Be inspired by the stories behind 25 popular Christmas songs

In The Songs Tell the Story, Janet Denison relates the origin stories for 25 classic Christmas songs and hymns.

Did you know:

  • “What Child is This?” was penned by a poetry-writing insurance salesman who suffered a near-fatal illness.
  • The lyrics and melody of “O Holy Night” were written by non-Christians.
  • And “We Three Kings,” at least in its title, is likely factually incorrect.

While such facts are interesting, what makes The Songs Tell the Story most compelling is how Janet Denison’s biblical insight turns every origin story into a devotional, reminding us of Jesus, the true gift of Christmas.

The Songs Tell the Story is an Advent devotional. If you begin reading on Dec. 1, you’ll finish on Christmas Day. Each chapter is short enough to be read in just a few minutes—though you will think about their application throughout your day.

We first released this book in 2019, but we’re re-releasing it because it has proven to be such a popular devotional. 

Request your copy of The Songs Tell the Story today to ensure you can begin the readings on Dec. 1.

You will be inspired, encouraged, and blessed by the lesser-known stories of these 25 well-known songs.

Additionally, when you request your book, we’ll send you links to two Spotify playlists we’ve created to accompany your reading. 

  • One playlist contains traditional versions of every song in the book. 
  • Another playlist contains modern-day covers of each song.

We hope that, after reading about how a Christmas hymn came to be, you’ll want to listen to the song with a newfound appreciation for how God worked to bring such a timeless song into our yearly celebrations of the gift of Christmas.

If we have ears to hear, we’ll understand that these songs truly do tell the story of Jesus, the gift of Christmas.

Request The Songs Tell the Story today, and may its words enlighten and inspire you this Advent season.

P. S. While supplies last, you may request both the adult and children’s editions of The Songs Tell the Story for your donation of $50 or more.

That means you and your children (or grandchildren) can read about the same song each day leading up to Christmas Day. And you can have invaluable discussions with your children while also deepening their faith and increasing their understanding of these songs the next time you sing them at church or at home. Click here to get your bundle now.

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