52 Hymn Story Devotions
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)
"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
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.)
"...like a pebble being tossed into
crystal clear waters creating ripples of new
"...inspirational work of art." - "I love
Lucy Adams ..." - "...I highly recommend this
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.