This book is the accompanying companion to the recording of Hymns and Songs for Living. It provides the History Story for each hymn and song included on the Hymns and Songs for Living recording, including information about other historical events that occurred around the same time the hymn or song was written.
The initial commenter was Dr. Nancy Graham, who recommended using an established style manul, like Chicago, as the systematic structure for presentation of references throughout the book. A short credit page for her is included on the dropdown local menu above.
Subsequently, Mr. Dave Mather became the associate editor. He has a wide variety of experiences dealing with various different typed of publications. He contributed numerous editorial comments throughout the text to improve readability. A bio for him is included on the dropdown local menu above.
To address possible reservations of some regarding throughness and/or reliability of information presented in this publication's history stories, considerable supporting cross-references are provided for the source materials used. The Chicago style manul, widely used by social science publications, was adopted for presentation of those references via extensive footnotes and a bibliography. The goal is to facilitate readers in following up on topics of interest to them. As noted in the opening disclaimer to the book, most of the sources are deliberately internet accessible to faciliate ease of online access by readers, rather than library reference books not accessible via internet. That may create a restriction on the depth and scolarly accuracy of the references.
In addition to history information contained for each of the individual hymn and song stories, an extensive summary overview appendix is included of religious histories throughout the centuries that relate to hymns since Christ's death. The goal of that history overview appendix is to provide the historical motivating context of the various times within which differnet hymns were written. Again, that history was largely drawn from popularly available internet sources, such as Wikipedia. While such sources are invaluable as easily accessed resources, they are known to have scholarly limitations.
It is planned to provide details on these webpages for when the book may be available. The intention is to at minimum make information available on TortoiseClimbing.com about how to obtain this book. (NOTE. This entire TortoiseClimbing.net website will be migrated to the .com website in the future.) As technical options are explored for how this book can be made electronically available, some of the materials may be made available via this website.
Comments from readers on how to improve accuracy of topics in this book's stories are welcome. They can be submitted to the editor via the comment page on this website found at: Comment.
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