This book is the accompanying companion to the recording of Hymns and Songs for Living. It provides a History Story for each hymn and song included on the Hymns and Songs for Living recording. It is deliberately a history oriented book that also includes considerable information about other historical events that occurred around the time the hymn or song was written to place the hymn in context with the times.
The initial editorial commenter was Dr. Nancy Graham, who recommended using an established style manul, like Chicago, as the systematic structure for presentation of references throughout the book. A short credit page for her is included on the dropdown local menu above.
Subsequently, Mr. Dave Mather became the copy or manuscript editor. He has a wide variety of experiences dealing with various different types of publications. He contributed numerous editorial comments throughout the text to improve readability. A bio for him is included on the dropdown local menu above.
Mr. Terry Hamilton, the freind who initially asked me to do duets at Bias with him, agreed to review the book and provide comments on content. Since he is a bit of an Anglophile, and much considerable of the history involved England over the centuries, this will be interesting.
Because opinions can be quite strong about religious subject matter, to address possible reservations of some regarding throughness and/or reliability of information presented in this publication's history stories, considerable supporting cross-references are provided for the source materials used. The Chicago style manual, widely used by social science publications, was adopted for presentation of those references via extensive footnotes and a bibliography.
As noted in the opening disclaimer to the book, most of the reference materials sources used for the book are deliberately internet accessible. The goal is to facilitate readers ability to easily follow up on topics of interest to them. That choice was made since many scholarly reference books are not accessible via the internet, but only from libraries. While that choice facilitates reader access to the references, it may somewhat restrict the depth and scolarly accuracy of the references.
In addition to history information contained for each of the individual hymn and song stories, an extensive summary overview appendix is included of christian religious histories since Christ's death throughout the centuries that relate to hymns. The goal of that history overview appendix is to provide the historical motivating context of the various times within which differnet hymns were written. Again, that history was largely drawn from available internet sources, such as Wikipedia. While such sources are invaluable as easily accessed resources, they are known to have scholarly limitations.
Future Book availability. It is planned to provide details on these webpages about how to access the 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.) As technical options are explored for how this book will be made electronically available, some of the materials from the book may be made available via this website.
Comments from readers on how to improve accuracy of topics in this book's stories are welcome. Like any other comments, they can be submitted to the editor 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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