Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan, claims to be compiled of 150 hymns and stories about their authors and origins. However, I feel that to say that is what it is would be a lie. It is a compliment of 150 songs and their stories, but they are not all hymns, or Christian Hymns. Wikipedia defines a hymn as "a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a deity or deities, or to a prominent figure or personification..." America, the Beautiful is not praising a prominent figure or personified anything.. America is a country.
I most certainly would not recommend this book to anyone who was not an American with the inclusion of the patriotic songs, and I was kind of put off by the inclusion of "Good King Wenceslas". I would classify that as a catholic hymn as it is praising a Saint, not God. Other than that I loved learning some of the fun facts that go behind the songs. I didn't care too much for the layout or presentation of this book. I didn't understand the point of putting flaps like you would have on a hardback book's book cover on a paper back book...? And I thought the edging of the pages was too sharp and very inconsistent as they only did it on the one side and not the top or bottom. It made it very hard to flip to a page that I was looking for...
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Target Audience: American Catholics?
Positive Elements: Really great historical facts. I also love that the sheet music and lyrics for the songs were included.
Inappropriate Language: None
Unbiblical Content: We are supposed to praise the Creator, not creation, and while I am an American, some patriotic songs just rub me the wrong way. Weren't the early Christians martyred because they refused to praise their country or king instead of God? Why must we do exactly what they were killed for not doing?
Other Negative Elements: Just the inclusion of the songs that were not Christian hymns.