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Book: Praise Hymnal Revised 2020: Contemporary Praise and Worship Songs
Author: Edited by Robert J. Taylor Jr.
Publisher: Taylor Publications, 2020
ISBN-10 : 1932711546
Related website(s): http://www.taylorpublications.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Suitable for everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Taylor, Robert J. Jr., editor. Praise Hymnal Revised 2020: Contemporary Praise and Worship Songs (Published in 2020 by Taylor Publications LLC, 20171 Hilltop Ranch Dr., Montgomery, TX 77316). I do not usually review hymnbooks for the Home School Book Review blog, but I have done a couple before, so I’ll do one for this brand-spanking new book also. The first collection of the Praise Hymnal contained sixty contemporary songs arranged by Darrell Bledsoe in 1993. It was newly revised and expanded to 270 numbers in 2010, and then revised and enlarged again in 2017. Praise Hymnal 2020 is a collection of contemporary Praise and Worship and Youth songs, set in four-part, shape note harmony. There are 421 songs in this new Praise Hymnal book. In addition to the book and the recorded music for many of the songs, all 421 songs are available in power point files with music and words.
Some might question calling this a “hymnbook” since very few of the selections included are “classic hymns.” The vast majority of songs in the book would fall into the category of “Contemporary Christian Music.” However, in modern common parlance, many people use the word “hymn” generically to describe any kind of religious song. The Praise Hymnal 2020 is available in hardback, either maroon or blue. All the songs in the 2017 Praise Hymnal are still in this new book, plus 84 more. One who prefers classic hymns and gospel songs will probably not see much to his liking here, but those who like the newer “praise and worship songs” of Contemporary Christian Music should find this book quite interesting. Disclaimer: One of my songs, “Praise Ye the Lord Jehovah” based on Psalm 135, is contained in this book.