[The newest book from New Leaf Press, Abide With Me, is focused on ‘place.’ It’s about the places and songwriters in England and Wales where the greatest British hymns were written, and where the stories of the men and women who wrote them unfolded. ]

On the north coast of England, for instance, silhouetted against the grey sky and dark sea, stand the ruins of Whitby Abbey. There in the sixth century a common sheepherder named Caedmon wrote the earliest surviving hymn penned in English. During the following centuries – Middle Ages, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century – men and women devoted to Christ and blessed with the gift of poetry composed the words of English hymns sung in Britain, America, and around the globe. Generation after generation, these beautiful songs were sung in times of happiness, grief, joy, fear and wonder. Here are the places those writers lived and their life stories.

Stroll through the quaint Cotswolds, the beautiful Lake District, bustling London, and the glorious poppy-bedecked English countryside as you meet the great minds whose works have inspired, uplifted, and carried us through the tragedies and triumphs of our lives. This is a journey of the heart and soul – a meandering through your own spirituality.

“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Ephesians 5:19.

[Abide With Me will be released by New Leaf Press in April 2009. Order online and save 20%.]