History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

Companion Publication to Recording

This book is the accompanying companion to the recording of Hymns and Songs for Living. It is a history oriented book that explores the historical events that occurred around the time each hymn or song on the companion recording was written. The goal is to provide the historical context for each hymn and song with the times that shaped it. The book also includes as an appendix summary overview of historical highpoints from the past 2 millenia that impacted Christian congregational hymn singing from the death of Christ in the 1st to 20th century.

The initial editorial commenter was Dr. Nancy Graham, who recommended using an established style manul. The Chicago Style Manual was selected as the systematic structure. A short credit page for her is included on the dropdown local menu above.


Subsequently, Mr. Dave Mather provided copy edit comments. He has a wide variety of experiences dealing with various different types of publications. His detailed copy edit comments throughout improved readability. A bio for him is included on the dropdown local menu above.


Mr. Terry Hamilton, the freind who initially asked David to do duets with him at Bias recording studio, agreed to review and provide comments on content. He is a bit of an Anglophile, which seems fitting since a portion of the hymn histories involve England over the centuries.


Structure of Book

Since opinions can be strong regarding religious subject matter, this book provides numerous footnotes throughout enabling readers with questions or reservations regarding throughness and/or reliability of information presented, to explore the supporting source materials.

Because many scholarly reference books are only accessible via libraries, this book chose to cite reference materials that are mostly internet accessible to facilitate readers in accessing them. The goal is to facilitate readers in easily following up on topics of interest to them.

In addition to providing readers with a feel for how the history surrounding creation of each individual hymn and song shaped their stories, an expansive summary appendix of historical highpoints is included of christian religious histories for the past 2 millenia. It begins with Christ's death to the current century with points that relate to Christianity and its hymns. The history overview appendix provides additional insights into how historical contexts contributed to the writing of different hymns.

Note. While popular internet sources are invaluable as easily accessed resources, they can have scholarly limitations.

Future Book availability. It is planned to provide details on these webpages about how to access this book when it becomes available. The intention is to at minimum make information available on TortoiseClimbing.com about how to obtain this book.

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Higlight Materials from Book

Draft finals of two selections from front material of the book are accessible via the dropdown local menu above for:

As technical options are explored for how this book will be made electronically available, additional of the materials from the book may be made available via this website, perhaps in pdf format.

Improving Accuracy of Stories

Comments from readers on how to improve accuracy of topics in this book's stories are welcome. Like all other comments, they can be submitted to the editor via the comment page on this website found at: Contact/Comment, or clicking the option in the top menu for Contact/Comment.

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