“Hymns are a most important part of our worship. They mold character and often shape the lives of those who sing them.”
“The writing of these pages was an accident and a pleasure. An editorial emergency called forth the first article; our personal interest induced several others; then the interest of our readers requested the series. Favorable comments and the expressed desire of not a few to have the articles in permanent form explain the appearance of this volume.
“As a member of the committee which had charge of the preparation of the new Lutheran Common Service Book with Hymnal we were led to assemble a four foot shelf of books on Liturgies and Hymnology which volumes we have freely consulted… We trust that the work has been done in such a way as to give a new, fresh and interesting story of a number of the Favorite Hymns which are most widely loved and used. If the reader is as interested in the reading as we were in the writing then these chapters will have the fascination of fiction. — Rev. Hunton.
To remember or experience the beauty and power of these spiritual songs for the first time, and to learn some of their stories and history.