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Hymn-Writers and Their Hymns [Hardcover]

By Faith Cook (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.62" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2005
Publisher   EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
ISBN  0852345852  
EAN  9780852345856  

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The people of God have always had cause to sing, and who has more reason to sing than the man or woman who knows the living God, the joy of sin forgiven and the certainty of a life to come? Throughout the Old and New Testaments, believers marked God's mighty acts of deliverance in song. Hymns based on the great themes of the Christian message have their own unique ministry to mind and heart, renewing faith and hope in God especially in days of spiritual decline and apathy. In this work Faith Cook traces the development of the Christian hymn from the early period of the Christian Church to the present day. Biographical sketches of a number of our best-known writers from the past figure here. We are also introduced to some of the lesser-known poets such as Paul Gerhardt, Samuel Crossman and Samuel Medley. Love for God and the great truths of the gospel shine out through the words of these men and women of faith. More than this, we also discover how their individual personalities and circumstances are reflected in the hymns they wrote. We can only stand amazed as we read of the demonstration of their faith, often in the face of severe persecution and hardship, which has been so wonderfully expressed in verse. It is our privilege to have available to us the lives and work of such gifted writers to enhance our worship. Their words stir us up, both as congregations and personally, to express our thankfulness to God. One day the whole redeemed church of Jesus Christ will join in one great anthem of praise to his glory. Faith Cook was born in China, the daughter of OMF missionaries, and now lives in Derbyshire, England. She is the author of a number of books, including Seeing the Invisible, Lives turned upside down, and Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen of England, all published by Evangelical Press. Faith is married to Paul who served as a pastor in churches in Northallerton, Shepshed and Hull. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

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Our Hymn Writers traces the development of the English hymn from the early period of the Christian Church up until our present century by means of biographical sketches of a number of our best-known writers. The Apostle Paul urged his Ephesian readers to encourage one another with 'psalms, hymns and spiritual songs'. This book reviews the whole sweep of hymn-writing down the centuries. Raise your heart in thankfulness to God for the men and women who have brought us these great hymns.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Faith Cook, the daughter of OMF missionaries, was born in China and now lives in Derbyshire, England. She is the author of many other titles including Stronger than the sword; Anne Bradstreet pilgrim and poet; Stars in God's sky; Lady Jane Grey, nine-day queen of England; Fearless pilgrim, the life of John Bunyan; Our hymn-writers and their hymns; Seeing the invisible; Lives turned upside down; Under the scaffold [based on the life and times of William Grimshaw]; Caught in the web; and Living the Christian life, a joint publication with her husband Paul. Paul served as a pastor in churches in Northallerton, Shepshed and Hull. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

Faith Cook currently resides in Derbyshire.

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Learn the stories behind the great English hymns  Jul 20, 2008
As a song leader I've read several 'hymn stories' collections before and they tend to be 'history-lite' vignettes - sort of 'Chicken Soup' for hymns - that fit nicely into a busy Sunday worship service schedule. But there was little information about the hymn writer's life or times. Not this book! It is about hymn writers first and then covers their great hymns of the faith. This book excels above other books because of the depth and breadth of biographical and historical material included. Faith Cook is an excellent biographer with several books published and she has applied that skill here in her indepth portrayals of English hymnwriters such as Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley and John Newton. She takes us deep behind the hymn writer's pen to learn what made them tick. Her chapter on William Cowper, his struggles with depression and how John Newton mentored him through it, is alone worth the price. Now when I sing There is A Fountain Filled with Blood, I can understand so much more and it enriches my praise to God. The book also reminds us that great hymn writers were sacred poets who were dedicated to writing carefully chosen words of praise for our Lord and lived exceptional devotional lives for Christ. They were not pop musicians trying to fit lyrics as an after-thought into the latest musical groove. We would do well today to follow this proven formula. Highly recommended for every pastor, music minister and modern hymnwriter, for church and religious school libraries, and for personal reading by all who aspire to understand and enjoy the great English hymns within the actual context of the hymnwriters.

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