Friday, June 15, 2012

Open Your Hymnal Again (Book Review)


Open Your Hymnal Again
You won't look at a hymnal the same way after you've read Open Your Hymnal Again.  For this sequel to Open Your Hymnal, author Denise K. Loock has crafted 31 new devotions based on hymns.

Some of the hymns are familiar ("A Mighty Fortress Is Our God") and some are new to me ("Only Trust Him").  The devotions tie together personal experiences, history, Scripture, word origins, and, of course, lyrics.  Each is two or three pages long and written in a conversational tone.  Following each of the devotions is a blank page or two with a writing prompt to help the reader reflect.

Let me give you a short excerpt from one of my favorite devotions.  It opens like this:
Which Old Testament character had the most to say about hope?  Job did.  Surprised?  Me, too--at first.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the most natural thing for Job to do, from a spiritual perspective, was to nurture hope.  Instead of Job's name being synonymous with suffering, maybe we should link his name with hope.
The devotion continues with the reasons Job found hope--and how we can, too.  The writing prompt is this: God may never answer some questions that we ask.  How does faith respond to those unanswered questions?  Read Job 42:1-6 and Romans 11:33-36.

If you're looking for devotions that are thought-provoking and solidly based in scripture, yet not so heavy that reading becomes a chore, I encourage you to consider Open Your Hymnal Again.

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Disclosure:  I borrowed a copy of this book, and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you.  You should also know that I am blessed to count Denise Loock as a friend.  And this post contains affiliate links:  if you click through my Amazon.com links and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thanks for supporting my blog!

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