History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

Companion Publication to Recording

This is the companion to the recording of Hymns and Songs for Living. It explores influencing historical events that occurred around the time each hymn or song on the companion recording was written. It's goal is to contextualize the hymns within the historical times that shaped each. The book includes appendicies including an overview of historical highpoints from the past 2 millenia that impacted Christian congregational hymn singing from the death of Christ in the 1st to 20th century.

Initially Dr. Nancy Graham recommended adopting an established style manul. The Chicago Style Manual was selected as the systematic structure. A short credit page for her is included on the dropdown local menu above.


Subsequently, Mr. Dave Mather provided preliminary copy edit comments that improved readability of an early draft. He has a wide variety of experiences dealing with various different types of publications. A bio for him is included on the dropdown local menu above.


Mr. Terry Hamilton, the freind who initially asked David to do duets with him at Bias recording studio, provided resources for content. He is a bit of an Anglophile, which seems fitting since a portion of the hymn histories involve England over the centuries.


Ms. Ingrid Bartinique then provided detailed copy edit recommendations on the draft final version of the book. As occurred with Phase II of completing the recording, returning to working with Ms. Bartinique on this publication is another example of a full circle and welcome privilege. We previously worked together as professional colleagues on various projects when I was managing research projects with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A bio for her is included on the dropdown local menu above. [PLACE HOLDER PAGE TO BE COMPLETED]


Structure of Book

Since opinions can be strong regarding religious subject matter, this book provides numerous footnotes throughout enabling readers with questions or reservations regarding throughness and/or reliability of information presented, to explore supporting source materials.

Because many scholarly reference books are only accessible via libraries, this book chose to dominantly cite reference materials accessible via the internet to facilitate readers in accessing them. The goal is to facilitate readers in easily following up on topics of interest to them.

In addition to providing readers with a feel for how the history surrounding creation of each individual hymn and song shaped them, an expansive summary appendix of historical highpoints is included of selected christian religious histories from the past 2 millenia that seem relevant to development of congregational hymn singing. It begins from Christ's death to the 20th century. The history overview appendix provides additional insights into how historical contexts contributed to the development of the current religious landscape.

Note. While popular internet sources are invaluable as easily accessed resources, they can have scholarly limitations.

Two Publication Formats are planned:

  1. Fixed format ebook, so the footnotes are presented at the bottom of the page where they are cited; and

  2. A future audio book. (Initiation of recording that version is projected to begin on release of the ebook.

Projected availability. It is planned to provide details on these webpages about how to access this book when it becomes available. The intention is to at minimum make information available on TortoiseClimbing.com about how to obtain this book.

NOTE. This TortoiseClimbing.net website will be migrated to the .com website in the future, with automatic referal.


Higlight Materials from Book

Draft finals of two selections from front material of the book are accessible via the dropdown local menu above for:

  1. Acknowledgements; and

  2. Preface

As technical options are developed for making this book electronically available, additional of the materials from the book may be made available via this website, perhaps in pdf format.

Improving Accuracy of Stories

Comments from readers on inaccuracies and sources for missing materials, etc., are incouraged to improve this book. Like all other comments, they can be submitted via the comment page on this website found at: Contact/Comment, or clicking the option in the top menu for Contact/Comment.

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