Monday, July 25, 2011

"Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan

Wow!  It's been NINE months since my last book review blog!  I've been busy, I guess, but the book I'm reviewing isn't that long.  Confession: I had a hard time finishing it.  Blame it on the NOOK Caleb bought me for Christmas.  Or the fact that we moved.  Or that we have four kids.  Or that I'm a slacker.  =)
Ok, so the review. 
"Then Sings My Soul" is a compilation of 150 hymns with the stories behind them.  I learned all kinds of things about hymn writers.  Many of their stories are amazing!  Stories of faith and trust in Jesus in the midst of the most difficult circumstances of life.  Like Horatio Spafford who wrote "It is Well with My Soul" after his four daughters drowned while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
I enjoyed reading the individual stories and singing through the hymns - some of which I hadn't thought about in a very long time.  I remembered that I love the words to old hymns! 
I was disappointed with the way this book is organized.  The hymns seem to be arranged in no order at all.  So I learned little bits about Fanny Crosby (who wrote multiple hymns) here and there - some facts repeated over and over.  I wish Morgan had organized the hymns by author in chronological order.  It would've helped me put all the hymn writers in their correct time frame and relation to each other.  And I would've been able to see all the hymns a particular author wrote in one place. 
However, I think Morgan's purpose in writing this book is more as a reference book for a worship leader to look up a particular hymn.  For that, this book would be a great resource!  I'm not sure I'd recommend trying to read it straight through. 
This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze book review blogger program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I've expressed are my own. 

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