Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Review for: Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan...

Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan has been such a blessing to me. I spent many childhood years in a church that mainly sang hymns. At the time, I resented them, thinking them old and out-dated for the most part. As I have gotten older, moved overseas, and experienced various different challenges in my own life, I have been amazed as I have often recalled the words to one or another hymn in some of the hardest times of my life. I have come to truly appreciate and yearn for the old songs, especially now that I live in another culture where they are not even sung in my language and some of been drastically changed in translation.

When I saw that this book was available to review on Booksneeze, I was very excited. I love to learn about the backgrounds of songs, hymns or not. This book has "150 Christmas, Easter, and All-time favorite Hymn Stories". I was thoroughly excited to see the music for the hymns on each left hand side page and the explanation of each hymn on the right. What a brilliant and organized idea! It even has different ways to search a particular song: "By Hymn Title, First Line, and Songwriter". I like that it is easy to use. Having the music included has helped me to recall several of the hymns that I have not remembered so well. Each of the portions explaining the history of the poetic songs has been a blessing to my heart: a testimony of God's way of weaving history and lives to "bring beauty out of ashes", joy out of sorrow, or strength in weakness and hardship. I have felt a kinship with these brothers and sisters of generations past, and I have wept over their sufferings, joyed in their triumphs; and I have been encouraged by their creativity and perseverance. I have reminisced over some songs and their meaning to MY life, and I have been amazed that one song, or many, can have such significance. I hope to be able to leave a mark on this world as these others have. Some have come to be noticed posthumously, but their works have spoken, possibly, what their lives, at the time, could not. Their words have reached across generations, cultures, time and so many changes, and they STILL touch hearts. That is the awesome inspiration and work of a One, True God. He spans time and uses open hearts, even from the past, to touch hearts in the future. Big and marvelous stuff!

I am so glad I chose this book to review. I look forward to having it our library to read myself, but also to share with my kids. Testimonies of others who have followed God and made a mark on their world, and ours. A testament to what we ourselves can do when we let God have control of our lives and allow Him to take our open hearts and use them for His glory.

The book that I recieved is a "special edition". In an effort to give it an older feel, they left the edges rough. While it is great for effect and character, it makes it harder to turn the pages. That is my only bit of constructive criticism.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I wasn't required to write a positive review. These opinions are my own.


e_susan94 said...

Thanks for sharing Celita about the love and appreciation for hymns. Over here sometimes even the church tries to get a variety of choruses and new worship music songs in that some Sundays we won't have more than one hymn sung. This is why we still sing from an old hymn book and some by memory to the boys at home. I luke flipping through to see one I remember then start reading all the verses.We too have a couple books about the story of who wrote the hymns & why but I want to check out yours, it seems like more info & I like how you can look up by first line since sometimes we forget the exact title! :-) The ones we have are "Hymns for a child's Heart" & "Hymns for a kid's Heart" by Joni Erickson Tada.

Catherine L. Mommsen said...

"Then sings my soul, my savior God to Thee. How great Thou art, how great Thou art." One of my very favorite hymns.