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Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days? Something about its tune or lyrics impacts us and holds our attention. Why? How did the song come to be? Why was it written? And what does the song really mean? In Music for Your Heart, best-selling and award-winning author Ace Collins takes you behind the scenes of your favorite songs to show how the lyrics and music be Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days? Something about its tune or lyrics impacts us and holds our attention. Why? How did the song come to be? Why was it written? And what does the song really mean? In Music for Your Heart, best-selling and award-winning author Ace Collins takes you behind the scenes of your favorite songs to show how the lyrics and music began. Through insider stories, artist bios, and inspiration from Scripture, Collins weaves stirring reflections on our adored and popular classics. Whether the featured song is a holiday carol, children's worship tune, or love song, each short chapter will inspire curious music enthusiasts as well as those seeking a book for a devotional meditation. Digging deep into the words and history of the music, these uplifting and informative reflections will warm the heart--like the songs themselves. Songs include: Jesus Loves Me You Are My Sunshine How Great Thou Art White Christmas Amazing Grace Sweet, Sweet Spirit Blue Moon Jingle Bells You Raise Me Up Deep and Wide I Will Always Love You Moon River


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Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days? Something about its tune or lyrics impacts us and holds our attention. Why? How did the song come to be? Why was it written? And what does the song really mean? In Music for Your Heart, best-selling and award-winning author Ace Collins takes you behind the scenes of your favorite songs to show how the lyrics and music be Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days? Something about its tune or lyrics impacts us and holds our attention. Why? How did the song come to be? Why was it written? And what does the song really mean? In Music for Your Heart, best-selling and award-winning author Ace Collins takes you behind the scenes of your favorite songs to show how the lyrics and music began. Through insider stories, artist bios, and inspiration from Scripture, Collins weaves stirring reflections on our adored and popular classics. Whether the featured song is a holiday carol, children's worship tune, or love song, each short chapter will inspire curious music enthusiasts as well as those seeking a book for a devotional meditation. Digging deep into the words and history of the music, these uplifting and informative reflections will warm the heart--like the songs themselves. Songs include: Jesus Loves Me You Are My Sunshine How Great Thou Art White Christmas Amazing Grace Sweet, Sweet Spirit Blue Moon Jingle Bells You Raise Me Up Deep and Wide I Will Always Love You Moon River

43 review for Music for Your Heart: Reflections from Your Favorite Songs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    It seems the more we love something the more we want to know more about their backgrounds. There are those that will be director's cut version of their favorite movies to dig into the details behind the making of the movie or even attend author signings of their favorite novels to know what motivated them to write that particular book that speaks to their soul. But even music has a history and a background to some of the songs we love but so few people really know their musical history behind th It seems the more we love something the more we want to know more about their backgrounds. There are those that will be director's cut version of their favorite movies to dig into the details behind the making of the movie or even attend author signings of their favorite novels to know what motivated them to write that particular book that speaks to their soul. But even music has a history and a background to some of the songs we love but so few people really know their musical history behind the making of those songs that have become our personal favorites until now! Best selling author Ace Collins, takes a journey into the history of some of our favorite songs of all time. There are those beloved church hymns like Amazing Grace, Jesus Loves Me, and How Great Thou Art that Ace breaks down not only the meaning behind the songs but also some insight into how those songs impact our heart and soul through our relationship through Christ. There are such unforgettable classics like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I Write The Songs, Blue Skies, Yesterday and Stand by Me that show that even though we love them, most of the time we don't know what inspired the artists or songwriters to get them to the radio for us to love. For example, I Write the Songs, made famous by artist Barry Manilow, is a song that he didn't want to record because he thought people would think he was arrogant when you listen to the lyrics, but in fact the song is about God writing the songs that we see through His creations. In fact, after reading this book, I am convinced you will have a greater appreciation for the music you love. There are some great stories into some of the beloved Christmas classics like Jingle Bells, written for a Thanksgiving production and Bing Crosby's rendition of White Christmas that really was written to inspire soldiers who were going to war to help remember those things about home during Christmas. There are 87 songs that are detailed in their historical significance and the artists who made them popular but by far my favorite thing about this book is the thoughts Ace Collins shares to enhance our own lives such as the inspiration behind the song Tie A Yellow Ribbon. While the history of the song dates back to the significance of the yellow ribbons and war, the meaning can also represent the significance we take when we celebrate communion and the sacrifice that Christ made for us. This is retold so many times in the Bible to remember all the things that Lord has done for us, so we will not forget. Ace reminds us of that fact through the illustration of the song and it's history. I received Music for Your Heart: Reflections from Your Favorite Songs by Ace Collins, compliments of Abingdon Press for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is simply a must have for music lovers and fans of music history. There is literally something for everyone in this wonderful collection of song history. Not only that but the messages about those songs through Ace's words will make you appreciate them so much more. It will definite change how you view those songs you find yourself singing over and over again in new ways! I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to pick up his Christmas Collection, Stories Behind the Best-Loved Christmas Songs!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I have always enjoyed knowing the story behind a song, or a fiction book that I read, so I was excited about review this book. And I love Ace Collins! Everything he writes is awesome, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Music for your Heart is non-fiction, and I really enjoyed reading about all of the songs in this book, I know most of the songs in this book, but most I had never read the story behind so many of them, so it was a special treat to read about songs I hav MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I have always enjoyed knowing the story behind a song, or a fiction book that I read, so I was excited about review this book. And I love Ace Collins! Everything he writes is awesome, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Music for your Heart is non-fiction, and I really enjoyed reading about all of the songs in this book, I know most of the songs in this book, but most I had never read the story behind so many of them, so it was a special treat to read about songs I have sang for years. I have played the piano, keyboard and organ for many years, and have also played many of these songs many times, and what a joy it was to sit down and read awhile and sing awhile! This would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves music. I have a musical family, so I will be telling them about this wonderful book by Ace Collins. There are like 87 songs in this book, so you will sure find a few you will enjoy reading about. Some are church songs, some are just good old time songs, some are newer, but all of them have a special meaning! Pick up your copy today for hours of entertainment and enjoyment! And you will learn a lot too! I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love music, and I'm always fascinated by the stories behind songs. If that were all this book contained, it would be worth buying but Ace Collins has raised his own bar by connecting a spiritual lesson to each of the stories. And he has chosen some great classics to include in this book! So many of these songs are like dear friends, songs that I loved and sang as I was growing up. Both secular and sacred songs are included in this collection, and coupling each song with a relevant devotional p I love music, and I'm always fascinated by the stories behind songs. If that were all this book contained, it would be worth buying but Ace Collins has raised his own bar by connecting a spiritual lesson to each of the stories. And he has chosen some great classics to include in this book! So many of these songs are like dear friends, songs that I loved and sang as I was growing up. Both secular and sacred songs are included in this collection, and coupling each song with a relevant devotional provides a new perspective, especially for those times when the tunes get stuck in your head! The book can be browsed at leisure, used daily as a supplemental devotional, or read straight through. It's not to early to think about gift-giving; grab one for yourself as well as for someone you love! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced copy of this book free from Ace Collins & Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    MUSIC FOR YOUR HEART: Reflections From Your Favorite Songs By Ace Collins Won as a First Reads Giveaway in March. Thank you for offering this as a giveaway READ IN MARCH, 2014 This is definitely a coffee table book! That's where mine is at the moment. What a GEM of a Find. Reading about each mentioned song was very memorable for me. Throughout my childhood music from the 30's and 40's was heard every day in my parents home. I had this on my wish list (someone must have heard me.) and I am so grateful MUSIC FOR YOUR HEART: Reflections From Your Favorite Songs By Ace Collins Won as a First Reads Giveaway in March. Thank you for offering this as a giveaway READ IN MARCH, 2014 This is definitely a coffee table book! That's where mine is at the moment. What a GEM of a Find. Reading about each mentioned song was very memorable for me. Throughout my childhood music from the 30's and 40's was heard every day in my parents home. I had this on my wish list (someone must have heard me.) and I am so grateful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lenni Snow

    This book was super cute, it had songs and each song was paired with a bible verse and with a reflection from the bible that was related to the song. I realized that alot of the songs I have just listened to all my life truly might have a deeper meaning if you pay attention.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tevlin

    Was not what I thought it was going to be. Each song was 2-3 pages and the link between the songs and Christianity were very thin. Could possibly used as a devotional book rather than a straight read-through.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    I loved this book that I won from FirstReads! The author takes various songs, a few of them hymns, but most of them popular songs and writes a devotion using the back story or content of the song to point us to the scripture. Pretty amazing! I am going to look for other books by this author!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Walker

    Very cool book. Author Ace Collins gives you the background of many popular songs. This is a must read for a history or music buff. Actually its an interesting book for everyone.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth Shultz

    This book was great! Reading about some of my favorite songs was fascinating. Won this book from goodreads.

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    Sheila Jacks

    I loved this book! Very fun and interesting read.

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