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Do You Have a Favorite Hymn?

    Do you have a favorite hymn? We might treasure certain selections for the personal comfort or conviction they offer, or perhaps we appreciate the sense of connection the words and music evoke in our corporate worship. But what happens if we remove the melody line? What riches are contained in the words to some of our most beloved hymns?

    In his new book 40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning, Dr. Leland Ryken invites readers to consider hymns as devotional poems expressing biblical truths. Every entry in this anthology consists of three elements: a well-known hymnic poem, an explication of the poem, and a passage from the Bible that ties into the hymn and its explication. Ryken’s systematic analysis gives an overview of the content and structure of each poem, then identifies and interprets the meanings of the poem’s texture. In this way, readers are guided through an insightful reading experience for each hymn.

    Savor the words and phrases of timeless selections like “Amazing Grace,” “Just as I Am,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” and “How Great Thou Art” as they express God’s goodness in our lives.

    40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning by Dr. Leland Ryken is yours when you donate this month. While you’re there, you might also want to order one for your church’s pastor and music team. Ask for your copies today!

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