Stories Behind the Songs and Hymns About Heaven

Date:  November 18, 2019  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
​Guest: Ace Collins
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This program will encourage and motivate you to take your eyes off the temporal and focus on that which is eternal by looking at some of the great hymns of the faith that focus on heaven.

Joining Jim in this effort was Ace Collins.  Ace is an award-winning author of more than 80 books ranging from biographies to children’s books and those dealing with history, culture and faith.  This broadcast looked at his book, ‘Stories Behind the Songs and Hymns About Heaven.’

What prompted Ace to write about songs and their writers that place an emphasis on the theme of heaven?  Over time he had written other ‘stories behind’ type books and had decided that he probably won’t write another one.  Then his agent approached him about writing a book dealing with songs about heaven. After thinking about it he said it was something he ‘…was almost being called to do.’

3-1/2 years ago his father died of cancer and his mother died a year later of Alzheimer’s.  In light of that he wishes he had written this book before that happened because the stories he gleaned from these songs and their writers he believes would have helped him as he was going through those times.

So Ace began to see the book as ‘made to order’ for those who were facing what he faced, and that is the loss of a loved one.  These songs and the stories behind them not only give readers a better perspective regarding what is ahead for the Christian, but about bringing a bit of heaven to earth right now to those who don’t know Jesus through your spirit, your actions, your heart and attitude.

Who were some of the writers, their stories and songs that impacted Ace to such an extent that it resulted in this book?  Find out when you review this Crosstalk and hear how listeners responded as well.

More Information:

‘Stories Behind the Songs & Hymns About Heaven’ is a hard-cover book, over 230 pages, that features the stories behind 30 songs and hymns about heaven.  This book retails for $14.99. Through November 30th, our VCY Bookstore is featuring this as one of their books of the month and are offering it for 50% off.  It’s just $7.50 plus any applicable tax or shipping. It’s available at by calling 414-463-1770 or 1-888-722-4829.  It’s not only good for music lovers, but for pastors, hospice workers, counselors and also a source of comfort to someone who has lost a loved one.

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