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Product Details

  • Series: Stories Behind Books
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1St Edition edition (May 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310248795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310248798
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

From the moment the pilgrims landed on the shores of the New World, to the dark days following September 11, songs of faith have inspired, comforted, and rallied our beloved country. Stories Behind the Hymns That Inspire America describes the people, places, and events that have shaped the heart and soul of America. The stories behind these songs will fascinate you and bring new meaning and richness to special spiritual moments in the history of our nation. Discover how:

§ "Faith of Our Fathers," sung at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s funeral, had its roots not with the pilgrims but with a Catholic fighting for the right to worship freely in Anglican England § World events, from the downing of Flight 007 in Russian airspace to Desert Storm and September 11, propelled Lee Greenwood’s "God Bless the U.S.A." § The author of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" lived the words "His truth is marching on" until the day she died § Combining African rhythms and southern folk melodies, slaves brought Bible truths to life with songs such as "Roll, Jordan, Roll"

The songs in this book have energized movements, illuminated dark paths, commemorated historic events, taken the message of freedom and faith across this nation and beyond, healed broken spirits, and righted wrongs. Their stories will make you proud of your heritage as you realize anew that in America, even one voice can make a lasting influence.

About the Author

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

More About the Author

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard F. Grantges on June 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The stories are accurate and interesting. There is no sheet music and I do not miss it. I have found the stories useful as fodder for comments I make when playing music for audiences. There are several other similar books, all good, but I sure wish there were a lot more by this author. There is one about Christmas music, but two are still not enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Larry R. Jones on August 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful little book, a joy to read about all the great hymns.
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By Francisco Enriquez on August 31, 2013
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This book is the only one of its kind, it is a good tool for Pastors, teachers and lecturers. The stories behind these songs are captivating and set the stage for the singer to really capture the attention of those who sit under the sound of the singer's or preacher's voice.
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By Stephanie Wald on July 9, 2013
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I like the history of the America hymns and the song of the book . I commend to people who like the history
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Misiak on August 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In scanning the book's index, I was surprised that there was no reference to Fred Waring and his musical organization, the Pennsylvanians, and their relationship with "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Having been a member of the Pennsylvanians, I know for a fact that it was Waring and his choral arranger Roy Ringwald who are responsible for re-discovering this obscure Civil War hymn and featuring it on one of their Chesterfield Pleasure Time broadcasts in the early 1940's. Singlehandedly, Waring brought this stirring patriotic anthem to the public consciousness, and from that point on he featured "Battle Hymn" as the closing song in all of his live concerts. Yet, there is no hint that these accounts are even mentioned in the book, which makes me doubt the research done by the author. I will pass on purchasing it.
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