Hymns We Love to sing/Songs for a Gospel People

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Hymns We Love to sing/Songs for a Gospel People


Brody, Benjamin, The Hymn


Hymns we love to sing edited by Alan C. Whitmore. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Wood Lake Publishing, 1995 and 2006. Words-only large print ed., US and CAD $12.95; music leader words and music ed., US and CAD $29.95.

Songs for a gospel people edited by R. Gerald Hobbs. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Wood Lake Publishing, 1987, with reprints up through 2008. Spiral bound, US and CAD $8.95; spiral bound, large print, US and CAD $16.95

These two hymn collections were originally published fifteen and twenty-three years ago respectively, but may not have been reviewed in THE HYMN at that time. They have continued to be reprinted up through recent years.

Hymns we love to $in$ was designed specifically as a large-print hymnbook for use in hospitals, care facilities, funeral homes, and for personal use. The 111 hymns contain a nice balance of historic hymns, nineteenth-century gospel songs, and more recent hymns (e.g., "Hymn of promise," "Lord of the dance," "The gift of love"). The first thirty or so hymns are organized to follow the church year, while the rest do not seem to be in any particular order.

The music leader edition of Hymns we love to sing is organized with the tune printed above or in some cases on the preceding page, and the text laid out below. Considering that this hymnal might frequently be used by a leader who would both play and sing the hymns, the fact that the words are printed separately from the music would make this task quite difficult. …

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