Recently I’ve been reading Then Sings My Soul: Book 3 by Robert J. Morgan. Some of you may be familiar with his series of hymn-stories; this was actually the first one that I’ve read. I’m not completely finished, but then it’s not really the type of book you read in just one sitting.
Morgan starts this volume of hymn-stories with a 54-page historical overview of Christian hymnody. As you can imagine, limiting it to that size requires brevity and simplicity. But even in its conciseness, it provides an interesting and informative overview of our hymnody, from the songs recorded in Scripture all the way through what is being composed today.
The next two sections of Then Sings My Soul follow Morgan’s typical pattern of sharing a hymn, and giving a brief biographical sketch of its author, composer, and/or history. He includes some rarely-sung hymns as well several popular ones – from “O Trinity of Blessed Light” to “In Christ Alone.” The latter of these two sections include in-depth information about several famous hymns and hymn-composers (“The Old Rugged Cross,” Isaac Watts, etc.).
In the final section of the book, Morgan offers some practical suggestions for utilizing hymns in both private and corporate worship.
Although my music philosophy is somewhat more conservative than Morgan’s, I thoroughly enjoyed the historical information found in this volume of Then Sings My Soul. He includes a wonderful variety of old and new hymns, well-known and not-so-well-known. Hymns are so important for teaching and encouraging, and this book would be a beneficial addition to any Christian’s library.