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Number of Pages: 656
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
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• 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
-Claire Cloninger, Christian Songwriter, Author, Speaker
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
- Patricia Applegate, Wakulla, FL
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Cherie Williams5 Stars Out Of 5Not just a hymnal, but a reference sourceSeptember 10, 2015Cherie WilliamsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The accompanist edition of the hymnal is perfect for organist and pianist; the pages lay flat without unexpected flipping during the hymn. The pages can even be removed and put into order of worship beforehand, then replaced after the service. (Be careful with this, though; it's easy to get in a hurry after the service and plan to replace the pages later. That's when they get lost.) The index at the back with guitar chords is a great reference, and the modulations to help you go from one hymn to another smoothly is valuable if, like me, you never learned to do that by ear. The Scriptural Allusion Index is great in planning worship services around the pastor's sermon, and the Metrical Index is wonderful if you want to mix up tunes and lyrics for a bit of a change. There are other resources which I haven't used yet, but all in all, I give this hymnal an outstanding rating.
CandyMarion, IllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This music book stays open all of the time.June 6, 2013CandyMarion, IllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this not having to turn the pages. It's also big enough to play and read the chords.
KikieAhoskie, NCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Asolutely loving itNovember 15, 2012KikieAhoskie, NCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There 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.
Cindy Bostwick5 Stars Out Of 5well made!November 8, 2011Cindy BostwickQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
AtomBellefonte, PA4 Stars Out Of 5Overall a good songbookOctober 28, 2011AtomBellefonte, PAQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Overall, 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.
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.