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Do you ever catch yourself singing a song in church without paying attention to the words? Open Your Hymnal is a collection of thirty devotions that transport the wisdom of classic hymns and gospel songs into the twenty-first century. Introduce yourself to the rich spiritual heritage that hymnals contain or gain a new perspective on songs you’ve sung since childhood. Wheth ...more
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Published February 26th 2011 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (first published May 7th 2010)
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Wendy Sparkes
I really enjoyed this devotional - for someone who loves to sing & still enjoys the old hymns this devotional was ideal. A Bible verse to start of the devotional, then a thought linked with a hymn & often a little insight into why the hymn was written, & then a Rest & Reflect to finish off.

I did find it a little odd though on the day for Amazing Grace when the 1st verse wasn't reflected on at all, as I find that verse is the most powerful in conveying the wretch I am with God's a
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Loraine
SUMMARY: Do you ever catch yourself singing a song in church without paying attention to the words? Open Your Hymnal, Again is another collection of hymnal devotions that transport the wisdom of classic hymns and gospel songs into the twenty-first century.

Giving God glory, honor, and thanks nourishes our souls and invigorates our faith. For centuries hymn writers have exalted God's sovereignty and splendor in their lyrics. With biblical insights and practical applications, the 31 devotions in O
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Tanya
Mar 20, 2012 Tanya rated it liked it
Not at all what I hoped it would be. Since I am a member of the LDS faith I love our hymns and we have a great book that discusses the history of the hymns, the composers, and the authors of the lyrics. I thought I might would find this kind of thing with loved Christian hymns from other churches. (Our hymnal has more hymns that are not LDS in orgin so I hoped to learn more) Instead I seemed to find someones thoughts on each of the hymns. The hymns were not laid out in verse, and then a discours ...more
Kate
Jan 30, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you know me at all, you know that music, especially music that testifies of God's love and mercy, is an integral part of who I am. This little devotional book was then the perfect choice for me to read as the start of my devotions this year.
I really enjoyed how the author used the thoughts she had to weave the hymns and scriptures together. Some of the hymns were familiar to me, but some were not: so I chose to find YouTube clips of each of the hymns so I could familiarise myself with them. D
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Ellen
Sep 29, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
Although Denise Loock is clearly from a different denominational background than I am and I'm not familiar with 100% of the hymns she references, I did enjoy her endeavor to dig into the history and scriptural relevance of various hymns and classic gospel songs. A few of them were so well done and relevant, that I felt the need to share them as devotions with my family. I would enjoy reading future volumes if Loock decided to write more.
Melanie Moreau
An overall enjoyable read. I wish that the complete songs were included.
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Born as the fourth child of Don and Dot Kelso. I attended Lakeland Christian School and The Evangelical Free Church until age 18.

I always wanted to be a teacher, so after I graduated with an education degree from Cedarville University, OH, I taught in Detroit, MI, and West Palm Beach, FL.

Once I earned a MA in English from Florida Atlantic University, I taught at Cairn University, PA and Somerset C
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