In Wonderful Words of Life, eleven scholars and musicians (not all evangelicals) explore the history, theology, and impact of Protestant hymns in worship, devotional life, and society. Though few Christians would doubt the importance of hymns, most give the topic little thought unless some controversy erupts over which ones should be sung in church. Though these essays are scholarly, they are too interesting—and important—to be left to historians and theologians.
Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology edited by Richard J. Mouw and Mark A. Noll (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; 2004) 250 pp. + appendices + indices.