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52 Hymn Story Devotions

Lucy Neeley Adams

Dear Friends,

When we hear the words, "Let's read the history of that hymn", it might sound a little boring.  But there are many stories within my 52 Hymn Story Devotions, that are amazing and inspiring.

It is a joy to lift up the simple "Jesus Loves Me", world wide favorite, as a prime example.  Who would guess that it was a work begun by two sisters in New York?  Yes, one sister who was writing a book, wanted her sister to tell of a little boy who was sick and needed encouragement.

Another beautiful message,  had no composers name.  But when a minister  discovered the poem, "My Jesus I Love Thee", it began it's journey on wings of song.  William Featherstone, told his story that he had written it  when he was a new Christian in his teens.  He died in 1873 ,when he was only twenty seven and we are blessed to have his testimony in music.

These are only two stories.  There are fifty more in this little book with a candle aglow on the cover.  Let's share the light of Christ !    

(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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