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Near to the Heart of God: Meditations on 366 Best-Loved Hymns [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Morgan
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Grow closer to God through the hymns you love to sing

The great hymns of the faith are not only meaningful songs we love to sing--they teach us about God and ourselves. They are miniature Bible studies that lead us effortlessly toward worship, testimony, exhortation, prayer, and praise. They clear our minds, soothe our nerves, verbalize our worship, summarize our faith, and sing our great Redeemer's praise.

In Near to the Heart of God, bestselling author Robert J. Morgan has gathered 366 hymns, including favorites such as "Amazing Grace" and "Rock of Ages," as well as classic, lesser-known gems such as "In the Garden" and "Teach Me to Pray." Each devotional contains an opening story about the hymn or its writer, the lyrics to the hymn, and a closing Scripture. An index of hymn titles and first lines is included so you can find your favorites easily.

Perfect for any music lover, Near to the Heart of God is a unique yearlong journey into the songbook of praise that has defined our worship for centuries.

"With pastoral sensitivity and moving insights, Robert Morgan brings readers deeper understanding of the hymns they love. These fascinating stories give context to some of the most moving songs of the ages and offer a daily dose of inspiration and encouragement."--Steven James, author of Story and A Heart Exposed

Robert J. Morgan is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author of more than 30 books, including Then Sings My Soul. He has served as pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, for nearly 30 years and holds degrees from Columbia International University (BS), Wheaton Graduate School (MA), and Luther Rice Seminary (MDiv). He and his wife have 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren.


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Grow closer to God through the hymns you love to sing

The great hymns of the faith are not only meaningful songs we love to sing--they teach us about God and ourselves. They are miniature Bible studies that lead us effortlessly toward worship, testimony, exhortation, prayer, and praise. They clear our minds, soothe our nerves, verbalize our worship, summarize our faith, and sing our great Redeemer's praise.

In Near to the Heart of God, bestselling author Robert J. Morgan has gathered 366 hymns, including favorites such as "Amazing Grace" and "Rock of Ages," as well as classic, lesser-known gems such as "In the Garden" and "Teach Me to Pray." Each devotional contains an opening story about the hymn or its writer, the lyrics to the hymn, and a closing Scripture. An index of hymn titles and first lines is included so you can find your favorites easily.

Perfect for any music lover, Near to the Heart of God is a unique yearlong journey into the songbook of praise that has defined our worship for centuries.

"With pastoral sensitivity and moving insights, Robert Morgan brings readers deeper understanding of the hymns they love. These fascinating stories give context to some of the most moving songs of the ages and offer a daily dose of inspiration and encouragement."--Steven James, author of Story and A Heart Exposed

Robert J. Morgan is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author of more than 30 books, including Then Sings My Soul. He has served as pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, for nearly 30 years and holds degrees from Columbia International University (BS), Wheaton Graduate School (MA), and Luther Rice Seminary (MDiv). He and his wife have 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren.

About the Author

Robert J. Morgan is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author and has served as pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, for nearly thirty years. He is the author of over 30 books, including Then Sings My Soul and The Red Sea Rules. He holds degrees from Columbia International University (BS), Wheaton Graduate School (MA), and Luther Rice Seminary (MDiv). He and his wife have three daughters and ten grandchildren.

Product Details

  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800733959
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C04QXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational December 7, 2010
Format:Paperback
If you love music, particularly the great hymns of the Faith, you will enjoy this book. The author has put together a book of short devotional stories surrounding 366 hymns. He includes the famous as well as the obscure. Each devotion includes the lyrics, story regarding the events surrounding the hymn, and Scripture. This is perfect to use as devotional readings in your small group or in your private devotions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near To The Heart December 22, 2010
By Doreen
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Great product from a good vendor. There could be an audio to go along with the book to follow the daily hymn.Still all in all a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking Up With a Song in My Heart! March 27, 2013
By Ireadit
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I downloaded this book over a year ago when it was available for my Kindle. I used it every morning as the beginning to my devotional time throughout the entire year of 2012. Mr Morgan is an amazing researcher, historian and musician who knows his stuff. This book spoke to my heart in ways I never expected, and as time passed I found myself looking forward with anticipation to the song coming next. It's a great way to begin each morning! Some of the songs are so buried in time that I didn't know them at all, but others dropped their message and notes into my heart and I hummed them all day long. I highly recommend this book for its brief (5 minutes or less) devotional thoughts and charming reminder of the hymns of my growing up years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I am enjoying this book and reading it day by day. Robert Morgan has researched the lives and stories of these great hymn-writers, most of them from many years ago. Whilst there are some of the hymns I don't know and have never heard, the words are inspiring nevertheless. In addition to the lesser-know hymns there are lots of hymns that I have known since I was a child and have loved them. The stories as well as the hymns are quite inspiring and I find pleasure and inspiration in the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daily Fountain July 21, 2012
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This book has shown me so many new hymns & writers about whom I had not known. It brings a wealth of historical Christian worship to the seeker. Refreshing! The hardest part is trying to share the hymns with friends & family. Some are available online; for others I was unable to find the additional stanzas mentioned in the book, or the melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near to the Heart of God March 4, 2012
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What an excellent devotional resource that not only is inspirational but also informative, giving historical facts concerning the background of some of the most well-known and loved hymns throughout the ages. I highly recommend this easy-to-read devotional for anyone who appreciates the timeless hymns of Christendom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a Nice Devotional May 17, 2013
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The majority of the selections were quite good. Some of them seemed to not work well in bringing out the intended point, but some were moving. Overall, a nice set of daily devotional readings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information February 23, 2013
By Lynn
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I was looking for just this kind of book to give the background for some of my favorite hymns. This one met my expectations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended.
Have enjoyed each daily meditation of Best Loved Hymns so much that I go to YouTube search the hymn showmen for that day and relax listening to same.
Published 2 months ago by Dessiedor
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection.
wonderful collection.Not only are the songs priceless but the history with each hymn being written is really interesting and moving.I love it.
Published 3 months ago by kat
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book as a devotional or for those who ...
If your heart is moved by the old hymns of the Christian Faith then this book will be a heart warming experience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charles E. Gast, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT MEDITATIONS BOOK
Still another book I am reading this year. Already, I have gained knowledge relating to some of my favorite hymns and learned learned hymn histories of new hymns. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars meditation book
It takes a year to use if you read it one lesson a day. Very thoughtful and uplifting. Enjoyed it.
Published 10 months ago by jeanette porell
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love the background and history given as well as the insightful thoughts about the purpose behind the hymns. Would have been a great buy but as a free download it was even better.
Published 11 months ago by Failtelorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Intresting
I find that i am enjoying the daily reading and coming across familiar hymns and and many unfamiliar ones as well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hymns
Most churches today are not singing the old but loved hymns. This book helps us remember and enjoy them again.
Published 11 months ago by Phyllis Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
It's great to know the stories be him sour favorite hymns. Hymns are a treasure Thant draw our focus of The Lord.
Published 11 months ago by Jane Caskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this book. It has simple, easy to follow prompts for perfectly relaxing meditations. It provokes thought yet totally relaxes and refreshes you.
Published 11 months ago by Lydia Ipswitch
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Robert J. Morgan, is the pastor of Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee and the author of the best-selling Then Sings My Soul, From This Verse, On This Day, and Red Sea Rules. He conducts Bible conferences, parenting and marriage retreats, and leadership seminars across the country.

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