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- Print Length: 204 pages
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- Publisher: Zondervan (May 4, 2010)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2010
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000SF9WZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Sinners, wrung with true repentance, Doomed for guilt to endless pains, Justice now revokes the sentence; Mercy calls you. Break your chain.
As Montgomery would soon find out, his poem would break chains, but not those he had envisioned. The impact of "Nativity" would actually foreshadow the writers future, since he would come to revolutionize music and thinking in the English church. As often is the case with inspired work, irony stepped in and took an important role in revealing "Nativity" to a mass audience.
Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight oer all the earth; Ye who sang creations story, Now proclaim Messiahs birth. Chorus: Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King. Shepherds in the fields abiding, Watching oer your flocks by night, God with man is now residing, Yonder shines the infant Light. Chorus Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations, Ye have seen His natal star. Chorus Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear. Chorus --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Note on Kindle formatting: Poor. And strange. Each chapter deals with one Christmas carol, but the words to the carol are given in the middle of the chapter - and in the middle of an unconnected paragraph. Sometimes even in the middle of a sentence! You'll be reading along and get to the middle of a sentence talking about some aspect of the carol, then it suddenly breaks off and the words to the carol (in italics, and not always properly formatted themselves) intervene. After turning the page, you can pick up where you left off in the middle of that sentence. The illustrations (bad) do the same thing.
Based on content - 2.5 - 3 stars; based on formatting 1.5 stars.
As for the commentary - take what you read with not just a grain of salt, but a whole box of salt.
For me to take a history book seriously, I need to see where the author got his information. A bibliography at least, and preferably some footnotes. Not present in this book at all. Some other reviewers with specialized information have reported shoddy research or inaccuracies, and I believe them.
What makes it worse is that the author includes A TON of his own baseless conjectures on the writers' intentions and state of mind. I get that Zondervan is a faith-based publisher. But most Christmas carols have a legitimate and verifiable religious history anyway, which I would be happy to read about. There was no need for the author to undermine his own credibility by patently making stuff up.
This book ties us to the historic church & helps us see how singing great carols helped them navigate difficult challenges while sustained by the joy of Jesus.
Also appreaciated the historical background to a few songs that grew out of the season of snow or gift-giving tho not focused on the birth of Jesus.