Olin's book, a collection of Scripture readings, meditations, discussion questions, and prayers, arose from weekly Lenten soup-and-study presentations for her local churches. But it also works for individual devotional reading and small group studies.
A highlight of this book is how Olin includes original lyrics to musical scores of traditional, sometimes little known, hymns, English tunes, and African American spirituals. (The reader may recognize the tunes of William Bradbury's "The Solid Rock" and Philip P. Bliss's "Light of the World" along with "Come Ye Thankful People Come.") With Olin's new words the old songs are fresh and immediate. Each devotion references a musical selection so participants can sing. (I would have preferred an index for easier reference.)
A nice touch is the availability of the songs as mp3 files on Olin's website.
This book serves as an introduction to a wider vision of ministry to the Lord and His people. It's a worthy effort by a devoted daughter of God.
--Time of Singing
, Fall 2017
About the Author
Linda Bonney Olin is a veteran leader of Bible studies and Sunday school programs for adults. She was certified as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church in 1997. Her writing ministry has produced a wealth of Christian dramas, faith songs, and special programs for interdenominational church groups. Her poems, devotions, short fiction, hymns, and Bible study materials have been published in literary and devotional magazines, anthologies, hymnals, and online publications. Visit www.LindaBonneyOlin.com to contact Linda, learn more about her and her work, and find a variety of resources for ministry, music, and writing.