52 Hymn Story Devotions
Ever wondered why my book has the number 52 in the title?
52 HYMN STORY DEVOTIONS is a reminder that there are 52 weeks in the year and there are 52 hymn stories in my book. Therefore, you are to read only ONE hymn story a week, and at the end of 2014 you will have finished the entire book! Just kidding, of course, but reading one per week is a good way to have a consistent devotional time: you can study the story, the Scripture passage, and all the verses of the hymn.
Actually, you go ahead and read the book anyway your heart desires. I welcome you to the good world of 52 HYMN STORY DEVOTIONS.
God bless you,
'It Is Well With My Soul'
The Spafford family was excited about their family vacation. They would travel from Chicago to Europe in the fall of 1873. However, when the time came, business matters in his law firm prevented Mr. Spafford from accompanying the family. He planned to join them as soon as possible. (Read the entire
'Sweet Hour of Prayer'
When the disciples saw Jesus in prayer, they asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) From that glorious question in Scripture, we have what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. Millions have repeated those words, and it is one of our greatest examples of calling out to God. (Read the entire
'Oh, How He Loves You and Me'
Turn on the television or the computer these days and too often we find a disaster report. In fact, we can become depressed if we watch and read too much of what is happening in our world. So we have a choice — Do we fret over these burdens or do we focus on God’s love for each and every person in the world? (Read the entire
The story behind 'Because He Lives'
The party on Sunday afternoon had been fun, but after the children left my friend Amy’s house, it was a mess. Candied egg wrappers were all over the floor and someone left their Easter basket with the green grass scattered about. Amy sighed, “I sure am glad Easter is over.”(Read the entire
'Let There Be Peace on Earth'
Our troubled world longs for peace. We are bombarded with reports of violence in towns and homes. Our hearts are broken and we ask, "What can I do about it?" Often there are wonderful meetings of peace-loving people who join their hearts and prayers to understand this deep need. I praise God for them.
But what of the people who can't attend these gatherings? All of us need encouragement and hope for peace in our troubled world. At times, the best that can happen is that each individual seeks peace in his or her troubled heart. This is what happened to an amazing woman of faith some years ago. (Read the entire
at a few of my 52 hymn stories!
Mighty Fortress Is Our God" ( Luthers'
complaints sounded all around the world )
Grace" (Newton's life of degradation
the Beautiful" (Bates was unhappy with
Hymn of the Republic" (Howe decided the
words were horrible)
It Is Well With My Soul" (Spafford wept
as he read, "Saved alone")
Loves Me" (This simple, childlike song has
its beginnings in a very short poem in a very
long novel. Today, millions of people know
the poem written by Anna Warner. The novel
has been forgotten.)
Just As I Am " (She could not believe the cold, hard facts. The prognosis of her disease was eventual paralysis. As Charlotte Elliotts' frustrations grew into anger, she wondered why God would allow such a thing to happen.)
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crystal clear waters creating ripples of new
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inspire an author’s book
Lucy Adams turns 52 songs of
devotion a top seller
By VICKI HYATT, Staff writer,
LAKE JUNALUSKA -- Lucy Neeley Adams,
author of “52 Hymn Story Devotions,”
claims there is nothing original in
her recently published book.
“I haven’t written
a thing that hasn’t already been said
somewhere, except for the personal
illustrations about what a hymn meant
to me,” she says humbly.
But researching the beginnings of
some of the most popular hymns through
the ages, condensing the story and
then adding a poignant “personal touch”
has been a popular concept. It has
taken Adams on a journey from a music
ministry within the Methodist churches
where her husband has pastored to
a radio personality, then a newspaper
columnist and finally to writing a
this site, you will find a brief history of Lucy
Neeley Adams, excerpts
from 52 Hymn Story Devotions, Benefits
& Reviews, a story of
"Our Song" and how to purchase "52 Hymn Story
Devotions" from either:
"God Speaks, Devotional Responses to Every 3: 16 in the New Testament "God is speaking. Are we listening? When we're lonely, confused, or angry, God speaks to us. When we're content, satisfied, or joyful, God speaks to us. Join the Christian Writers Fellowship of Western North Carolina on a journey through the New Testament's 3:16 passages. God speaks to us through His word. He wants to speak to you too.
May 2013 publication.