These Songs We Sing: Reflections on the Hymns We Have Loved

Book, 2022, 214 pp
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This collection of reflections on favourite hymns emerged from a project undertaken by the author a number of years ago. At the time, the idea was to create a piano arrangement of one hymn, write a few thoughts on the music and text, and post it on a blog every week for one year. The passing of time has since opened up the space to develop these writings, to finish thoughts that needed to expand, and to revisit meaningful ideas that will speak to the hearts and minds of many.

These reflections are about finding a place within these old songs that offer a glimpse into who we were, who we are, and who we can be. These hymns inspire us, baffle us, warm our hearts, remind us of people and places long gone, and ultimately provide guidance for those who sing them whether we adhere to the faith in which they are found or not. These are songs that can fill us with joy, purpose, and hope. They are the hymns we’ve loved. These are the songs we sing.

The book emerged from Klassen’s music blog, The Hymn Project, for which she created and recorded piano arrangements for these beloved hymns, one every week for a year. Her new book develops some of the accompanying reflections included in the original blog posts, and provides a wonderful companion to the recordings
As a church musician and pianist, the discovery of Carla Klassen's volume of inventive hymn arrangements several years ago was like meeting a new friend with whom one feels an instant connection. In These Songs We Sing, Carla's written voice is as satisfying as her musical voice, creating a devotional guide for Christian discipleship as she explores why these timeless hymns resonate so deeply in our individual and collective souls. —Dr. Beverly Lapp Vice President and Academic Dean, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Carla Klassen has taken on a self-motivated spiritual journey; one hymn per week for a year. She covers a wide spectrum in the lexicon of hymnody with astute observations, personal sharing, pertinent historical context, and storytelling. Each chapter ends with a testimony to God’s grace and gentle encouragement to the reader. This study would make an ideal devotional guide. —Dr. Larry Nickel CEO of Cypress Choral Music Publishing

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