Book Review – Stories of Our Favorite Hymns

Stories of Our Favorite Hymnsby Christopher Idle

Thanks to Ruth, who gifted me with a library copy of this book after a Bible study discussion a few weeks ago. It’s a quick read, covering about 55 different hymns.  Some of them I wasn’t familiar with as they aren’t a part of my Lutheran hymnody tradition (or just aren’t sung very often!).  Others are beloved classics.  The author combines some biographical data with other anecdotes about the various songs and authors.  It isn’t a very in-depth coverage, but it sheds some light on songs that we’ve sung all our lives and the people who wrote them (and the same people who wrote many of them!).

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