This is the companion to the recording of Hymns and Songs for Living. It presents historical back stories to events around the time each hymn or song on the companion recording was written that influenced their writing. It's goal is to provide the reader with the context of the times that influenced writing of the hymns and songs. In addition, the book includes appendicies that provide 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.
Various persons contributed inputs that shaped this 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 being able to easily follow up on topics of interest to them.
In addition to providing readers with a feel for the history back stories surrounding creation of each individual hymn and song thus shaping them, an expansive summary appendix of historical highpoints from the past 2 millenia is included of selected christian religious histories 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.
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