Dr. Edward Spann who has compiled a book about the favored hymns of our presidents will be at First Baptist Church, Minden, November 3 at 6 p.m.
Cost of the event is $10 but tickets are limited. The tickets may be purchased in the church office and the deadline to do so is October 31.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the gym with the program to follow. The Acteens will serve the meal so a tip is appreciated.
Dr. Edward Spann's book and CD of hymns will be available for $35 and he will be available to autograph them after the program.
About the book
“Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns” is written by C. Edward Spann and Michael E. Williams, Sr.
This book offers the most comprehensive coverage ever written of the influence of hymns on the lives of administrations of America’s presidents.
Each chapter begins with Michael Williams’s concise presentation of each president’s path to the White House and his accomplishments and failures as a president.
C. Edward Spann then introduces how each president regarded music, whether or not he was musical and music at the White House during each president’s administration. These hymns may be related to his spiritual journey, major decisions he had to make as president and even his selection of the inaugural Scripture.
Spann then tells the story of how the hymn was written, both the words and music. Presenting this scholarly material in an inspiring manner is part of the delight of the book. In doing so, the book covers a panorama of hymnody from 1614 to the 1980’s.
After an interpretation of the words, it is demonstrated why the chosen hymns were meaningful to each president.
The format of each chapter reveals this special emphasis that can’t be found elsewhere.
C. Edward Spann is retired dean of the College of Fine Arts of Dallas Baptist University.
Michael E. Williams Sr. is dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dallas Baptist University.