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Yep, that’s right. I’m reviewing a hymn book.
Why? Because the hymn books we use in our churches are super important. The songs we sing in our worship services play a huge role in shaping the tone of the service.
This hymn book is a relatively new compilation by John D. Martin and contains 1020 songs. According to the Hymns of the Church website, 80% of those songs are hymns and 20% are Gospel songs. I’ve been wanting to look through this song book for awhile now, so a few weeks ago when I was at a store that sells these books, I couldn’t resist purchasing one. This might just be the best book I’ve ever bought, songbook or otherwise. I can’t express to you just how delighted I am with the selection of songs in this book. There are old faithful hymns as well as plenty of contemporary compositions. I’m not talking shallow 7/11 (7 words sung 11 times) contemporary songs – I’m talking contemporary as in new compositions based on a rich tradition of a Cappella singing in 4-part harmony.
There is a wide selection of song types in this book, from traditional favorites like “Trust and Obey” (#793) and “How Firm a Foundation” (#394), to old texts with new-to-me tunes (“Jesus Lover of My Soul” #643), to old tunes with new-to-me texts (“The Master Has Come” #596, to the tune of “The Ash Grove”), to A CHORAL HYMNS SECTION at the back of the book!
Any hymn book with a section devoted to choral songs is legit.
Pictured here are a few of my favorite songs that happen to be included in this book. “Flee as a Bird to Your Mountain” (#730), “True Evangelical Faith” (#1014), “Father, in Thy Mysterious Presence” (#136), “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” (#514), “Nearer, Still Nearer” (#649), “Teach Me, O Lord, To Number My Days” (#723), “Sing We Now the Praises” (#1011), “Still, Still, Still” (#207), and my three favorite Christmas songs, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (#221), “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (#222), and “What Child Is This?” (#227) are all included.
Fittingly, “The Hallelujah” is #1000. *happy sigh*
Including that brutal high A that comes right after the page turn…
I highly recommend this hymn book for personal or congregational use. It’s a tremendous resource for good songs. Again, you can purchase one here.