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Isaac Watts: His Life and Thought (Biography) (utgåvan 2013)

av Graham Beynon (Författare)

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Isaac Watts(1674-1748) is one of the best-known hymn-Writers in history. He wrote over 700 hymns including the well-known "When I survey the Wondrous Cross", "O God, our help in ages past" and "Jesus shall reign where'er the sun" - hymns which are still sung to this day. Brought up in a non-conformist church and family, Isaac Watts knew what it was to be a pastor whilst also battling prolonged periods of illness. Leading a life, that like us all, was not without difficulty or controversy, he was able to write hymns of almost unparalleled depth and beauty, though they were often unappreciated by his own congregation. This fascinating study considers his life, writings and continuing influence on Christians today, in a way that will illuminate and inspire.… (mer)
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Titel:Isaac Watts: His Life and Thought (Biography)
Författare:Graham Beynon (Författare)
Info:Christian Focus (2013), 208 pages
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Although a bit dry in spots, this books gives an excellent overview of the life of Isaac Watts, with special attention paid to various aspects of his thought -- in addition, of course, to his hymns. (In fact, I thought the part of the book devoted to Watts's hymns could have been expanded; perhaps the author believes that this part of his work is too well-known to require extended comment.) The author shows a masterful use of Watts's own writings to underscore the points he makes. Especially interesting to me were the portions of the book devoted to how Watts sought to walk a fine line between the cerebral 'Enlightenment' faith so characteristic of his time and the overly-passionate 'enthusiastic' religion that was coming to the fore. Also touched upon were Watts's affinity with Jonathan Edwards and his more skeptical approach toward George Whitefield and the Wesleys. -- Benyon does not -quite- make his subject come to life, as it were, but the book is enjoyable for what it is and what it seeks to accomplish. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
This is a wonderfully clear and concise overview of Watts' ministry, writings, and hymnody. The book shows Beynon's great love of Watt's ministry, while not shying away from being discerningly critical where needed. Some of the focus on Watts' writings on rationalism, the relationship between emotion and faith, hymnody which is based on scripture but is understandable by the layman, making music and liturgy understandable for children, and experiential faith remains relevant today. It is a reminder that we should look to some of the great minds of the past for wisdom as well as those in our present time, as to do otherwise would be to be temporally arrogant. I came away excited by Watts' willingness to emphasise how important a relationship with God is, and his passion to make sure that the gospel was understandable to all, young and old. I couldn't help but feel that Beynon's clarity and simple prose was a gentle reflection of Watts' own style - and that can be no bad thing. ( )
  m-andrews | Dec 21, 2013 |
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Isaac Watts(1674-1748) is one of the best-known hymn-Writers in history. He wrote over 700 hymns including the well-known "When I survey the Wondrous Cross", "O God, our help in ages past" and "Jesus shall reign where'er the sun" - hymns which are still sung to this day. Brought up in a non-conformist church and family, Isaac Watts knew what it was to be a pastor whilst also battling prolonged periods of illness. Leading a life, that like us all, was not without difficulty or controversy, he was able to write hymns of almost unparalleled depth and beauty, though they were often unappreciated by his own congregation. This fascinating study considers his life, writings and continuing influence on Christians today, in a way that will illuminate and inspire.

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