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Illustrator: Paul Seawright
Genres: Educational Resources, History
Published by New Leaf Publishing Group on 2009
Format: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Combining internationally acclaimed Paul Seawright's breathtaking photographs and John Parker's descriptive text, Abide with Me is a gorgeous collection of images from the sites, sounds, and history that gave birth to some of Christianity's most poignant and revered hymns. You are familiar with these songs, but do you know
the hymn specially written for a sister's wedding in 30 minutes?
the privileged poet and hymnist who would die ministering in India?
the first British hymn ever written and its original language?
the song of comfort written by the daughter of a newspaper editor, a song associated with the funerals of three American presidents?
In the past 300 years, no other collection of poetry and music has been voiced or loved as consistently as have British hymns. Every week during those centuries, worshippers in churches throughout Britian, Europe, and America have read and sung such verses as "Rock of Ages" and "Abide with Me." Whether celebrations of joy or in times of sadness, these hymns have become staples of our culture, and this book will become a classic family favorite as well.
Highlighting the faithful work of twenty composers, like John Newton, Henry Lyte, and Sarah Flowers Adams, this hardcover book includes a free 24-song CD featuring beloved hymns, performed by Ray Walker of the Jordinaires and other artists.
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Vividly portrays the inspiration and history of twenty of the most popular hymns
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!