautiful addition to your inspirational library.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

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    "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan presents the

    "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan presents the classic hymns of the faith in a magnificent two-thousand year repertoire of music in Christian hymnody that reverberates awesomely through the ages of time. By learning the splendid legacy of our past, we create a beautiful legacy for our future.

    All creation sings God's praise in a magnificent crescendo of sights and sounds.The Lord created us with an extraordinary capability for music and song. We are designed and destined to sing His glorious praises. "God lives in the praises of His people." Our spirits respond to God's truth in a musical form. Hymns are "distillations of the richest truths of God," "bursts of devotional richness,""portable units of praise," and "miniature Bible studies" that lead us to worship and praise God. Hymns have "an indestructible freshness and power." A hymnbook is one of "the richest fountains of edification."

    Sifting through the overarching heritage of our hymnody, we come to the root core of praise. The history of our hymnody is a rich and varied study of inspiring legacies, selfless heroes and astounding stories. The history of the church is recorded in her soul-stirring hymns while the story of Christianity can be read in its inspiring songs. Just like the well-gleaned promises of the Bible, a unique hymn is available for each particular need of ours, covering every single circumstance we will ever face in life.

    God loves music. He recorded a lot of it in the Bible. God loves it when His children sing His praises. Hymns and songs proclaim God's truth. God blesses people in every age and clime with the amazing ability to compose songs and music to glorify His Name in all the earth. God the Holy Spirit sings through the voice of His church. "When we sing to the Lord, it is the Holy Spirit welling up and overflowing in our hearts!" God is praised and honored when we sing to Him! To God alone be all the glory!

    © Miriam Jacob

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    I haven't read the first two books by Robert J. Morgan, but I th

    I haven't read the first two books by Robert J. Morgan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this installment. The paperback book is an in-depth look at hymns (but not nearly boring as that sounds...).
    I grew up amazed at the hymns we sang in church--how the music sounded, the words, the tingly feeling you got as you listened to people old and young, good singers and not-so-good singers, joining together to sing the hymns. I've never really thought too much about them, though, or their history.
    This book fills in some of those gaps, with history about the hymn. It also a discussion about the importance of the hymns.
    This is not the sort of book you'd just sit and read front to back (or maybe you would), as there is no edge-of-your-seat action to keep you going. But, it is perfect for daily reading, or rainy day reading (like today).
    I would recommend this book. (I received this book at no charge from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.)

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Then Sings My Soul, Book 3 is the third book in a trilogy about

    Then Sings My Soul, Book 3 is the third book in a trilogy about hymns. The author, Robert Morgan, takes us on a historical journey of the church and how hymns have changed over the years. The book covers these various segments:
    Biblical Hymns
    Medieval Hymns
    English Hymns
    Ancient Hymns
    German Hymns
    Gospel Songs
    Contemporary Praise

    I Can't sing, nor play all of the song in this book, but I sure did enjoy reading about each of the hymns. The Author tell us about each hymn: it tells us who the author is and about the author, it also tells why the song was writting. I thought this was very interesting. I love learning about things like this. If only in my classes did I learn about facts like these.

    The author wrote about several hymns I already knew, but there were as well many, many, many more I had never heard of. I enjoyed reading about the hymns I did not know, but I also liked reading about the songs I did know.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in hymnology, or in using hymns as a part of their daily devotions.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    I was excited to get the book in the first place, because I love

    I was excited to get the book in the first place, because I love the music of the church. However, when I received the book and opened it up, I was met with something that I wasn’t expecting at all. This book is amazingly rich in the format of diverse music types, from traditional to contemporary, and the history of such. It is set up as sort of a “history tour” of music in the church, starting back in David’s time and bringing us through the ages to the present. I found some hymns in this book that I have loved in the contemporary setting, and had no idea they dated back so far. I found myself engulfed in the richness of the music of the church, and my love for it has been deepened significantly.

    The description of the book from the publisher is this:

    "The long-awaited third installment! In 2003, Robert Morgan released what would become a future classic for over a million readers, a unique book entitled Then Sings My Soul. This collection of the world’s greatest hymns and the stories behind them stirred an entire generation to better understand the heritage of our faith through song.

    "Now, in the long-awaited third volume of this series, Morgan expands his material to include the great history of worship, the first biblical hymns, biographical sketches of the most interesting composers, and almost 60 generations of hymn singing. The new book also includes a collection of the greatest hymns you’ve never heard, with lead-sheets included.

    "All of this is in addition to even more standard hymns and the stories of the composers behind them.

    "Morgan’s conclusion guides the reader into enjoying all of God’s music, blending the old and the new into a symphony of praise that keeps the worship alive for a new generation."

    My review of this book is that it completely satisfies the description of the book, and then some. I really can’t say enough about how much I love this book. It is my first experience with the "Then Sings My Soul" Series, and I will definitely be purchasing the other two.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    Great song book with deeper meaning and piano key

    I really enjoyed this book by Robert Morgan. I have a binder of songs I love but this book includes some songs I would never have thought to add to my binder. The songs are beautiful and the history behind them make them all the more meaningful. I loved that Morgan gave a background and history because it deepens the appreciation for hymns and the lyrics on the songs. I feel like I am able to worship God with more heart after reading these backgrounds. The other great thing is that the songs come with a piano note key and so my sister who can play piano said that she could play some of the music for me! How exciting! I can't wait to try the songs to the music.

    I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Great for worship leaders

    Then Sings My Soul Book 3 is the last book in a trilogy where the author, Robert J. Morgan, takes hymns from 100 A.D. through the early 2000s and tells the story of how the song came to be. He also gives you the lyrics and music to each song.

    Although I think the idea for the book is great, it wasn’t for me. I love to read, and lately I really like to read non-fiction over fiction, but I just couldn’t connect with this book. I think this book would be a great read for a worship leader or someone who has an appreciation for the old hymns and wants to learn more of how the song came to be. I also think this would be a great book for someone who has the first 2 books to round out the series.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Great Book

    I recently had the chance to review this book. I had read book 2 and enjoyed it. This is the last book and number 3 in the "Then sings my soul series". This one goes deeper then any of the others have gone. It has gone into hymns that I had never even heard and some that I did know. It gave a deep history of hymns throughout the years and starting behind hymns and hymn books. I found out so many things I did not even know about. I really enjoyed getting to read the history and how we became to singing out of hymn books today. You always sing these songs in church,but you never know the reason behind it and why it was wrote. Then it also gives a bunch of songs and their lyrics and the story behind each song. I really enjoyed this book and it is wonderful if you want to know the history of hymns.


    I received this book free from booksneeze for my honest review

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Wonderful Book!!!

    I loved this book and the wisdom within it’s pages. They book was a wonderful testimony to the power of the hymns we sing together. All through the centuries since the dawn of time, we have been singing. The book of Psalms is filled with hymns to the creator. The Bible’s pages are full of hymns and songs of praise to the Lord and his handiwork. On down throught church history the means of praising the Lord has not changed. We desire to lift our voices to him in tune with our hearts love for him. Musicians continually praise him with notes of love and praise. Spanning continants the praise of the Lord has many forms and tunes, but the message is the same:

    Praise the Lord!!!!

    Robert Morgan speaks to these thoughts and more in his newest book Then Sings My Soul 3. As he writes you are amazed at the power of the words set to music. As you read the stories behind our most beloved hymns you will be inspired. This book was wonderful. I couldn’t put it down. He inspires, teaches, praises, and equips you in a powerful way.

    I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Good book

    This is a good book. I recommend it. Try looking the songs up online and playing them as you read through the hymns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Amazing

    One of my favorite parts of attending church is being able to lift my voice in union with my fellow worshipers as we praise God through hymns. Each time, though, it seems as if we sing the same hymns. I enjoy looking through the hymnal at the hymns that aren’t sung often. So, I was thrilled to receive a copy of THEN SINGS MY SOUL BOOK 3, THE STORY OF OUR SONGS: DRAWING STRENGTH FROM THE GREAT HYMNS OF OUR FAITH by Robert J. Morgan. I had never heard of most of these hymns before – a great treat to have them in front of me now.

    The book includes the history of hymnody, unusual hymns, six hymn stories, and a section on hymning in private and public. I loved reading a hymn, then learning the background behind it. The histories really brought them to life. Since I have little musical ability, my mother will play the provided sheet music on the piano while we both sing. Some of the hymns are “The Old Rugged Cross,” “He Giveth More Grace,” and “Joy Fills our Inmost Hearts Today.” My favorite is now “O Trinity of Blessed Light.” Not only are the music and words beautiful, but it was written around AD 100. To me, I find it wondrous that something so old has survived to today, to be beloved by a new generation.

    This book is definitely a keeper and has earned a place on my bookshelves.

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