Joni Eareckson TadaCrossway / 2022 / HardcoverOur Price$16.995 out of 5 stars for Songs of Suffering: 25 Hymns and Devotions for Weary Souls. View reviews of this product. 1 Reviews
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mDavSeattle, WAAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Encouraging readJuly 18, 2022mDavSeattle, WAAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It's all too easy to think/wish/hope that the Christian walk is easy. And yet, we see all too many examples both today and within the Bible that that is just simply not the case. (But, Lord, if you want me to walk an easy road, I'm okay with giving it a shot. Just saying. :D)
Jesus says in John 16:33 that we will experience trials and tribulations in this world; Joni Eareckson Tada is one example of that. She shares parts of her story here in _Songs of Suffering_, along with sharing many others' stories--spanning centuries. Life is anything but easy. But some of the most beautiful hymns--and frankly songs in general--have been written out of the depths of horrific pain and hardship. This book brings a sampling of those to light, reminding me I--we--are not alone in pain; not only is it not unique to me or to humankind, but our Savior! He experienced the ultimate! And hymns, both those written many moons ago and more recently (yayyyy Getty team, for one), remind me of so many rich theological truths.
_Songs of Suffering_ presents an incredible collection of hymns, both familiar and new to me (and I can't wait to look up the new ones!). I love how Tada correlates music with memory; it's so true that setting things to music helps me, for one, remember them so much better. The formatting on the sheet music was a bit wonky for me (the joys of eARCs), but I'd probably end up looking them up on YouTube anyway to get an idea of the actual tunes. And the included photography was just stunning!
An encouraging read I could stand to revisit many a time over years to come.
I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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