The Songs Tell the Story
Be inspired by the stories behind 25 popular Christmas songs
Have you ever wondered what silent night actually inspired “Silent Night”?
Or why the prolific hymn writer Isaac Watts penned “Joy to the World”?
Or what caused comedian Mark Lowry to write “Mary, Did You Know?”
The Songs Tell the Story is an Advent Devotional that shares interesting trivia and the origin stories of 25 well-known Christmas songs and hymns and answers questions like the ones above.
Written in 2019 by Janet Denison, this devotional also provides biblical encouragement for the season, making clear the connections between the songs we know so well and the gift of Jesus we celebrate at Christmas.
Janet is not only a loving mother and grandmother, but a seasoned Bible teacher and preacher’s wife for the past four decades who has a true gift for identifying God’s truth in every season (including Christmas).
The 25 Advent devotionals are perfect for starting on December 1 and ending on Christmas Day!
Each reading only takes a few minutes, but we pray that after reading about how a Christmas hymn came to be, you and your family will want to listen to the song with a newfound appreciation for how God worked to bring such a timeless song into our yearly celebrations of the gift of Christmas.
The Songs Tell the Story sold out in 2019, and because of its popularity we decided to re-release it.
So make sure to grab your copy while it is still available and to ensure you can begin reading it on Dec. 1!
Plus your donation today will support the mission of First15 to connect God’s people with his presence one morning at a time.
May this Advent devotional draw you deeper into the wonder of God’s gift to us in Jesus this Christmas.
About the Author:
Janet Denison has been writing and teaching Bible study for forty years and is the founder of Foundations with Janet Denison, which exists to teach people about the transforming power of Scripture through digital Bible study.
She is the author of several books and dozens of Bible studies, including:
- Wisdom Matters, an evening devotional containing messages from Scripture that you can apply to your daily life that is also offered in the Foundations Bible Study App.
- A Great Calm: Finding God’s Peace When You Need It Most, a book of short devotionals based on God’s word that will help you face your storms with great calm of Christ.
- Various Advent devotionals, including The Gift of Immanuel, The Songs Tell the Story, and He Came to Change the World.
- In-depth Bible studies such as The Life of Jesus: Lessons on Discipleship in the Book of Matthew – a 24-week Bible study.
For forty years Janet has been dedicated to helping people learn how to study the Bible and apply God’s truth to their lives. For over twenty years, she led a weekly women’s Bible study at Park Cities Baptist Church and continues to speak at churches and community events.
Janet is a graduate of Houston Baptist University and is married to Dr. Jim Denison. They live in Tyler, Texas and have two married sons and four grandchildren.
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