Academic journal article The Hymn

Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus: Women Hymn Writers and Their Songs

Academic journal article The Hymn

Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus: Women Hymn Writers and Their Songs

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BOOKS Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus: Women Hymn Writers and Their Songs by Joyce D. Sohl. S T Kimbrough, Jr. and Carlton R. Young, Hymn Ed. New York: General Board of Global Ministries / GBG Music, 2006. 110 pp text, 79 hymns with music, indices. ISBN: 1-933663-02-2. U. S. $15.95.

This volume focuses on women hymn text writers. Names of women authors and composers are bolded throughout the text and this, along with indices of names and first lines/common tides, makes the resource user-friendly.

The author is a member of the Global Praise Working Group of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and retired Deputy General Secretary of the Women's Division of the United Methodist Church.

In her appendix on how to use this resource, Sohl suggests various settings: classroom, small group study and reflection, workshops, retreats, or worship. In line with the presumption that basic hymnic knowledge would not have previously been covered, the book starts with "What is a hymn?" and then moves historically from scripture hymns of women to "women of the gospel hymn." Separate chapters on "African American women hymn writers" and "women's hymns of justice" (abolition and temperance to current issues) add to the textual portion of the book.

In addition to many familiar authors and hymns, the volume includes John Wesley's translation of Antoinette Bourgnon's "Come Saviour, Jesus, from above," Helen Maria Williams' "While thee I seek," Emily Huntington Miller's "Tell the blessed tidings," Jennie Wilson's "Hold to God's unchanging hand," Maria Weston Chapman's "Oh God of Freedom! …

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