The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts
In an age of simplistic and repetitive worship songs, the church must not forget Isaac Watts, “the Father of English Hymnody.” In this profile of the great hymn writer, Douglas Bond writes that Watts’ life and words can enrich the lives and worship of Christians today.
I am vile polluted lump of earth,
So I've continued since my birth
Although Je ...more
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I appreciated how Bond set Watts in the context of his culture by listing contemporaries such as Samuel Johnson, Blaise Pascal, Jonathon Edwards, John Wesley, Alexander Pope, John Newton, etc. He tells of those who loved Watts hymns and those who hated them (G ...more
The book borders on being simplistic and hagiographic. The sense from the author is that, of course someone would attempt to make the Psalms Christian without delving into why this is might not be a good idea. Also, if Watts had any significant flaws or mistakes in his life, they do not come under consideration.
The author adopts ...more
Isaac Watts is known for the hymns he penned, such as, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Joy to the World, and many others. I knew nothing about him before reading this fairly short book, but I now desire to read more of his work because his poetry regarding our most amazing Savior is rich, deeply full of meaning, and thought provoking. He started by writing the Psalms for the modern worshippers, but in the process, wrote hymns for child ...more
That said, my hesitations fall within the realm of thinking you're getting something you're not. This book is a dense read, something along the lines of Bonhoeffer, by Eric Metaxas, though not as long; it had me wondering at times if this was a dissertation modified for more classic consumption.
It also seemed that a la ...more
As a great man once said, it is just as big a sin to SING a lie as it is to speak one. Watts wrote music that worshiped his creator ...more
Perhaps best of all this book renewed my love of Watts' hymns and introduced me to one I hadn't heard before but now love: "There is a Land of Pure Delight." A worthy read. ...more
To be applauded is Bond's attempt to point out some flaws in Watts. This is appreciated as some of the books in the series are too hagiographic.
However, one also gets Bond's view of worship in this book in Watts. For better or worse. ...more
This could have been better. The information about Watts was nice, but this isn't just a biography. The author gives his opinion on why hymns are superior to worship songs. Some things sound good, but he can be quite condescending trying to make his point. ...more