The impact of many works of art can often be best appreciated when surrounded by a frame which complements their message. So it is with our hymns. Many of them become even more precious and meaningful when some details of their author and circumstances of writing are known. The spiritual songs which so thrill our hearts, nourish our souls and express our faith, were not written in a vacuum. They sometimes took their rise in a situation of heart-rending grief. Some of the sweetest songs have been wrung from hearts crushed with sorrow and they are sung with deeper meaning when the background is known.
The volumes of this work take their readers on a journey through the 365 days (plus an extra day for a leap year) of a complete calendar year and recount something of the setting and stories connected with many of our favourite hymns, as well as some worthy hymns which are less well known. Each date is related to the anniversary of the writing of an individual hymn. It is quite amazing how the whole year is filled with praise and not a single day is missed! It is hoped that a recognition of this will stimulate daily praises from the hearts of those whose feet have been taken from the miry clay and set upon the rock, and whose mouths have been filled with a new song.
Why not commence each day with a daily reading and enjoy afresh the rich heritage and history of our hymns?