43 hymns and their stories. Compare with Tr. No.1541 (Songs of Faith [20 hymns]). For families, individuals and whole congregations, hymns are a special way of expressing Christian faith and worship. They bring comfort in the midst of difficulties and echo shared joys at times of celebration. This book brings together a selection of hymns to encourage and inspire, each accompanied by a story about its writer. Christopher Idle is Rector of a Church of England parish in Limehouse in the heart of London’s dockland. He has ministered in inner London since 1968. He is a student and writer of hymns and has a particular interest in the life and work of both John Wesley and George Whitefield. His book THE JOURNAL OF JOHN WESLEY is also published by Lion. He and his wife Marjorie have four sons.