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January 31, 2014

BE STILL MY SOUL by Randy Petersen

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Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories Behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns

The Inspiring Stories Behind
175 of the Best Loved Hymns
Randy Petersen

Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 17th 2014
Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414379722
 (ISBN13: 9781414379722)

(from Goodreads)
"Be Still, My Soul" is a collection of 175 of the most popular hymns and the stories behind them. Many of these hymns were written out of incredible life experiences--from the heart cry of a repentant slave trader to the renewed hope of a survivor of attempted suicide. In this devotional you'll discover the stories behind the songs we sing. You'll experience the passion and joy contained in these hymns' lyrics and melodies. In addition to the hymn stories, "Be Still, My Soul" includes the musical score, lyrics, and in-depth biographies of 12 of the most-prolific hymn writers, singers, and composers.Whether you are new to hymns or have cherished them for a long time, you'll enjoy this illuminating book on the stories behind some of the most popular hymns you sing in worship.

In addition to the hymn stories, BE STILL MY SOUL includes
  • musical scores and lyrics,
  • in-depth biographies of twelve hymn writers, singers, and composers,
  • and much more.

I was a little surprised when I received the book.  I haven't seen a book with the uneven page edges. For a second I got the impression it was old. The book as you're reading it, appears to be a combination of so many personalities, all of them different.  I remember going to Church and Sunday school and singing the hymns and never really paid much attention to anything other than the words.  Reading through this book, I started appreciating the music that I remembered for some of the hymns.  The author not only included the music with the hymns but a story about each song, who wrote it, and the history about the song and the writer.  These are things I never even thought about.  It was so interesting that I had a hard time putting down the book.   It brought back old memories of younger days.  The author also included an index of first line titles and one of authors and sources.  Hymns bring a peacefulness to your soul, even if you aren't in church.  I do believe I will keep this book on my shelf to reach for when the soul is heavy. The author must have done some extensive research on the song,music, and authors.  This is a beautiful book that for a lot of readers will hold many memories and for new hymn lovers, it will soon become a memory maker of their own.

I was given a complimentary copy of BE STILL MY SOUL by Randy Peterson from Tyndale Publishers Group for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.

I would give this book 5 NOTES.

Randy PetersenAUTHOR

Randy Petersen is a successful author of more than forty books, including 100 Most Important Events in Christian History, 100 Bible Verses That Changed the World, The One Year Book of Psalms and The One Year Book of Hymns. He was a contributor to Christian History magazine, iLumina Bible software and the Quest Bible, as well as many other bestselling titles.Randy Petersen lives in Westville, New Jersey.


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