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He Started the Whole World Singing: A Treasury of Gaither Christmas Songs, Reflections, and Holiday Traditions Hardcover – October 19, 2004

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After a moving and personal introduction, Gaither offers glimpses of the stories behind 25 of the Gaither Family’s most popular Christmas songs, from "He Started the Whole World Singing" to "Unspeakable Joy." The songs, which stretch back over the Gaithers’ 40 years of music-making, span the gamut from the sacred to the secular; angels and mangers mix with brightly wrapped packages and holiday carols. The final section of the book continues the theme of gentle nostalgia, as Gaither offers favorite family recipes for Christmas soups, desserts, breads and other dishes. The Gaithers’ fans will cherish this intimate look at the musical family, as well as the theological insights behind some of their beloved songs.
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About the Author

Gloria Gaither is a singer, songwriter, author and speaker. She has authored many books including such bestsellers as Because He Lives and God Gave the Song. She has written more than 600 songs and received 20 Gospel Music Association Dove awards. She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 39 years.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Book Group / Warner Faith; Har/Com edition (October 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044653367X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446533676
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,105,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloria Gaither is an award-winning lyricist, author, scriptwriter, former adjunct professor of songwriting at Anderson University, recording artist with the celebrated Gaither Trio for thirty years, mother, and grandmother. Gloria has written My Father's Angels and Ordinary Baby, Extraordinary Gift for Zonderkidz, as well as Because He Lives, Let's Make a Memory, 365 Meditations for Mothers, What My Parents Did Right, and Let's Hide the Word, plus numerous magazine articles. Gloria and her husband, Bill, live in Alexandria, Indiana.

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The subtitle expresses the focus of the book: "A Treasury of Gaither Christmas Songs, Reflections and Holiday Traditions." Gloria recounts family experiences around their Christmas celebrations. These join her thoughtful and creative reflections on the Bible stories of the birth of Jesus, including related perspectives from various family experiences.

Gloria writes these reflections around her actual compositions from the Gaither family experiences over a 40-year period. The included CD presents 10 of these songs, a pleasant addition to the Christmas collection in my CD rack and on my computer.

I was impressed with how well-read she is in a wide range of contemporary and classical authors and topics. She draws upon insights from a wide range of teachers and writers. Gloria's meditations are not deeply theological in the abstract, but she focuses on life-skill meanings of faith.

While this was not particularly intellectually rewarding, I found her reflections a welcome relief from the sometimes stultifying formalized views that force faith into the stratosphere. Gloria is grounded in real life, around the ho9me and family, where the key decisions of life are considered, determined and evaluated.

Some readers will be pleased at the surprising last section of the book, a collection of Gaither family recipes for the Christmas season. I found the work somewhat homey and nostalgic, without being sentimental.
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