Be Inspired by the Origin Stories of 40+ Sacred Hymns

Understanding the inspiration that came 
to the music composer and author of well known hymns 
will add so much meaning to the music you hear and play.

This NEW book is the result of 1000+ hours of research to find the most meaningful stories from
40+ Hymn Stories including Amazing Grace, Abide With Me, Nearer My God to Thee and More!

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 These stories are true and validated from as many sources as we could acquire. There is always the challenge of mortal memory, inaccurate interpretations, and faulty documents, but we have done the best we could to cross-reference and check the facts.

 It is our hope and prayer that this book and the included stories will strengthen and affirm your faith and that of others, that it will draw you closer to the Almighty, and cause you to sing with greater intent, more power, hope, and joy.  

What Hymn Stories are Included in the Book?

Each of the stories are short (3-5 minutes) and ideal to be used in church talks, sermons, lessons and other teaching opportunities.

Hymn Stories included in the book...

Nearly 200 pages and 40 Short Stories about the origins of the most well known hymns.

  • Amazing Grace
  • ​Abide With Me
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • ​America the Beautiful
  • Beautiful Savior
  • ​Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • ​God is Love
  • ​His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • How Firm a Foundation
  • ​It is Well With My Soul
  • ​Onward Christian Soldiers
  • I Need Thee Every Hour
  • ​I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • ​Nearer My God to Thee
  • ​Sweet is the Work
  • There is Sunshine in My Soul Today
  • ​What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  • Master the Tempest is Raging
  • ​More Holiness Give Me
  • O God Our Help in Ages Past
  • ​Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
  • ​Shall We Gather at the River
  • ​Silent Night
  • ​Teach Me Thy Way O Lord
  • And many more!

Inspiring Stories of 40+ of the most popular and well known Christian hymns...

Have you ever wondered about the circumstances and origin stories for the hymns Amazing Grace, Nearer My God to Thee, Abide With Me, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, America the Beautiful and many others?

We spent thousands of hours searching for the stories around the composers and authors of the hymns and were blown away with what we found.  

Many favorite Christian hymns and their authors have incredible stories that will make you listen to and sing these songs in an entirely different way. Our team spent thousands of hours researching and finding the most inspiring stories that will uplift those who take time to read or listen.

Hymns are a form of worship and prayer that are capable of expressing what mere words alone cannot. 

Moreover, sacred music has an almost incalculable power to soften hearts, 
invite the Spirit, teach truth, and bind us together in unity. 

Behind each hymn is an author, a composer, and a story. (Scroll down to see samples from the book)

It is often out the depths of our own experiences that He calls us to minister to others, teach, write, and compose music that touches others. We learned again and again while doing research for this book that the personal experiences of the authors and composers influenced the words and music they wrote. 

Each hymn and its message becomes so much more meaningful when you come to know the author and composer and the story that led to the writing of the song.
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Check out a few of the stories that are included in the book.

Story: It is Well With My Soul
Hymn Stories with Jason and Glenn

A few sample pages & stories from the book...

Glenn Rawson & Jason Tonioli

My Friends,

I can still remember sitting at the piano bench as a boy, with my mother telling me there would come a time when I would appreciate the ability to play the hymns from a hymn book and that others would be blessed by my musical talent. 

I wish I had the maturity then to value the efforts of my mom and piano teacher encouraging me to practice piano. It is ironic that for the past 20 years, I have spent thousands of hours at a piano writing, arranging, and recording hundreds of piano solos and other music. 

More than half of the songs I have created have been hymn arrangements. My younger self on the piano bench would be surprised that my music has been played and listened to by millions of people. I’m always looking for beautiful melodies and have found that some of the best music and melodies are found in old hymns. 

I’ve come to realize great music isn’t tied to any specific religion or denomination, and that through the music you can help others to feel the Spirit. This project started as an idea years ago with my music books, as I would attempt to share a small piece of the story behind how a hymn had been written. There was never enough space to share the full story though. With the help of my friend, Glenn Rawson and my mother, Jean Tonioli, we have been able to research and write stories about the composers and authors of some of the most beloved hymns. 

In some ways, I feel like we are seeing a proper end to what started as a “piano war” with my mom and I at the piano bench with her prediction that one day the time spent practicing the hymns would pay off and bless the lives of others. Hopefully her predictions are true, and these stories and the music that comes with them will help draw many people closer to the Savior. 

Jason Tonioli
UPDATE: This book has sold faster than expected and it is likely we may run out of the first 5,000 copies in the next 7 days. We are working with our printer and have placed an order for more books but we are being told that it may be 30 days before paper is available locally to print more books. If you are planning on ordering books for the holidays, please don't wait. Once the first 5,000 copies are claimed it may be another 40 days before we can deliver more books. If you are reading this, your order will be mailed in the first batch of 5,000 copies of the book. 

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