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|Title: Fifteen Spirituals That Will Change Your Life|
By: Henry L. Carrigan Jr.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Paraclete Press
|Publication Date: 2019|
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 (inches)
Includes spirituals from Amazing Grace and Precious Lord, Take My Hand to Steal Away to Jesus and Ill Fly Away. Each chapter explores brief history of the song, its setting and composer, examining key lyrics, illustrating ways it expresses themes of comfort, healing, community, hope, and love. Fifteen Spirituals encourages readers to listen to favorite, or unfamiliar, Gospel songs to discover their transforming power.
Music lovers, musicians, readers of Christian inspirational literature, music historians, and fans of Gospel singers will want to read this book.
Table of Contents includes: Amazing GraceGods grace and salvation, Precious Lord, Take My HandComfort & healing, Wade in the WaterBaptism, redemption, social justice, Leaning on the Everlasting ArmsHope, community, Swing Low, Sweet ChariotDeath and hope, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?Community, hope, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and BurningExpectation and new life, How Great Thou ArtGods greatness, Im Gonna Live So God Can Use MeWork, love, prayer, Standing on the PromisesFaith, If Heaven Never Were Promised to MeFaithful living, Ill Fly Away, Gods Got a CrownHeaven, Brethren We Have Met to WorshipWorship, Steal Away to JesusNew life
"I enjoyed reading this book, and not just reading, but listening to each of the 15 spirituals recorded by different artists. My favorite parts of the book are the reflections of the songs that give us insight to how we can apply the messages from each song to our daily lives. Music certainly speaks to my heart and each song has a powerful message. This book will have an impact on your life." Becky Brown, wife of Jim Ed Brown, author of Going Our Way
"There are some Hymns and Spirituals that have defied time and space and have lasted for many times passing, and it is because they were anointed to begin with. Great songs stand the test of time, and behind every song there is a story that we never get to hear. But thanks to author Henry L Carrigan, Jr. we will learn about Fifteen Spirituals That Will Change Your Life. Read and learn and be blessed, and the next time you sing or hear one of these awesome masterpieces… you will know the story behind the song." Joseph S. Bonsall, 45-year member of The American Music group The Oak Ridge Boys and author of 10 books
"Carrigan has birthed an absolutely essential examination of fifteen of the best-known spiritual songs of the last century. The book showcases the importance of the songs not only for the faithful but also for anyone who wants to understand the roots of American music. These songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley to Kanye West. They have had a gargantuan impact on the lives of millions and also on the art of music making itself. Carrigan has given us the 411 in 15 chapters." Bill Carpenter, author of Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia, recipient of an NAACP Image Award nomination
"In Fifteen Spirituals That Will Change Your Life, Henry Carrigan not only chronicles the stories behind the hymns and spirituals we have heard our whole lives, but he challenges us to listen to them again, this time with fresh ears and an open spirit. Every chapter is a mini-lesson that uncovers the multiple layers of meaning in each lyric and why these songs in particular have such life-changing power. Its an extremely helpful resource in terms of the history it shares and the theological insights it ignites." Robert M. Marovich, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gospel Music
"Fifteen Spirituals by Harry Carrigan is an incredible source and guide to some the most essential songs in the compendium of American music. You dont have to be a believer to find comfort and transcendence in the songs he writes so poetically about. Carrigan writes with immediacy and intellect, but also shares a palpable love of the Gospel tradition that is so infectious, one cannot help but listen and be moved. I value this book for what it brings to me about the songs I have grown up with and loved all my life, and for its emphasis on how Gospel music shows us our own humanity and helps us in our search for unity and justice, in the face of fear and intolerance." Amy Ray, Grammy Award-winning artist, member of the Indigo Girls (1985-present)