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THE GOSPEL STORY HYMNAL
FULLY FUNDED ON KICKSTARTER!!!
God was faithful to provide exactly the funding we needed to purchase 3,000 copies and upgrade them to a durable and beautiful cloth cover! We’ll be placing the order in May, and hope to receive them and send them to you in September!
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About the gospel story hymnal
The Gospel Story Hymnal is designed to help pass on the stories and hymns of the faith in a beautiful way.
Over 150 well-known hymns are woven into a thoughtful retelling of the story of scripture, and accompanied by bright illustrations and child-friendly notes on scriptural themes, theological concepts, and ideas for living out the faith.
The book also includes a three-year plan for family or personal worship.
With its beautiful hardcover binding, The Gospel Story Hymnal is a book that will grow with your family and last for years to come.
the Gospel Story
The Gospel Story Hymnal is organized and designed first as a beautifully illustrated story book.
This overarching narrative is based on the movements of the gospel:
- The Fall/Rebellion
- Already, but Not Yet
Each gospel movement contains a number of subsections, each with a narrative introduction and a collection of hymns and illustrations that support and expound upon the story.
The Gospel Story Hymnal contains 156 hymns and songs. 92 are in the public domain, and 64 are copyrighted. Each hymn is written out with music in a lead sheet style, with the basic melody, lyrics, and chords.
The hymns were chosen to (1) support the gospel story, (2) include songs with a rich history and broad use in the church, and (3) provide resources for worshiping throughout the church year and in various contexts. While most of the hymns meet all three qualifications, we did add a number of newer or less known songs that we felt helped to fill in gaps in the narrative.
A full list of the hymns can be found here.
One of our goals is that The Gospel Story Hymnal be a theological resource parents can use to guide their families through the gospel narrative and its application to their lives and worship.
Each hymn has additional commentary regarding its theological importance, word definitions, applicable context information, scripture references, and/or worship notes, all written at an elementary level
The illustrations in The Gospel Story Hymnal are done with a unique watercolor-papercut technique inspired by Eric Carle’s work. They are bright and beautiful, bringing to life the stories and concepts discussed in the book. All ages will enjoy paging through the hymnal, engaging with the story and songs visually.
There is approximately one illustration for every three hymns, so 60-some total in the book.
The Three-Year Worship Plan
At the end of the book is a Three-Year Worship Plan, outlining a three-year schedule for family or personal worship. Each week’s plan includes a hymn, scripture passage(s), and a suggested theme to consider, coordinating with the blurb associated with that hymn.
The plan goes through the entire gospel story each year and follows the church year calendar.
The three years’ themes are: (1) The Lamb of God: Our Gospel Story, (2) The Character of God, and (3) Victory in Christ.
The book is smyth-sewn with a cloth hardcover, so that it will last for years to come.
The smyth-sewn binding allows for it to lay nearly flat, so it can be used at a piano!
The cloth finish and foil stamp add a texture and richness to the cover, and the incorporated ribbon-mark ensures you’ll never lose your place.
Please note we are still working out the minute details to make this the best book possible, so the final product may look slightly different than our sample copy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What hymns are included in the Gospel Story Hymnal?
Does the hymnal come in spiral-bound? Tell me about the binding.
Due to the cost of printing, we are only offering one binding type at this time. So no, no spiral-bound option.
However, being a musician myself (Britta), it was very important to me to find a binding that would lay as flat as possible on a music stand or piano. Our hardcover books are smyth-sewn so that they are near-lay-flat. It also includes a ribbon-mark to save your spot.
How did you make the illustrations?
I (Britta) made the illustrations by using a combination of traditional watercolors and digital illustration. Below is a sped-up view of one illustration from start to finish, but essentially, I painted lots of watercolor washes, scanned them into the computer, and cut-and-pasted them together to make all of the pictures! I was originally inspired by Eric Carle’s technique.
Do you show Jesus in the illustrations? Why is Jesus blue? Tell me about the colors of the people.
Yes, Jesus is shown in the illustrations. We considered not showing his face, but decided it was important to show his full humanity. So Jesus is modeled after a Middle-Eastern/Jewish man, and colored teal-blue.
I decided to color all my people varying bright colors for two reasons:
1. It is important to represent the diversity of God’s beautiful creation of people of all colors and races.
Please note that none of the individual colors used are intended to represent any particular race. Colors were used based on what worked best in each composition.
2. I narrowed my paint palette down to seven colors, which does not include brown or tan. You’ll notice all my tree trunks are purple! The nature of this art style is that I am not mixing colors to make whatever color I want, I’m cutting, pasting, and layering only those seven basic colors.
If you’re interested, here are the seven colors (eight if you include Ivory Black, which I used in a couple of the backgrounds.)
– Deep Purple
– Veridian Hue + Payne’s Gray
– Sap Green
– Yellow Ochre
– Indian Red + Magenta
What version of the Bible is quoted in this hymnal?
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®, NIrV® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIrV” and “New International Reader’s Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™