I’ve been going through it a little and I love that it has a short story at the end of the page (for some hymns)!!
I also like to be able to know all the verses for the Hymns!
It will be a huge blessing!!
Thanks and God bless!
This hymnal is interesting. It certainly does live up my expectations. I received it shortly after placing my order, and the package was in good condition. I like the bookmarks included with it, as they help when reading through the hymnal.
This hymnal is the "most unique" hymnal I have seen. This is good and bad. The pros are the layout of hymnal, the lengthy preface+introduction (compared to most hymnals), and the additional information given on many hymns. The cons are mostly spelling related. The archaic spelling takes a while to get used to (e.g. musick for music, publick for public, Messias for Messiah). This choice is strange. The publisher changes the spelling of these words to conform to the "letter of the scriptures", as stated in the introduction. The Scripture mentioned is the KJV, yet I doubt that even those that read the KJV only spell these words this way.
It is "singable"; the key choices are good for congregational singing.
It is, for 99% of the hymns, the "most accurate" hymnal. I was surprised how hymns such as #59 "Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus our Blessed Redeemer" and #461 "The Solid Rock" are so drastically different from what are in most modern hymnals. The originals are much better. However, I was disappointed that #20 "Come Thou Fount" does not have certain quatrains in the original (e.g. "Sorr'wing I shall be in spirit /Til released from death and sin..."). Hymn #920 also removed the Catholic line "Fruit of the mystic rose, / And of the rose, the stem" for a more Protestant (and biblical) line.
The hymnal is "biblical" for the most part, and "exhaustive" to a great extreme. However, it is disappointing to see topics such as the "Rapture of the Church" and "The Millennial Kingdom", giving the hymnal a decidedly Baptist tone. What's even stranger is that hardly any of the hymns in the "Rapture" section are about the rapture, but rather, just given a verse from 1 Thes. 4 as a reference (e.g. hymns #899, #903, #906, #911 etc), Hymns #941 "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken" and #947 "Joy to the World" are in the "Millennial Kingdom" section, instead of in "The Church" and "The Birth of Christ", respectively.
Overall, the hymnal is a good hymnal for personal use and limited church use. The great benefits of this hymnal over-weigh its faults. If you need a good canon of hymns with original lyrics, and some new hymns to introduce to your congregations, this will be a wonderful hymnal.
I’ve never seen a hymnal that was so complete and thorough. I’ve already given one as a gift and have a couple more in mind that would really appreciate it. I love that so many of the songs have additional verses that had been missing in other hymnals. I am a “senior” citizen who is learning music theory along with piano, mandolin and acoustic bass guitar and the only thing “missing” is chord notation which would help string players of guitar, resophonic guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. I’m learning, but my mind isn’t as quick as it ought to be.
This is my favorite hymnal!
I think the book is amazing, I love the fact that it has all the verses and the history of the song/writers is a real blessing to read
I bought this for my wife, she loves everything about it! Thank you for developing this wonderful book!