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52 Hymn Story Devotions

Lucy Neeley Adams

Dear Friends,

It is a joy to sing and listen to God's music.  Two favorite scriptures that emphasize this are:
"Sing praises to the Lord."  Psalm 9:11   and   "Sing to the Lord a new song."  Psalm 33:3.

That is why my book,  52 HYMN STORY DEVOTIONS, guides us through the worship and praise
that is to flow from our hearts.  I lifted up various illustrations of composers whose lives overflowed with God's love and purpose.

One powerful illustration is, "It Is Well With My Soul". A broken hearted father, whose four young daughters drowned in the Atlantic Ocean, prayed these words to his Lord.   Praise God, Horatio Spafford had learned to love and trust Him before this tragedy.  

Exploring hymn stories is an exciting adventure !  Join me on this journey!

(Now living in Hermitage, TN)


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"Jesus Loves You Fellowship"
In the Bible we read these words of Jesus,
"Believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14:1)
As we believe, we can know God's perfect love.
The following stories and songs tell of God's
plan for our lives.

1. 'Jesus Loves Me' - This simple, childlike song has its beginnings in a very short poem in a very long novel ...
2. 'Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling' - The dynamic preaching of evangilist Dwight L. Moody was over: he lay on his deathbed ...
3. 'Amazing Grace' - Even the sound of sweet-grace, grace-it is amazing...
4. 'Go Tll It On the Mountain' - The carolers in our town who sing from door to door often sound like a band of angels ...

God bless you,
Lucy N. Adams



Look at a few of my 52 hymn stories!

  • "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" ( Luthers' complaints sounded all around the world )

  • "Amazing Grace" (Newton's life of degradation suddenly changed.)

  • "America the Beautiful" (Bates was unhappy with her poem)

  • "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Howe decided the words were horrible)

  • " It Is Well With My Soul" (Spafford wept as he read, "Saved alone")

  • "Jesus 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.)
  • " a pebble being tossed into crystal clear waters creating ripples of new understanding..."
    "...inspirational work of art." - "I love Lucy Adams ..." - "...I highly recommend this book."


    Hymns 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 book.

    Within 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:

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    WHEN "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.

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