[Abide With Me will be released by New Leaf Press in April 2009.] 

In the past 300 years, no other collection of poetry and music has been voiced or loved as consistently as have British hymns. Every week during those centuries, worshippers in churches throughout Britian, Europe, and America have read and sung such verses as “Rock of Ages” and “Abide With Me.” Whether celebrations of joy or in times of sadness, these hymns have become staples of our culture, and this book will become a classic family favorite as well.

Combining internationally acclaimed Paul Seawright‘s breathtaking photographs and John Parker‘s descriptive text, Abide With Me is a gorgeous collection of images from the sites, sounds, and history that gave birth to some of Christianity’s most poignant and revered hymns. You are familiar with these songs, but do you know about:
  • The hymn specially written for a sister’s wedding in 30 minutes
  • The privileged poet and hymnist who would die ministering in India
  • The first British hymn ever written and its original language
  • The song of comfort written by the daughter of a newspaper editor; a song associated with the funerals of three American presidents

Now readers can view the homes, churches, communities and universities of 24 beloved hymnists, share the stories of faith behind over 25 beloved hymns- John Newton, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, and more.

Abide With Me features over 230 photographs from throughout Wales and England. This casebound book is ideal as a gift or treasured in libraries and personal collections.

[Note: The release date on this book is April 2009. Order now for 20% off the cover price at New Leaf Publishing Group.]