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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ARC Arrival: Abide with Me

Abide with Me: A Photographic Journey through Great British Hymns

Publisher: New Leaf Press

I received this book for a First Wild Card Tour in September.

About the book: Vividly portrays the inspiration and history of twenty-five of the most popular hymns.

Highlights the faithful work of twenty composers, like John Newton, Henry Lyte, and Sarah Flowers Adams.

Includes a free 24-song CD featuring beloved hymns, performed by Ray Walker of the Jordanaires and other artists.

These beloved British hymns--and the others whose stories are presented in this stunning collection--are the songs that have inspired and comforted worshippers for over three hundred years. The sites where they were composed--brilliantly captured by internationally-acclaimed Irish photographer Paul Seawright and described by American writer and literary scholar John Parker--are presented her, many for the first time. You will be able to see and experience the settings that produced the Church's most magnificent hymns. Join us in this photographic journey across England and Wales as we highlight the places that gave birth to Christianity's most inspiring and unforgettable music. (from the back cover)

About the author/photographer: John Parker, Professor of English at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, has taught Shakespeare and other literary classes there for twenty-eight years. He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee, and also the Master of Arts in Religion from Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. At Lipscomb and previously at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, he has also taught classes in the Bible.

Paul Seawright is currently Chair of Photography at the University of Ulster. Previously he was Dean of Art Media and Design at the University of Wales, Newport, and the Director of the Centre for Photographic Research. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are held in many museum collections including The Tate London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, International Centre of Photography New York, Portland Art Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Paul has a Ph.D. in Photography from the University of Wales and was awarded a personal chair in 2002. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, currently chairing their Fellowship panel. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He has published six books.(from Amazon website)

Abide with Me
Publisher/Publication Date: New Leaf Press, May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-89221-690-1
112 pages

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