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Friday, October 2, 2009

Abide With Me...Review

About the book:
Vividly portrays the inspiration and history of twenty-five of the most popular hymns. It Highlights the faithful work of twenty composers, like John Newton, Henry Lyte, and Sarah Flowers Adams.

These beloved British hymns - and the others whose stories are presented in this stunning collection - are the songs that have inspired and comforted worshippers for over three hundred years. The sites where they were composed - brilliantly captured by internationally-acclaimed Irish photographer Paul Seawright and described by American writer and literary scholar John Parker - are presented here, many for the first time. You will be able to see and experience the settings that produced the Church's most magnificent hymns. Join us in this photographic journey across England and Wales as we highlight the places that gave birth to Christianity's most inspiring and unforgettable music.

Includes a free 24-song CD featuring beloved hymns, performed by Ray Walker of the Jordanaires and other artists.

A gorgeous book that shares the stories of how and where some of Christianity's favorite hymns were written. The photographs of England and Wales are breathtaking. It's a beautiful coffee table-type book and one that I have enjoyed reading and perusing on many a Sunday morning as I wait to go to church.

The CD that is included is wonderful. Ray Walker's version of Amazing Grace gives me chills and the choral version of Abide with Me is simply stunning.

My only complaint is that I wish the captions were included with each photo. There is a listing of photo captions at the back of the book, but I wish that each photo was captioned on its page. This is a beautiful addition to any music lover's library.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Robert Parris of New Leaf Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about the authors and book here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy of this beautiful book here.

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5/5 Stars


  1. This book looks gorgeous. I love the idea of mixing music with photography in this way.

  2. You and I had the same complaint. I thought it was a pain flipping to the photo index and I didn't think the photos necessarily aligned with the text, even after looking at the index. Otherwise, the book is pretty and the music is awesome.