Thursday, January 9, 2020

Stories Behind the Songs and Hymns About Heaven by Ace Collins

We sing those familiar songs time and time again in the pews of the church, but do we ever stop to think about the stories behind the songs? Ace Collins has compiled a wonderful book that tells us where these heavenly hymns came from. There are 30 songs highlighted in this book including favorites such as Victory in Jesus, I'll Fly Way, and When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. Oftentimes, these songs were written in times of struggle and heartache, but the composers used their God given gifts of writing to create songs to help provide comfort. Reading the stories behind the songs will make you see each one in a different light and appreciate them even more.

This book would make a wonderful gift, especially for someone who is interested in music. It would also be a great source of comfort for someone who is dealing with loss. The history of these hymns is so interesting and I enjoyed reading each one. My favorite story was the one about the song "He Keeps Me Singing." The writer of this song wrote this song to comfort others, but had to lean on the words himself when he lost his family in a fire. The stories of this composer and all of the others are remarkable. We are blessed to hear God's word through these musical masterpieces. Thank you so much to the author and BakerBooks for the chance to read and review this book!

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