to understand what I write (I think that’s important, and I’m quite sure you’ll agree!).
Finally, I know that you’ve already looked at the DDT Rating, so you already know
the conclusion: this is a great resource for everyone, regardless of doctrine and
denomination. Now, let us commence with the Review!
Can 200,000 copies be wrong? After Ken’s successfull “101 Hymn Stories,” he published
a second similar work with the original title of “101 More Hymn Stories.” OK, pardon
the sarcasm, but it was so popular that it has been printed over 200,000 times. That’s
pretty good, I’d say! And Osbeck’s second book is as good as his first.
As you might expect if you are familiar with Osbeck’s first book, most of the hymn
stories in this volume come from hymns that are Good ‘Ole classics, like
Be Thou My Vision
The Solid Rock
A Shelter in the Time of Storm
Joy to the World
Trust & Obey
Christ Arose (a personal favorite!)
My Jesus I Love Thee
Standing on the Promises
But this time around, Osbeck also included a few hymn stories from more modern hymnology,
I’d Rather Have Jesus
Because He Lives
(True to the title, there are 90 more hymn stories, too!)
Osbeck may be a musician; but he writes like a good reporter, or a biographer - not
a historian. These aren’t a collection of boring facts strung together; they are
stories. They are good stories! And they are good stories told well.
Each of the hymn stories includes a hymnal arrangement of the song, and also some
type of pithy quote, saying, poetry, or anecdote. The chapters are short - averaging
just about three pages per story. Easy to read; and easy to want to keep on reading!
Preachers, Teachers, and speakers will find a wealth of illustrative material here.
Christians looking for good devotional material will find months of solid reading.
There just isn’t much not to like here!
I give this book a “Great Resource for Everyone Rating” - which is basically my top
rating for a book like this. It’s hard to imagine it being any better. Osbeck’s hymn
stories are some of the finest devotional works published from the twentieth century.
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This is one of the true Christian classics of devotional literature written in the
20th Century. If you’re familiar with the Grand ‘Ole Hymns of the Faith, then this
book is indispensable reading. It will stir your soul - and make you a better singer!