101 Hymn Stories

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Kregel Publications, 1982 - Music - 288 pages
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(Foreword by J. Stratton Shufelt) Excellent for devotional reading, sermon illustrations, and bulletin inserts, as well as for historical or biographical research.
 

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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
I was eager to delve into "101 Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns" by Kenneth W. Osbeck because I grew up in a traditional
church that sang hymns. Today I admit I enjoy worshiping with contemporary music but the old favorites still stir my heart. Many of today’s contemporary songs are actually traditional hymns set to current music. There is a unique and heartwarming story behind many of the hymns, some of which I had heard before and many that were new to me. Among my favorite stories in this book are: 'Blest Be The Tie That Binds' by John Fawcett. Fawcett was a Baptist minister serving a small penniless congregation in North England. After several years Fawcett was offered a position at a larger church. As moving day approached the pastor and his wife realized they did not want to leave. 'Blest Be The Tie That Binds' was a poem written by Fawcett expressing his love for his congregation. 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness' was written by Thomas O. Chisholm and was written in response to Chisholm’s “morning by morning realization of God’s personal faithfulness.” 'Rescue The Perishing' was written by Fanny J. Crosby. Ms Crosby was nicknamed the queen of gospel song writers. Although she was blind she wrote over 8,000 hymns. When speaking to a group of men she felt there was someone there who needed to be rescued. She asked the crowd if there was a boy among them who had wandered away from home and his mother’s teachings. She asked that boy to see her. A young man came forward and admitted he had promised to meet his mother in heaven but he had wandered away from her teaching. After they prayed together he told Ms Crosby that he would be meeting his mother in heaven.
The hymns in this book have touched the lives of many. The words came from the heart of the authors as they allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them. Kenneth W. Osbeck offers readers a look at the story behind each of these old favorites. It is obvious that he spent much time researching and organizing the hymns. The message in these hymns has great depth and still warms hearts. Pastors will find this book invaluable for their inspiration and sermon material. Osbeck not only included the story behind the hymn but included a full copy of the lyrics and music. I very much enjoyed this book. Kudos to Mr. Osbeck.
 

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Awesome story about Fanny Crosby. She was blind, yet she wrote 3 hymns a week. She wrote a total of 8,000 hymns. On her tombstone it reads, "She hath done what she could".

Contents

Just As I Am
52
Lead Kindly Light
53
Lead On O King Eternal
54
Look Ye Saints the Sight is Glorious
155
Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
157
May Jesus Christ Be Praised
159
My Country Tis of Thee
161
My Redeemer
164

Angels From the Realms of Glory
32
Battle Hymn of the Republic
34
Be Still My Soul
37
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
39
Blessed Assurance
42
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
45
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
47
Come Thou Almighty King
49
Come Thou Fount
51
Count Your Blessings
54
Day by Day
57
Day Is Dying in the West
60
Deeper and Deeper
63
Doxology
66
Fairest Lord Jesus
69
Faith of Our Fathers
71
For the Beauty of the Earth
74
From Every Stormy Wind That Blows
76
From Greenlands Icy Mountains
78
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
80
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
83
He Leadeth Me
28
Hiding in Thee
29
Hold the Fort
30
Holy Holy Holy
31
How Firm a Foundation
32
How Great Thou Art
32
I Gave My Life for Thee
33
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
35
I Love Thy Kingdom Lord
106
I Love to Tell the Story
108
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
111
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
113
Ill Stand By Until the Morning
116
In Christ There Is No East or West
119
In the Cross of Christ I Glory
121
In the Garden
39
It Is Well With My Soul
42
Jesus Lover of My Soul
45
Jesus Loves Even Me
46
Jesus Loves Me
47
Jesus Shall Reign
48
Jesus the Very Thought of Thee
49
Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness
50
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
51
My Savior First of All
166
Nearer My God to Thee
169
Now Thank We All Our God
172
Now the Day Is Over
175
O Come O Come Emmanuel
177
O for a Thousand Tongues
180
O God Our Help in Ages Past
183
O Little Town of Bethlehem
186
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
189
O Master Let Me Walk With Thee
192
O That Will Be Glory
194
O Word of God Incarnate
197
O Worship the King
200
Onward Christian Soldiers
203
Peace Perfect Peace
206
Praise Ye the Lord the Almighty
208
Rescue the Perishing
210
Ring the Bells of Heaven
213
Rock of Ages
215
Savior Again to Thy Dear Name
219
Silent Night Holy Night
221
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
223
So Send I You
82
Softly and Tenderly
82
Spirit of God Descend upon My Heart
84
Sun of My Soul
84
Stand Up for Jesus
84
Take My Life and Let It Be
87
The Churchs One Foundation
87
The Day of Resurrection
89
The God of Abraham Praise
90
The Ninety and Nine
90
The Old Rugged Cross
92
The Sands of Time Are Sinking
93
The StarSpangled Banner
94
There Is a Fountain
95
There Is a Green Hill Far Away
96
This Is My Fathers World
97
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
98
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
99
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
278
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
281
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
284
INDEX OF AUTHORS TRANSLATORS COMPOSERS TUNE NAMES
286

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