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Music for Your Heart: Reflections from Your Favorite Songs Paperback – September 17, 2013
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Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas. Learn more about him by visiting AceCollins.com.
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That's because they both come straight from (and go straight to) the human heart.
Music for Your Heart reminds us of that fundamental truth
and makes us smile and remember along the way as we read.
If you have a music lover in your family, this is a book you want to gift them with.
I know, because my Mom *loves* music and I asked for this book to review knowing that she would want to read it!
She read this book in three evenings, and she really appreciated the thought-provoking yet peaceful devotional style of the writing.
As she read, and I worked at the computer nearby, she would occasionally ask that I look up a song that was included in this book on Youtube. There are a lot of songs in Music For Your Heart that we didn't know, a lot that we didn't really remember,
and a lot that made us say "I love this song!"
So as we read, we had a little youtube concert to go along with
Ace Collins' reflections on each song.
We had one night when we listened to three songs that we hadn't heard in a long time: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, God Only Knows, and Everything is Beautiful.
We listened with new appreciation after reading each song's pages in Ace Collins' book.
Music for Your Heart gets a both thumbs up approval from my family!
Put it on your gift-list or pick up a copy for your own music inspired devotional reading.
Thank you to Ace Collins and Abingdon for my review copy!
From the back cover: The stories behind the songs that stick in your mind and warm your heart
Did you know that the classic song "Over The Rainbow" was almost cut from the final edit of "The Wizard Of Oz"? Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic", a song Abraham Lincoln called the most uplifting composition he had ever heard, was adapted from a depressing ballad frequently chanted by Civil War soldiers trudging home from battle. "Tie A Yellow Ribbon", which has become a patriotic anthem for military families, originally told the story of a wife's longing for her husband to return from prison, not war.
Master storyteller and bestselling author Ace Collins takes you behind the lyrics and the notes to show you people, places and events that brought these songs into being. As you journey through faith, pop culture and history, you'll cross paths with Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and others. Their stories inspire stirring reflections on more than eighty of your adored classics, holiday carols, love songs and old-time hymns--songs that have come to mean so much to you and now will mean so much more.
Ace Collins takes us on a journey through eighty-seven songs that we sing from old movies and radio hits. Each song has a verse before Mr. Collins begins that song's history. The stories tell us of the men and women who brought these wonderful songs to us and the story behind them. Some of these songs were birthed in great pain and sorrow and when we read these stories we are filled with a sense of awe of just how great a God we serve. Why? Because God tells us He sings over us so music is a vital part of any person's life especially when it can bring us closer to Him. I recommend reading this book slowly enjoying each story as Mr. Collins explains it. I think it increases the sense of wonder in each story that way.
"Music For Your Heart" is a delightful gift to give to others to help them get a new sense of music n their lives. It helps to go back to our roots and fill our lungs with the songs that changed lives. I recommend it highly for everyone.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I have always enjoyed knowing the story behind a song, or a fiction book that I read, so I was excited about review this book. And I love Ace Collins! Everything he writes is awesome, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Music for your Heart is non-fiction, and I really enjoyed reading about all of the songs in this book, I know most of the songs in this book, but most I had never read the story behind so many of them, so it was a special treat to read about songs I have sang for years. I have played the piano, keyboard and organ for many years, and have also played many of these songs many times, and what a joy it was to sit down and read awhile and sing awhile! This would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves music. I have a musical family, so I will be telling them about this wonderful book by Ace Collins. There are like 87 songs in this book, so you will sure find a few you will enjoy reading about. Some are church songs, some are just good old time songs, some are newer, but all of them have a special meaning! Pick up your copy today for hours of entertainment and enjoyment! And you will learn a lot too!
I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.