Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Free eBook: "The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts" by Douglas Bond

During the month of May, Reformation Trust publishers are offering the book The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond as a free ebook download. This book is part of the Long Line of Godly Lives series. I have read two of them (Martin Luther and John Knox). Most of the volumes have been written by Bond and from what I have read and seen, I highly recommend every book in this series.

Here is the description from the publisher:
The focus of this next volume in The Long Line of Godly Men Profile Series is upon the preeminent English hymn writer Isaac Watts. In an age of simplistic and repetitive worship songs, the church must not forget the Father of English Hymnody. In this profile of the great hymn writer, Douglas Bond writes that Watts life and words can enrich the lives and worship of Christians today. Additional titles in A Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, The Expository Genius of John Calvin
Here are two strong recommendations:

Who among us has not had heart and mind stirred by a Watts hymn? Here we learn the story behind the hymns. We learn of a Christ-centered life, a doxological life. And from that wellspring has come the hymns we love to sing. Watts’s hymns are a gift for the church, and so is this biography by Douglas Bond.”

—Dr. Stephen J. Nichols

We all know and love ‘Joy to the World,’ ‘Jesus Shall Reign,’ ‘Alas and Did My Savior Bleed,’ ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,’ ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past,’ and a host of his other compositions. And yet, most Christians know precious little about the author of these great hymn texts—the man history has dubbed as the ‘Father of English Hymnody.’ At least, until now. Thanks to the prolific and eloquent pen of Douglas Bond, we now have an insightful glimpse into the life, the faith, and the poetic wonder of this remarkable servant of the church: Isaac Watts. This delightful book needs to be put at the top of your must-read list.”
—Dr. George Grant

You can download the book here and here.


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