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Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages (rev. ed) Paperback – May 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book; Revised Edition edition (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606410687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606410684
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dian Zarzycki on October 6, 2009
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The original edition of this book is out of print, so I was delighted to learn a revised edition was available. The revised edition has incorporated new research and is strikingly thorough. A history buff might enjoy reading this book from cover to cover, but I think most people would derive the greatest enjoyment when reading about one hymn at a time. It is an excellent resource for choir directors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Kerby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I kept seeing it and it captured my attention every time. Not sure why.

I don't sing in the choir or anything, but I still love this book.

Sometimes I open this to look for information about a specific hymn (for instance, if we sing one in church and it seems especially meaningful to me at the time) and other times I'll just kind of flip the pages and read a little about different songs.

I've never read it all the way through, and I probably only pull it out every 6 months or so. I'm still really happy that I bought it, though.

The beginning of this book has a little history about LDS hymnbooks, and then there is some trivia about the hymnbook, and lists of new hymns and hymns that used to be in the hymnal, and hymns that have changed titles. Then, the main portion of the book is a listing of all of the hymns (in numerical order) with stories and history about each hymn. (They're not really long, but they're nice.) At the end there is information about the different authors and composers, including pictures of a bunch of them!

I would really recommend this book to anyone at all. Hymns are about experiences that are common to humanity, you know? We all experience happiness, work, sorrow, gratitude, etc, so the stories about the hymns are often just stories about life, which readers will find easy to relate to (whether they like actually singing or not).

Also, I think this book would make a great source for a fun Family Home Evening. Maybe you could sing family members' favorite songs and then the stories and look at pictures of the author, etc. We haven't done that yet, but it seems like it would probably be fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Smith on November 14, 2009
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I like the histories behind the songs and the composers. I am pleased with the book as it does provide insight to why the hymns were written and where some of music came from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belle Voce on January 4, 2011
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I love this book. I am a singer, and chorister, and love to know the background of the hymn's composer and writer. This is the definitive source and has outstanding info on all of the hymns in today's hymnbook.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Pianist on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource for anyone who needs background and little-known facts on the hymns of the LDS church. It's too bad that it's out of print..... :(
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I purchased this book to prepare for a calling as Relief Society Chorister -- I was asked to prepare a "musical message" each Sunday, and I figured that teaching about the story behind a particular hymn every week would be inspiring. I had seen this book in the library from time to time, and I decided it was worth buying my own copy rather than endlessly checking out the library's copy.

While not nearly as in-depth as I would have liked, this is a good basic look at the various hymns included in the LDS hymnbook, with a bit of history regarding each one. Some of the information available on the hymns is rather sparse, and I would have appreciated a more in-depth look at some of them, but again, it's good for knowing the basics. And there are some fascinating stories behind some of the hymns, both classics that are familiar to any Christian and songs unique to the LDS church.

This book also lists trivia such as songs that were once in the hymnbook but have been removed, books new to the latest edition of the hymnbook, and songs that have changed titles somewhere along the way. Such information might not be entirely useful, but it is fascinating to know -- and probably helpful if one is looking for a particular hymn that happens to go under a different name now.

Useful as a chorister resource, this is also a good tool for anyone who wants to learn some of the basic information behind the LDS hymns. I would have liked a bit more information myself, but this is a good starting point for learning more.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The download to Kindle went great. The book, however, comes up short on significant information on the hymns. Much of the data is personal opinion. Would rather have seen more historical data or less opinion.
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Our Latter-day Hymns a Worthwhile Publication

Excellent publication and still current. Some information on the biographies is limited, which suggests the contributors were not will known.
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