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By Kenneth W. Osbeck / Kregel / 1982
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This is an inspiring collection of the stories behind your favorite hymns. The exciting events that motivated these hymns are brought to life in inspiring detail. Some of the well-known hymns included are: "A Mighty Fortress," "Fairest Lord Jesus," "How Great Thou Art," "Jesus Loves Me," "Silent Night," and "Amazing Grace."
This collection of the uplifting, informative stories behind your favorite hymns will warm your heart and revitalize your worship. Knowing who wrote the words, what occasion prompted the writing, and how the music was composed that carries the words on the melody and rhythm of song makes these beautiful hymns a more vital spiritual force in our lives. Learning the circumstances around which hymns have been written enables us to love them more. By loving them more, we sing them better—bringing greater joy and blessing to all who need the message of the Gospel in song.
In 101 Hymn Stories, Professor Kenneth W. Osbeck, eminent church music authority, presents real-life stories surrounding selected favorite hymns, their authorship, and composition. Not only will the fascinating field of hymn lore offer profitable research and study, but it will also aid in an adequate and worthy use of the hymnal. Enrich your personal devotions and your congregation’s worship with the better understanding and appreciation of our musical heritage found in this book.
101 Hymn Stories is the kind of fascinating book that is enjoyable for general reading or reference.
This book is a valuable source of illustrations for pastors and teachers, and it provides a wealth of background information for song leaders. It should be introduced to all Christians as a personal and family devotional book.
This book should be on the shelf of every pastor and song leader. A pastor will find a treasure house of illustrations. No pastor should leave home without it.
—The Christian Librarian
Kenneth W. Osbeck received his M.A. in music from the University of Michigan. His many years of Christian service include almost thirty-five years of teaching at the former Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music, at Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University), and at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. He has also served as music director for the Children’s Bible House and several churches. His other books include the national bestseller Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions, 52 Bible Characters Dramatized, Pocket Guide for the Church Choir Member, and 101 More Hymn Stories.