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Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas By Ace Collins

Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas
by Ace Collins

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These true, fascinating stories of the inspiration, heartache, trials, and faith that inspired some of the greatest Christmas carols, hymns, and popular songs will enrich the joy and celebration of the Christmas season.
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Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins

Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over thirty favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you've never met, stories you've never heard, and meanings you'd never have imagined. The next time you and your family sing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," you'll have a new understanding of its message and popular roots. You'll discover how "Angels from the Realms of Glory," with its sublime lyrics and profound theology, helped usher in a quiet revolution in worship. You'll learn the strange history of the haunting and powerful "O Holy Night," including the song's surprising place in the history of modern communications. And you'll step inside the life of Mark Lowry and find out how he came to pen the words to the contemporary classic "Mary, Did You Know?" Still other songs such as "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" trace back to mysterious origins--to ninth-century monks, nameless clergy, and unknown commoners of ages past. Joining hands with such modern favorites as "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," they are part of the legacy of inspiration, faith, tears, love, and spiritual joy that is Christmas. From the rollicking appeal of "Jingle Bells" to the tranquil beauty of "Silent Night," the great songs of Christmas contain messages of peace, hope, and truth. Each in its own way expresses a facet of God's heart and celebrates the birth of his greatest gift to the world--Jesus, the most wonderful Christmas Song of all.

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About Ace Collins

Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog's Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9 1. Angels, from the Realms of Glory 11 2. Angels We Have Heard on High 18 3. Away in a Manger 24 4. The Christmas Song 30 5. Do You Hear What I Hear? 35 6. The First Noel 41 7. Go Tell It on the Mountain 47 8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 53 9. Good Christian Men, Rejoice 58 10. Good King Wenceslas 64 11 .Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 70 12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 76 13. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day 81 14. I Wonder as I Wander 86 15. I'll Be Home for Christmas 91 16. It Came upon the Midnight Clear 96 17. Jingle Bells 102 18. Joy to the World! 107 19. Mary, Did You Know? 114 20. O Come, All Ye Faithful 120 21.O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 126 22. O Holy Night 132 23. O Little Town of Bethlehem 139 24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 146 25. Silent Night 152 26. Silver Bells 159 27. There's a Song in the Air 164 28. The Twelve Days of Christmas 169 29. We Three Kings of Orient Are 176 30. What Child Is This? 183 31.White Christmas 188

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Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins
Ace Collins
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