Many people moved away from the classic hymns back in the late 70s and early 80s in exchange for more easily sung choruses with catchy melodies. I have some mixed feelings on this to be honest. First, I do like the more simplistic musical aspect of the choruses and even today’s contemporary worship styles. However, we did lose a lot of doctrinal depth that these old classic hymns offer that for the most part has not been replaced with the more modern music.
This book is part of the Read & Reflect With the Classics series. I have not read the others in the series yet, but I do appreciate what B&H Publishing is doing with the concept of this series.
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I’m guilty of it myself. You go to church and you sing those songs, but you don’t really pay very close attention to the words that you are singing. It is an all-too-common scenario.
But with the songs that are out today (and this is just my opinion so take it as that), the depth of the lyrics only go so deep. Especially when you compare them to the old hymns and really look at the lyrics. There is very rich doctrine in those old classic hymns of so many years ago.
Classic Hymns is a book that is part of B&H Publishing’s Read & Reflect With the Classics series. It takes 90 of the old hymns that often are lost today and combines them with Scripture and devotional material to make for a very rich personal devotion time.
Each chapter is devoted to a specific hymn (90 in total) and at the end, there are 3 or 4 Bible study questions, and 3 or 4 Personal Reflection questions followed by some guidance for prayer based on your studies and reflection time.
If you love the old hymns, or maybe have hardly ever heard them before, I would highly encourage you to get a copy of this book. It will either rekindle or give you a new love and appreciation for the old hymns, but more importantly, for the One who these hymns were written about.
B&H Publishing provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Life
Publisher: B&H Publishing
General Editor: Lore Ferguson Wilbert
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1462766659
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is from Christianbook.com. They have it for $10.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $14.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
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|Classic Hymns: Read & Reflect with the Classics
By B&H BooksDive into the profound lyrics of classic Christian hymns that have stood the test of time! Influencing spiritual pilgrims of all ages for even centuries, each song is accompanied by reflection and Bible study questions as well as prayer and journaling prompts. A great gift for believers who love music!
•Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
Goal of Book:
The goal is to encourage Christians to take a look at the older hymns and look at the depth of the words to see the rich doctrine embedded in them. Then to study certain parts of Scripture and meditate on them and do some personal reflection and prayer. I think B&H did a very good job in this endeavor.
My Favorite Part:
I really appreciated re-reading and reflecting on the words of all of these hymns. But to go into some personal devotion time combining the words of the hymns and Scripture that relates to or is directly reflected in the hymns is wonderful.
I would highly recommend this book as a wonderful devotional tool and not just a one-time reading. The Bible Study Questions and the Personal Reflection Questions are really well done and very helpful. Even if you aren’t familiar with some or all of these old hymns, you can easily look them up on youtube.com and listen to the music as you follow the lyrics in this book. I think that will really bring home the wonderful doctrine that flows through these old songs.
Letter to the Reader
Partial listing of the songs contained in this book (90 total in the book):
1. Holy, Holy, Holy
2. To God Be the Glory
3. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
4. Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise
5. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
6. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
7. From All That Dwells Below the Skies
8. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
9. O Worship the King
10. Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
11. He Is Able to Deliver Thee
12. Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
13. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
14. This is My Father’s World
15. For the Beauty of the Earth
16. All Things Bright and Beautiful
17. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
18. If You Will Only Let God Guide You
19. Like a River Glorious
20. Abide with Me
21. God Will Take Care of You
22. Grace Greater Than Our Sin
23. Love Lifted Me
24. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
25. He Keeps Me Singing
26. Praise Him! Praise Him!
27. This Is the Day the Lord Has Made
28. Were You There?
29. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
30. Low in the Grave He Lay
31. Crown Him with Many Crowns
32. We Welcome Glad Easter
…and many more!
From the publisher’s website: B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team of mission-minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters® we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include The New York Times No. 1 bestsellers The Love Dare and The Vow, #1 CBA bestsellers I Am a Church Member and Fervent as well as the newly-revised Christian Standard Bible (CSB) version.
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