Friday, November 26, 2010

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

I was recently sent a copy of Then Sings My Soul: Special Edition to review, and I have to say I was absolutely delighted with it! It is a collection of 150 well-loved hymns, each hymn with it's story of "how it came to be". I have to admit, I expected something a little less charming, something perhaps a little pedantic but worth it because the music is so wonderful. I am happy to say I was wrong! This sturdy paperback book has sweet rough-cut edges, the arrangements are traditional (a point I appreciated very much as I dislike many of the "re-arrangements" I hear), and the stories neatly capture the "soul" of each song.

I was familiar with some of the "hymn histories", but others were new to me and my family. Morgan has a deft manner of telling each tale, each filled with strong emotional content (after all, some of these hymns were crafted in periods of plague or persecution or war!) and yet not trivialized or sentimentalized.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful volume with loved ones!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trace Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."