Kenneth W. Osbeck (MA, University of Michigan) taught for thirty-five years, first at Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, and then at Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary. He also served as music director for Children's Bible Hour, Radio Bible Class, and several churches. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions; 101 Hymn Stories; Hallelujah, What a Savior!; 25 Most Treasured Gospel Hymn Stories; and Joy to the World.
It is common knowledge that nothing breaks down the barriers
between people as do songs and music. When these stories of the
origin of the hymns we sing are added, it makes singing even more
meaningful, increasing understanding, and multiplies blessing.
These are a wealth of information and enjoyable reading. Sword of the Lord There can be little disagreement with the claim that next to the Bible itself, the hymnal is a book of primary importance in the Christian ministry. It is for this reason that I heartily commend Ken Osbeck's book(s) on hymn backgrounds. -- Cliff Barrows "Billy Graham Evangelistic Association" (06/03/2004)
This book should be on the shelf of every pastor and congregational song leader. . .
This book will be a blessing to all who read it.
101 More Hymn Stories is a most inspiring reminder of the faith that has gone before and of the value of the great hymns.
101 More Hymn Stories is the most inspiring reminder of the faith that has gone before and of the value of great hymns.