The Birth of a Hymn

The Birth of a Hymn: Spiritual Biographies of 20 Hymn Writers and the Experiences That Inspired Them by Keith Schwanz (Lillenas)

The Birth of a Hymn is a fascinating look at the spiritual journeys of 20 hymn writers. Drawing on careful, insightful research, Dr. Keith Schwanz gives us glimpses into their lives, their thoughts, and the experiences that shaped their hymns. Includes contemporary writers like Gloria Gaither and George Beverly Shea, as well as voices from the past like Fanny Crosby and Haldor Lillenas. Hymn specialists will value this original research into hymn writers from the American Holiness Movement, a little researched portion of our hymnology. Makes for great devotional and inspirational reading, as well.