Walk into any Protestant church these days and you are likely to encounter a worship team that sounds a lot like a rock band. The musical worship will have a strong backbeat and simple, easy-to-follow repetitive melodies and lyrics.
We honor today’s young musicians and composers, and the love and skill they bring to musical worship, whatever their level of competence, because we know that the Lord hears their hearts. But can it be that in the pursuit of a new sound, an old treasure has been lost?
It can truly be said that if we are ignorant of history, we don’t know on whose giant shoulders we stand. Hymn Restoration celebrates the musical treasures of Christian history, going back as far as lyrics composed by Francis of Assisi in the year 1225 in the song, “All Creatures of Our God and King.” We bring you 101 of the best from the vast wealth of hymns going back centuries. You will immediately recognize the depth of the lyrics and the inspired beauty of the melodies.
Dino has recorded his stirring piano renditions of each of the 101 hymns in this collection onto a four-CD set that is available separately or with the hymnal as a book/CD bundle. What could be better than hearing Dino himself performing his own selections?
Dino plays his rich piano renditions of each of the 101 hymns in this collection on a four-CD set that is available separately or with the hymnal as a book/CD bundle. What could be better than hearing Dino himself performing his own selections?
Every hymn in the book is presented alongside a devotion and prayer that Cheryl has written, a chance to think more deeply about the hymns and apply their wisdom to your own life. These devotions also teach about the history of the hymns. We are indebted to the historians of hymnology and their books, some of which date back to the eras in which the hymns were written—historians such as John Julian and Ira Sankey, as well as the modern historians such as Robert Morgan and Kenneth Osbeck. Look for the references in the Notes section.
We hope that as you encounter these hymns and devotions you will be uplifted and encouraged in your faith. Music is indeed a special language that can touch us with a penetrating poignancy unique among human experiences. Sing and rejoice!
Abide with Me
All Creatures of Our God and King
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
Are You Washed in the Blood
At the Cross
Be Still, My Soul
Be Thou My Vision
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Break Thou the Bread of Life
Child of the King, A
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Count Your Blessings
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Day by Day
Fairest Lord Jesus
For the Beauty of the Earth
Give Me Thy Heart
Glory to His Name (Down at the Cross)
God of Our Fathers
Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Hallelujah, What a Savior!
Have Thine Own Way, Lord
The Haven of Rest
He Keeps Me Singing (There’s Within My Heart a Melody)
He Leadeth Me
His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Holy, Holy, Holy
How Firm a Foundation
I Am Thine, O Lord (Draw Me Nearer)
I Love to Tell the Story
I Need Thee Every Hour
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
I Surrender All (All to Jesus I Surrender)
In the Garden (I Come to the Garden Alone)
It Is Well with My Soul
Jesus Is All the World to Me
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Paid It All
Jesus Saves! (We Have Heard the Joyful Sound)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Just As I Am
The Last Mile of the Way
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
The Lily of the Valley
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Love Lifted Me
The Love of God
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Moment by Moment
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Near the Cross
Nearer, My God, to Thee
Nothing But the Blood
O That Will Be Glory
O Worship the King
Oh, How I Love Jesus
The Old Rugged Cross
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Open My Eyes, That I May See
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Revive Us Again
Rock of Ages
Shall We Gather at the River
Since I Have Been Redeemed
Softly and Tenderly
Stand Up for Jesus
Standing on the Promises
Sweet By and By
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Take the Name of Jesus with You
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
There Is a Balm in Gilead
There Is a Fountain
There Is Power in the Blood
’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
To God Be the Glory
Trust and Obey
The Unclouded Day
We Gather Together
We’re Marching to Zion
Were You There
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
When We All Get to Heaven
Where He Leads I’ll Follow
Wonderful Grace of Jesus
Wonderful Words of Life
Praise for Hymn Restoration
We sing hymns not because they are old, but because they are great and contain so much of our theology. So, a big thanks to you, Dino, for helping to save a very important part of our Christian history and may God bless you, my friend, in this special effort.
Bill Gaither, Composer, Producer, Director
There is nothing like the classic hymns of the Christian faith, which are so rich in doctrine, to lead us in worship. They inspire us to rightly revere Almighty God as we lift our voices and declare the truth of who He is and all He has done for us. I am grateful to Dino for compiling this great collection of hymns and for his tireless work in exalting the name of Jesus.
Dr. Charles Stanley, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Atlanta Founder and President of In Touch Ministries
This book is dedicated to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
with thankfulness for the music He placed
within the hearts of these excellent hymn composers,
and for our ears to hear and hearts to worship.
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He that is mighty hath done to me great things;
and holy is His name.
And His mercy is on them that fear Him
from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He sent empty away.
He hath holpen His servant Israel,
in remembrance of His mercy;
as He spake to our fathers, to Abraham,
and to His seed for ever.
Chris Carlson –
A week ago Thursday, I dropped by for one of my quick visits to see Jerry at Nordskog Publishing. I inquired about the status of the Hymn Restoration book, and he directed me to his personal bookshelf and honored me with the gift of what he told me was your very first book.
As I read through the first pages and then scrolled through the hymns, I was fascinated by the marvelous short stories and devotions that accompanied each hymn. I flashed back to my childhood in the early 1960s and remembered the old hymn books at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. Our minister would tell us to pull out the hymn book and turn to a particular page, and we would sing. While I’m sure the words resonated with many, I was just nine or ten at the time, and so the words mostly missed the connection with me. I always loved music; Dino’s “Chariots of Fire” is a great example. It touches my soul and creates wonderful spiritual emotions.
What I find very interesting about Hymn Restoration: 101 Treasured Hymns is how you have all combined the hymns with the short stories and devotions that accompany each hymn. I think this was inspirational. It helps all those that sing these hymns to connect the music with the context of the lyrics. I cannot help but think back to when I was nine, and how I might have had a better connection to the hymn had I been provided the context with which it was written.
I believe you will all have great success with this book. I believe many will want to acquire the Hymn Restoration as they raise their voices in praising God for all the gifts He provides.
My sincere wishes for your great success!
Richard Gertsen –
Hymn Restoration addresses an extremely important issue for our evangelical Christian churches today. That is the necessity to restore as part of our church music those hymns that are the bedrock of our faith. Our young people need to know and understand why those hymns, which tell a story, each and every one of them, are so pertinent to what we believe. That is not to say we shouldn’t have contemporary music that appeals to a younger generation, however we should never abandon the traditional Christian hymns that speak such an important message.
Jessica (Bridgewater) Casady –
Dear Dino and Cheryl,
Dino, I have been to many of your concerts in Denver and Estes Park Colorado over the past 40 years and you have blessed me beyond measure with the GIFT of music that God has given to you!
One Sunday night back in the summer of last year, I was watching the Huckabee Show and you were his guest. Thank you for being his guest that night and your special concert on the piano! And announcing about the beginning preparations for the Restoration Hymnal. Of course, I just had to pre-order it!
Thank you, Dino and Cheryl for my copy of this magnificent and special Autographed Restoration Hymnal. I will treasure it forever! I have been devouring the hymnal as it is so Holy Spirit filled with the accompanying of Cheryl’s devotions. I began to weep over a few of them as I read on, especially the #4. “All the Way My Savior leads me”–as God was in charge of Cheryl’s car in the traffic that day. Another one is #64–“Oh that will be Glory!” And the story of your birth, Dino. God has had His Hand on you! And Cheryl’s devotion to God and to you, Dino!
Thank you both for making this Hymnal possible for all of us to enjoy and worship with these hymns of the Faith. I pray that this Hymnal will be the beginning of a New Revival of the Old Hymns of the church that we grew up with and cherish!
I placed my order for the set of accompanying CD’s on January 1st and I can’t wait to receive them!
I am also telling others that I know about the Hymnal and CD’s, so some more orders are coming your way!