Amazing Love! How Can It Be

Studies on Hymns by Charles Wesley

Edited by Chris Fenner, Brian G. Najapfour

Foreword by David W. Music

Amazing Love! How Can It Be

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  • ISBN: 9781725264755
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication Date: 5/12/2020
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Amazing Love! How Can It Be

Studies on Hymns by Charles Wesley

Edited by Chris Fenner, Brian G. Najapfour

Foreword by David W. Music

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725264755
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication Date: 5/12/2020
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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About-

The present collection of essays examines specific texts by Charles Wesley in multiple dimensions (theological, poetical, historical, biographical, etc.), demonstrating both the profound nature of the hymns and their continued relevance for Christians today. The discussions are organized by theological/liturgical topics, and each essay treats us to the hymn in its complete original form (noting significant variants as necessary), explains the historical context of its composition, provides a theological interpretation, and relates it to the life and faith of the believer.

In the pages of this book, the reader will find both information and inspiration. Scholars of hymnody and of Charles Wesley will appreciate the depth of inquiry in the chapters. Just as importantly, laypersons and hymn lovers (as well as scholars) will find much spiritual benefit from the study of hymns they know and love, as well as texts with which they may be less familiar. This exploration of these profound hymns will surely lead to a deeper understanding of the “amazing love” responsible for changing the course of Charles Wesley’s life, who in turn changed the course of Christian worship.


With contributions from:

Steve Weaver
Jonathan A. Powers
Patrick A. Eby
Christopher P. McFadden
C. Michael Hawn
Josh Dear
Joe Harrod
Paul W. Chilcote
Roger D. Duke
Michael A.G. Haykin
Margaret Garrett
Jim Scott Orrick

Endorsements & Reviews-

“This is a place where hymnologists and church historians congregate for fruitful spiritual reflection. And . . . these essays reflectively walk the reader, step by step, down the Christian way from conversion to and through holy living.”

—John R. Tyson, Professor of Church History, Director of Methodist Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School



Amazing Love! How Can It Be is a well-written and informative book—but more than that. With keen insights of history, this collection of studies on the hymns by Charles Wesley is heart-warming, spiritually edifying, and God-glorifying. The themes explored, such as conversion, spiritual struggle, Christ’s incarnation and resurrection, sanctification, and prayer of evangelism, serve the church, musicians, and the academy in new and refreshing ways.”

—Adriaan C. Neele, Professor of Historical Theology, Director of the Doctoral Program, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary



“This book represents a significant addition to the scholarly literature on Wesley’s hymns. It places twelve hymns in historical context, referring to other religious and literary texts (especially the Bible), events in Wesley’s life, Wesley’s correspondence and journal entries, eighteenth-century hymnbooks, and modern scholarship.”

—Joseph Herl, Professor of Music, Concordia University, Nebraska



“One of the best ways of studying the hymns of Charles Wesley is through a detailed commentary on individual hymns. This book will be a very useful contribution to an understanding of his art and his theology.”

—J. R. Watson, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Durham; co-editor of The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology


Contributors-

Chris Fenner
Brian G. Najapfour
David W. Music

Bio(s)-

Chris Fenner is digital archivist at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is associate minister of music at Green Street Baptist Church, Louisville, KY. He has degrees in music education, worship studies, and library science. Chris has contributed articles to The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, has produced new editions of The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Isaac Watts and Our Own Hymn-Book by Charles Spurgeon, and is managing editor of HymnologyArchive.com.



Brian G. Najapfour holds a ThM degree in historical theology from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI. He has been a minister of the gospel since 2001 and has served both in the Philippines and the United States. He is the author of numerous books, including Amazing Grace, the first part of the series called “Stories behind Favorite Hymns for Ages 3 to 6.” He and his wife Sarah have four children.

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