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Classic Hymns (Read and Reflect with the Classics) Hardcover – October 1, 2017
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But with the songs that are out today (and this is just my opinion so take it as that), the depth of the lyrics only go so deep. Especially when you compare them to the old hymns and really look at the lyrics. There is very rich doctrine in those old classic hymns of so many years ago.
Classic Hymns is a book that is part of B&H Publishing's Read & Reflect With the Classics series. It takes 90 of the old hymns that often are lost today and combines them with Scripture and devotional material to make for a very rich personal devotion time.
Each chapter is devoted to a specific hymn (90 in total) and at the end, there are 3 or 4 Bible study questions, and 3 or 4 Personal Reflection questions followed by some guidance for prayer based on your studies and reflection time.
If you love the old hymns, or maybe have hardly ever heard them before, I would highly encourage you to get a copy of this book. It will either rekindle or give you a new love and appreciation for the old hymns, but more importantly, for the One who these hymns were written about.
B&H Publishing provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review.
So, in any effort to keep alive the Classic Hymns alive, B&H Publishing Group has released the latest in its Reflect on series – Classic Hymns: Read & Reflect with the Classics. If you are a lover of “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Love Lifted Me” and the like, this is a volume you will thoroughly enjoy.
Now, with that in mind, this is not a book that will reveal the history of the hymn for you. Rather, it is constructed as a devotional. There are 90 Classic Hymns included in the book – three months’ worth of devotionals. Each hymn includes the complete text along with the writers of the words and music. This is followed by three separate devotional sections: Bible Study Questions, Personal Reflection Questions and Prayer.
The Bible Study segment suggests you read a Scripture selection which is pertinent to the hymn and then reflect on that Scripture by answering a couple of questions. In general the questions are thought provoking. Personal Reflection focuses on private questions that integrate both the hymn and the Scripture reading. Although some are a bit tacky, for the most part they will demand that you take a little time for contemplation.
If you are searching for good devotional material either private or in a group setting such as family, Classic Hymns will be a good resource. It will get you into both the Bible and the hymnal. It should certainly revive your interest in the great hymns of the faith.
Disclaimer: The volume was provided to me by B&H Publishing Group for a fair and honest review.
There are all kinds of Christian songs/music out there, but I personally feel nothing written today has the depth of the hymns. This book is a devotional using 90 hymns.
Each devotional in the book begins with the author and composer of the hymn and its music. That is followed by the lyrics to the hymn, a few Bible study questions, a few personal reflection questions, and a short prayer.
As I understand it, this book was written by the Broadman and Holman Editorial staff and edited by Lore Ferguson Wilbert. They did an excellent job on the book. The selection of hymns is very wide and varied, with many I know well and some that are not familiar to me. The Bible study and personal reflection questions are very insightful and geared to make the reader truly think and study, instead of just quickly reading and moving on.
It is different from most devotionals in that way. Most have the thoughts of the author or authors, whereas this one has the reader come up with their own thoughts.
I found the book to be very well done, and a useful tool to use. It helps draw insight from hymns, and also brings the old hymns back to mind.
Classic Hymns is available from Broadman and Holman Publishing.
Thanks to Broadman and Holman for the review copy.
I received this book for free from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review as part of their Lifeway Bloggers Program. I was not obligated to write a positive review.