The Christian Life Hymnal: Accompanist Edition with Binder  -     By: Eric Wyse
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The Christian Life Hymnal: Accompanist Edition with Binder

Hendrickson Publishers / 2008 / Other

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Musicians and song leaders will welcome this versatile service tool! With large-print notations, guitar chords, capo settings, modulation keys, plus all the features of the pew hymnal edition, it has everything you need to create dynamic worship for your congregation. 729 pages, 5-hole punched, 8.5" x 11" pages, black 11" x 11" x 2.75" hardcover binder from Hendrickson.

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Format: Other
Number of Pages: 656
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Dimensions: 11.75 X 11.00 X 2.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1598560557
ISBN-13: 9781598560558
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Publisher's Description

The Accompanist Edition’s hymn pages include guitar chords, wide margins, and tabbed indexes and can be used in any standard three-ring binder.

• Includes core "must-have" hymns from the major Christian denominations
• Seven helpful indexes including the most thorough topical index available
• 600 classic anthems, beloved gospel standards, and new worship favorites
• The most extensive seasonal selection available


Praise for the Christian Life Hymnal

From the first "Holy, Holy, Holy" to the last "Amen," The Christian Life Hymnal lifts our hearts to worship the Lord. Everything we love to sing to God is here, from the traditional hymns of the Church to our favorite choruses. From Christmas to Easter, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July, from adoration to confession, from evangelism to renewal, this book contains hymns that trace every step of the heart's spiritual journey. The Christian Life Hymnal is a treasure!
-Claire Cloninger, Christian Songwriter, Author, Speaker

from Hymnwiki.og

This is a hymnal edited by Eric Wyse, a Tennessee church musician employed by an Anglican church, and published by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. in 2006. It is not denominational in focus.
It contains 641 numbered items, of which the first 607 are hymns or songs and the remainder are service music. The collection features fewer recent hymns and fewer one-stanza "Praise songs" than recent hymnals from "competing" non-denominational hymnal publishers like Word Music, Inc. and Hope Publishing Company. Such material is not completely lacking, but is much less predominant here.
The selection includes many late-nineteenth century gospel hymns that have been pushed out of competing hymnals by the very newer hymns that are here omitted. Examples might include O Boundless Salvation by the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth; Beulah Land by Edgar Page Stites; Master, the Tempest Is Raging by Mary Ann Baker; and Only Believe by Paul Rader.
Notable too is the tendency to include more stanzas of many hymns than are included in other recent non-denominational and evangelical hymnals, for example, comparing selected hymns in the Christian Life Hymnal (CLH) with Word's Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (HWC), we find that the former has six stanzas of All Creatures of Our God and King to HWC's four; Crown Him with Many Crowns is seven versus four; etc., with CLH having more stanzas almost five times more often than HWC does. The publisher's claim that they have "all the verses" is however an exaggeration; for example, while their five verses of How Firm a Foundation outnumber HWC's four, CLH is still missing two (the second and sixth) of the complete seven found in the 1985 LDS Hymnal.
Another interesting feature is that more hymns than usual are set to two or even three tunes. For example, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling is set to Beecher, Hyfrydol and Blaenwern, where most hymnals give only one tune; Amazing Grace is set not only to the ubiquitous New Britain but also to Land of Rest.
This hymnal has a larger Christmas section than most, with "Advent", "Birth" and "Epiphany" encompassing 73 songs. The indexes, too, are more copious than in many hymnals, with a Scriptural Allusion Index, a Hymn Tune Index, a Metrical Tune Index, an index of Authors Composers, and Sources, a Church Year Index, a Topical Index, and an index of Hymn Titles and First Lines with Key.
All in all, The Christian Life Hymnal is one of the most noteworthy hymnals to appear in the new millennium.

Christian Life Hymnal- Review

Our congregation, Christ Church Anglican of Wakulla, Florida, was begun in August 2008. Our members come from a variety of denominational backgrounds, so our Worship Committee thought The Christian Life Hymnal would be a good choice for us. Using this hymnal has really energized our worship services! No matter our age or background, whether we are traditionalists or love the more contemporary praise classics – everyone can find something to love in this hymnal. The large print makes the hymns easy to read, and the lower keys make them easy to sing. The reasonable price has allowed many of our members to purchase their own copy for use at home, and the indexes make liturgical services easy to plan, with regard to seasons or scripture references. The Christian Life Hymnal has certainly been the right choice for us. We recommend it highly!
- Patricia Applegate, Wakulla, FL


My wife, Marjorie and I are privileged to host "Old Fashioned Hymn Sings" across the country and in most of the major Denominations. This has given us the opportunity to use a wide variety of Hymnals from most the publishers in America. However, in Branson, MO, we were privileged to use "The Christian Life Hymnal" and found there to be an amazing variety of Hymns from which to select our Hymn Sing program. We like to include traditional Hymns such as "Fairest Lord Jesus", Gospel Songs like "Standing On The Promises", Southern Gospel Songs such as "If We Never Meet Again". I was pleased to find all of them included in one Hymnal. AND in keys that were so singable! Never has there been a great response to one Hymnal as we received when we used "The Christian Life Hymnal." I recommend it very highly!
Paul Ferrin-

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This music book stays open all of the time.
    June 6, 2013
    Marion, Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love this not having to turn the pages. It's also big enough to play and read the chords.
  2. Ahoskie, NC
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Asolutely loving it
    November 15, 2012
    Ahoskie, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    There is not a day goes by, that I am not playing music out of this book. It is just awesome. Love the German songs as well. Reminds me of my childhood. I would definately recommend to everyone.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    well made!
    November 8, 2011
    Cindy Bostwick
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a useful hymnal for those playing the music. It will be easier to turn the pages and the music will lay flat, a must for musicians.
  4. Bellefonte, PA
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Overall a good songbook
    October 28, 2011
    Bellefonte, PA
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Overall, the songbook is nice. Two things that I found to not be desirable was the easiness to tear pages and the book is very large and too large to fit comfortably beneath my piano light.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 10, 2011
    Norma Baxter
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The hymnals our church in Indiana is using, all the music is written too high for the congregation to be able to sing the songs...I use the Christian Life Hymnal to lower the key so that the congregation will be able to sing.....also, there are many many songs that aren't in other hymnals and I love to use them as solos or for the offertory. Love the book...

    Our church in Florida liked the book so well that they bought hymnals for the congregation to use....
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Eric Wyse
Located in: Brentwood, TN
Submitted: May 15, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am the Editor of The Christian Life Hymnal. I have been the Director of Music at my church, St. Bartholomew's Church in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1994. In addition, I am a hymn writer ("Wonderful, Merciful Savior"), record producer (Handel's Messiah/John Rutter/Cambridge SIngers/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and recording artist ("Reflections" piano series for CBD). I began studying piano at the age of 5, and playing piano for church in the 7th grade. I studied Church Music, piano and organ at Cedarville University (Ohio), and have been involved in Christian music in Nashville since 1979. Several hymns and worship songs I have written have been included in other hymnals, including "The Baptist Hymnal" (2008); "Hymns for a Pilgrim People - Congregational Hymnal" (2007); "The American Worship Collection (2000); and "Songs for Praise & Worship" (1992).

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The goal of our entire editorial team for the hymnal was that we preserve the great heritage of classic hymns and gospel songs for the next generation, while we also present in hymn style (4-part harmony) what we trust are the best new worship songs that are congregationally friendly and will endure for many generations. Thus, in addition to many standard hymns, we included new worship songs like "Majesty", "He Is Exalted", "In Christ Alone", "As the Deer", "How Deep the Father's Love For Us", and many more. In creating this Accompanist edition, we wanted it be very user friendly for the church musicians, it is 5 hole punched, rather than 3 hole punched for long lasting durability, we have included guitar chords for every hymn, so that it could be used by worship teams with other instruments, it is larger in size, the binder has a D-Ring so that it lays flat on a music stand, and we included modulations from every key to every key, both major and minor, and guitar chord charts.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I believe that this Edition will make the hymnal more useable and versatile for the music director and instrumentalist. I hope this hymnal will aid churches in singing together the hymns, gospel songs, and new worship songs that offer praise to God, the encourage the body of Christ, that teach the truths of the gospel (theology) and that proclaim to the world the Good News of the gospel. This is a non-denominational hymnal that is geared for every Christian tradition, across generations.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Over the 3 years it took to create this hymnal, I was continually reminded of the wealth of truth, expressed in the hymns, and that every generation has found new ways to express the same truth - and pass it down to the next generation.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  There are many hymnologists, hymn writers and authors who have helped shape my belief in church music and specifically hymns, including Donald Hustad (editor of the hymnal of my youth "The Service Hymnal"), Fred Bock (who edited "Hymns for the Family of God" in 1976, and who I heard present that hymnal at Bill Gaither's Praise Gathering that year); Kurt Kaiser, a dear friend from my days at Word Records (composer of "O How He Loves You and Me" that we included in this hymnal); Keith Getty, composer of "In Christ Alone" and the champion of modern hymn writing; as well as Anne Ortlund for her timely book in the 1970's "Up with Worship"; the late Dr. Robert E. Webber, (author of numerous books on ancient-future worship, editor of "The Complete Library of Christian Worship", and founder of The Institute for Worship Studies); my friend Darrell Harris (who has 3 compositions in the hymnal); my pastor, who was my theological sounding board on several occasions during the editorial process, The Rev. Dr. Jerry Smith; and Dawn Rodgers, my wife, and writing partner on many worship songs and hymns (including "Wonderful, Merciful Savior" found in the hymnal).

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Even if you're church does not use The Christian Life Hymnal as your main pew hymnal, this Accompanist Edition would be a welcome resource for any instrumentalist. Many of the hymns are in lower keys - and with the chords notated it would be valuable for praise bands that want to play both traditional hymns and newer worship songs. Please note that a CCLI license does NOT grant the right to make copies for choir and worship teams, only the people "in the pew" so to speak, so you would want to order enough copies for all of your players. This Edition is also available with as a pages only, and will fit any standard binder.

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