by Phil Christensen and Shari MacDonald
Several books have been written over the years that record striking background stories about gospel songs. However, most of these books discuss songs that had been written scores of years ago. Our God Reigns recounts interesting anecdotes about songs that have been written within the past fifty years.
The common thread that seems to run through most of the songs revolves around personal trials in the author's life or in those close to him. Some were written amidst poverty. Some were penned when the writer was experiencing rejection. Others were composed when the writer was greatly discouraged.
You will be blessed as you read how these songs came into being: "All Hail King Jesus," "He Has Made Me Glad," "Holy Ground," "More Precious Than Silver," "I Love You, Lord," "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" and "We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise."
"You Are My All in All" was written by an ex-homosexual who was delivered by the power of God. "He Has Made Me Glad" was inspired out of a life of poverty when the composer's husband left her because of her Christian faith. "Holy Ground" was completed within a few minutes by a young man who was physically exhausted and wanted to go to bed.