Then Sings My Soul Special Edition by Robert J. Morgan is a collection of 150 hymns, covering Christmas and Easter, along with other all time favorites. The book contains the lyrics and music for each hymn, and on the facing page for each hymn is a short story that explores the history, context and author of the hymn. The stories are compelling reads and, being that they are all brief, lend well to devotional reading. Many of these hymns are so ingrained in our hearts and minds that we sometimes need a fresh perspective to recapture the fullness and power of the words and melodies. Strangely, it is the telling of their origins that provides that fresh perspective – history retold brings forth new life in the contemporary reading.

The Christmas collection contains all the classic works, such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, ” O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Joy to the World” and a couple of dozen more. My favorite section was the Easter hymns, particularly useful as I am already thinking and planning our Easter week celebrations for April this year. There’s also a brief section of Thanksgiving Hymns, a larger section of other miscellaneous favorites and, somewhat oddly, a collection of patriotic hymns. I remember there was a little bit of a clamor when Thomas Nelson released the American Patriot’s Bible last year, and this section of patriotic hymns about America feel similarly odd, but being a Brit, I would say that, right?

As you can see from the picture, this is the special edition of the volume, which features very pleasant to look at rough cut edges for the paper. Though nice to look at, the edging did make for a somewhat frustrating reading experience as I have grown accustomed to turning pages on the side edge, not something that is too easy to do with this particular format. In future, I think I’d forego the “almost old” look for the modern conveniences of straight cut pages!

Overall, this was an enjoyable volume that I will certainly thumb through when in need of a new old hymn, or for research on an existing one that we use, and would recommend it to those who have a love of the ancient modes of worship that seem to be enjoying a resurgence of late. Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program for the review copy.

A review copy was provided to me at no charge by the publisher. No attempt was made to gain a favorable review, and all opinions and recommendations expressed are the author’s own.