Psalm Hymns: Book Review

Psalm Hymns by L.L. Larkins

I was delighted to have the opportunity to review a collection of Psalms set to well-known hymns and carols.  The musician in me has been waiting for a long time to see and perform something like this.  All-in-all in I enjoyed the time spent reading and singing.

Things I liked most:

  1. Using melodies already known to the Believer to enhance the Word.
  2. Having this collection at my fingertips to use in the worship service.
  3. A smaller set of Psalms set to Christmas music and carols was included in the package. (Caroling Through The Psalms by L.L. Larkins)
  4. The author included the opportunity to send the reader/performer’s recording to them personally for possible inclusion on a future digital release.

Things I didn’t like:

  1. Matching known melodies to these psalms sometimes resulted in awkward rhythmic patterns.
  2. The message of some of these psalms was lost in the wordage.

I think there is great potential in this collection.  I give kudos to the author for the incredible amount of work it took to create this set.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookCrash/Capture Books. 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 thoughts on “Psalm Hymns: Book Review

  1. Absolutely! I thought it would be interesting to use a Cajin Box Drum to provide background rhythm and recite these.

  2. I see the traditional hymns in this book as being the springboard. When the tune doesn’t fit the words exactly, I sing them in triplets or in syncopation. It’s fun to sing the tunes in swing or change up the 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 meters. Let the meaning of the words lead, and let the tunes be their springboard.

  3. Reblogged this on Replete and commented:
    I just found this sweetly grounded review on the web of one of our author’s books, Psalm Hymns. Having as many solid reviews as possible greatly helps the interest in a new author’s book.

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