Academic journal article The Hymn

For Us, God's People Now

Academic journal article The Hymn

For Us, God's People Now

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For Us, God's People Now by Edith Sinclair Downing. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold. ISBN 978-1-8811-6237-7. $15.00.

Edith Sinclair Downing must be a woman of deep personal faith, judging by these texts. At one level, her hymn-text writing seems to be an avenue to express and witness to that faith and is, in that sense, quite evangelistic. There are well-defined faith images, such as grace ("and dance to the music of God's second chance," 53); clearly thought-out personal belief ("When anger surges in our hearts," 52); and social issues ("We are called to act as neighbors in a world of pow'r and greed," 44), expressed in simple direct language that is easily accessible. There is relatively litde theological terminology known only to insiders. Also, Downing's consistent use of inclusive language should appeal to many, e.g., "The One who formed us in the womb" (45). These things alone would recommend her collection to anyone searching for faith or those who aid that search.

However, all too frequently instances of inverted syntax, some more jarring than others, give some of Downing's texts a more archaic flavor, e. …

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