For years, the church has connected the great hymns and their composers with the stories behind them. Now, in "More Precious Than Silver: The God-Stories Behind the Songs of Lynn DeShazo, the prolific songwriter offers the stories behind some of modern worship's most-sung and best-recognized music. DeShazo's rich, often transparent narrative weaves her songs, her life, and the healing love of the One who has borne her along an amazing melodic journey. And in the process, "More Precious Than Silver" invites readers to reflect on their own journey with Christ--and be moved to a deeper place of worship.
True Vine is John Fountain's remarkable story—of his childhood in a neighborhood heading south; of his strong-willed grandparents, who founded a church (called True Vine) that sought to bring the word of God to their neighbors; of his mother, herself a teenage parent, whose truncated dreams help nurture bigger dreams in him; of his friends and cousins, whose youthful exuberance was extinguished by the burdens they faced; and of his religious awakening that gave him the determination to rebuild his life.
Today John Fountain is an award-winning reporter for The New York Times, based in his hometown. His return to Chicago marks how his story has come full circle, this time in triumph. True Vine is an inspiring, moving, gripping story of one man's American dream—a dream that all of us can share.